I am running the following script using SPE Remoting (trying to find all images on all sitecore sites, but this doesn't matter as it is off subject for this post):

Import-Module -Name SPE
$session = New-ScriptSession -Username admin -Password b -ConnectionUri http://sitecorehostname

$script = {Get-ChildItem -Path "master:\" -Recurse | Where-Object { $_.Extension -match "png" -or $_.Extension -match "jpg" -or $_.Extension -match "bmp"}}

$TheStuff = Invoke-RemoteScript -Session $session -ScriptBlock $script 

Write-Host $TheStuff

Stop-ScriptSession -Session $session

This gives me a timeout error:

Exception calling "ExecuteScriptBlock2" with "5" argument(s): "The operation has timed out" At \Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\SPE\Invoke-RemoteScript.ps1:257 char:13 + $response = $singleConnection.Proxy.ExecuteScriptBlock2($ ... + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : WebException

If I run the same script in the Sitecore Powershell SPE, it runs fine and returns 4413 records.

The httpRuntime setting in my Sitecore root Web,config is:

        <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="512000" executionTimeout="3600" enableKernelOutputCache="false" relaxedUrlToFileSystemMapping="true" requestValidationMode="4.0" enableVersionHeader="false" />

So that timeout is at 60 minutes. This script times out in 102 seconds.

Is there a way to increase the timeout, or am I invoking an incorrect script?


Here is how I implemented the code, based on the answer below:

Import-Module -Name SPE
$session = New-ScriptSession -Username admin -Password b -ConnectionUri http://sitecorehostname
$jobId = Invoke-RemoteScript -Session $session -ScriptBlock {
        # This may make the code easier to maintain.
        $extensions = @("jpg", "png", "bmp")
        #Get-ChildItem -Path "master:/media library" -Recurse | Where-Object { $_.DisplayName -eq "CoveoFacet"}
        Get-ChildItem -Path "master:\media library" -Recurse | Where-Object { $extensions -contains $_.Extension } | Select-Object -Property Name, Id, TemplateName
} -AsJob
$results = Wait-RemoteScriptSession -Session $session -Id $jobId -Delay 5 -Verbose
Stop-ScriptSession -Session $session

ForEach($result in $results)
    Write-Host $result.Name
    Write-Host $result.Id
    Write-Host $result.TemplateName
    Write-Host $newline
  • One thought, you probably want to restrict Get-ChildItem to /sitecore/media library, as searching master:\ , otherwise it will have to enumerate the ENTIRE content tree (including templates, renderings, all of the content, etc.) Aug 3, 2017 at 17:08
  • Is it at all possible that there may be image files in the rest of the tree, outside of the media library directory? Aug 3, 2017 at 17:49
  • I would be surprised if there was. Generally the media library is where media items would be stored. Aug 3, 2017 at 18:23

2 Answers 2


You'll want to make use of the Wait-RemoteScriptSession command. A more ideal scenario than increasing the web.config timeout is to simply poll the server for updates. Another idea after discussing could be that the timeout occurs because there is a significant amount of data serialized and returned by the service. The example filters to a few properties using Select-Object.

Import-Module -Name SPE
$session = New-ScriptSession -Username admin -Password b -ConnectionUri https://remotesitecore
$jobId = Invoke-RemoteScript -Session $session -ScriptBlock {
        # This may make the code easier to maintain.
        $extensions = @("png","jpg","bmp")
        Get-ChildItem -Path "master:\media library" -Recurse | Where-Object { $extensions -contains $_.Extension } | Select-Object -Property Name, ID, TemplateName
} -AsJob
Wait-RemoteScriptSession -Session $session -Id $jobId -Delay 5 -Verbose
Stop-ScriptSession -Session $session
  • This is the answer, with no changes to the timeout in the root web.config. I am going to edit the Question to show how I implemented the code. Aug 3, 2017 at 20:14

I think that you are changing timeout wrong web.config.

Try to change it in web.config located here:

sitecore modules\PowerShell\Services\web.config

  • Where do I add the timeout attribute in this file? Can you put an example of the file's contents in your answer? Aug 3, 2017 at 17:53
  • @crackedcornjimmy same place where you did it in Sitecore root Web.config. system.web>httpRuntime
    – Anton
    Aug 4, 2017 at 7:44
  • 1
    I tried that and it exploded with massive fireworks. Aug 7, 2017 at 15:17

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