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When a user who is a geodatabase administrator, but not a server administrator, nor a Windows administrator, tries to create a backup file of an ArcSDE Personal or Workgroup geodatabase in a location other than the default location, ArcCatalog crashes.
When a user clicks the ellipses or browse button on the Backup geodatabase dialog box, a SQL Server function is called to return all the possible backup locations. This function can only be executed by a sysadmin user; users who are geodatabase administrators (db_owners) are unable to use this function.
Beginning with ArcGIS 9.2 Service Pack 2, the ellipses button is inactive if the connecting user is not a sysadmin (dbo) user.
As the Geodatabase administrator, type the backup location directly into the 'Backup to folder' field on the Backup geodatabase dialog box or accept the default backup location.