Error 908 when connecting to a database server

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Problem(Abstract)

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

Symptom

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


Cause

  • 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

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Document information


More support for:

Informix Servers

Software version:

11.5, 11.7, 12.1

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, Windows

Reference #:

1409402

Modified date:

2015-01-23

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