You can manage replicas using the Manage Replicas pane in ArcGIS Pro. This provides a comprehensive interface that allows you to access the properties of a replica, unregister replicas, refresh the Manage Replicas pane after replica creation or checkout replica synchronization, create replicas, and synchronize changes.
Access the Manage Replicas pane
Within ArcGIS Pro, the Manage Replicas pane can be accessed from either the Catalog view, using the Manage Replicas button, or from the Catalog pane, using the Distributed Geodatabase context menu.
Manage Replicas button
From the Catalog view, use these steps to access or open the Manage Replicas pane in ArcGIS Pro:
- Click the View tab on the ribbon.
- In the Windows group, click Catalog View.
- Within the Catalog View, double-click Databases to select or connect to a database.
- Once a database connection is selected, the Databases tab under the Manage ribbon becomes active.
- Select the Manage Replicas button to open the Manage Replicas pane.
Distributed Geodatabase content menu
From the Catalog pane, use these steps to access or open the Manage Replicas pane in ArcGIS Pro:
- In the Catalog pane, right-click an existing geodatabase connection, point to Distributed Geodatabase, and click Manage Replicas .
The Manage Replicas pane appears, and each replica is displayed as a card.
Manage Replicas pane
The Manage Replicas pane provides the following tools:
Filter —Use this filter to control which replica types are displayed in the Manage Replicas pane. Filter options include: All Types, Checkout, One-way, and Two-way.
Sort —Sort the order in which replicas are displayed in the Manage Replicas pane. You can sort replicas by date, name, owner, role, and version.
Search box —Search for replicas using a text string. Searches can be based on replica names or any of the other fields listed in the Sort option, such as date, owner, role, and version.
Manage Replicas Menu —Access multiple commands for managing replicas from this menu. You can select from the following: Refresh Replicas, Expand/Collapse All cards, Create replica, Synchronize changes, and Logging Properties. See Manage Replicas menu below for details.
Replica cards—Replicas are displayed as cards in their collapsed state by default. An expanded view of the card shows more details about the replica, see Manage Replicas Menu for more details.
Replica in conflict —When synchronizing changes between a replica pair, if the conflict resolution policy on a two-way or one-way replica is set to manually resolve conflicts, your replica pair may synchronize successfully, however, conflicts may exist. When conflicts exist within a replica, this Replica in conflict icon displays on the replica card. See Resolve synchronization conflicts manually for workflow details to review and resolve conflicts manually.
Expand / Collapse Replica cards —An expanded view of a card shows you all the general information for the replica.
Synchronize Changes —Synchronize changes between a replica pair directly from a replica card by clicking the Synchronize Changes button at the bottom left of the card. The advantage of this approach is that it launches and automatically populates the Synchronize Changes geoprocessing tool with all the relevant information for your replica. You can then review the default settings on the tool and change the values as needed.
Replica Options —The commands accessible from the Replica Options button are applied on an individual replica. Alternatively, you can right-click the replica card to access these same commands. See Replica Options for more details.
Replica Schema Validated—Communicates the completed status of executing the Validate schema command accessible from the Replica Options button .
Replica Refreshed—Communicates the completed status of executing the Refresh command accessible from the Replica Options button .
Number of Replicas—Provides a count of the total number of replicas that appear within the Manage Replicas pane. In addition, this count honors searches and any filter that was applied to the replica types in the Manage Replicas pane.
Manage Replicas menu
The following commands are accessible from the Manage Replicas menu :
- Refresh Replicas—Use this to see replicas created and to remove checkout or check-in replicas that have been synchronized since the project was started.
- Expand All/Collapse All—Use to expand or collapse all replica cards that are displayed in the Manage Replicas pane. An expanded view of a card shows you the following information for the replica:
- Type—The type of replica created: Checkout/check-in, One-way, or Two-way
- Name—The name of the replica
- Owner—The user who created the replica
- Role—Shows whether the replica is a parent or child
- Date Created—The date and time the replica was created
- Version—The replica version set during replica creation
- Status—Shows whether the replica is currently a data sender or a data receiver
- Create replica—Open the Create Replica geoprocessing tool.
- Synchronize changes—Open the Synchronize Changes geoprocessing tool to synchronize changes for any replica pair.
- Logging Properties—Set the location and log level for the ArcGIS Pro replica activity log file. See Replica logs for more information.
Replica Options button
The following commands are accessible from the Replica Options button and are applied to that specific replica:
- Validate schema—Validates the replica schema. This automatically corrects a replica that contains invalid datasets. Datasets can become invalid if they have been renamed, deleted, or unversioned.
- Refresh—Refreshes the replica. The latest state of the replica's properties are retrieved or updated.
