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FAQ: Can I restore an ArcSDE geodatabase with a different database name in SQL Server?

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Can I restore an ArcSDE geodatabase with a different database name in SQL Server?

Answer

It is not possible to restore a backup created in SQL Server using a different database name than the one given to the database when the repository was initially populated.

To restore the backup of a currently existing database in order to access dated information without taking the existing database with the same name offline, follow the steps below:

1. Install a new instance of SQL Server on another machine.
2. Restore the database using the original name.
3. Synchronize the logins.

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