Once you, the database server administrator, create the database server and add it to ArcMap, use the New Geodatabase command on the database server context menu in ArcMap or ArcCatalog to create a geodatabase.
Creating a geodatabase creates a database on the SQL Server Express instance used for the database server and creates a geodatabase in the dbo schema in the database.
The ArcGIS Desktop version you use when you create the geodatabase determines the geodatabase version.
Follow these steps to create a desktop geodatabase on a database server:
- Log in as a server administrator, start ArcMap, and open the Catalog window.
- In the Catalog tree, right-click the database server on which you want to create a geodatabase.
- Click New Geodatabase.
- Type a name for the new geodatabase in the Geodatabase name text box.
The name must begin with a letter, cannot contain spaces or special characters (such as *, &, !, %, ., +, or -), and has a maximum length of 31 characters when combined with your server name.
- If you want to change the database file location, specify the new location in the Geodatabase file text box by clicking the ellipsis button (...) and browsing to the location.
- Type the size of the new geodatabase in the Initial Size text box.
- Choose MB or GB from the Units drop-down menu, or use the default size of 100 MB.
Regardless of the initial size, the geodatabase grows as it needs, up to 10 GB.
- Click OK.
A progress bar displays while the database file and geodatabase schema are created. When complete, the new geodatabase appears on the Contents tab and in the Catalog tree.