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ArcSDE for SQL Server Express limitations?

Question asked by TheDLH on Sep 20, 2018
Latest reply on Sep 20, 2018 by George_Thompson-esristaff

Hello everybody,


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!