Every once in a while one of my clients will ask me to change SharePoint’s timeout settings. It’s an easy change but you don’t make the adjustment in each web application’s web.config, instead the change is a global change made in the \LAYOUTS\ directory on each web server.
To update the execution timeout
Login to each front end server
Browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS
Locate the <httpRuntime executionTimeout="360" /> line of code and change the timeout value to one of your choice
Repeat this change on each web server. Remember that if you host your central administration on another web server you might want to update that web.config as well because feature activation and other farm level settings have been known to timeout.
When you are done the web.config should look something like this
If your changes don’t appear to stick, check each of your web application front end’s web.config usually located in c:\inetpub\wwwroot\%Application+Port%\ and look for the same executionTimeout variable under the <System.Web> section. You may also choose to add an entry directly under <System.Web>.
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Ulysses Ludwig is a SharePoint architect with over 16 years in the IT and computer industry. Ulysses' primary focus is SharePoint but he dabbles in the latest web technologies and likes to develop software in his spare time.