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EPiServer Schedule Job Maintenance EPiServer CMS 6

In the past I have been plagued with issues where EPiServer scheduled jobs have suddenly stopped working and get stuck in a running state.  This is possibly caused by application restarts/redeployments while jobs are in progress and many other issues.

I am pretty sure these particular issues may well have been fixed in hotfixes or service packs, but from past experience I have become very cautious about scheduled jobs and there reliability especially if you are using them for site critical functionality.

Because of my scepticism about scheduled job reliability I have knocked together a class which should get a job up and running if it gets stuck in a running state.

My Solution

Firstly you will have to download this class ScheduledJobMaintenance.cs and add it to your solution.

You will then need to hook into the begin request method within your Global.asax.cs file and add a call to ScheduledJobMaintenance.CheckScheduledJobs().

  1: protected void Application_BeginRequest(object sender, EventArgs e)
  2: {
  3:    ScheduledJobMaintenance.CheckScheduledJobs();
  4: }

The ScheduleJobMaintenance class has the following static properties:

  • MaximumJobRunTimeInMinutes – This defines the maximum length of time a job can be in a running state, the default is 60 minutes.
  • CheckTimeInMinutes – This defines the duration in minutes running jobs should be checked, the default is 11 minutes don’t ask me why Smile.

What does it do?

Every time a request is made to the site the CheckScheduledJobs method will be called.  This will then check the last time a check was made, if the duration has gone over the CheckTimeInMinutes then it will do the following:

  • Queue a new thread.
  • Check if there are any jobs in a running state that have gone over the maximum job running time.
  • If there are jobs that have met the previous condition then it will set the next execution time to be in the future, the way this is set is determined by the IntervalType.
  • Update the relevant rows in the tblScheduledItem table to turn them into runnable jobs again.
  • Update the last check time.

For info this currently does not fix jobs that have IntervalType’s of Years or Seconds.

Apr 26, 2012

Debasish Banerjee
(By Debasish Banerjee, 4/27/2012 11:31:34 AM)

Nice..We had this issue in our project and we created a dashboard to check which schedulers got stuck.But This solution is far better.

Arild Henrichsen
(By Arild Henrichsen, 4/29/2012 7:07:19 PM)

Great idea Lee. A tool like this should have been an integrated part of EPiServer admin mode long ago.

Mads Frisk Sørensen
(By Mads Frisk Sørensen, 4/25/2019 12:05:20 PM)

Hello.

We have inherited a old solution that uses this fix. They have upgraded to Episerver 8.2 at some point in time. Is this fix still relevant, or was it only for Episerver 6?

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