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Enforced timeouts are a good way to ensure that your service always responds within a given amount of time. Even if a long-running process hangs. This is important in high-availability systems where response performance is crucial so errors can be dealt with cleanly.
To enable an enforced timeout on an endpoint, simply select it from the drop down:
… and enter the timeout in seconds for the endpoint:
If you are using the service discovery option, hard timeouts will force the service discovery module to refresh the host / host list.