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Utility network dataset administration

After a utility network is created and configured in a geodatabase, administration tasks may be necessary depending on your organizational needs. The need to migrate the utility network dataset between geodatabases or to keep current with the latest client version by upgrading are examples of administration tasks in the geodatabase.

Migrate a utility network dataset

Once a utility network is created and configured, there are data management tasks that may require migration. Migration of a utility network dataset and its related feature classes may be needed to transfer data between enterprise geodatabases or to stage a test environment. The Utility Network Package Tools toolbox can be used to migrate a utility network. An asset package can be created from an established utility network and applied against a staged utility network created in another geodatabase. Asset packages support cross-database platform use. To import data into a utility network, the core Append tool can be used.

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

Upgrade a utility network

A utility network dataset must be upgraded to take advantage of new functionality by applying schema changes in the information model. The ArcGIS Pro client release version determines if an upgrade is necessary. To upgrade a utility network dataset, use the Upgrade Dataset tool. Before the upgrade is attempted, however, the following requirements must be met:

  • The geodatabase must be upgraded to the latest version.
  • An exclusive lock must be obtained, so services must be stopped to avoid attempts to edit the network.
  • The Dataset to upgrade value must be from a database connection established as the database utility network owner.

After the utility network dataset is upgraded, the utility network release can be viewed in the general section of the network properties.

To review the details of the upgrade operation, see Utility network upgrade history.

ArcGIS platform compatibility

A utility network is created and configured using a client/server database connection in ArcGIS Pro. To consume for editing and analytic operations, a utility network is shared to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal via services. Since the utility network follows a web GIS model, it is dependent on both the ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise versions to enable new functionality.

When a utility network is created, the version of ArcGIS Pro is recorded in the network properties in the General section for the Created with ArcGIS Pro Release property. The Utility Network Release value is determined by the version of ArcGIS Pro used to create or upgrade a utility network dataset.

As a general rule, newer versions of the utility network cannot be consumed with older versions of ArcGIS Enterprise. The compatible ArcGIS Enterprise release versions are dependent on the Utility Network Release value.

For example, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 cannot be used for sharing a Utility Network Release 2 utility network dataset.

Older versions of a utility network can be consumed with newer versions of ArcGIS Pro for viewing and editing.

The following table outlines the ArcGIS platform compatibility for a utility network:

  • ArcGIS Pro release—The version used to create or upgrade a utility network. This determines the Utility Network Release value.
  • Utility Network Release—The release version of a utility network dataset.
  • Compatible ArcGIS Enterprise release—The version of ArcGIS Enterprise the utility network can be shared to.

ArcGIS Pro releaseUtility Network ReleaseCompatible ArcGIS Enterprise release



10.6 and later



10.6.1 and later



10.6.1 and later

ArcGIS platform compatibility for a utility network