Authorizing ArcSDE geodatabases in Oracle on Linux or UNIX

All ArcSDE enterprise geodatabases must be authorized with an ArcGIS Server Enterprise authorization file. You can obtain an authorization file by filling out the request form on the Esri Customer Care site. Esri will send you the authorization file.

Once you have the authorization file, there are two ways you can authorize the geodatabase on a Linux or UNIX server:


For more information on the sdesetup command, see the ArcSDE Administration Command Reference, which is provided with the ArcSDE component of ArcGIS Server Enterprise.

The following steps provide examples of running the sdesetup command with either the install or update_key operation to authorize the geodatabase:

  1. Open an MS-DOS (Windows) or shell (UNIX or Linux) command prompt on a computer on which you have access to the ArcSDE administration commands.
  2. You can authorize the geodatabase while you are creating it or later, using the update_key operation with the sdesetup command.
    • To authorize the geodatabase when it is being created, include the –l option with the ArcGIS Server Enterprise authorization information when you run the sdesetup –o install command. You can specify the path to and name of the authorization file or the authorization information.
      sdesetup -o install -d ORACLE11G -s myserver 
      -l crow/sde/license.ecp -u sde
      sdesetup -o install -d ORACLE11G -s myserver 
      -l 'arcsdeserver,10,0000a11111b2,CRA4TAZYXMM00TEJH199' -u sde
    • If you already created your geodatabase and need to authorize or reauthorize it with an ArcGIS Server Enterprise authorization file, run the sdesetup command with the update_key operation. You can specify either the path to and name of the file with the –l option or provide the authorization information.
      sdesetup -o update_key -d ORACLE10G -s myserver 
      -l crow/sde/license.ecp -u sde
      sdesetup -o update_key -d ORACLE11G -s myserver 
      -l 'arcsdeserver,10,0000a11111b2,CRA4TAZYXMM00TEJH199' -u sde