I want to set up a enterprise geodatabase to share vector and raster data with my colleagues. It is the first time I use a data base instead of files/file geodatabase and I have some questions:
1. Do I need ArcGIS for Server to use a enterprise geodatabase? I have read that you need this license file that comes with ArcGIS for Server to activate a enterprise geodatabase?
2. What is the difference between using SQL Server Express (can I freely use it?) and a full SQL Server installation in addition of probably a huge cost difference? I have read that ArcSDE for SQL Server Express support comes with the standard Desktop ArcGIS we have.
3. Can I store both vector and raster data to the enterprise geodatabase?
I would be very happy about some start help/info.
regards and thank you!
Here are some responses to your answers:
Microsoft limits the use of SQL Server Express to one CPU (or core within a socket) and 1GB of RAM. The maximum database size for SQL Server 2005 or 2008 Express is limited to 4GB. The maximum database size for SQL Server 2008 Express R2 is 10GB.