Using ArcGIS 10.2 Basic, the functions to export and import XML workspace documents (gdb schema) are greyed out. I have seen the previous discussions here, but the suggestions didn't help. It shouldn't depend on the ArcGIS version or license level, right?

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The Licensing Information for Import XML Workspace says:

  • ArcGIS Desktop Basic: No
  • ArcGIS Desktop Standard: Yes
  • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced: Yes

so it looks like you need Standard or Advanced to unlock that functionality.

  • Thanks, PolyGeo. I understand that this applies to the tool. Though, in the chapters for exporting and importing 'manually', the help is silent on version requirements. The procedure is well explained, but no mentioning of any limitations when using ArcGIS Desktop Basic.
    – DanielSE
    Aug 15, 2017 at 7:20
  • Whenever documentation is mentioned I think it is helpful to provide a link to it, and likewise for any "discussions" (actually Q&As) like you mentioned in your question. Potential answerers can spend more time answering your question if they do not need to repeat your research first.
    – PolyGeo
    Aug 15, 2017 at 7:46
  • For Exporting: resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/#/…
    – DanielSE
    Aug 15, 2017 at 8:02
  • For Importing: resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#/…
    – DanielSE
    Aug 15, 2017 at 8:15
  • Please use the edit button beneath your question to revise it with any requested clarifications but I think it very unlikely that the tool licensing will not also apply to the ArcMap GUI.
    – PolyGeo
    Aug 15, 2017 at 8:20

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