I have ArcSDE for SQL Server 2008 R2.

I want to install ArcSDE for another version of SQL Server.

I want to download the ArcSDE software but I cannot find it in search.

Where can I find it?

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    ArcSDE is part of ArcGis Server Enterprise which is a licensed product. If you have an Esri account you can download all your licensed software from your customer care account (now 'my Esri'). – Michael Stimson Dec 3 '14 at 6:12
  • @MichaelMiles-Stimson I think you should make that an answer although perhaps start "For free you cannot ...". – PolyGeo Dec 3 '14 at 6:28
  • I'm not sure about cannot @PolyGeo, though it should definitely be should not ... for free. I certainly wouldn't expose my system(s) to less-than-100%-legitimate software and I will not assist others to circumvent purchasing licensed products. – Michael Stimson Dec 3 '14 at 6:42
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    Each release has only one version of the ArcSDE application server binaries for all supported versions of SQL-Server. – Vince Dec 3 '14 at 15:36

Esri incorporated ArcSDE into ArcGIS Server with the release of ArcGIS 9.2. In order to deploy ArcSDE technology as an enterprise geodatabase you must have, or be prepared to purchase, an ArcGIS Server license. Since the introduction of ArcGIS 10.0, the actual enterprise geodatabase installer lives within ArcPy, and can be invoked either as an ArcToolbox tool or directly from Python.

Application server binary ("ArcSDE server") media is available from the same location as the ArcGIS for Server media (via download or disc). There are separate installers for each of the supported RDBMS; simply choose the application server for the installed RDBMS. There is only one application server media bundle per RDBMS product (the same media could be used for your other SQL-Server instance, provided it is supported by that build of ArcGIS)

If you are already licensed for Esri products you can obtain your software from My Esri, which was formerly Esri Customer Care Portal, where all your licensed software is available for download.

If you are not already licensed for Esri products you can contact Esri to purchase licenses or obtain trial versions.

ArcGIS Server can be difficult to setup properly; Esri used to and may still (for a reasonable price) install and configure your Server products if required.

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    Integration of the ArcSDE product into ArcGIS Server occurred at 9.2. It has not been strictly necessary to install an application server since 10.0. As of 10.3, installing an application server is not possible (there is no media either). Creating an enterprise geodatabase is quite easy from either Desktop or Python. – Vince Dec 3 '14 at 12:32
  • Hey @Vince, can you expand on that please (feel free to edit my answer if you like) on why SDE isn't really required anymore - this may be why it's so hard to find! – Michael Stimson Dec 3 '14 at 21:57
  • I'd recommend rolling back your edit, since it's cluttered the "where is the media" question's answer (which was mostly correct) with "SDE isn't needed" (which is mostly wrong). I could have sworn I've dispelled this myth here at GSE, but if you want to ask it again, I'll answer it straight up. – Vince Dec 4 '14 at 1:43
  • Should I put that forward as a new question @Vince? There seems to be a few misconceptions about SDE and enterprise databases... 10.2 was supposed to connect directly to PostGis as Read-only but as we already have SDE I didn't test it. – Michael Stimson Dec 4 '14 at 1:58
  • If none of these address your question succinctly enough, then yes, ask, and I'll answer. gis.stackexchange.com/search?q=sde+needed – Vince Dec 4 '14 at 2:11

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