We want to enable some SharePoint features during the provisioning process. In our PnP-Template there are three GUIDs of features, which have to be enabled:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<pnp:Provisioning xmlns:pnp="http://schemas.dev.office.com/PnP/2016/05/ProvisioningSchema">
  <pnp:Preferences Generator="OfficeDevPnP.Core, Version=2.17.1708.1, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3751622786b357c2" />
  <pnp:Templates ID="CONTAINER-TEMPLATE-F207AD80A5E746C9B3F9955B844AA650">
    <pnp:ProvisioningTemplate ID="MANDANT-SITE" Version="1">
          <!-- Publishing Site Feature -->
          <pnp:Feature ID="f6924d36-2fa8-4f0b-b16d-06b7250180fa" />
          <pnp:Feature ID="8A4B8DE2-6FD8-41e9-923C-C7C3C00F8295" />
          <!-- Publishing Web Feature -->
          <pnp:Feature ID="94c94ca6-b32f-4da9-a9e3-1f3d343d7ecb" />

Sometimes this process stucks. Mostly the first feature (SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure) works well. But than the SharePoint Online does no response. I do not get any error, exception or something else. The other features are not enabled... When I stop the Azure WebJob (cmd-application) and start it again - all features will be enabled.

The following calls the PnP-Template:

        var provisioningInfo = new ProvisioningTemplateApplyingInformation();
        provisioningInfo.ProgressDelegate = (message, step, total) =>
            Log.InfoFormat("Applying provisioning template - step {0}/{1} : {2}", step, total, message);
            Console.WriteLine("Applying provisioning template - step " + step + "/" + total + ":" + message);
        Console.WriteLine("Try to provisioning");
            UsingContext(siteRequest.Url, ctx =>
                Console.WriteLine("Try to get client context of provisioning");
                Thread.CurrentThread.RunWithCulture((int)siteRequest.Lcid, () =>
                    Console.WriteLine("Start ApplyProvisioningTemplate");
                    ctx.Site.RootWeb.ApplyProvisioningTemplate(provisioningTemplate.OriginalTemplate, provisioningInfo);
                    Console.WriteLine("End ApplyProvisioningTemplate");
        catch (Exception ex)
            Console.WriteLine("An error occured while applying the provisioning template. " + ex);
            Log.Error("An error occured while applying the provisioning template.", ex);
            throw new ProvisioningTemplateException(ex.Message, ex);

What is the reason for this behaviour? Is there a timeout, because enabling the SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure takes round about three minutes?

It would be nice to solve this issue.

1 Answer 1


The solution to fix this issue, was to set an time out for the Client Context.

 ctx.RequestTimeout = -1;

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