An overview of the Distributed Geodatabase toolset

This topic applies to ArcInfo only.

Distributing geodatabases allows organizations to disperse their data as necessary from central servers to regional or local offices, which may be in a connected or disconnected environment. 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.


The Distributed Geodatabase toolset was introduced at 9.2. The Distributed Geodatabase toolset covers the same functionality as the Disconnected Editing toolset, along with many new tools that support geodatabase replication and also a tool to import WFS feature types. The Disconnected Editing tools are still available to support backward compatibility; however, if you are developing new models or scripts, it is recommended to use the tools in the Distributed Geodatabase toolset.



Add Global IDs

Adds global IDs to a list of geodatabase feature classes, tables, and/or feature datasets.

Compare Replica Schema

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

Create Replica

Creates a replica to a personal, file, or SDE geodatabase from a specified list of feature classes, layers, datasets, and/or tables in an ArcSDE geodatabase.

Create Replica Footprints

Creates a feature class that contains the geometries for all the replicas in a geodatabase. Attributes in the feature class store the information from the replica manager.

Create Replica From Server

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

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 XML schema file.

Re-export Unacknowledged Data Change 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 direction specified by the user.

Tools in the Distributed Geodatabase toolset

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