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What user name should I specify in the MetadataServer.axl file for the ArcSDE Connection?
It is a good idea to treat the ArcIMS Metadata Service as a unique user of the ArcSDE database. As such, create a specific account in the ArcSDE database that is used for all connection and modification of the database specific to the ArcIMS Metadata Service. The user name and password for this account should be specified in the <SDEWORKSPACE/> element within the MetadataServer.axl file.
It is not recommended that the default administrative account be specified, as the Metadata Server has specific requirements that should be addressed with a unique database account.
The account should have 'create' permissions since the ArcIMS Metadata Service creates one ArcSDE layer and nine ArcSDE tables.