How To: Install the MetadataServer with three-tier ArcSDE connection or Direct Connect
The MetadataServer installer creates a dependency in ArcSDE for the machine on which the MetadataServer is installed. When the MetadataServer service is started, if the ArcSDE service is not found on that machine, an error is returned. This is the case with three-tier ArcSDE connections and Direct Connect scenarios. In these cases, the MetadataServer service needs to be created without the dependency. Instructions provided describe how to install the MetadataServer with a three-tier ArcSDE connection or Direct Connect.
Follow the steps below if the ArcSDE service is not present on the same machine on which the MetadataServer service is installed.
Run the MetadataServer installer and input the connection information at the Publish Metadata Parameters page. Finish the installation and dismiss any errors that may occur on the first attempt to start the MetadataServer service.
Open the 'PTWeblink.cfg' file located at <MetadataServer Installation Directory>\etc\.
Verify that the SDEWORKSPACE tag parameters have the correct connection parameters specified. The SDEWORKSPACE tag appears twice in the file, around lines 37 and 130.