HOWTO Stop or Cancel a Running Timer Job in SharePoint 2010

I had an issue with several of my FAST for SharePoint 2010 timer jobs not processing properly, they were in the “Running” stage but never actually finished. The jobs were:

Crawl Log Report for Search Application FASTConnectorSSA (Web server 1)

Crawl Log Cleanup for Search Application FASTConnectorSSA (Web server 1)

Crawl Log Cleanup for Search Application FASTQuerySSA (Web server 2)

Crawl Log Report for Search Application FASTQuerySSA (Web server 2)

These timer jobs process log files from the FAST Search servers and display them on the Search Farm pages for content source details, crawl history, etc.

To cancel running services you must restart the SharePoint Timer service on all servers that the jobs are running on. In my example above, I had to restart the timer service on “Web server 1” and “Web server 2” to get rid of their jobs. Central admin jobs list then showed they had disappeared.

If there is an issue with the Job itself (i.e. it is a custom job not behaving) then you should Disable the job definition first, then restart the SharePoint Timer servers. That will make sure the job doesn’t start running again according to its schedule.

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