I manage the parcel layers for my rural county. Our GIS program is pretty minimal for now, and I am in the process of trying to strengthen our organization and expand our capabilities.
Currently, my project consists of making our file systems more efficient and robust. Our current workflow involves editing the live .gdb and I understand that can be risky. I am trying to create several versions of the same File Geodatabase, one of which is my editing .gdb, and the other is my published .gdb. I am doing this to create redundancy and prevent catastrophic editing mistakes.
All of our data is edited using ArcMap 10.6, and I am dabling in ArcGIS Pro but have not made any sort of real migration to Pro. I do not have any sort of server or enterprise, and I am currently the sole user, editor, and publisher of this data so all data is stored on my desktop, with nightly backups through the Windows Backup and Restore utility to a remote drive.
I have tried several tools and made several models in the model builder, but I have run into roadblocks each direction I try. I tried the Append Tool which just creates duplicate features in each feature class. I also tried a combination of Delete and then Feature Class to Geodatabase to re-add the data, but that didn't seem to work after the first run.
What I think I am trying to duplicate is the "Versioning" or "Replicating" utilities, except doing something similar without having a server or enterprise.
So I guess two questions.
1. Am I OK just leaving my workflow as it is and edit the live .gdb.
2. If it is highly recommended I change my current workflow, is there a process, tool, model, script etc. that will allow me to do what I am trying to do without upgrading to enterprise or a server, both of which are over my head and involve a large migration and infrastructure upgrade. I just don't think our organization is ready to do that upgrade yet, as we do not have the need for multiple users and editors, although we may in the future as we grow.
This is all very new to me, so thank you for your patience and time.