Error: Error: Invalid database name (-162) when running the sdesetupmssql executable
When a database containing data still registered with ArcSDE is manually dropped from the ArcSDE/SQL Server instance, the following error is displayed:
"Error: Invalid database name (-162)"
This means that there are orphaned records in the SDE_* or GDB_* Repository tables. These repository tables contain records that are referencing feature classes in a database that no longer exists.
- Manually delete the affected rows from all of the SDE_* & GDB_* Repository tables before attempting to run the sdesetupmssql -o upgrade command again.
- Re-create the database that is missing, create some dummy tables in the newly created database to reflect the names of these orphaned records in the SDE & GDB_* Repository tables.
Use ArcCatalog to delete the data in this database which will in-turn cleanup all the records in the SDE_* and GDB_* Repository tables.
Run the sdesetupmssql -o upgrade command again.
- Restore a last known backup to a point in time before the database was manually deleted and then run the sdesetupmssql -o upgrade command again.
Article ID: 000006337
Software: ArcSDE 8.2, 8.3, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2