I am new to JNDI, JTA, javax.sql though I am familiar with java.sql

I want to access a database (a Derby database) using JNDI lookup and UserTransaction (as I want to learn about Distributed DB Transactions).

I am using Sun Java Application Server(SJAS) 8.2
Database: Derby
Directory Services of : default from SJAS admin console

I have successfully created a connection pool and added the JDBC resource at the admin console of SJAS. I could successfully ping it.

But when I try to execute the following code it throws a exception


import java.sql.*;
import java.util.*;
import javax.sql.*;
import javax.naming.*;
import javax.transaction.*;

public class DerbyDB_dist
	public static void main(String args[])

		Properties prop=new Properties();
		Context initialContext = new InitialContext(prop);

		DataSource ds = (DataSource)initialContext.lookup("jdbc/testdb1");
		UserTransaction ut = (UserTransaction)initialContext.lookup("javax.transaction.UserTransaction");

		Connection con = ds.getConnection();
		Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
		ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT * FROM abc");
		while (rs.next()) 
			int x = rs.getInt(1);
			String s = rs.getString(2);


	catch(Exception e)



javax.naming.CommunicationException: localhost:389 [Root exception is java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect]
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.Connection.<init>(Connection.java:204)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapClient.<init>(LdapClient.java:118)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapClient.getInstance(LdapClient.java:1578)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtx.connect(LdapCtx.java:2596)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtx.<init>(LdapCtx.java:283)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.LdapCtxFactory.getInitialContext(LdapCtxFactory.java:53)
        at javax.naming.spi.NamingManager.getInitialContext(NamingManager.java:667)
        at javax.naming.InitialContext.getDefaultInitCtx(InitialContext.java:247)
        at javax.naming.InitialContext.init(InitialContext.java:223)
        at javax.naming.InitialContext.<init>(InitialContext.java:197)
        at DerbyDB_dist.main(DerbyDB_dist.java:16)
Caused by: java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect
        at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.socketConnect(Native Method)
        at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.doConnect(PlainSocketImpl.java:333)
        at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connectToAddress(PlainSocketImpl.java:195)
        at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connect(PlainSocketImpl.java:182)
        at java.net.SocksSocketImpl.connect(SocksSocketImpl.java:366)
        at java.net.Socket.connect(Socket.java:516)
        at java.net.Socket.connect(Socket.java:466)
        at java.net.Socket.<init>(Socket.java:366)
        at java.net.Socket.<init>(Socket.java:179)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.Connection.createSocket(Connection.java:346)
        at com.sun.jndi.ldap.Connection.<init>(Connection.java:181)
        ... 10 more

I know I messed up somewhere with the JNDI InitialContext thing, but don't know how to sort out the problem.

Please tell me where did I made a mistake? If possible please give some link to any good tutorial explaining this aspect of jndi/jdbc/jta

11 Years
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Last Post by Sukanto

Weird port number, the default is 3700 (and probably not LDAP).

The following settings are all that's AFAIK required:
jvmarg value = "-Dorg.omg.CORBA.ORBInitialHost=${ORBhost}"
jvmarg value = "-Dorg.omg.CORBA.ORBInitialPort=${ORBport}"

(either as properties of environment settings).


Can you please tell me whether there is any LDAP server provided with Sun Java Application Server 8.2 or not ? If not how do I connect a LDAP server (e.g. OpenLDAP) with SJAS 8.2 ???

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