Connecting to a geodatabase on a database server
To connect to a geodatabase from the Database Servers node in the Catalog window, you must first add a database server to the Catalog window and connect to it. Then you can connect to a geodatabase on the database server.
You connect to the geodatabases on a database server in this way if you need to perform administrative tasks in the geodatabase or on the database server itself.
- Start ArcMap, open the Catalog window, then expand the Database Servers node in the Catalog tree.
- Connect to the database server that contains the geodatabase you want to access.
To connect to an individual geodatabase, do one of the following:
- Click the geodatabase in the Catalog tree. (As soon as you click on a geodatabase in the Catalog tree, it makes a connection.)
- Double-click the geodatabase in the Contents tab of the Catalog window. (A single click in the Contents tab does not connect to the geodatabase; you must double-click the geodatabase to connect.)