I have a custom timer job that inserts into 3 lists. I've been following this tutorial and it was working perfectly fine, I was able to debug and deploy the timer without any problems. Now a few weeks back, our development server crashed but fortunately, I was able to retrieve our content databases. When I deployed and tested our custom timer jobs, I noticed that it doesn't execute anymore. It just goes through the base constructor but never to the Execute function. I have already done the following:

  • restart the SharePoint Timer Service, IIS and the server itself
  • increased the version of the timer code
  • cleared the config cache
  • create a new and simple custom timer job
  • ran the SharePoint Products Configuration

But none of them works. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

  • Has anything changed with the three lists? For a lack of other options (you've exhausted most of what I would try) I would put the timer job into a Console window and setup some breakpoints or console logging to see more information about what's happening.
    – Michael A
    Jul 6, 2015 at 8:59
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    hi ElvisLikeBear, nope, no change in any of the lists. I'll give your suggestion a try. Hopefully I can figure this out. It's almost our deadline.
    – joanna
    Jul 6, 2015 at 9:40
  • No worries @joanna, good luck!
    – Michael A
    Jul 6, 2015 at 9:41

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I finally figured out what was wrong. It was our old web application, maybe it somehow got damaged during the server crash. So I created a new web application and tested the timer there. It worked fine. Hope this can help somebody out there.


This is a very silly alternative but it has worked for me many times when I have faced a similar situation. Create a new timer job with a new name copying all the logic from this timer job and deploy it. Most probably it will work.

  • hi Mancy, I also did this. Copied all the logic into a new project, still the same result. Thanks for the suggestion though.
    – joanna
    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:05

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