Publish a service without copying data

Discussion created by KG22 on Jun 28, 2012
Latest reply on Sep 7, 2012 by elfrune3
I'm confused about all of the data copying going on when i publish a service in 10.1
I don't want my data copied anywhere. I have sde on my ags machine so there should be no duplication of data.
I can create just an sd file in arcmap and then i can use that sd file to create a published service and i think the data is not copied.
but what if i want to change the mxd slightly? how would i go about updating the service with the new sd file?

Maybe I'm missing something but copying data is not a good thing in my book.
Also when i publish mxds as services I see duplicate mxd/msd/sd files buried in esri directories.
I want there to be one copy of my mxd, one copy of my msd, and one copy of the sd. and i want all of those files to be in MY directories, where i put them.