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Create additional workgroup geodatabases

To create additional workgroup geodatabases, connect to the SQL Server Express instance from the Database Servers node in the Catalog tree in ArcGIS Desktop on the ArcGIS Server site in the cloud.

Some common reasons you would create additional geodatabases include the following:

  • You want to customize your geodatabase.

    The default geodatabases (egdb and geodata) cannot be renamed. If you want a geodatabase with a different name, you must create another geodatabase.

  • You want to group your data by geodatabase.

    For example, if you have multiple departments that maintain their own discrete data, you might create separate geodatabases for each group.

  1. Make a remote desktop connection to your ArcGIS Server instance, logging in as the administrator.

    You must open the RDP port (3389) in your security group to do this.

  2. Start ArcMap and open the Catalog window or start ArcCatalog.
  3. Expand the Database Servers node in the Catalog tree.
  4. If you have not already added the database server to the Catalog tree, do so now.
    1. Double-click Add Database Server.
    2. Type LOCALHOST in the Database Server field.
    3. Click OK to close the Add Database Server dialog box and connect.
  5. Double-click the database server to connect to it.
  6. Right-click the database server and click New Geodatabase.
  7. Type a name for your new geodatabase in the Geodatabase Name text box.
  8. You should store your data on an external volume (not the C: drive); therefore, click the ellipsis button and browse to the location where you want to store the database.

    If storing in the default volume created with your ArcGIS Server site, this would be the data folder on the D: drive.

  9. Type an initial size for the database or accept the default value.
  10. Click OK to create the geodatabase.

    The new geodatabase is added to the database server in the Catalog tree, and the ArcGIS and Administrator operating system users are automatically added to the new geodatabase. You can now register this geodatabase as a data store for your ArcGIS Server site or transfer data to your ArcGIS Server instance and load it into this geodatabase.

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