Error: ArcSDE Repository unsuccessfully completed with Windows User Account Control

Error Message

Windows machines that have User Account Control (UAC) turned on while running ArcSDE Post Installation a second time return this error:

"The ArcSDE Repository was unsuccessfully completed. Would you like to view the status?"


This is a feature of Windows.

Installation requires that the user be an administrator, not just a member of the administrator group.

This affects Windows 7 and any other Windows platform that is built on Windows 7, such as Windows Server 2008.

Solution or Workaround

Run the ArcSDE Post Installation as an administrator as shown below.
[O-Image] Run as administrator

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