Error 000205: Failed to create topology

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10-03-2020 01:32 PM
CynthiaRoush1
New Contributor III

I am trying to create a topology for a dataset that has two polygon feature classes and one point feature class.  After I enter the rules and click Finish, I receive "Error 000205: Failed to create topology".  When I search this error, I see that the cause may be that the topology already exists, but in this case there is no existing topology.

 The error:  ERROR 000205: Failed to create topology.

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DanPatterson
MVP Esteemed Contributor

Are you using arcmap? Since the help is either "old" or in error

000205: Failed to create topology.—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation 

Did you try the suggestions even if you think they don't apply?


... sort of retired...
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CynthiaRoush1
New Contributor III

It turns out I was logged in with my work Esri account (in ArcGIS Pro) instead of my school Esri account, while working on a school project.  The work account apparently doesn't have the right license for topology.

I think it would be very helpful to update the Error 000205 help page to include this possible cause (account doesn't have license for topology). 

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