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I am trying to create an enterprise database. I have ArcGIS for Server enterprise edition/workgroup and ArcGIS Desktop 10.4.1. Also I installed SQLEXPRESS 2012 SP1 included from Esri in the ArcMap 10.4.1 installation media and I am connected to the instance in ArcCatalog using local user authentication. Everything is on the same machine

I am trying to use the Create Enterprise Database tool and I have followed all the steps in the documentation but before the tool is completed the dialog box says Geodatabase Created Successfully and ArcMap crashes.

When I look in the DATA folder the database has been created but it is not functional.

Try to connect to created db

ArcMap also crashes if I try to connect to the db that is created with the Create Enterprise Database tool.

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And then arcMap crashes

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    Welcome to GIS SE. As a new user, please take the Tour. Please Edit your question to specify which version and service pack of SQL Server Express you have installed. While Express can host enterprise geodatabases (when supported), it's not a recommended configuration (due to thread, RAM, and storage limitations). – Vince May 7 '17 at 11:48
  • So why is Express distributed by ESRI and do you have another recommendation? – Gary Lester May 8 '17 at 12:11
  • Express is part of the Workgroup server family. It is not intended for use with an Enterprise license. If you want a free Enterprise class database, use PostgreSQL. – Vince May 8 '17 at 12:17
  • I will read up on PostgreSQL and get back with you, thanks for the advice. – Gary Lester May 8 '17 at 12:58
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From comments:

Express is part of the Workgroup server family. It is not intended for use with an Enterprise license. If you want a free Enterprise class database, use PostgreSQL. – Vince May 8 at 12:17

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