Geodatabase Replication Client

Geodatabase Replication allows you to quickly synchronize a personal geodatabase with the most recent version of an SDE geodatabase.

One application of this functionality is for Mobile Solution users. Geodatabase Replication may be used by a field user to connect to the enterprise and update his field personal geodatabase with the most recent edits to a specified version (generally SDE.Default) in the SDE geodatabase. This version – called the sync version – is specified in a configuration file (see Configuring GDB Replication). This tool may be used by any application that requires a personal geodatabase to be synchronized with the SDE geodatabase.

Depending on how Geodatabase Replication is configured in the Mobile Administration Tool, Geodatabase Replication updates may begin automatically when the user logs into Windows, or the user may need to start the updates manually.

Start Updates Manually

Look for the ArcFM Geodatabase Replication shortcut on the desktop. Double-click this shortcut to execute an update. If Geodatabase Replication has been configured to update on a regular basis, updates continue until the application is stopped.

Update Automatically

The user doesn’t need to do anything more after logging into Windows. The application continues to run as configured until the user logs out.

When Geodatabase Replication is started, an icon is placed in the Start menu tray.

Right-click the icon in the Start menu tray to display available options:

  • Update Now: Retrieves an update from the SDE geodatabase

  • Show Console: Displays the console window and all messages written to the console

  • Exit: Stops the Geodatabase Replication service

The updated database is stored in the Client Base directory established by your administrator during configuration (e.g., D:\GDBReplication\ClientBase). Each replica has its own directory in the Client Base (e.g., Electric\Electric.mdb).

Mobile users may use the extracted geodatabases in the Client Base directory as a backdrop. With ArcFM Mobile open, connect backdrop layers to the appropriate geodatabase in the Client Base directory.

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