Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or the server is not responding (SQLUtilities)

Recently I have written a small search utility to search the text contain in SQL database. This utility was divided into three major parts. One important trick to avoid the above error is as follow:


1.       Retrieving all the schemas’ and tables’ names (schema name cannot be omitted or else the third part of it will have numerous errors).




2.       Retrieving all the information column name with any type of char data types




3.       Find the text from all the columns with any char data type.


SELECT * FROM " + strSchema + "." + strTable + " WHERE [" + strCol + "] LIKE ‘%" + strFind + "%’


Due to the database that can be very big in size hence you might get the error “The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or the server is not responding” with the default 30 seconds timeout setting. I change the value to 240.


SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(strSQL, connText);

cmd.CommandTimeout = 240;


Please download the sample from http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/SQLUtilities. Please feedback if you discover any bug.


Minimum requirement: MS SQL 2005 Express, Visual C# 2008 Express

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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress (http://www.pcworld.com/article/206455/Microsoft_Live_Spaces_Moves_to_WordPress_An_FAQ.html) till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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