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At home, I've installed DB2 Express on my Win7 notebook, as a part of the IBM WebSphere installation. At first it was working, but then I restarted Windows and moved to the office, and since then I am unable to connect to the db2 instance using TCP/IP. DB2 Control Center works with the db locally without problems, though.

It turns out that db2 now doesn't start the TCP/IP listener, as there's no process listening on port 50000. Upon start, db2start displays the following message:

SQL5043N  Support for one or more communications protocols failed to start 
successfully. However, core database manager functionality started successfully.

When I try to connect to the DB using TCP/IP, I get the following error:

D:\Programs\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\db2\BIN>db2 connect to QECMNDB
SQL30081N  A communication error has been detected. Communication protocol
being used: "TCP/IP".  Communication API being used: "SOCKETS".  Location
where the error was detected: "".  Communication function
detecting the error: "connect".  Protocol specific error code(s): "10061", "*",
"*".  SQLSTATE=08001

The IP address changes according to which network (home/none/office) I am connected to. When I am disconnected or at office, the IP is one of my virtual adapters (VMware or VirtualBox). (!?!)

Further info:

The database is DB2 Express v9.7 in WebSphere 7.5.

>db2set -all
[e] DB2PATH=D:\Programs\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\db2
[g] DB2PATH=D:\Programs\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\db2

The communication service name db2c_BPMINST corresponds to the following line in C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\services:

db2c_BPMINST    50000/tcp

In db2diag.log, there is:

2013-10-10- I1470074F426       LEVEL: Event
PID     : 7648                 TID  : 6648        PROC : db2syscs.exe
INSTANCE: BPMINST              NODE : 000
EDUID   : 6648                 EDUNAME: db2sysc
FUNCTION: DB2 UDB, fast comm manager, sqlkf_init_allocate_shared, probe:500
START   : FCM infrastructure started
FCM running in non-shared mode; FCM parallelism degree: 1; comm protocol: TCP/IPv4

2013-10-10- I1470502F365       LEVEL: Error
PID     : 7648                 TID  : 6648        PROC : db2syscs.exe
INSTANCE: BPMINST              NODE : 000
EDUID   : 6648                 EDUNAME: db2sysc
FUNCTION: DB2 UDB, common communication, sqlcctcpconnmgr, probe:47
MESSAGE : DIA3202C The TCP/IP call "bind" returned an errno="10013".

So what is wrong, why cannot my DB2 Express start the TCP/IP listener?

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Looks like there may be something else listening on port 50000, or it may be Windows Firewall preventing DB2 from using that port. The internets say that WinSock error 10013 means "permission denied" – mustaccio Oct 10 '13 at 22:30
Windows Task Manager -> Resource Monitor shows no other process blocking port 50000. I have also tried to turn off the firewall, but db2start displays still the same error. – Xarx Oct 11 '13 at 8:28

Try to change the port number in SVCENAME and try to not use a service name. Once you can start TCPIP service in DB2, you can map it in a service name.

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I've left my notebook unused during the weekend. And today, suddenly without any configuration change, the database starts without any error - at the office, at home and also without a network connection. So I guess the problem is related somehow to the network configuration. And I'm afraid, that the database can stop working the same way, again. – Xarx Oct 14 '13 at 16:06
@Xarx - DB2 wouldn't just stop. There is always a reason. It is just a matter of finding that reason. – Chris Aldrich Oct 23 '13 at 17:39

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