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How to I fix this extra geodatabase connection?

Question asked by huffmanp on Feb 10, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 10, 2016 by asengupta-esristaff

After restoring some old geodatabases to my new configuration, 10.3.1 on Windows Server 2012 R2 64, SQL Server 2012, a couple months ago,  I noticed that the database properties were still set to version 9.3.1.  I went through ArcCatalog>Update geodatabase to bring them up to the current version.  Except one wouldn't update.  Says it can't update because there is another open connection.  I had two different connections in ArcCatalog, trying a connection as administrator and one as a user.  But closing the other connection didn't fix it, deleting the other connection didn't fix it.  When I look at the geodatabase properties > connections I see two connections,  both from local host, but one at 6:30 today, way too early to be my current ArcCatalog connection.  One is in italics, one is in non-italics. What does that indicate?  When I clicked on the italics one, disconnect was not allowed, and when I clicked on the non-italics one and tried to disconnect I got "Entry for SDE instance not found in services file".  What would you do here? What documentation should I be looking at?