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SharePoint Timer job reference (Office SharePoint Server)

Updated: May 14, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2009-05-14

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A timer job is a trigger to start to run a specific Windows service for one of the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. It contains a definition of the service to run and specifies how frequently the service should be started. The Windows SharePoint Services Timer service (SPTimer) runs timer jobs. Many features in SharePoint Products and Technologies rely on timer jobs to run services according to a schedule.

You can check the status of a timer job and edit the timer job definition.

For the general administration of all jobs, the SharePoint Central Administration Web site has a Timer Job Status page and a Timer Job Definitions page. You can find these pages in Central Administration, on the Operations page, in the Global Configuration section.

From the View menu, you can filter the timer jobs at the following levels:

  • All   Displays all timer jobs for the farm.

  • Service   Enables you to display all the 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 the 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.

The SharePoint Services Timer service (SPTimer) is based on the Gregorian calendar for scheduling. For every job that you schedule, you must specify a start time for the job that is expressed in a 24-hour time format. You must specify the time in local time instead of as an offset from Universal Coordinate Time (UCT). The time is stored in that format. Any other scheduling specifications (such as day of the week) are optional. If no other specifications are given, the job is run at the scheduled time every day. Some timer job schedules can be specified by using the Stsadm command-line tool. For more information, see Timer Job: Stsadm properties (Office SharePoint Server).

Default timer jobs

Default timer jobs for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

The following table lists the default timer jobs for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

Timer job title Description Schedule type

CEIP Data Collection

Gathers farm data for the Customer Experience Improvement Program.

Daily

Change Log

Documents changes to sites and pages in the Web application since the last time that the timer job was run.

Daily

Database Statistics

Updates SQL Server query optimization statistics for content databases. This job was updated significantly in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) to also rebuild database indexes. The job performs the following tasks:

  • If you have not installed Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2, the job updates the query optimization statistics by performing a full scan of key tables every time that it runs, which can be resource-intensive.

  • If you have installed Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2:

    • The job updates the query optimization statistics by sampling key tables every time that it runs, instead of performing a full scan.

    • If you are running Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the job rebuilds all indexes in the content databases every time that it runs.

    • If you are running an Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008, the job rebuilds most indexes online.

    • If you are running a Standard edition of SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008, the job rebuilds the indexes offline.

    • If you are running Microsoft SQL Server 2000, the job does not rebuild any indexes.

Daily, between 22:00:00 and 05:00:00

Dead Site Delete

When auto site cleanup is enabled, it deletes sites that have not been used in a certain period of time.

Daily

Disk Quota Warning

Looks for sites that have exceeded the storage quota.

Daily

Immediate Alerts

Sends out immediate and scheduled alerts.

Minutes

Recycle Bin

Looks for content in the Recycle Bins and moves it to the next stage or deletes it.

Daily

Usage Analysis

Processes the logs and aggregates usage data for each site.

Daily

Workflow

Processes workflow events that are in the scheduled items table, such as delays.

Minutes

Workflow Auto Cleanup

Deletes tasks and instances in the workflow instance table for workflows that have been marked completed more than n days in the past, where n is specified in the workflow association. Crawls through tasks and the workflow instance table.

Daily

Workflow Failover

Processes events for workflows that have failed and are marked to be retried.

Minutes

Site Collection: Delete

Added in the April Cumulative Update to perform gradual deletion of site collections. When an operation uses gradual deletion, a site collection is immediately marked as deleted, which prevents any further access to its content. The data in the deleted site collection is then deleted gradually over time by this timer job instead of all at once, which reduces its effect on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SQL Server performance. Gradual deletion is available in the stsadm -o deletesite and stsadm -o mergecontentdbs operations.

Daily

Default timer jobs for Office SharePoint Server 2007

The following table lists the default timer jobs for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Timer job title Description Schedule type

Application Server Administration Service Timer Job

Manages shared service instances that may perform highly privileged operations. Requires that the SharePoint Administration service is running. The Search service instance is managed by this job on deployments other than stand-alone server deployments.

Minutes

Application Server Timer Job

Manages shared service instances that do not perform highly privileged operations. The Search service instance is managed by this job on stand-alone server deployments.

Minutes

Bulk Workflow Task Processing

Processes bulk workflow task completion.

Daily

CEIP Data Collection

Gathers farm data for the Customer Experience Improvement Program.

Daily

Change Log

Documents changes to sites and pages in a Web application since the last time that the timer job was run.

Daily

Child Farm Content Source Discovery

Created on every farm but runs only on farms designated as child farms. Discovers Web applications on child farms, and registers them with the Shared Services Provider (SSP) database on the parent farm.

15 minutes

Database Statistics

Updates SQL Server query optimization statistics for content databases. This job was updated significantly in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) to also rebuild database indexes. The job performs the following tasks:

  • If you have not installed Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP2, the job updates the query optimization statistics by performing a full scan of key tables every time that it runs, which can be resource-intensive.

  • If you have installed Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP2:

    • The job updates the query optimization statistics by sampling key tables every time that it runs, instead of performing a full scan.

    • If you are running SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008, the job rebuilds all indexes in the content databases every time that it runs.

    • If you are running an Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008, the job rebuilds most indexes online.

    • If you are running a Standard edition of SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008, the job rebuilds the indexes offline.

    • If you are running SQL Server 2000, the job does not rebuild any indexes.

Weekly

Dead Site Delete

When auto site cleanup is enabled, sites that have not been used in a certain period of time are deleted.

Daily

Disk Quota Warning

Looks for sites that have exceeded the storage quota.

Daily

Document Conversions

Schedules and begins the document conversions.

Minutes

Expiration Policy

Enumerates list items and looks for those with an expiration date that has already occurred. For those items, runs disposition processing. Disposition processing most often results in deleting items, but it can perform other actions, such as processing disposition workflows.

Daily

Hold Processing and Reporting

Generates a hold report by enumerating items in a hold and doing an update on them to remove them from hold, as appropriate.

Daily

Immediate Alerts

Sends out immediate and scheduled alerts.

Minutes

Indexing Schedule Manager on SQL Server

Starts scheduled crawls.

Minutes

Information Management Policy

Loops through all the lists in the site collections in a Web application and collects policy and usage data.

Daily

Licensing Synchronizer Job

Synchronizes trial expiration time licensing information to the configuration database.

Hourly

My Site Cleanup Job

When a user is deleted, starts a workflow on that user’s My Site. The default behavior is to send an e-mail message to the manager with a link to the deleted user’s site. The e-mail message contains a request to the manager to move any documents or data that the manager wants to preserve, because the site might be deleted in the future.

Hourly

Office SharePoint Server CEIP Data Collection

Gathers farm data for the Customer Experience Improvement Program.

Daily

Office SharePoint Usage Analytics Log Import

Imports the usage logs for each site.

Daily

Office SharePoint Usage Analytics Processing

Processes the logs and aggregates usage data for each site.

Minutes

Profile Synchronization

Synchronizes user information in content databases from user profile data.

Hourly

Quick Profile Synchronization

Synchronizes user information for newly added users in content databases from user profile data.

Minutes

Records Center Processing

Checks for records that have been added to a Records Center DropOffLibrary and routes files that have been saved there.

Daily

Recycle Bin

Looks for content in the Recycle Bins and moves it to the next stage or deletes it.

Daily

Scheduled Approval

Looks for content that is scheduled for approval and moves it to the next stage in the process.

Minutes

Scheduled Page Review

Looks for pages that are scheduled for review and moves them to the next stage in the process.

Daily

Scheduled Unpublish

Looks for content that is scheduled to be unpublished and removes it.

Minutes

Search and Process

Processes a search result that is scoped to a site collection and puts search results on hold.

Daily

Shared Services Provider Synchronizing Job

Automatically configures an SSP. If the status of the SSP is Provisioning, it changes the status to Online. If the status is Online, then it synchronizes.

Minutes

Shared Services Timer Job

Schedules jobs that are registered by SSPs. The job runs in the security context of the SSP Web service account.

Minutes

SharePoint Services Search Refresh

Validates the configuration of the WSS Search service.

Minutes

SharePoint Worker Process Group Update

Updates the WSS_ADMIN_WPG group.

One-time

SKU Type Synchronization Job

Synchronizes version-licensing information (Standard or Enterprise) to the configuration database. 

Hourly

Synchronization Scheduler

Applies changes in configured schedules to the Profile Synchronization and Quick Profile Synchronization jobs.

Minutes

Usage Analysis

Processes the logs and aggregates usage data for each site.

Daily

Variations Propagate Page Job Definition

Creates or updates peer pages of the source page that has been approved or published in all target labels. The resulting peer pages are in an unpublished state.

Minutes

Variations Propagate Site Job Definition

Creates peer sites of the source site that has been created in all target labels.

Minutes

Windows SharePoint Services Watson Policy Update

Sets or removes a registry key to enable automatic Watson uploads.

One-time

Workflow

Processes workflow events that are in the scheduled items table, such as delays.

Minutes

Workflow Auto Cleanup

Deletes tasks and instances in the workflow instance table for workflows that have been marked completed more than n days in the past, where n is specified in the workflow association. Crawls through tasks and the workflow instance table.

Daily

Workflow Failover

Processes events for workflows that have failed and are marked to be retried

Minutes

Site Collection: Delete

Added in the April Cumulative Update to perform gradual deletion of site collections. When an operation uses gradual deletion, a site collection is immediately marked as deleted, which prevents any further access to its content. The data in the deleted site collection is then deleted gradually over time by this timer job instead of all at once, which reduces its effect on Office SharePoint Server 2007 and SQL Server performance. Gradual deletion is available in the stsadm -o deletesite and stsadm -o mergecontentdbs operations.

Daily

Timer jobs for Office SharePoint Server 2007 with Project Server 2007

The following table lists the timer jobs that are available for Office SharePoint Server 2007 only if Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 is installed in the farm.

Timer job title Schedule type

ProjectPSISharedApplicationTimerJob

Minutes

ServerScheduledTimerJobSubtypes:

  • Notifications   Sends scheduled reminders

  • Cubeadmin   Builds cubes

  • Admin   Submits AdSync, which controls ERP and Group synchronization)

  • Apply Resource Capacity TimeRange Job

  • Admin   Event Configuration TimerJob

  • Admin   Scheduled Archive/Backup Job

Minutes

ProjectServiceCredentialUpdateTimerJob

Minutes

ProjectServiceCheckerTimerJob

Minutes

SSP timer jobs

SSP timer jobs are timer jobs that are created by default whenever an SSP is created. By default, SSP timer jobs are disabled, and they have to be enabled. These timer jobs are scheduled to run daily, weekly, or at any particular time.

Default SSP timer jobs

The following table contains the default timer jobs for any SSP that is created.

Timer job title Description

User Profile Full Import Job

Imports all data in user profiles.

User Profile Incremental Import Job

Imports only the user profiles that were added after the last import.

User Profile Change Job

Changes the user profile. User rights can be migrated from one user to another user. This timer job is used when a user has to be migrated, but the previous user profile remains in the Active Directory directory service.

User Profile Change Cleanup Job

Migrates user rights from one user to another user, and migrates the user rights and cleans up that user from Active Directory. This is mainly used when the name of a user is changed in Active Directory. The older user name is replaced by new user name and the older one is removed from Active Directory.

Audience Compilation Job

Checks property values in user profile and membership in distribution lists, security groups, and reporting structures to see whether they match the audience rule created. Users that match the audience rules for an audience are included in that audience and the received content is targeted to that audience. A compilation schedule can be set.

Distribution List Import Job

Imports the distribution list so that it can be used among different users.

SSP timer jobs for Office SharePoint Server 2007 with Project Server 2007

The following table lists the SSP timer jobs that are available for Office SharePoint Server 2007 only if Office Project Server 2007 is installed in the farm.

Timer job title Description

PWASSPSubmitSiteCreationTimerJob

One-time timer job that submits ProjectPSISharedApplicationTimerJob, which is used for provisioning PWA instances, and MUI provisioning.

PWASSPSubmitServerScheduledTimerJob

One-time timer job that submits ServerScheduledTimerJob, which is used by business objects to schedule a task.

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