the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service stuck at stating/stopping. I did restart the service but no use then i did delete the job and delete the service now I can't see the stating on the central admin option. Any help please. enter image description here

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  • the service is in Unprovision status, When i run the command to start the service it goes to Provision status also i get the error of Start-SPServiceInstance : A timer job can only be run on a server where the timer service is installed. this a custom server
    – Eric
    Feb 26, 2021 at 14:43
  • Hi, Eric J. I have updated answer under initial My Answer. Hope this can help you to solve issue. Have a nice day! Mar 1, 2021 at 8:17

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Please follwoing steps:

  1. Find the GUID of the problem service running in the particular server.

    Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

    Get-SPServiceInstance | Where-Object {$_.TypeName -eq 'Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service'}

  2. Run following command to start it.

    Start-SPServiceInstance -identity "GUID"

  3. Run the following to check the status of the service. It should now be Online.

    Get-SPServiceInstance -identity "GUID"

  4. If running above command did not change the status, try following commands.

    $Var = Get-SpServiceInstance -identity "GUID"


----------------------------------- Updated Answer -----------------------------

Please check if the SharePoint Timer Service is running

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If the SharePoint Timer Service from Services is stopped, although the timer service status in Central admin will be online, there will be problems with your server farm.

Because it will stop running all timer jobs (alerts, workflow, UPA synchronization, etc.)

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