Unfortunately, we cannot reproduce the problem with Sitefinity 3.1.
We just did a quick test and it works as expected. We did the following:
- before starting the site, stopped SQL Server;
- tried to load the site and exception was thrown;
- started SQL Server;
- loaded the site without exception.
Could you please give us detailed instructions how to reproduce your case?
Thank you for the assistance.
the Telerik team