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I've just found that my WSS 3.0 server had two OWSTIMER.EXE services running:

  • SharePoint Timer Service
    v11
    "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\60\BIN\OWSTIMER.EXE"
  • Windows SharePoint Services Timer
    v12
    "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\BIN\OWSTIMER.EXE"

Since I'm running WSS v3, I was expecting to have only one SharePoint Timer instance, and that should be the one in th "12" folder.
Should I just stop the other service and keep only the "Windows SharePoint Services Timer" (v12) running?

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Are your running Project Server at all, as this uses OWSTimer as well. –  Sam Mar 30 '10 at 10:10
    
@Sam: I'm not running Project Server, just WSS with Reporting Services. –  Nelson Reis Mar 30 '10 at 10:14
    
@Nelson: was this an in-place upgrade from WSS2 to WSS3? –  MattB Mar 30 '10 at 13:29
    
@MattB: I can't remember that. Since this is a Win2k3 OS, it's possible that it had a WSS2 already installed out of the box, and we upgraded it to WSS3. –  Nelson Reis Mar 30 '10 at 15:00
    
@Nelson: then this is a guess, but I'm going to say that it was an upgrade, and the one in the 60 hive is a remnant from WSS2. Since this isn't a common thing - I would probably stop that one during off hours and see if anything complains. –  MattB Mar 31 '10 at 13:20

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This is a guess, but I'm going to say that this was an in-place upgrade from WSS2 to WSS3, and the one in the 60 hive is a remnant from WSS2. Since this isn't a common thing - I would probably stop that one during off hours and see if anything complains.

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Right now, it all seems to work out OK, but I will continue to monitor the status of the timer. Thanks, I couldn't find any other suggestion about this issue. –  Nelson Reis Apr 1 '10 at 14:58

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