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Does a Database Server Desktop need to be authorized explicitly?

Question asked by valraa on Feb 28, 2019
Latest reply on Feb 28, 2019 by George_Thompson-esristaff

Following the instructions in Set up a database server—Database Server (Desktop) installation guide | ArcGIS Desktop, after installing the SQL Express it reads


If you are setting up a database server to store desktop geodatabases, proceed to the Next steps

, and then the only thing left is to connect from (e.g.) ArcMap.


From what I guess, there's no explicit way to authorize the Database Server Desktop, it's the client connecting to it that should be a Standard or an Advanced Desktop license that will pass or not the authorization.

Is that correct?

Does this mean that whatever client with these license leve could connect, regardless its authorization code?


I am actually using it without authorizing it, so I guess it's like that, but I would like to have a confirmation.


I am aware of the three-cocnurrent-desktop-users limit, but I am just curious about this thing.

With ArcGIS Server and Workgroup datasbases, I was used to find a "keycodes" file with the various authorization codes under "C:\Program Files\ESRI\License10.X\sysgen" path. Is it different for Desktop ones?


Thanks for clarifying.