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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

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?