Caching a Map Service then deleting map data?

Discussion created by RunnymedeGIS on Jul 19, 2012
Latest reply on Jul 20, 2012 by

Probably an obvious answer but...

I have a large 15GB aerial imagery dataset that I would like to serve online through a cached map service but do not want to store the dataset itself on the server.

My question is if I was to delete the original aerial dataset after I have cached it as a map service, will the cache still be available to view or does the original data need to be kept in its location? My guess is the cached service will still run but if you were to add it as a dynamic service then the data would not show because it is not there?