I have been using ArcMap (only) for the past two years (read: newbie) in the oil and gas (upstream) industry. I currently have about 200 GB of files (shp, tif, grids, a few fgdb, all sitting in a windows file server) in total, spread over 10 GIS projects. each project folder have their own files and mxd as they are of different regions.
i only learned abt this site a couple of days back and i kept reading about metadata server and spatial server.
I would like to hear from experienced GIS users/administrators here, what are the capabilities /functionalities of metadata servers and spatial server that ArcMap/ArcCatalog are not capable of? Is adding data to mxd / data loading using metadata one of them?
from what i read here, i can search for files much easier with a metadata server than AcrCatalog, and why is that so?
also, can anyone point me to a site that is like a "GIS infrastructure for dummies"?