Managing Network Connectivity Issues 

  • Unable to connect to the instance.
  • The instance is slow or sometimes unavailable.
  • Able to connect to the instance, but cannot authenticate or log in.  


  • There is no network connectivity.
  • Instance is not able to connect to the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. 



To troubleshoot network connectivity issues in your ServiceNow instance, you must initially gather data from each network. Until this data is collected, there is no way to determine if the issue originated from the ServiceNow network, Internet service provider, customer network, or a combination of these. As a general recommendation, if the browser is producing an error, capture the error number or take a screenshot of the page to help with the troubleshooting process. 

The steps for troubleshooting network connectivity issues are listed in logical, sequential order. Please do not skip a step.


Important Important: If you are able to connect to the instance but cannot authenticate or log in, skip to the To check connectivity from the Instance to their LDAP server section. 



To test the network connectivity: 

    1. Open a Terminal session on your computer using the following menu path: 

        1. From the Windows Start Menu: Start > Run > cmd

      1. From Mac Spotlight: ⌘+space > Terminal

    1. Once in the Terminal, type ping to test the connectivity to the instance and press Enter to initiate the ping command.

      The following image displays the results after running the ping command. The output displays the hostname of the instance needed to troubleshoot the network issue. The Internet Protocol (IP) address can also be used, and in this case, the IP address is Depending on the computer, the ping command can run indefinitely, so use <Ctrl> + C to kill the transaction, if necessary. The ping command output shows that there are three packets, each of 64 bytes, and the round trip time or latency is approximately 100ms.

      Ping command output displaying three packets of 64 bytes and a latency of roughly 100ms.


      The following image reflects the result of running a ping on an IP address with no response. If there is no response, but it is possible to ping from another location successfully, then a routing issue exists between the user and the instance. If so, run the ping command on another target, for example www.google.com. If the site cannot be reached, then the issue is likely on the user's side.

      Ping command on an IP address with no response.

      Important Important: If you are able to reach the objective site but not the instance, escalate the issue to the Technical Support - Network Engineering team for further investigation.


      Some useful options for the ping command is to set the count limit, change the number of packets per second, or increase the packet size, depending on the troubleshooting scenario. Unless you have a reason to change either of these settings, the default is usually the best option. For more options using the ping command, use the manual (man) pages for ping on Mac or help on Windows:

        1. Mac: man ping

      1. Windows: ping /?

  1. Use the traceroute command to test the route (path) and measure transit delays of packets across the instance IP network.

    The image below indicates that the last hop is service-now.car1.washington1.level3.net. This means the packets are reaching the ServiceNow data center provider. Additional information may be needed to determine whether the address is a ServiceNow provider.

    Traceroute command indicating that the last hop is service-now.car1.washington1.level3.net.

    Note Note: The Traceroute command will always timeout before reaching the destination due to the ServiceNow proxy configuration. Ping and traceroute are point-in-time snapshots. To obtain a more accurate image, run these commands multiple times and calculate an average.

    Interpreting the response times depends on the user location and the type of Internet connection. 

    As a reference, ping times are usually within the following ranges:

    • 100ms within the United States.
    • 100 - 150ms from the United Kingdom to the United States.
    • 200 - 300ms from the United States to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


    Important Important: Results may vary greatly. Running multiple ping tests using multiple web sites is highly recommended. If latency (ping times) or packet loss is suspected to be part of the issue, escalate the issue to the Technical Support - Network Engineering team for further investigation. 



To verify connectivity from the instance to the LDAP server:

If you are part of the ServiceNow Technical Support team, please refer to Verifying connectivity from an instance to a LDAP server for details on the internal process. 


Note Note: The following steps use demobill as the instance that is experiencing network connectivity issues. The IP address in the LDAP server record is a Google web server, and port 80 is used for the connection. LDAP commonly uses port 389 and Secure LDAP (LDAPS) uses port 636, but both can be modified if necessary. It is important to test the connection using the port that is configured in the same instance that is presenting network issues.



    1. Log in to the instance.

    1. Navigate to System LDAP > LDAP Servers to obtain the LDAP IP and port information.

      System LDAP, LDAP Servers navigation menu displaying LDAP IP and port information.

    1. Navigate to System Diagnostics > Stats to determine the name of the server hosting the instance.

      System diagnostics stats page displaying statistics for the demo amc instance, including the name of the server hosting the instance.

    1. Log in to the server hosting the instance. For example: bosdemo04.service-now.com, as indicated in the previous step.

  1. Run the telnet command to the IP of the LDAP server and specify the port that is being used.

    In the image below, please note that there is a successful connection to on port 80. If there is a successful connection here, but you are not able to establish a connection using the Test Connection link in the instance, then examine the credentials and verify that the customer's LDAP server allows connections from the outgoing IP address. For more details, refer to the IP Information article in the ServiceNow Datacenter Knowledge Base.

    Telnet command displaying a successful connection to IP address, on port 80.


If the issue continues to exist after following the steps in this article:


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Last Updated:2017-01-11 06:44:48