Determines whether a timeout period should be assessed for the workflow item and what value it should be set to. A timeout is an exception that automatically occurs if execution of a workflow item has not completed within the specified period of time. Setting a timeout period can prove essential in automation environments that requires little or no user interactions. The basic premise is that in situations where a workflow item must wait for something to happen, rather than waiting indefinitely, the waiting will be aborted after the timeout period has elapsed.


Timeout properties can be set via Server Management Console by selecting Options from the Navigation bar and navigating to Default Properties -> Default Workflow Item Properties -> Timeout. They can also be set for individual objects contained in a workflow via Workflow Designer by right-clicking the object and selecting Workflow Item Properties -> Timeout.


NOTE: By default, these properties are inherited by all workflow items on the system unless they are overwritten via the individual agent, workflow or task level. For more details regarding inheritance hierarchies, see Property Inheritance.



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Use Timeout

If enabled, a timeout period will be set for each item in the workflow (disabled by default).  

Timeout after

The maximum period of time that will be allowed to elapse before a timeout occurs. This parameter is active only if the Use Timeout parameter is enabled. The value can be set to the following units of time:

  • Seconds - The value is set to seconds.

  • Minutes (default) - The value is set to minutes.

  • Hours - The value is set to hours.

  • Days - The value is set to days.