Blaise Blaise - 4 years ago 219
ASP.NET (C#) Question

How to serialize ViewData (ModelState) for SQLServer Session Mode?

In my MVC application, when a model posted is invalid, I want the model state saved into

so that it can show when redirecting to another action.

Here is what I did:

if (!ModelState.IsValid)
TempData["ViewData"] = ViewData;
return RedirectToAction("Edit", new { id = model.Id });

Redirect to:

public ActionResult Edit(Guid id)
var model = Services.Get(id);

if (TempData["ViewData"] != null)
ViewData = (ViewDataDictionary)TempData["ViewData"];
ViewBag.HasUpdated = TempData["HasUpdated"];
return View(model);

It works fine in localhost, but failed on the server.

The error message is telling:

Unable to serialize the session state. In 'StateServer' and 'SQLServer' mode, ASP.NET will serialize the session state objects, and as a result non-serializable objects or MarshalByRef objects are not permitted. The same restriction applies if similar serialization is done by the custom session state store in 'Custom' mode.

Since our server uses SQL Server Session Mode, usually, when we want to save some model into Session, we add
at the beginning of the model. But what can we do with the
? How to save ViewDataDictionary into our session?

Answer Source

You can not store the ViewData or ViewDataDictionary in SQL Server Session State as they are not serializable and also it is not sure that the data you put in them are serializable.

You should be able to see the same error if the local application is configured to use SQL server as Session State Store.

Instead of Storing the ViewData directly in the session state you should get the actual object out of the viewdata and then store that object to the session state. Again the problem will still persist if the type of that object is not serializable.

If you want to store modelstate you can create class to store it.

public class ModelStateStore
     public List<ModelStateData> {get;set;}

public class ModelStateData 
     public string PropertyName {get;set;}
     public bool IsValid {get;set;}
     public string ErrorMessage {get;set;}

You can store the model state information using this data structure and store it in the session. And retrieve it and create new modelstate by retrieving it from session whenever you need it.

So in short you can not store anything and everything in Sql Server Session State. You need to make sure that the value you are storing there follows the conditions.

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