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I have a timer job which is pretty standard. Like any timer job execution of it can sometimes fail. If this happens in job status (Central Admin) the timer job status is failed.

I would like to be able to catch this type of failure in my job definition and hookup a built in event, such as onFail or onError - is this type of thing possible?

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Can you please specify which SharePoint version are you using? 2010 / 2007? – SPArchaeologist Nov 8 '11 at 10:08
SharePoint 2010. – JL01 Nov 8 '11 at 23:15
Only thing that comes to mind is either: a) simulate the handler inside the timer job (if this is possible) and then force the timer job status as failed; b) force a second esecution of the timer job with the Retry job definition parameter; c) force the execution of another timer job using the new RunNow job definition method (and leaving the original job in a failed status). I know this isn't much, but at the moment nothing better comes to mind. I will try and search for a more elegant solution (I had a similar problem in the past, so I'm on the same boat here...) – SPArchaeologist Nov 9 '11 at 9:26

I would suggest using a try { } catch { } block on your Execute function. In the catch I would have it record the error message to the ULS log (or email you if thats what you want) and then throw the exception.

The ensures you log and/or are notified of the failure but the failure is also seen on the timer job in Central Admin.

So, something like:

public override void Execute(Guid targetInstanceId)
        // Timer Job Code to Execute
    catch (Exception exception)
        // write to ULS or email
        throw exception;
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