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Timer job reference (SharePoint 2013)

 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2014-04-23

Summary: Learn about the timer jobs in SharePoint 2013.

This article describes the default timer jobs for SharePoint 2013. A timer job runs in a specific Windows service for SharePoint 2013. Timer jobs perform infrastructure tasks for the Timer service, such as clearing the timer job history and recycling the Timer service. Timer jobs also perform tasks for web applications, such as sending email alerts. A timer job contains a definition of the service to run and specifies how frequently the service is started. The SharePoint Timer service (SPTimerv4) runs timer jobs. Many features in SharePoint 2013 rely on timer jobs to run services according to a schedule.

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the SharePoint Central Administration website has a Timer Job Status page on which you can check the status of a timer job and a Job Definitions page on which you can edit the timer job definition. You can find links to these pages in Central Administration, on the Monitoring page, in the Timer Jobs section. You can click Review job definitions to see a list of all timer jobs, or click Check job status to see scheduled and running timer jobs.

On the Timer Job Status page, on the View menu, you can filter the timer jobs at the following levels:

  • All   Displays all timer jobs for the farm.

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

  • Web Application   Displays 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.

  • Server   Displays all the timer jobs for the specified server. If you select this option, use the Server menu to select the server by which you want to filter the listed jobs.

  • Job Definition   Displays all the timer jobs for the specified job definition. On the Timer Job Status page, open the Job Definition menu, and then click Change Job Definition to get a list of job definitions.

  • Failed Jobs   Displays all the timer jobs on the farm that failed to finish.

The SharePoint Timer service (SPTimerv4) is based on the Gregorian calendar for scheduling. For every job that you schedule, you specify when the timer job will run, specified in a 24-hour time format. You must specify the time in local time instead of as an offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The time is stored in that format. By default, daily, weekly, and monthly schedules also include a window of execution. The timer service selects a random time within the window of execution interval to start the job on each applicable server. This capability helps to reduce the overall load of resource-intensive timer jobs that run on multiple servers on the farm. You can specify timer job schedules on the Edit Timer Job page or by using Windows PowerShell. For more information, see Use Windows PowerShell cmdlets to manage timer jobs in SharePoint 2013.

The following table lists the default timer jobs for SharePoint 2013.

 

Timer job Description Default schedule

Access Services monitor

Monitors the connectivity of Access Services on SharePoint Online and SQL Azure.

5 minutes

Analytics Event Store Retention

Periodically cleans up the Event Store and the Reporting Database. All data older than 14 days is removed from the Event Store whereas all data older than 3 years is removed from the Reporting Database.

Weekly

Analytics for Search service application

Periodically schedules analytics for the Search service application.

10 minutes

App installation service

Installs and uninstalls apps.

5 minutes

App state update

Retrieves and applies updated information on apps from the SharePoint Store. It includes the availability of updates and information about disabled apps.

Hourly

Application addresses refresh

Synchronizes connection information for remote service applications.

15 minutes

Application server

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.

1 minute

Application server administration service

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.

1 minute

Audit log trimming

Trims audit trail entries from site collections.

Monthly

Bulk workflow task processing

Processes bulk workflow task completion.

Daily

CEIP data collection

Collects farm data for the Customer Experience Improvement Program.

Daily

Cell storage data cleanup

Deletes temporary cell storage data and frees SQL Server disk space.

Daily

Change log

Records many types of changes that you make to SharePoint sites. Removes expired entries from the change log of the web application.

Weekly

Content organizer processing

Processes documents in the drop-off library that match organizing rules.

Daily

Content type hub

Tracks content type log maintenance and manages unpublished content types.

Daily

Content type subscriber

Retrieves content type packages from the hub and applies them to the local content type gallery. For more information about content types, see Plan to share term sets and content types in SharePoint Server 2013.

Hourly

Crawl log cleanup for Search service application

Performs crawl log cleanup for Search service applications.

Daily

Create upgrade evaluation site collections

Creates upgrade evaluation site collections.

Daily

Dead site delete

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

Weekly

Delete job history

Deletes old entries from the timer job history.

Weekly

Delete upgrade evaluation site collections

Deletes upgrade evaluation site collections that are past their expiry date and sends notifications to those that are near expiry date.

Daily

Diagnostic data provider: app usage

Periodically collects App statistics.

Daily

Diagnostic data provider: event log

Collects Windows Event Log entries and stores the data in the logging database.

10 minutes

Diagnostic data provider: IO intensive SQL queries

Collects a SQL trace of I/O intensive SQL queries.

1 minute

Diagnostic data provider: per-database IO

Collects I/O statistics for each database file.

2 minutes

Diagnostic data provider: performance counters - database servers

Collects Performance Monitor Counters data on database servers and stores the data in the logging database.

