An overview of the Distributed Geodatabase toolset

The Distributed Geodatabase toolset contains tools that create and synchronize 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.


Compare Replica Schema

Generates an .xml file that describes schema differences between a replica geodatabase and the relative replica geodatabase.

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 and in distributed collaborations. 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.

Export Replica Schema

Creates a replica schema file with the schema of an input one- or two-way replica.

Import Message

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

Import Replica Schema

Applies replica schema differences using an input replica geodatabase and an XML schema file.

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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