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How to improve performance of large dataset

Question asked by deleted-user-yC5VkbyXzrQR on Jun 15, 2019
Latest reply on Jun 17, 2019 by bixb0012

So we have a PLSS(sections & ranges) layer for the entire US. It's roughly around 2 million features. Every time we bring in this layer it slows down the entire MXD and lags a lot. I know it's this layer because when I turn it off the mxd performs a lot faster. I did some research and I found a few tricks but none work:

  •    Export your shapefile to a file geodatabase feature class - Already a filegeodatabase. 
  • If you are using ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 or later move it into a Basemap Layer - Doesn't really improve performance


What else is there to do, besides breaking it up?  


I sometimes use the map service below, which is ALOT quicker.


How do I get my layer to run as fast as the map server. I can see that its a png file that uses in ArcGIS Online. 



Does this mean the data is in a raster format? 

I tired Polygon to Raster but then it cant use labels and the symbology doesn't work well. 


What am I missing here?