The syncmgr_server fails to initialize correctly when installing or upgrading to IBM Rational ClearCase 7.1. Subsequent attempts by the albd to start the syncmgr_server will fail.
After upgrading or installing ClearCase 7.1, the syncmgr fails to start and the following errors will be seen in the Microsoft Windows Event Viewer Applications Logs as well as the ClearCase logs.
"The syncmgr_server.exe never went busy (may be looping), marking it as down"
"Server syncmgr_server.exe died on startup; marking it as down.
"Unable to contact albd_server on host <local hostname>"
"Could not get handle for the albd on this host: timed out trying to communicate with ClearCase remote server.",
"RPC init failure",
"Failed to init syncmgr", "\multisite\etc\syncmgr\syncmgr_dbstart.cxx:295: operation dt_open on syncmgrdb failed ...",
"Failed to setup DB session"
During the installation procedure the syncmgr_server attempts to create the syncmgrdb before the lockmgr service has started causing it to fail.
Windows platforms, including Windows 2008 Server R2
Resolving the problem
After the install is complete delete the <ClearCase Install Directory>\var\syncmgrdb directory.
Start the syncmgr_server by running cleartool serveradmin -enable syncmgr_server
This recreates the syncmgrdb and starts the syncmgrsvr.
If upgrading, the directory can be replaced with the pre-upgrade version before starting the syncmgr.