How To: Understand how ArcSDE licenses are consumed
This document explains how ArcSDE licenses are consumed.
SDE 3.x client licenses
Each SDE connection consumes one, regardless of client type, DBMS username or client location.
SDE 3.x server licenses:
Each running SDE Server (giomgr.exe) consumes one.
ArcSDE 8.0.x licenses:
Same as SDE 3.x except in the case where connections using the same DBMS user name on the same client computer connects using ArcCatalog and/or ArcMap, in which case only one client license is consumed.
This article is not relevant to ArcGIS 8.1 and above.