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I'm working with ArcGIS 10.1 SP1. I have finished 18 months of collecting data and digitization and built an impressive GDB with a lot of tables, relationship classes and 100 feature classes. Now i need to deliver it to the costumer. The GDB need to be updated twice a year by me and the customer can make some changes at tables but not at feature classes. What are the best practices for GDB maintenance ? I thought about editor tracking and using complex relationship classes. More ideas are most welcome. Thanks a lot, Geog

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    editor tracking would have to be your own db programming because it requires sde also.
    – Brad Nesom
    Jun 12, 2013 at 13:41
  • Thanks Brad, let me focus my question - Is there a way to imitate versions Synchronization and replicas without ArcSDE ? Jun 12, 2013 at 19:53
  • Some DBS have or support their own or 3rd party replication scenarios.
    – Brad Nesom
    Jun 13, 2013 at 3:34
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    But they would mostly all be non spatial centric. If you are planning an OTC or non esri spatial data type you might not have too much trouble with that. But once you step into the esri court it is tough to manage the benefits and not get caught in with the flow. For instance. You can actually have an sde database and never install it. You get some benefit but can't do other ogc functions. With some more requirements and functional description someone may be able to help with stack options and tool possibilities.
    – Brad Nesom
    Jun 13, 2013 at 3:47
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    Why without ArcSDE? Are you aware of ArcSDE Personal Geodatabases? Included in ArcGIS for Desktop Standard und Advanced (formerly ArcEditor and ArcInfo) license level without additional license fee. There are some limitations (SQL Server Express, only one CPU core, 4 GB Maximum total data size …)
    – Jens
    Jun 13, 2013 at 6:39

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Why without ArcSDE? Are you aware of ArcSDE Personal Geodatabases?

ArcSDE Personal Geodatabases are included in ArcGIS for Desktop Standard and Advanced (formerly ArcEditor and ArcInfo) license level without additional license fee. I am talking about ArcSDE Personal Geodatabases. I am not taking about Personal Geodatabases. Sometimes ArcSDE Personal Geodatabases are also called ArcSDE for SQL Server Express.

ArcSDE Personal Geodatabases are “multiuser Geodatabases”. They support multiuser editing, versioning and replication.

ArcSDE Personal has limitations:

  • maximum 4 gigabytes of storage per database
  • 1 editor at a time
  • 1 CPU core
  • only Server Express 2005 (bundled within the ArcGIS Desktop installation package)

Here is a good summary of the features and limitations of ArcSDE Personal including a tutorial.

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