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Posted on 2009-07-06
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In my web.config I set session timeout as follows...

         <sessionState cookieless="false" timeout="99999">
        </sessionState>

But it seems to timeout after like 10 minutes.  No, I don't clear it in code anywhere.

(I'm using my own security and I have session("LoggedIn") as True.  If it's False it's kicked out to the Login page.  So, after like 10 minutes it kicks the user out to the Login page.)
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Is the server load balanced and after 10 minutes you get sent to a different server?
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by:RobertNZana
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No.  I am hosting thru GoDaddy.
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Perhaps your application pool is recycling after 10 minutes of inactivity.  Also check to see if it's recycling because too much memory is being used.  There should be some entries in the event log if this is happening.
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by:RobertNZana
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Since I'm using GoDaddy hosting I'm not sure if I can confirm any of this.

If I use cookies to show if I'm logged in is that a better solution?
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Yeah just write a cookie and use that to populate the user information if their session timed out.  Keep in mind that cookies can be visible/modified by anyone that has access to the computer so don't write an integer ID to the cookie since those are easy to guess, rather write a guid that you can lookup in the database.
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Another option could be to use a session state server if it is supported by your hosting company
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by:RobertNZana
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Is that hard to set up?  I already am using a MySql Server Db.  Is this all I need? :)
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by:nathanbaker
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no its a windows service that you setup, you can use sql server session states that is your third option, but session state server works really well in my experience.
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by:RobertNZana
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I ended up upgrading my devart mydirect.net component to the latest, which has a timeout setting, and it works better now.  Thanks everyone.
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