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Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager could not connect to the database.


Article ID: 155275


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Endpoint Protection


When the Administrator attempts to log on the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM), the following error is presented:

Error: Failed to connect to the server.

1)      SEPM services stopped.
2)      ODBC connection credentials are not getting synchronized.
3)      Cannot run the Server Configuration Wizard due to the fact that the default port (8443) was already in use.
4)      Windows Application Event Logs display a “Java -1 error” for the failed logon attempt.
5)      In the “C:\Program Files\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\tomcat\logs\catalina.out” file, the following error message is seen (multiple times.):
Com.Sygate.SCM.Server.Util.SCMServerError: Failed to connect to database after tried 20 times. Please start the data

Failed to connect to the server.


When the SEPM was installed, the defaults were used and the default port (8443) was already in use.
Accordingly, the service “Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager Webserver” is missing.

This can be confirmed by the following steps:
  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type Services.msc > Enter
  3. Scroll down to the Symantec services and confirm the state of the service:
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager Webserver


Change the port to an unused port by following the Disaster Recovery procedure.

In performing the Disaster Recovery procedure to restore the SEPM Webserver service, select a port number other than the default port 8443.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1: Best Practices for Disaster Recovery with the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager

Applies To

SQL 2005 Database.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1