How to override .NET connectionManagement settings in an application configuration file

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Symptom

When attempting to add a custom connectionManagement entry in an application configuration file (dllhost.exe.config, for example), the following error message may be thrown if a duplicate address already exists in the connectionManagement section of the machine.config file: 

    System.Configuration.ConfigurationException: The entry '*' has already been added

Note This example assumes the wildcard address is being set in both the application configuration and machine.config file.

More Information

Duplicate 'add' entries cannot exist in an application configuration file and the machine.config file, as the 2.0 framework does not treat this as an override.

To work around this error, the duplicate entry must first be removed in the application configuration file, and then added. For example, if you have the following entry in machine.config file:

<system.net>
<connectionManagement>
<add address="*" maxconnection="48"/>
</connectionManagement>
</system.net>

and then attempt to create a dllhost.exe.config file with this:

<system.net>
<connectionManagement>
<add address="*" maxconnection="12"/>
</connectionManagement>
</system.net>

the error will occur when the application hosted in the dllhost process spins up. To fix this, add a remove entry for the wildcard address just above the add entry within the application configuration file, as shown here:

<system.net>
<connectionManagement>
<remove address="*">
<add address="*" maxconnection="12"/>
</connectionManagement>
</system.net>

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Article ID: 969189 - Last Review: March 18, 2009 - Revision: 1.0
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  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
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