Our organization has SQL Server Agent jobs which use CmdExec to run SDE commands, such as sdeversion -o compress, for after-hours geodatabase maintenance. After upgrading our geodatabases from 10.2 to later versions these jobs no longer function. These jobs are part of larger database maintenance plans.
I do not want to have to install Python on the database server, and trying to time a Python script execution on the server hosting ArcGIS Server to execute alongside, just before, or just after a SQL Server Agent job seems to be inconvenient and clunky. Please bring back the SDE command line tools.