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SharePoint Timer service could not start (SharePoint 2010 Products)

SharePoint 2010

Published: May 12, 2010

Alert Name:   SharePoint Services Timer service could not start

Event ID:   None

Summary:   Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 uses the Windows SharePoint Services Timer V4 (SPTimerV4) service to run most system tasks. The timer service is restarted when the farm service account changes, and it is restarted daily during the timer service recycle job. If SharePoint Server 2010 cannot start the timer service, updates to the farm configuration will be not be synchronized to the local server.

Symptoms:   Frequently recurring timer jobs, such as Immediate Alerts and Workflow, do not run. Updates to the farm configuration are not synchronized to the local server.

Cause:   SharePoint Server 2010 cannot start the Windows SharePoint Services Timer V4 (SPTimerV4) service.

Resolution:   Start the timer service

  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.

  2. Open a Command Prompt window, type the following command at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

    net start sptimerv4

  3. If the service does not start, ensure that the service identity account is configured correctly by using the "Verify the service account" procedure later in this article.

Resolution:   Verify the service account

  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.

  2. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.

  3. In the Services snap-in, right-click the Windows SharePoint Services Timer V4 service, and then click Properties.

  4. In the Service Properties dialog box, on the Log On tab, type the password for the account, confirm the password, and then click OK.

  5. Right-click the service, and then click Start.

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