Error: DB2 - Error starting esri_sde service -93 DBMS error code: -30082

Error Message

The following error message is received in the SDE error log after trying to start the ArcSDE service. The problem is related to the SDE user password.

"DB2 - Error starting esri_sde service -93 DBMS error code: -30082"


ArcSDE 9.1 DB2 Build 1719 Thu Mar 3 18:57:01 PST 2005
init_DB DB_instance_open_as_dba: -93
DBMS error code: -30082
[IBM][CLI Driver] SQL30082N Attempt to establish connection failed
with security reason "24"


This error is returned because the password that the SDE service was created with and the password set for the SDE OS user do not match.

Solution or Workaround

There are several options to resolve this problem and enable the service.

  • Delete and recreate the service
    1. Delete the service.
    2. Reset the SDE user password to ensure accuracy.
    3. Recreate the service.

    Proper use of the ArcSDE command references can be reviewed, under: "How to delete an ArcSDE service", by way of the Related Information section below.
  • Change password for SDE user

    If the original SDE password that the service was initially created with is still in use, and the SDE password on the OS level has been changed, then the password can be changed again to match the SDE user password for the service.
  • Alter the SDE user password for the service

    If the SDE user password has been altered on the OS level and the SDE password must be changed for the service to match this, use the following command:

    You must know the old SDE password to complete this command. This is the -p <SDE_DBA_PASSWORD> in the example below:

    The registry keyword for SDE password is SDE_DBA_PASSWORD.


    ESRI ArcSDE System Service Utility Fri Nov 11 14:58:01 2005
    sdeservice -o modify -r <registry_keyword> -v <new_value>
    -p <SDE_DBA_Password> [-i <service>]

    If running sdemon -o start returns the following error, refer to: "Error starting esri_sde service(997)" by way of the Related Information section below.

    "esri_sde service failed during initialization.
    Please check event log or error log files.
    Error starting esri_sde service(997)
    Could not start ArcSDE -- Check Network, $SDEHOME disk, DBMS settings"

Related Information