Windows group authentication for SDE user on SQL Server/ArcGIS 10.3?

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02-17-2015 08:53 AM
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Hi,

we're starting to work with ArcGIS 10.3 Enterprise GDB (what used to be called ArcSDE) on MS SQL Server 2012. We're using the following procedure to set up the database:

  • Create a new database (say DB1) as sysadmin (sa)
  • Create a windows authenticated login (e.g. AD user mydomain\martin)
  • Create a database user sde in the DB1 and map this to mydomain\martin
  • Ccreate a schema sde and grant the necessary privileges (create table, view, function, procedure) to user sde.
  • Login as mydomain\martin on a desktop machine, start ArcCatalog, add a database connection with windows authentication and run the Enable Geodatabase tool.

Works just fine. Question: Can I follow the same workflow except that I use an AD group login rather than an AD user login to authorize user sde?

Thanks, Martin

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Hi, we've done some more tests, and I've come to the following conclusion:

Due to the fact that ArcGIS requires the user and schema to be identical when creating datasets, there is no way to have multiple windows-authenticated users create database objects in the same schema.

Also, SQL Server doesn't allow a login authenticated by a group as database owner, so the dbo-variant of creating the SDE schema doesn't work with groups.

So, if you want to give SDE admin rights (create/update SDE schema) to a group of people, you need DB authentication. Also, if you want to have a group of people to be able to create datasets in a common schema, you also need to use DB authentication.

Accounts that edit and read data can be authenticated by AD group logins.

Any comments?

Martin

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Hi, we've done some more tests, and I've come to the following conclusion:

Due to the fact that ArcGIS requires the user and schema to be identical when creating datasets, there is no way to have multiple windows-authenticated users create database objects in the same schema.

Also, SQL Server doesn't allow a login authenticated by a group as database owner, so the dbo-variant of creating the SDE schema doesn't work with groups.

So, if you want to give SDE admin rights (create/update SDE schema) to a group of people, you need DB authentication. Also, if you want to have a group of people to be able to create datasets in a common schema, you also need to use DB authentication.

Accounts that edit and read data can be authenticated by AD group logins.

Any comments?

Martin

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