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Microsoft Azure SQL Database requirements for ArcGIS 10.6

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Supported database versions

Cloud-based database service editions:

Microsoft Azure SQL Database 12

Database requirements/limitations

  • ArcGIS connections to Microsoft Azure SQL Databases and geodatabases in Azure SQL Databases must originate from machines within Microsoft Azure. For best performance, they should originate from machines within the same Azure region.


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Software required to connect to a DBMS

Your client machine (for example, the one running ArcMap) will need to have the appropriate client files installed for the RDBMS you are using. These client files are available from their respective RDBMS vendors, but some are also available on My Esri as a convenience. RDBMS client files available from My Esri are IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. Client files for ALTIBASE, Dameng, IBM Informix, IBM Netezza, Oracle, SAP HANA, and Teradata are not available on My Esri and must be obtained from the RDBMS vendors. See Database clients for more information.