How do I keep the internal element ID's from changing when I edit my network?

Discussion created by gstangler on Feb 15, 2011
Latest reply on Feb 17, 2011 by doug_sterling-esristaff
I have thousands of networked items, each with a unique EID.  When I make a simple change to the network, the Object OID's stay the same, but the entire set of network ID's making up the connectivity of my network are blown away and replaced with a new set of numbers.

This makes it impossible to compare two networks which use complex edges and/or junctions for changes.

Is there a way to disable this?  i.e. can the tools be configured to leave existing EID's alone, and only change the ones that I've added, or manipuated?