i'm trying to create a project template with ArcGIS Pro that uses a shapefile stored on my companies shared network drives. This file contains basic parcel data for our county and is around 500MB in size.
The problem is that when I package this into a project template, instead of referencing the share drive location of the shapefile, it packages the shapefile with the project template file. Not only does this make the project file balloon to about 150MB in size, but once used it extracts out a copy of the full shapefile into the new project folder.
Is there any way to force Pro to save out the absolute path for the shapefile and not simply copy it to the new project template?