Azure cmdlets timeout workaround/hack

I know that fixing a timeout issue by increasing the timeout is probably the worst idea but hey, needs must…. 🙂

When you install the Azure cmdlets, it compiles the source code. Therefore allows you to amend the source code before this happens:


Change the CreateServiceManagementChannel methods to include these lines:

factory.Endpoint.Binding.SendTimeout = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(2);
factory.Endpoint.Binding.ReceiveTimeout = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(2);

…before the factory.CreateChannel();

Then run the startHere.cmd again otherwise you’ll get a strong name exception.

However I still get timeouts for GetDeployment, this is no longer a client side WCF timeout issue as I tried using HttpWebRequest against the ServiceManagement REST API setting both Timeout and ReadWriteTimeout. It appears this is a server side timeout of around 2 minutes resulting in

“The underlying connection was closed: The connection was closed unexpectedly.”

I’ve not found a way around this yet other than to try another approach that doesn’t use/need this method.

UPDATE 8/4/2011: About 5pm last night GMT this issue went away and the GetDeployment call that was taking over two minutes now runs in 8 seconds – we didn’t change anything so…. 😐


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