ImportantImportant:
The timer service account must have sufficient permission to collect counters on the database server. The account should be a member of the Performance Monitor Users (PMU) group.

1 minute

Diagnostic data provider: performance counters - web front ends

Collects performance monitor counters data on front-end Web servers and stores the data in the logging database.

1 minute

Diagnostic data provider: site size

Collects size data for each site collection.

Daily

Diagnostic data provider: SQL blocking queries

Collects data associated with blocked SQL queries and stores the data in the logging database.

15 seconds

Diagnostic data provider: SQL blocking reports

Captures the text of any queries that cause SQL blocking.

1 minute

Diagnostic data provider: SQL deadlocks

Captures the call graphs of SQL deadlocks.

1 minute

Diagnostic data provider: SQL DMV

Collects SQL Dynamic Management Views (DMV) data and stores the data in the logging database.

30 minutes

Diagnostic data provider: SQL memory DMV

Collects SQL Dynamic Management Views (DMV) data and stores the data in the logging database.

15 seconds

Diagnostic data provider: trace log

Collects trace log entries and stores the usage data in the logging database.

10 minutes

Disk quota warning

Looks for sites that have exceeded the storage quota, and sends out disk quota warning email notifications.

Weekly

Document ID assignment

Work item that assigns document ID to all items in the site collection.

Daily

Document ID enable/disable

Work item that propagates content type changes across all sites when the Document ID feature is reconfigured.

Daily

Document Set fields synchronization

Synchronizes metadata from the document set to the items inside the document library.

15 minutes

Document Set template update

Propagates changes that are made to the document set template to the existing items.

Hourly

eDiscovery in-place hold processing

The in-place hold timer job starts and releases the holds of SharePoint websites.

Hourly

Education bulk operation

Carries out the education bulk operations.

Hourly

Enterprise Metadata site data update

Updates all site collections after a language pack addition or an Enterprise Metadata service application restore.

Hourly

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.

Weekly

Gradual site delete

Deletes all the data from the host content database for all deleted site collections.

Daily

Health analysis (Daily, Central Administration, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run the Central Administration web application and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health analysis (Daily, Central Administration, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the Central Administration web application and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health analysis (Daily, Machine Translation service, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run the Machine Translation service application and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, Machine Translation service, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the Machine Translation service application and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Timer, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run the SharePoint Timer Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Timer, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the SharePoint Timer Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation web application, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run SharePoint web applications and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation web application, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs SharePoint web applications and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, User Profile service, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the User Profile service application and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, Visio Graphics service, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs Visio Services in SharePoint Server 2013 and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Daily, Word Automation Services, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run Word Automation Services and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Daily

Health Analysis (Hourly, distributed cache, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers that run the Distributed Cache service.

Hourly

Health Analysis (Hourly, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Timer, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run the SharePoint Timer Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Hourly

Health Analysis (Hourly, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Timer, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the SharePoint Timer Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Hourly

Health Analysis (Hourly, Security Token Service, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run the Security Token Service (STS) and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Hourly

Health Analysis (Hourly, User Profile service, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the User Profile service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Hourly

Health Analysis (Hourly, Word Automation Services, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs Word Automation Services and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Hourly

Health Analysis (Monthly, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Timer, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the SharePoint Timer Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Monthly

Health Analysis (Monthly, User Profile Service, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the User Profile Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Monthly

Health Analysis (Weekly, Central Administration, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run the Central Administration website and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Weekly

Health Analysis (Weekly, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Timer, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run the SharePoint Timer Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Weekly

Health Analysis (Weekly, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Timer, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the SharePoint Timer Service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Weekly

Health Analysis (Weekly, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation web application, all servers)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on all servers in the farm that run SharePoint web applications and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Weekly

Health Analysis (Weekly, User Profile service, any server)

Runs SharePoint Health Analyzer jobs on the first server found in the farm that runs the User Profile service and the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

Weekly

Health statistics updating

Updates the statistics for the Usage and Health Data Collection service application.

1 minute

Hold processing and reporting

Generates a hold report by enumerating items in a hold and updating them to remove them from hold, as appropriate.

Daily

Immediate Alerts

Sends out immediate and scheduled alerts.

5 minutes

Indexing schedule manager on SQL Server

Starts scheduled crawls.

5 minutes

InfoPath Forms Services maintenance

Performs maintenance operations on administrator-approved InfoPath Forms Services form templates across all front-end Web servers.

Daily

Information management policy

Performs background processing for information policies, such as calculating updated expiration dates for items with a new retention policy.

Weekly

Internal app state update

Retrieves and applies updated information on apps from App Catalogs.

Hourly

License renewal

Renews all licenses of the apps from the SharePoint Store.

Hourly

Licensing synchronizer

Synchronizes trial expiration time licensing information to the configuration database.

Hourly

Machine Translation Service - Language Support

Updates the languages available to the Machine Translation Service.

