Trace network dataset administration

Available with Standard or Advanced license.

After a trace network is created and configured in a geodatabase, additional administration tasks are necessary, depending on your organizational needs. Dataset administration tasks for a trace network can include the need to migrate the dataset between geodatabases or upgrade the trace network version. It is also important to be aware of the supported compatibility between ArcGIS clients and geodatabase datasets for the trace network.

Migrate a trace network dataset

Once a trace network is created and configured, there are scenarios that may require the dataset to be transferred between a file and an enterprise geodatabases or between enterprise geodatabases for staging or testing. The core copy tools can be used to move the feature dataset containing the trace network between geodatabases. To import data into a trace network, the Append tool can be used.


The trace network dataset does not currently support migration between geodatabases using core data transfer tools such as copy in ArcGIS Pro.

Upgrade a trace network

A trace network dataset must be upgraded to take advantage of new functionality by applying schema changes in the information model. The ArcGIS Pro client version determines whether an upgrade is necessary.

The ArcGIS Pro version you're using determines the trace network version of the trace network dataset that is created. The ArcGIS Pro version also determines whether the trace network dataset requires an upgrade. The table below lists the ArcGIS Pro release and corresponding Trace Network Version.

ArcGIS Pro releaseTrace Network Version





ArcGIS Pro releases and corresponding Trace Network Version

The version of the trace network can be viewed on the Trace Network tab of the Network Properties dialog box.

To upgrade a trace network dataset, use the Upgrade Dataset tool. Before the upgrade is attempted, however, the following must be done:

  • Upgrade the geodatabase to the latest version.
  • Obtain an exclusive lock; close any active connections, including services.
  • Disable the network topology.
  • Save all edits.

When working with an enterprise geodatabase, the input for the Dataset to upgrade parameter must be from a database connection with the versioning type set as branch.

To review specific schema changes for each version, see Trace network upgrade history.

ArcGIS platform compatibility

It is important to be aware of the compatibility between ArcGIS clients, the geodatabase, and the trace network dataset when working with various versions. Trace networks in an enterprise geodatabase use a services-based architecture and are dependent on both the ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise client versions to enable new functionality.

Functionality is dependent on the ArcGIS Pro client version alone when working with a trace network in a file geoatabase.

Learn more about client and geodatabase compatibility

Trace network version

When a trace network is created, the version of ArcGIS Pro used is recorded on the Network Properties dialog box. This is found in the General section of the Trace Network tab for the ArcGIS Pro Release property. The Trace Network Version value is determined by the version of ArcGIS Pro used to create or upgrade the trace network dataset.

As geodatabases and client software are designed to work together, it is recommended keep these versions in sync when possible. As a general rule for working with various versions, ArcGIS client applications (such as ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise) are backward compatible when working with the trace network:

  • Later versions of ArcGIS Enterprise can share earlier versions of the trace network.
  • Later versions of ArcGIS Pro can be used to view and edit earlier versions of the trace network.
This also means that earlier client software versions cannot open trace network datasets that participate in newer functionality. For example, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 cannot be used to share a trace network version 2.


Trace network version 1 is only supported in a file geodatabase.

The table below outlines the ArcGIS platform compatibility for a trace network.

  • ArcGIS Pro version—The version used to create or upgrade a trace network. This determines the Trace Network Version value.
  • Trace network version—The version of the trace network dataset.
  • ArcGIS Enterprise version—The version of ArcGIS Enterprise that can be used to share a trace network. This applies only to trace networks created in the multiuser model.

Trace network versionArcGIS Pro versionArcGIS Enterprise version






10.9 and later

ArcGIS platform compatibility for a trace network