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How to create feature dataset in PostgreSQL (pgAdmin) that can by use in ArcSDE conection (ArcGIS)?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Any table in the instance can be registered with sde.
But sde is what has to do that registration.
I suggest starting with this Essential Reading for Geodatabases
Registering with the database

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Agreed with Brad - pgAdmin cannot create SDE Services -

You need to use the command line of:


Useful reference: Setting up a geodatabase in PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL client libraries are required on the client computer from which you will connect to the database.

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One thing: If you have configured your connection to ArcSDE in ArcCatalog (or ArcMap), another thing that you can do is creating the Feature Dataset you need by right-clicking on the database connection name, then clicking "New" and then "Feature Dataset". Like this, ArcSDE should create in your PostgreSQL database the dataset you need.

I have to say that I have never tried this operation with "Feature dataset", but I tried it with "View" (and on SQL Server) and it works, so it should work with Postgres too...

And don't forget to take a look at "Geodatabase Administration" toolbox, new in ArcGIS 10.1 to do some operations in your geodatabase.

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