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How are ArcGIS Enterprise Hosted Feature Layers Stored?

Question asked by Andrew.Rudin@austintexas.gov_austin on Dec 22, 2017
Latest reply on Jun 21, 2018 by dcoley

When a Pro user loads a feature class into ArcGIS Enterprise as a hosted feature layer, where is the bulk of the data actually stored?  In my example I am using the option "Copy all data" and using the Feature Layer type.


It was my impression that the data would reside in the relational data store.  However, when I test this on my sandbox ArcGIS Enterprise deployment, I see very large .sd files created under the Portal install folder at C:\arcgis\arcgisportal\content\items.  Is this .sd file the source that is actually read when users view data on a map?  And if so, then what is being stored in the data store?