Working with geodatabase replicas

This topic applies to ArcGIS for Desktop Standard and ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced only.

Various workflows require you to distribute your data to different geodatabases, and synchronize changes made to the data in each geodatabase. The following is a guide to help you determine how best to use distributed data, geodatabase replicas, and synchronization for your system.

To start, review the understanding distributed data topic, which describes geodatabase replication as well as other methods for distributing data. The scenarios topic also lists a number of common use cases for which geodatabase replication can be used. If geodatabase replication seems the most appropriate method for your system, your next step is to start creating replicas.

Creating replicas

The following will help you determine the best way to create replicas for your system.

Synchronizing replicas

Once a replica is created, you can start synchronizing changes between the replica geodatabases. See about synchronization to learn more. To make your system work effectively, it is important to devise a strategy for synchronizing changes. The following should be considered when determining the best strategy for your system.