Here is the short version, and I'll post the long detailed version below.
I'm needing to figure out an easier way to post changes to the data on our SDE Geodatabase. Versioning is not setup, and the data posting process is horrendous.
I supposed to get on the GIS server, kill all GIS services manually, kill all remaining user connections manually, then using ArcMap, update the data and make changes, set as registered any files that need it, reapply privileges, and then restart GIS server services.
Assuming "versioning" will fix my problem and allow me to his "reconcile" and the "post" and then DONE then that is what I need help setting up with the pre-existing SDE geodatabase. ArcGIS 10.0 is what we have currently along with SQL Server 2008.
Long version: So we lost our GIS admin, and the person before the last admin actually setup the server. I don't think either of them really knew too much about what they were doing administratively and the server is most likely not working correctly. I have ZERO training with ArcGIS but have visited several places nearby with GIS. Every other place I've visited has a simple process of hitting two buttons: Reconcile & Post. There is no taking anything offline, or messing the SDE, or anything of the sort.
I'm struggling with these vague instructions left to me and I really need to figure out how to not only post data sent to me by GIS analysts, but how to properly setup and administrate our current server, until we go to 10.2 which a vendor will be setting up CORRECTLY from the ground up. I've found mentions of compressing databases in the help that ESRI provides, but I still haven't found a way to do it. The walkthrough doesn't seem to work on our setup. I'd really like to find out how to not only get versioning going, and users setup, but to get the GIS database maintained automagically.