Document Storage

Discussion created by WPlattPPI on Feb 10, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 11, 2014 by lucasimone
Hello, I am curious how to store documents (pictures of equipment and pdf manuals) in the database. I have started using the attachment function for storing images, but my IT is saying that putting tens of thousands of images into the database would compromise its stability. So, I began storing the images in a networked folder and then creating a link field in the attribute table. This has worked with some layers (like easement documents) that only have one linked document. However, some pieces of equipment have numerous pictures and documents. I find it cumbersome to have many fields that contain links.

How any of you used the attachment method with lots of documents? How has this affected the geodatabase? If you use the links method, have you found a way to create the links easier or with less hassle?

I am using ArcGis 10.2 for both the server and desktop.  I believe we are using SQL 2013 for the database.  If you need additional information, please let me know and I will try to answer.