How can I increase the timeout for connecting to my SQL Server?

Applies to
All ApexSQL products

This article explains how to increase the timeout period for any SQL Server connection to prevent “Timeout expired” message

Trying to connect to SQL Server using an ApexSQL application causes “Timeout expired” message:

“Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or the server is not responding. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: -2)”

The default 15 seconds timeout is not enough to successfully connect due to:

  1. Connecting to the remote SQL Server over a slow network
  2. Connecting to the remote SQL Server in the heavy network traffic time
  3. Various other reasons

Open the Connection options dialog and set the desired time period for any SQL Server instance

The Connection options dialog can be accessed via “Options” link which is present in “New project” or “Connect to Server” forms

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Last updated
July 29, 2012