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Everytime I enable the workflow timer job in central admin, our server cpu spikes to 100% and never drops. I have not added any new workflows, is there anyway to figure out which workflow could be causing the spike?

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You can check the library/list size on which workflow is implemented. – Ravi Ranjan Oct 24 '12 at 5:14
well there are around 20 site collections each with a bunch of lists and a couple of those lists have a couple workflows attached to them. It's not something I implemented that all of a sudden started causing this. So I'm having trouble narrowing it down. – wrkflwkiller Oct 24 '12 at 13:09

Please try checking the log for workflow timer service. Refer this thread on msdn.

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Hmm... checking the log while I turned on the workflow timer job did give me a direction, but still not sure which workflow it is in the log i got tons of these <code>List item query elapsed time: 2970 milliseconds, Additional data (if available): Query HRESULT: 0 List internal name, flags, and URL: {4CFD257E-211F-4B87-A98F-0BB5441DB93D}, flags=0x0000000020c01000, URL=""; Query XML: "<Query/>" SQL Query:</code> – wrkflwkiller Nov 2 '12 at 20:02
Ok so figured out 4CFD257E-211F-4B87-A98F-0BB5441DB93D is my Task list and what site this is happening on, but my task list doesn't have any work flows running. So I guess its a workflow on another List that has some code to query the task list none stop. Anyone have idea more ideas to find out where this is getting called from? – wrkflwkiller Nov 2 '12 at 20:39
Well you can open the site in SharePoint designer and check all the workflows on the site and try figuring out the task list associated with the workflow. – Ravi Ranjan Nov 4 '12 at 4:16
I don't think you can open workflows flows built with Visual studio in sharepoint designer? and there are quite a number of them. – wrkflwkiller Nov 5 '12 at 20:34

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