You use the
remote login timeout option to specify the number of seconds to wait before returning from a failed attempt to log in to a remote server. If you are attempting to log in to a remote server and that server is down,
remote login timeout ensures that you do not have to wait indefinitely before your computer ceases its attempts to log in.
This option affects connections to OLE DB providers made for heterogeneous queries. The default setting for remote login timeout is
20 (seconds). A value of
0 allows for an infinite wait.
The following is an example of this option:
exec sp_configure 'remote login timeout', 30goRECONFIGUREGo