Create map document with large dataset

Discussion created by supergan on Jul 25, 2011
Latest reply on Oct 25, 2011 by Dalshearer

I have a SDE feature class with over 1 million features and I want to create a map document so that I can serve the data out through ArcGIS Server. Every time I tried to add the feature class as a layer on ArcMap, it took for ever to draw the map so I had to kill ArcMap and never be able to save the map as a map document. How can I add the feature class to ArcMap? If I need only a subset of the data, how can I filter the data before adding it to the map?