Accessing Focal Point URL results in HTTP Status 404 error

Technote (troubleshooting)


Attempts to access an IBM Rational Focal Point URL results in "HTTP Status 404 - /fp/servlet/Login error".


The following error is returned when accessing a Focal Point URL after restoring a Focal Point 6.1 database backup on a new 6.1 installation:

"HTTP Status 404 - /fp/servlet/Login"


When the database is restored on a different Focal Point server, it tries to connect to the database on startup and sees that a server is already running. Since the database has not been setup in a clustered mode (standard install), it will not allow another connection as it thinks a node is already running.


This issue arises only for Focal Point backups running in a stand-alone installation and not a clustered/Load sharing mode.

Database backups are taken using scripts and this is done when the Focal Point server is running as it is not necessary to stop the server to take backups.

Resolving the problem

You need to remove the previous node entry for the database to start Focal Point as below.

  1. Stop Tomcat service / process for Focal Point

  2. Login to Postgres database
    • pgAdminIII on Windows
    • psql on a UNIX or Linux

  3. Execute the following SQL query

    delete from node;

  4. Restart Tomcat process for Focal Point

  5. Login to Focal Point

Related information

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Document information

More support for:

Rational Focal Point
General Information

Software version:

6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

Operating system(s):

Linux, Solaris, Windows

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