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Compatibility between ArcGIS clients and geodatabases in SAP HANA

You can connect to a geodatabase in SAP HANA from the following ArcGIS clients:

  • All versions of ArcGIS Pro that are not retired
  • ArcGIS Server 10.6 and later releases
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1 and later releases
Connections from earlier clients are not supported.

The geodatabase version for an enterprise geodatabase is stored in a system table. It indicates what client version you used to create or upgrade the geodatabase. For example, if you create an enterprise geodatabase from ArcGIS Pro 2.5, the geodatabase version is

The geodatabase version does not entirely reflect the functionality available to you, as a lot of geodatabase functionality is implemented in the clients that access the geodatabase and not in the geodatabase itself.

You can connect from a newer client to an older release geodatabase; however, the version of the database management system you use must be compatible with the ArcGIS client version from which you connect. See the ArcGIS system requirements for SAP HANA for information on supported versions.

Connecting from newer clients to older release geodatabases allows you to use the geodatabase without having to upgrade it at the same time the clients are upgraded. It also allows you to have mixed-release client installations at your site. Keep the following in mind, though, when using mixed releases:

  • In some cases, current-release clients cannot use the latest geodatabase functionality until the geodatabase has been upgraded.
  • When you make a connection from a newer client to an older enterprise geodatabase, you only have access to functionality that is available for the release of your geodatabase. This also applies to API functionality; if the functionality does not exist in the version of the geodatabase to which you want to connect, you cannot use the newer API function.
  • While older ArcGIS client versions can open, query, edit, and save data in newer release geodatabases, they cannot access datasets that participate in newer functionality and will encounter one of the following error messages when trying to open one of these datasets:
    • The version of the geodatabase client is incompatible with the dataset and cannot open it.
    • Failed to add data, unsupported data type.