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After installing ArcSDE, and while connecting to ArcSDE through ArcCatalog, ArcCatalog returns the following error message:
"Failed to connect to specified server
FDO error: -2147215951
Target state not found in the STATES table"
This is most often seen with a 'Direct Connect' connection with Oracle Spatial, where the ArcSDE application server has not been installed.
State_lineages table may not have been populated.
Select one of the following two options to work around the error: