Update SharePoint Timer Job Progress Programmatically

Often when developing custom timer jobs it can be very useful to provide feedback in central administration about the progress your job is making. Most of the out of the box timer jobs provide this progress feedback:

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To extend your custom timer jobs to also support this progress bar is super easy with just one line of code:

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The SPJobDefinition.UpdateProgress method is used to provide SharePoint with a percentage completeness of your timer jobs progress. The UpdateProgress method on SPJobDefinition takes a simple int parameter of a value between 0 and 100.

Now the hard part, how to calculate your actual (and accurate) progress value – you might find this article useful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Archives/Miscellaneous/2008_July_1#how_long_is_a_piece_of_string.3FWinking smile

Enjoy!