- Unregister—Unregisters the replica. If a synchronized version exists, it will also be removed.
Note:The Unregister Replica geoprocessing tool can be used to unregister any type of replica from an enterprise geodatabase. This tool can run independent from the Unregister command accessible from the Replica Options button in the Manage Replicas pane.
- Properties—Opens the Replica Properties dialog box, which is described below.
Replica Properties dialog box
To view the properties of a replica, from the Manage Replicas pane, you can either click the Replica Options button on the replica card or right-click the replica card in the Manage Replicas pane and click Properties. This opens the Replica Properties dialog box, which contains four tabs: General, Description, Advanced, and Replica Log.
Under the General tab, the following replica properties are displayed:
- Name—The name of the replica.
- Owner—The user who created the replica.
- Created—The date and time the replica was created.
- Type—The type of replica: Checkout/Check in, One-way, or Two-way.
- Model—The model type. This always displays as Full for checkout/check-in and two-way replicas. For one-way replicas, this property displays either Full or Simple, depending on the model type chosen during replica creation.
- Conflicts—The conflict state of the replica.
- Replica version—The replica version associated with this replica.
- Synchronization version—The synchronization version associated with this replica.
The Description tab on the Replica Properties dialog box lists the datasets that are included in the replica. Columns for these datasets reflect the properties selected during the replica creation process. These dataset properties include the following:
- Data—The data source of the replicated data.
- Type—The type of data replicated: feature class, table, and so on.
- Replicate—Indicates whether All Features, Schema Only, Selected Records Only, or query definitions were set as filters during creation.
- Use Geometry—This is set to True if you use the spatial extent or you specify an extent upon replica creation.
- Direction—This property is valid for replicated relationship classes only. This displays Forward, Backward, or None, depending on the option chosen during replica creation.
Replicas created in ArcGIS Pro only show a direction of forward. Replicas created in ArcMap can show directions other than forward.
The first sentence located on the bottom of this dialog box, indicates whether related features and rows are replicated. This information is based on the Replicate Related Data value, which is located under Advanced Setting on the Create Replica geoprocessing tool dialog box.
A description of the spatial relationship used to determine how the replica geometry was applied is contained within a second sentence at the bottom of this dialog box and is related to the Use Geometry column. Replicas created within ArcGIS Pro always useINTERSECT for the spatial relationship, as this is the default behavior for the Create Replica geoprocessing tool. Other spatial relationships such as, MUST BE COMPLETELY INSIDE , can exist for replicas created outside of ArcGIS Pro.
The Use Geometry column will always display True for feature classes belonging to replicas created from ArcGIS Pro. See Replica Geometry Features to learn more about available options to define the replica geometry.
If the Use Geometry column displays False, the replica was created outside of ArcGIS Pro and the full extent of the dataset was used to determine what is replicated for that particular dataset.
Replicated Data options
The following are the Replicated Data options:
- View filters—If filters, such as a selection set or a definition query, were applied to the data when the replica was created, this option becomes active and can be used to display the replica dataset filters.
- Unregister from replica—To remove a dataset from the replica, right-click the dataset and click this option. The replica no longer references the dataset; however, it still remains in the geodatabase. To remove a topology, you must remove all the classes at once.
The Advanced tab on the Replica Properties dialog box contains information about the generation numbers associated with the replica. A generation number is a number maintained by the geodatabase that keeps track of messages being sent and received by the replica.
For example, the first data message sent from one replica to its relative replica makes the current generation of the replica equal 1. When the relative replica receives that message, its relative replica generation is set to 1 as well. When the initial replica receives an acknowledgment of the data message, its last acknowledged generation is set to 1.
The Advanced tab displays the following information about generation numbers:
- This Replica
- Current Generation—The current generation number, which describes how many data messages were sent from the replica.
- Last Acknowledge Generation—The generation number of the most recent data message for which an acknowledgment has been received.
- Relative Replica
- Generation (based on last received message)—The current generation number of the relative replica based on the last message imported into this replica.
- Relative Replica Connection
This contains the connection information of the relative replica. You can set this information by browsing to the location of the relative replica's connection file. After doing so, the Persist user name and password check box becomes available. If you check this box, the user name and password are persisted; otherwise, they are not. By default, they are not persisted for security reasons. Connection information is used when you run the Synchronize changes command or the Synchronize Changes geoprocessing tool to automatically fill in the relative replica information. This prevents you from having to browse when you synchronize changes. If the user name and password are not persisted, you are prompted to provide them.
Replica Log tab
The Replica Log tab on the Replica Properties dialog box stores synchronization events that have occurred with this replica. See Replica logs for details about the information recorded in this log.
See the following resources for more information: