Tips to help prevent long-running reports from timing out [AX 2012]

Updated: June 20, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Microsoft Dynamics AX uses Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services to render reports. Reporting Services retrieves report data from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Application Object Server (AOS) by using a custom extension that uses Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) to communicate with the AOS.

The size of the data set and the complexity of the report that is rendered can affect the time that is required to display the report. Additionally, if various time-outs and other thresholds are reached, the report rendering may fail. This topic provides tips that can help you prevent reports that run for a long time from timing out.

If the report uses the Report Data Provider (RDP) to retrieve data, the report should be modified to use a pre-processed RDP class as the data source, so that processing logic is invoked before a call is made to Reporting Services. For more information about RDP classes, see Using Report Data Provider Classes to Access Report Data and Report Programming Guide.

Reporting Services has a report execution time-out period, which defines the number of seconds after which the reporting processing times out. The default value for this period is 30 minutes. If report execution requires more time, report execution fails.

You can specify the report execution time-out period for all reports by configuring the time-out settings at the level of the Reporting Services site. Alternatively, you can specify the report execution time-out period for a specific report.

The report execution timeout period at the level of the Reporting Services site should be set to a value that is more than the time that is required to render your largest report. Alternatively, report execution can be set so that it never times out. You can specify the report execution time-out period in Report Manager or SQL Server Management Studio.

If you want to specify the report execution time-out period by using Report Manager, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Report Manager website for the Reporting Services instance. By default, the URL is http://[SSRSServerName]:80/Reports.

  2. Click Site Settings. The Properties page is displayed.

  3. In the Report Timeout section, specify a time-out period by entering the number of seconds. Alternatively, you can choose not to have a time-out period.

  4. Click Apply to save your changes.

If you want to specify the report execution time-out period by using SQL Server Management Studio, follow these steps.

  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio, and connect to your Reporting Services instance.

  2. In the Object Explorer pane, right-click the name of your report server, and then select Properties. The Server Properties window is displayed.

  3. In the Select a page area, click Execution.

  4. Specify a time-out period by entering the number of seconds. Alternatively, you can choose not to have a time-out period.

  5. Click OK to save your changes.

To specify the report execution time-out period for a specific report, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Report Manager website for the Reporting Services instance. By default, the URL is http://[SSRSServerName]:80/Reports.

  2. Click the DynamicsAX folder. The Microsoft Dynamics AX reports are listed.

  3. Hover over a specific report, click the drop-down arrow, and then click Manage. The properties page is displayed.

  4. Click the Processing Options tab.

  5. In the Report Timeout section, specify a time-out period by entering the number of seconds. Alternatively, you can choose not to have a time-out period.

  6. Click Apply to save your changes.

Reporting Services maintains a user session, which may time out if report execution requires a long time. If the user session times out, the report rendering fails. You can resolve this issue by configuring two properties, SessionTimeout and SessionAccessTimeout, by using the rs.exe tool. These properties should be set to a value that is more than the time that is required to render your largest report.

On the Reporting Services server, follow these steps to configure the SessionTimeout and SessionAccessTimeout properties.

Caution noteCaution

Keeping a user session around longer than necessary can cause your ReportServerTempDB database to grow larger because temporary session snapshots will not be aged out as often.

  1. Create a SessionTimeout.rss file by following these steps:

    1. Open Notepad.

    2. Copy the following code into Notepad.

      Public Sub Main()
          Dim props() as [Property]
          props = new [Property] () { new [Property](), new [Property]() }
          
          props(0).Name = "SessionTimeout"
          props(0).Value = timeout
          
          props(1).Name = "SessionAccessTimeout"
          props(1).Value = timeout
          
          rs.SetSystemProperties(props)
      End Sub
      
    3. Save the file to the local hard drive as SessionTimout.rss.

  2. Open a Command Prompt window.

  3. Run the script that you created in step 1 by entering the following command. Keep the following points in mind:

    • By default, the URL of the report server is http://[SSRSServerName]:80/ReportServer.

    • The timeout value is expressed in seconds. In the example below, the SessionTimeout and SessionAccessTimeout properties are set to 20 hours.

    $>rs.exe -i <Path to SessionTimeout.rss file> -s <Report Server URL> -v timeout="72000" –l 0
    

    By default, the rs.exe tool is located at \Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\Binn. For more information about how to use this tool, see the rs Utility (rs.exe) topic in the SQL Server documentation and the Session Timeout during execution blog post.

Reporting Services uses the Microsoft Dynamics AX query service to retrieve data. The Microsoft Dynamics AX query service is a WCF service that is exposed by the AOS. For reports that have large data sets, the default WCF configuration may cause WCF to reach some time-outs and thresholds at run time. To help prevent this issue, you can modify the WCF configuration in the following ways.

Follow these steps to configure server-side WCF settings. Complete these steps on the AOS server.

  1. Open the Ax32Serv.exe.config file. This file is typically located at \Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\<version>\Server\MicrosoftDynamicsAX\Bin.

  2. Find the QueryServiceBinding element.

    </system.diagnostics>
      <system.serviceModel>
        <bindings>
          <netTcpBinding>
            <binding name="QueryServiceBinding" sendTimeout="00:10:00" transferMode="StreamedResponse" maxBufferSize="65536" maxReceivedMessageSize="104857600" listenBacklog="200" maxConnections="200">
              <readerQuotas maxStringContentLength="104857600" />
            </binding>
    
    
  3. The default value for the sendTimeout property on this element is 10 minutes. Increase the value for the sendTimeout property. For example, set the value to 30 minutes.

  4. Save your changes.

Reporting Services communicates with the AOS to retrieve data. In this communication process, Reporting Services acts as the client, and the AOS acts as the server. Therefore, to configure client-side WCF settings, you must follow these steps on the server where Reporting Services is installed.

  1. Create a new, local client configuration as explained in Manage a client configuration.

  2. While the configuration utility is still open, click the Connection tab.

  3. Click the Configure Services button.

  4. A message is displayed that indicates that the configuration will no longer be updated automatically after a change is made to the server. Click OK.

  5. A message may be displayed that indicates that you have to install the Windows SDK for Windows Server and the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0. In this case, download and install the Windows SDK for Windows Server and the .NET Framework version 4.0.

    After you install the Windows SDK, connect to the client configuration that you created in step 1. Then repeat steps 2 and 3 to open the Microsoft Service Configuration Editor.

  6. In the Configuration area, click Bindings > QueryServiceEndpoint (netTcpBinding).

  7. On the Bindings tab, modify the following properties:

    • SendTimeout – By default, this property is set to 10 minutes. Increase the value. For example, set the value to 30 minutes.

    • MaxReceivedMessageSize – By default, this property is set to 2147483647. Increase the value. For example, if you want to double the value, set it to 4294967294. The maximum value that is allowed is Int64.MaxValue.

  8. Click File > Save.

To improve performance when you print statements or reports that include large amounts of data, use batch processing. When you use batch processing, you can run specific tasks as batch jobs, and then schedule those batch jobs to be run on a different computer (a batch server). When you move the processing of these tasks to a batch server, the report performance on the client computer can improve. You can also apply range restrictions to limit the size of each batch. You can improve performance by submitting multiple, smaller batches to be processed at the same time on different servers, instead of submitting one large batch.

Many tasks in Microsoft Dynamics AX can be run as part of batch jobs. For more information, see Batch processing overview.


Announcements: To see known issues and recent fixes, use Issue search in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS).

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