Comment 1 for bug 1781286

It's not the [database]/connection that matters, build requests are in API DB which isn't configured in the cell conductor in default devstack.

If you have a recreate, can you log the filter_properties when this fails? Because the logic is based on the num_attempts count from the retries:

except Exception as exc:
            num_attempts = filter_properties.get(
                'retry', {}).get('num_attempts', 1)
            updates = {'vm_state': vm_states.ERROR, 'task_state': None}
            for instance in instances:
                self._set_vm_state_and_notify(
                    context, instance.uuid, 'build_instances', updates,
                    exc, request_spec)
                # If num_attempts > 1, we're in a reschedule and probably
                # either hit NoValidHost or MaxRetriesExceeded. Either way,
                # the build request should already be gone and we probably
                # can't reach the API DB from the cell conductor.
                if num_attempts <= 1:
                    try:
                        # If the BuildRequest stays around then instance
                        # show/lists will pull from it rather than the errored
                        # instance.
                        self._destroy_build_request(context, instance)