In ArcGIS Pro, data from a file geodatabase can be added to a map. In some instances, attempting to do so fails and returns the following error message:
Error: Failed to add data: <data name> Access denied [<data name>]
This issue occurs if the data added is stored in a licensed file geodatabase. By design, data stored in a licensed file geodatabase is accessible when the license (.sdlic) file of the file geodatabase is added to ArcGIS Pro.
Use the workflow below to add the .sdlic file to ArcGIS Pro to enable adding the data from the licensed file geodatabase. In this example, the Roads feature class is stored in the Housing_Project licensed file geodatabase.
Note: If the .sdlic file is unavailable, request the file geodatabase creator to generate it. Refer to ArcGIS Pro: Generate a license file for more information. An administrator or a member with licensing privileges is required to perform the following workflow.
The Roads feature class is successfully added to the map, as shown in the image below.