[SP2010] Timer Jobs Overview

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SharePoint 2010 Timer Jobs undergo changes are in the management and in configuration.

Firstly, the most significant change you will see is that the number of Timer Jobs – new 21 jobs been added. If for an ordinary SharePoint 2007 application we had 39 Timer’s Job, then we have 60 Jobs for SharePoint 2010

So, those 21 new timer jobs are:

  1. Application Addresses Refresh Job
  2. Audit Log Trimming
  3. Delete Job History
  4. Document ID enable/disable job
  5. Document ID assignment job
  6. Enterprise Server Search Master Job
  7. Health Analysis Job
  8. InfoPath Forms Services Maintenance
  9. Password Management
  10. Prepare query suggestions
  11. Product Version Job
  12. Query Logging
  13. Secure Store Service Timer
  14. Solution Daily Resource Usage Update
  15. State Service Delete Expired Sessions
  16. Timer Service Recycle
  17. Web Analytics Trigger Workflows Timer Job
  18. Windows SharePoint Services Usage Data Import
  19. Windows SharePoint Services Usage Data Processing
  20. Word Conversion Timer Job
  21. Workflow


sharepoint2010CAmonitorTimer Jobs management belongs to the “Monitoring” group of SharePoint 2010 Central Administration, that provide two options “Review job definition” (was “Timer job definition”) and “Check job status” (was “Timer job status”)






The new features of all these screens is “Timer Links” menu, that allows you to manage all jobs from the single screen, so you don’t need to navigate back to the Central Administration to switch on another screen.





Check Job Status changes

Changes of job status screen are minimal:

  1. You can see the jobs grouped by status – Scheduled, Running and History, instead of just a list of all jobs.
  2. Ability to edit the job property from the status screen – all jobs are hyperlinks. Previously you can’t do this.


Review Job Status changes

No changes – the same screen with the list of all jobs.


Edit Timer Job

The change of edit time jobs are in the ability to change the time when the job starts via UI (previously you should do this via STSADM) and run job immediately



PowerShell Commands

STSADM console command is still supported in SharePoint 2010 but the main accent id made on PowerShell (there are about 500 new commands). Thus, you can use the following PowerShell cmdlets to manage your Timer Jobs:

  • Disable-SPTimerJob
  • Enable-SPTimerJob
  • Get-SPTimerJob
  • Set-SPTimerJob
  • Start-SPTimerJob


In 2010 you have the ability to specify a dedicated server for Timer Jobs in addition to the aforementioned features you also have status bars available in the UI that represent the progress of a particular job.  Timer Jobs are covered in native backup and restore as well.

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