Am setting up an environment with a versioned production editing instance and an un-versioned replica instance that will be used for view-only users. The production instance will have a geometric network the replica instance will not. We want to establish archiving on the replica instance for a number of business reasons.
My question is: would or how would archiving on the replica instance be affected if we find a need to un-version and then re-version the production instance?
Any comments would be much appreciated.
This is a pain in the butt to do. In order to unregistered a version with an archive, you need deattach the archive from the feature class. ESRI does not provide any tools to reattach afterwards. You will have to start with a fresh archive at that point. As for the replica, I believe if you rebuild a replica it will use the current archive history and not the previous history.
However, because that would not work for us, I wrote a tool that will reattach (well, copies the records into a new archive). Check out these posts for info on this topic:
Approach for Data Model Changes
Here are some threads to review when setting up new versioning and geometric network in ArcMap:
Pro: Bring back the Manage Replicas tool
Just some ideas when setting up replication and geometric networks in ArcMap as you are planning an eventual migration to Pro.