Problem: 'New Geodatabase' is grayed out for SQL Server Express


When right-clicking on a SQL Server Express database in ArcCatalog, 'New Geodatabase' is grayed out.


The user is running an ArcView license.

Solution or Workaround

The license level must be set to ArcEditor or ArcInfo to create a new database in SQL Server Express.

  1. Close all ArcGIS applications.
  2. Go to Start > All Programs > ArcGIS > Desktop Administrator.
  3. Select the Software Product folder.
  4. Check ArcInfo or ArcEditor.