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Script timeout error

Problem Description

When uploading large files, the following error may occur:

Active Server Pages, ASP 0113 (0x80004005)
The maximum amount of time for a script to execute was exceeded. You can change this limit by specifying a new value for the property Server.ScriptTimeout or by changing the value in the IIS administration tools.


In the IIS configuration tools, right-click on your virtual directory where your ASP script is running and choose "Properties". On the main tab of the property sheet, click Configuration under Application Settings. If this button is not present, click on the Create button to create an application first.

On the Application Configuration dialog, select the App Options tab. Under ASP Script Timeout, enter a large number such as 900.

In Windows 2003 , there is an additional timeout setting. IIS 6.0 has a file named metabase.xml which resides in the folder C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv . By default, this file has this entry:

AspScriptTimeout = "90"

You can change that to a higher value such as 900 seconds, and save the file. (You may need to restart IIS for the change to take effect.)

Under ASP.NET , the timeout error message reads as follows:

Exception Details: System.Web.HttpException: Request timed out.

In .NET, there is an additional setting for this. The default script timeout is set to 90 seconds by the httpRuntime section of the machine.config file. You can change this setting to affect all applications on your site, or you can override the settings in your application-specific web.config as follows:

<httpRuntime executionTimeout="900" />

The .NET config files are usually stored in the folder C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\[version]\Config where [version] is the version of the .NET Framework such as v1.1.4322. You may need to restart IIS for such changes to take effect.