Weekly

Machine Translation Service – Machine Translation Service

Initiates translation of documents that were submitted to the Machine Translation Service for asynchronous translation.

15 minutes

Machine Translation Service - Remove Job History

Removes the history for expired jobs from the Machine Translation Service queue database.

Weekly

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Usage Data Import

Imports usage log files into the event store.

5 minutes

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Usage Data Processing

Checks for expired usage data at the farm level and deletes the data. Expired usage data consists of records in the central usage data collection database that are older than 30 days.

Daily

My Site cleanup

Starts a workflow on a deleted user's My Site. The default behavior is to send an email message to the manager with a link to the deleted user’s site. The email 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.

Daily

My Site instantiation interactive request queue

A timer job queue for interactive (web initiated) My Site instantiation requests.

1 minute

My Site instantiation non-interactive request queue

A timer job queue for non-interactive (Office-client initiated) My Site instantiation requests.

1 minute

My Site second instantiation interactive request queue

A second timer job queue for interactive (web initiated) My Site instantiation requests.

1 minute

Notification

Queries and updates the notification list and sends out pending scheduling notifications.

Daily

Password management

Sends email and logs events for expiring passwords and password changes. This timer job helps ensure that managed passwords are changed before they expire.

Daily

Performance metric provider

Collects the performance metrics data.

1 minute

Persisted navigation term set synchronization

Synchronizes the persisted copy of navigation term sets.

Hourly

Prepare query suggestions

Prepares candidate queries for query suggestion and performs pre-computations for result block ranking.

Daily

Product version

Checks the installation status of the computer and adds that data to the database.

Daily

Project Server: database maintenance job for Project Service Application

Performs routine maintenance on the Project Server database including defragmenting the indexes and updating the database usage.

Daily

Project Server: product feedback job for Project Service Application

Collects statistical data on the usage, reliability and performance of Project Server features and sends this information to Microsoft to be used to improve the product in future releases.

Daily

Project Server: Project Web App provisioning job for Project Service Application

Provisions new instances of Project Server.

Monthly

Project Server: Queue maintenance job for Project Service Application

Purges older Project Server queue jobs to maintain the performance of the Project Server queue.

Daily

Project Server: queue service health job for Project Service Application

Monitors the health of Queue service instances and takes corrective action when it is required.

5 minutes

Project Server: resource capacity refresh job for Project Service Application

Refreshes the resource capacity information in Project Web App reporting.

Daily

Project Server: synchronization of SharePoint Server permissions to Project Web App permissions job for Project Service Application

Synchronizes SharePoint Server permissions to Project Web App.

1 minute

Project Server: task list synchronizer for SharePoint Tasks List Projects job for Project Service Application

Updates Project Server with the latest changes from connected SharePoint Server Project Task Lists.

5 minutes

Project Server: workflow maintenance job for Project Service Application

Maintains the health of Project Server workflows. It resolves issues between Enterprise Project Templates and workflows, updates the status of workflows, and closes completed workflows.

Daily

Project Web App: Shared Service

Enables per-instance Project Web App jobs to be managed.

1 minute

Query classification dictionary update for Search service application.

Periodically updates dictionary that is used for query classification.

30 minutes

Query logging

Updates query and click logs by inserting new entries and deleting old entries.

15 minutes

Recycle Bin

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

Weekly

Scheduled Approval

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

1 minute

Scheduled Unpublish

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

1 minute

Search and process

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

Daily

Search change log generator

Generates appropriate change logs when SharePoint items change. This is required for search to function correctly.

5 minutes

Search custom dictionaries update

Updates the custom dictionaries used for search. These include custom dictionaries for company extraction and for query spelling correction.

10 minutes

Search engine sitemap

Generates search engine sitemaps and updates robots.txt.

Daily

Search health monitoring - trace events

Runs to check the events that are being traced for search health monitoring.

1 minute

SharePoint BI maintenance

Deletes temporary dashboard objects and user-persistent filter values from the database. The longevity of these values can be set on the PerformancePoint Services Settings page.

Hourly

Site policy and Exchange site mailbox policy update

Updates Exchange site mailboxes with the site policy of the associated SharePoint site.

Daily

Solution daily resource usage update

Marks the daily boundary for sandboxed solution resource quota monitoring.

Daily

Solution resource usage log processing

Aggregates resource usage data from sandboxed solution execution.

5 minutes

Solution resource usage update

Records resource usage data from sandboxed solution execution, and sends email to owners of site collections that are exceeding their allocated resource quota.

15 minutes

Spelling customizations upgrade

Upgrades user spelling customizations from the previous SharePoint version to this version. This job will run on schedule until it succeeds with the upgrade and then be set to disabled. If there are no spelling customizations to upgrade, it will be set to disabled after the first run.

