The SharePoint Timer Service is key to keeping SharePoint humming. It runs all the timer jobs, and is therefore responsible for a near endless set of tasks. I recently found that the timer service was halting shortly after 6am daily. the service appears as halted. Some additional symptoms:
- Trying to set the password in Central Administration, Security, Managed Accounts doesn’t fix the issue
- Trying to set the managed account password via PowerShell doesn’t help
- The following appears in the event log:
- Trying to start the service fails:
First, check GPEdit.msc to make sure the Computer security policy allows the user to run as a service. The real catch is that the Domain policy overrides the local policy, so unless the farm account has domain rights to log on as a service, it will fail the next morning as the GP settings propagate.