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FAQ: How can I downgrade an ArcSDE database to a previous version of ArcSDE and the Geodatabase?

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How can I downgrade an ArcSDE database to a previous version of ArcSDE and the Geodatabase?

Answer

There is no formal mechanism to downgrade an ArcSDE database or geodatabase to a previous version. Before embarking on any ArcSDE software and database upgrade, always perform a full database backup using RDBMS tools. If, after upgrading to a newer version of ArcSDE, you wish to downgrade the database, restore the old database from backup.