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I created an address locator in an ArcSDE gdb, based on data stored in a point feature class in the same SDE gdb. I then shared the locator as a geocode service and am consuming it in a Silverlight app. All of this works perfectly.

I have now updated my reference data in the point feature class, and rebuilt the locator. Would I have to recreate the geocode service to access the updated reference data? I have been reading the extensive help on registering data with ArcGIS Server, and followed the tutorial on publishing a geocode service, but it appears that the locator data has been copied over to the server, even though the SDE gdb is accessible to it.

I tried replacing the service, but it wouldn't let me (had to specify a new name). When I then tried connect to the second geocoding service, it said connection failed (even though it is set up the same way as the original service).

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Though it shouldn't be necessary, the geocode service had to be restarted before the updated data reflected. There was no need to recreate the entire service.

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