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One of these messages occur when setting up an SDE connection to an ArcSDE 8.x server from ArcGIS Desktop:
"Failed to connect to the specified server. This release of the GeoDatabase is either invalid or out of date (Run gdbs.exe create)"
"Failed to connect to the specified server. This release of the GeoDatabase is either invalid or out of date. [Run the ArcSDE setup utility using the -o upgrade option.]"
ArcGIS can only see ArcSDE servers that have the GeoDatabase tables created and that have a compatible version of the GeoDatabase. Older versions of ArcSDE client software are generally not forward compatible with newer full releases of the GeoDatabase and the ArcSDE server.
Make sure the client application is compatible with the version of ArcSDE that is being connected to. See the documentation included with the software or contact ESRI's Technical Support.
If the client and server applications are compatible:
· ArcSDE 8.0.x:
Have the ArcSDE administrator run the gdbs executable: