I came across this issue in Catalog. I tried running the Enable Editor Tracking tool with the option to create the editor fields, and got Error 001216 (again, can I say that I really don’t like the new help interface?).
Now, I am running ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3, and the SDE feature class I was trying to enable editor tracking for was created in ArcGIS 10.2.2. The fact that the error is telling me that it is a pre-10.0 dataset does not help, although to be fair, most error messages in ArcGIS do not help.
That’s why after reading the aformentioned GeoNet thread, I was not surprised that the workaround was to use any of the other available methods to enable editor tracking. The methods are:
- Executing the tool via ArcToolbox
- Right click the dataset in ArcCatalog > Manage > Enable Editor Tracking…
- Add the geoprocessing tool into ModelBuilder and run the model
- Run the tool via Python
Needless to say, all of those methods work besides the first one. The fact that this “bug” has persisted from 10.1 shows that either too few people need to know how to use the tool (hello, fellow SDE admins!), or (more likely) everyone has long forgotten that the tool doesn’t work because they are using the alternate methods listed above.