SDE feature class visibility in ArcCatalog

Discussion created by deeptivb on Feb 16, 2011
Latest reply on Mar 8, 2011 by vangelo-esristaff
Environment: ArcSDE 10, SQL Server 2008, ArcGIS 10


I recently inherited the administration of an ArcSDE 10 database. As a part of the learning process while browsing through the SQL Server SDE, I found a few feature classes which can be seen in SQL Server object explorer but are invisible in ArcCatalog. The invisible ones do have the Shape(geometry) field and the OBJECTID field (looks as if they came from an archive which might have been a personal geodatabase or shape files collection.) I assume the previous administrator had reasons to make these invisible in ArcCatalog, but what I am interested in is,

1. How are feature classes made invisible in ArcCatalog
2. How could these invisible feature classes made visible if required, since ArcCatalog cannot see them it has to be done on the SQL Server back-end or using command line?

Thanks in advance,