Synchronizing connected replicas

This topic applies to ArcEditor and ArcInfo only.

Use the Synchronize wizard to synchronize changes between replicas.

You can also use the Synchronize Changes geoprocessing tool. See Synchronize Changes for more information.

There are two ways to open the wizard, through the Distributed Geodatabase toolbar or through the context menu in the Catalog tree.

  1. On the first panel of the Synchronize wizard, choose the replica that you want to synchronize.

    Once selected, the dialog box will show the replica type.

  2. Browse for the local or remote geodatabase containing that replica.
    If the connection information for the relative replica is stored with the replica, it appears automatically, and you do not need to browse.
  3. Choose the direction in which you would like to send changes.

    If the replica is check out/check in or one way, then you can only choose the appropriate direction. If the replica is two way, you can send changes from geodatabase 1 to geodatabase 2, from 2 to 1, or in both directions.

  4. Click Next.
  5. For checkout replicas, there is an option to reconcile and post with the parent version upon synchronization. For two-way and one-way replicas, this is always checked on.
  6. Next, choose to define conflicts By Object or By Attribute.

    Defining conflicts by object detects conflicts by row, while defining them by attribute detects conflicts by column.

  7. Choose how you want conflicts resolved: in favor of geodatabase 1, in favor of geodatabase 2, or manually.
  8. Click Finish.
The import phase of the synchronization process occurs within a transaction. The second phase of a synchronization includes a reconcile, which also occurs in a transaction. Resources needed, such as undo space or logical log files, will vary with the amount of changes to be synchronized. If the import phase completes but the reconcile phase returns an error, the replica will appear as if in conflict and you can later go in and complete the reconcile manually.

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