ArcSDE service fails to start on 2008R2 server

Discussion created by doug_osborne on Feb 3, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 3, 2014 by asengupta-esristaff
Problem: Installed ArcSDE on new 2008R2 Server and configured it the same as existing instance on soon to be deprecated 2008 R1 server.

Service was created manually because the post install failed, and recommendation to use the -n option was implemented.

The service is created but will not start and stay started. It claims it cannot connect to the Oracle database instance, although the database is alive and reachable from the server in question.

Our suspicion is that there is a Local Security Policy that has locked down the machine, but we are not sure which one is affecting SDE.