An overview of the Distributed Geodatabase toolset

The Distributed Geodatabase toolset contains tools for creating and synchronizing changes between replica geodatabases.

Distributing geodatabases allows organizations to disperse their data as necessary from central servers to regional or local offices. This is achieved through replication of the geodatabase in whole or in part and dispensing these replicas as necessary throughout an organization. As the replicas are updated, changes can be coordinated between the offices through a synchronization process.


Create Replica

Creates a replica in a geodatabase from a specified list of feature classes, layers, datasets, and tables in an enterprise geodatabase.

Create Replica From Server

Creates a replica using a specified list of feature classes, layers, feature datasets, and tables from a remote geodatabase using a geodata service published on ArcGIS Server.

Disable Replica Tracking

Disables replica tracking on data.

Enable Replica Tracking

Enables replica tracking on data, allowing you to work with offline maps. Replica tracking applies to services that are configured with the sync capability with the option of creating a version for each downloaded map.

Export Acknowledgement Message

Creates an output acknowledgement file to acknowledge the reception of previously received data change messages.

Export Data Change Message

Creates an output delta file containing updates from an input replica.

Import Message

Imports changes from a delta file into a replica geodatabase or imports an acknowledgment message into a replica geodatabase.

Re-export Unacknowledged Messages

Creates an output delta file containing unacknowledged replica updates from a one-way or two-way replica geodatabase.

Synchronize Changes

Synchronizes updates between two replica geodatabases in a specified direction.

Unregister Replica

Unregisters a replica from an enterprise geodatabase.

Tools in the Distributed Geodatabase toolset

At ArcGIS Pro 2.4, some of the tools in the Distributed Geodatabase toolset were moved to other toolsets in the Data Management toolbox. The Add Global IDs tool was moved to the Fields toolset. The Import XML Workspace Document and Export XML Workspace Document tools were moved to the Workspace toolset.

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