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Feb 06
Published: February 06, 2012 13:02 PM by  Christina Wheeler
As most of you know, the OWSTimer memory leak is still an issue with SharePoint 2010. I created a scheduled task to run using PowerShell to stop the process nightly. Here are the instructions to create the scheduled task.


Open up your Windows Task Scheduler and right-click on Task Scheduler Library and then choose “Create Task” to start the Create Task panel.

Note: If you don’t know where the task scheduler is either search for it or type %windir%\system32\taskschd.msc /s in your Windows start menu search bar.

Type in the name and Description (optional) and change the security options to “Run whether user is logged on or not”.


Set your preferred scheduling options. Make sure to set it at a time that that will NOT conflict with backups and other scheduled SharePoint jobs.




Program/Script: %SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe

Add Arguments: Get-Process OWSTimer| Stop-Process –Force

Once you’re done manually run the process to make sure it’s working. I keep my Task Manager open during testing to make sure the process is being stopped. Don’t worry about restarting the OWSTimer process manually because it will automatically restart on it’s own.


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