While running the DecommissionPublicationTarget Core Service method on a well-used Publication Target I received the following error. The same code worked fine on a less-used Publication Target. I am using SQL Server 2013 and Tridion 2013 SP1:

A database error occurred while executing Stored Procedure "EDA_SYSTEM_DECOMMISSIONPUBLICATIONTARGET". Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or the server is not responding. The wait operation timed out

Any ideas?

The method I am using is:

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If you decomission a "well-used" publication target, a lot of PUBLISH_STATE records may have to be deleted (and associated indexes updated). That may take a long time; longer than the configured query/command timeout and/or transaction timeout.

Note that transaction timeout can be set per CM Session (Core Service client): client.SetTransactionTimeout

Also note that you can use a PowerShell cmdlet to decomission Publication Targets: Clear-TcmPublicationTarget

  • I had the same problem using the core service even after I increased the binding.SendTimeout to 10 minutes. Clear-TcmPublicationTarget fixed it for me. May 10, 2016 at 8:21

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