I have a new project in design where I need to publish a web service that will allow access for clients (like ArcGIS Server Map Services).
The only thing is, I have a big raster database (~300+ Rasters) and I need to allow users to turn each raster on/off (like in a group layer).
I experimented a little in ArcGIS 10 and stumbled upon the Group Layer which gives me a great solution to my problem:
- I created a Mosaic Dataset for each raster.
- I created a layer (*.lyr) for each Mosaic DS.
- I gathered the layers under 1 group layer.
- I published the group layer to the ArcGIS Server using an MSD file.
The service works fine and I can turn each sub layer on/off from the client. Unfortunately, I can't really test it with a large amount of rasters (I tried it with 4 medium sized rasters).
Are there any limitations for the group layer?
It seems kind of strange putting all rasters under one layer but I'm really excited by the fact that I can publish a single service for all my rasters.