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If it's simply a matter of whether or not your license server is running, you could ping it, parse the response, and then act accordingly. Something like: import subprocess p = subprocess.Popen(["ping", "<lic server>"], stdout=subprocess.PIPE) print p.communicate() ('\r\nPinging <lic server> [184.154.235.5] with 32 bytes of data:\r\nRepl y from ...


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As a one time operation, I would do the Spatial Join to create a new FC and then transfer the data over using a standard join and field calculation. Then destroy the temporary spatial join feature class. In my experience this will be faster than any method based on looping through multiple Select By Location operations for each point or polygon or other ...


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I'm sure you've moved on since the question was asked but I wanted to pass along a doc on what might be happening here for users who land here. Error: Failed to connect to database. Bad login user. Success when creating a geodatabase using ArcSDE workgroup license. The gist of it is there was a bug at 10.1 (NIM083155) where the SDE Workgroup license ...



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