Manage SharePoint timer jobs

A timer job is a schedule of when to run a service by using the SharePoint Service Timer service, which is a service that runs other services according to schedules specified in timer jobs. Many Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services features rely on timer jobs to run services according to a schedule.

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Check the status of a timer service job

Edit a timer job definition

Check the status of a timer service job

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Operations.

  2. On the Operations page, in the Global Configuration section, click Timer job status.

  3. On the Timer Job Status page, information is displayed in the following columns:

    • Job Title. The name of the timer job.

    • Server. The server on which the corresponding service is run.

    • Status. The current status of the job. The possibilities are Succeeded, Failed, and Running.

    • Progress. The percentage of completion of the most recently successfully started instance of the job.

    • Started. The date and time that the job was last started.

  4. Filter the listed jobs by clicking one of the following on the View menu:

    • All. Displays all timer jobs for the farm.

    • Service. Enables you to display all timer jobs for a particular service. If you select this command, use the Service menu to select the service by which you want to filter the listed jobs.

    • Web Application. Enables you to display all timer jobs for a Web application. If you select this option, use the Web Application menu to select the Web application by which you want to filter the listed jobs.

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Edit a timer job definition

You can edit the name of a timer job from Central Administration, but you cannot edit other properties. You can also disable the timer job if it is enabled, or you can enable it if it is disabled.

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Operations.

  2. On the Operations page, in the Global Configuration section, click Timer Job Definitions.

  3. On the Timer Job Definitions page, click the timer job definition that you want to edit.

  4. On the Edit Timer Job page, to change the job name, type the new name in the Job title box and then click OK.

  5. If the timer job is enabled and you want to disable it, click Disable.

  6. If the timer job is disabled and you want to enable it, click Enable.

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