One of the request inputs is out of range Error with Azure Table Storage


I wanted to document this error here because I recently went nearly blind trying to solve it, and I never did find the exact cause when Bing'ing for it.  Unfortunately it's a pretty generic error so it may very well have been out there, but it seems there are several reasons for it.  In my case I created a new instance of a class that I was adding to my Azure table but it kept failing with this "One of the request inputs is out of range" error that was driving me absolutely nuts.  Fortunately some bright individual pointed out to me that my class contained a DateTime property, and I wasn't initializing it.  Apparently the default DateTime.MinValue in .NET is outside the bounds of what Azure table storage supports.  So I just put in a dummy date in my property and – voila! – everything started working again.

So just a heads up in case you see this error yourself – it seems like a pretty easy one to miss.

Hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It helped me..

  3. Anonymous says:

    please share if you find any documentation on this

  4. porges says:

    The most annoying thing is that dev storage doesn't enforce this restriction, so you get different results than running in live. There are various small corner cases like this (another is that DateTimes are silently truncated to milliseconds).

  5. Anu says:

    Thanks a lot for this. It saved a day for us.

  6. thanks for posting says:

    was scratching my head for a while on this one.

  7. Ahmet Alp Balkan says:

    Thanks Steve, thankfully it didn't take me too long to find what's going wrong and come across your post.

  8. Bob Thomson says:

    Thanks so much, this was driving me nuts because dev storage doesn't enforce this!

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