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Error 908 when connecting to a database server

Technote (troubleshooting)


You try to connect to a database server but receive error -908:
-908 Attempt to connect to database server (servername) failed.


-908 Attempt to connect to database server (servername) failed.


  • instance is offline
  • connection information is incorrect
  • various other causes not limited to above list

Diagnosing the problem

  • Run onstat -g to check the instance status.
  • Check your environment variables, ONCONFIG file, setnet32 settings, services file and sqlhosts to make sure your connectivity related information is consistent and correct.
  • Make sure you can ping from the server machine from the client machine

Resolving the problem

  • Run oninit to bring database server online.
  • Correct connectivity related information; INFORMIXSERVER, port number, hostname, and so on

Document information

More support for: Informix Servers

Software version: 11.5, 11.7, 12.1

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, OS X, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1409402

Modified date: 23 January 2015

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