Hourly

Spelling dictionary update

Updates the dynamic dictionary that is used to correct the spelling of queries with changes in the indexed content.

NoteNote:
This is a time-consuming operation. Do not schedule it to run more frequently than one time per day.

Daily

State Service delete expired sessions

Deletes expired data that is stored in the state service databases.

Hourly

Storage metrics processing

Processes storage metrics changes for site collections.

5 minutes

Taxonomy update scheduler

Updates site collections with the latest term changes that were made to the Enterprise Metadata service.

Hourly

Timer service recycle

Recycles the Timer service to free resources.

Daily

Translation Export Job Definition

Exports page and list content to XLIFF for human translation or machine translation via the Machine Translation Service.

15 minutes

Translation Import Job Definition

Imports translated page and list content from XLIFF to correct location in a site collection.

15 minutes

Upgrade site collections

Upgrades site collections in a content database.

1 minute

Upgrade work item

Processes deferred upgrade work items which were generated during an upgrade. For example, generating thumbnails for upgraded image libraries.

Daily

Usage Analytics for Search service application

Periodically schedules processing of the Usage Analytics analysis.

10 minutes

User Profile service application - activity feed

Pre-computes activities to be shown in users' activity feeds.

10 minutes

User Profile service application - activity feed cleanup

Cleans up pre-computed activities that are used in activity feeds that are older than 14 days. This job does not affect the User Profile change log.

Daily

User Profile service application - audience compilation

Computes memberships of defined audiences.

Weekly

User Profile service application - My Site suggestions email

Sends email messages that contain colleague and keyword suggestions to people who do not update their profiles often.

Monthly

User Profile service application - social data maintenance

Aggregates social tags and ratings and cleans the social data change log.

Hourly

User Profile service application - system job to manage user profile synchronization

Manages provisioning and runs additional tasks that are related to User Profile Synchronization.

NoteNote:
Do not change the information or frequency of this job. If you have to change how often incremental synchronization is performed, in Central Administration, go to the Manage User Profile Service Application page, and then in the Synchronization category, click Schedule Incremental User Profile Synchronization.

1 minute

User Profile service application - user profile change

Processes changes to user profiles. 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 AD DS.

Hourly

User Profile service application - user profile change cleanup

Cleans up data that is 14 days old from User Profile change log. Migrates user rights from one user to another user, and migrates the user rights and removes that user from Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). This is mainly used when the name of a user is changed in AD DS. The older user name is replaced by a new user name, and the older one is removed from AD DS.

If you want to change retention settings, see the Profilechangelog: Stsadm operation in Stsadm to Windows PowerShell mapping in SharePoint 2013.

Daily

User Profile service application - user profile incremental synchronization

Runs at the specified interval to synchronize user, group and group membership changes between the User Profile service application and specified directory source (such as AD DS or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)). Synchronization will look for changes since the last time this job was run and only perform these changes for AD DS and LDAP sources.

NoteNote:
Do not change the settings or frequency of this timer job. To change the schedule for incremental synchronization, see Schedule profile synchronization in SharePoint Server 2013.

Daily

User Profile service application - user profile language synchronization

Looks for new language pack installations and makes sure that strings that relate to the user profile service are localized correctly.

Hourly

User Profile service application proxy - feed cache repopulation

Handles the repopulation of feed cache.

5 minutes

User Profile service application proxy - social rating synchronization

Synchronizes rating values between the social database and content database.

Hourly

User Profile service application proxy - User Profile to SharePoint full synchronization

Synchronizes user information from the User Profile service application to SharePoint users and synchronizes site memberships from SharePoint to the User Profile service application.

Hourly

User Profile service application proxy - User Profile to SharePoint language and region synchronization

Synchronizes language and region information from the User Profile service application to SharePoint users.

1 minute

User Profile service application proxy - User Profile to SharePoint quick synchronization

Synchronizes user information from the User Profile service application to SharePoint users who were recently added to a site.

5 minutes

Variations create hierarchies job definition

Creates a complete variations hierarchy by spawning all sites and pages from the source site hierarchy for all variation labels.

Hourly

Variations propagate list items job definition

Propagates list items to variant sites.

15 minutes

Variations propagate page job definition

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

15 minute

Variations propagate sites and lists

Creates variant sites when the Variations Automatic Creation setting is enabled.

30 minute

Video query rule provisioner

Provisions video query rule for a site when the Search service application becomes available.

Daily

Word Automation Services

Processes and distributes queued conversion job items to application servers.

15 minutes

Word Automation Services - Remove Job History

Removes the history for expired jobs from Word Automation Services.

Weekly

Work Management synchronize with Exchange

Triggers Exchange Sync operations for the Work Management service.

1 minute

Workflow

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

5 minute

Workflow auto cleanup

Deletes tasks and instances in the workflow instance table for workflows that were 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.

15 minute

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