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ServiceThrottlingBehavior.MaxConcurrentInstances Property

Gets or sets a value that specifies the maximum number of InstanceContext objects in the service that can execute at one time.

Namespace:  System.ServiceModel.Description
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

public int MaxConcurrentInstances { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The maximum number of InstanceContext objects in the service at one time. The default is 26.

The MaxConcurrentInstances property specifies the maximum number of InstanceContext objects in the service. It is important to keep in mind the relationship between the MaxConcurrentInstances property and the InstanceContextMode property. If InstanceContextMode is PerSession, the resulting value is the total number of sessions. If InstanceContextMode is PerCall, the resulting value is the number of concurrent calls. If a message arrives while the maximum number of InstanceContext objects already exist, the message is held until an InstanceContext object closes.

You can also set the values of this attribute by using the <serviceThrottling> element in an application configuration file.

The following code example shows the use of ServiceThrottlingBehavior from an application configuration file that sets the MaxConcurrentSessions, MaxConcurrentCalls and MaxConcurrentInstances properties to 1 as an example. Real-world experience determines what the optimal settings are for any particular application.

<configuration>
  <appSettings>
    <!-- use appSetting to configure base address provided by host -->
    <add key="baseAddress" value="http://localhost:8080/ServiceMetadata" />
  </appSettings>
  <system.serviceModel>
    <services>
      <service 
        name="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation.SampleService"
        behaviorConfiguration="Throttled" >
        <host>
          <baseAddresses>
            <add baseAddress="http://localhost:8080/SampleService"/>
          </baseAddresses>
        </host>
        <endpoint
          address=""
          binding="wsHttpBinding"
          contract="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation.ISampleService"
         />
        <endpoint
          address="mex"
          binding="mexHttpBinding"
          contract="IMetadataExchange"
         />
      </service>
    </services>
    <behaviors>
      <serviceBehaviors>
        <behavior  name="Throttled">
          <serviceThrottling 
            maxConcurrentCalls="1" 
            maxConcurrentSessions="1" 
            maxConcurrentInstances="1"
          />
          <serviceMetadata 
            httpGetEnabled="true" 
            httpGetUrl=""
          />
        </behavior>
      </serviceBehaviors>
    </behaviors>
  </system.serviceModel>
</configuration>

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0
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