One-time Timer Jobs fail to start

I recently ran into an issue with a SharePoint 2013 farm in which one-time timer jobs were failing to run.  This was impacting the ability to deploy solutions, run Merge-SPLogFile, etc.  When running Merge-SPLogFile from an app server, it kept failing on the web front ends (WFEs) with a message of “WARNING:  Unable to start job…

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Adventures in SharePoint 2010 Workflow Troubleshooting

I recently had a customer who was encountering issues with the SharePoint 2010 Workflow timer job.  The issue would cause the Workflow timer job to hang.  Other timer jobs would execute successfully, but the Workflow timer job would remain in either a “running” or a “pausing” state.  Recycling the timer service would temporarily resolve the…


Getting and Analyzing Timer Job History

While troubleshooting a SharePoint 2010 outage for a customer, I had the need to determine whether any timer jobs were running for excessive amounts of time.  You can get this information via Central Administration (CA), but there are typically thousands of timer job executions during a day.  Unfortunately, CA does not provide a sorting/filtering mechanism…