My environment is the following: My current licenses will expire after the 29th of September (so in 1,5 hours) but I have already a new license-file for the next year.
I've already posted more or less the same question at esri's Geo Net Forum, but until now I have got any response.
Through my frustration of not finding the post-installation wizard with Arc SDE 10.1 and being unsuccessful with the command line tool to start an SDE service on our SDE databases, I found I was able to access the databases and copy/past/add features/delete features/etc. The question is, why do I need to go through the trouble of trying to get the SDE services to run if I can manage our databases through the Desktop tools?
all through direct connections to our SQL Server 2012 machine. I was even able to create an enterprise geodatabase and verified that all of the necessary business tables were created.
This might be an old thread but I just recently came across it.
Pictometry will connect directly to SDE databases, but you have to do it correctly.