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March 4, 2015

How to find out the real number of Queue Jobs

Filed under: PowerShell, PS 2013, PSI — Tags: , , — Peter Holpar @ 00:45

Recently we had an issue with Project Server. Although the Microsoft Project Server Queue Service was running, the items in the queue has not been processed, and the performance of the system degraded severely. The same time we found a lot of cache cluster failures in Windows Event Logs and ULS logs, it is not clear which one was the source of the problem and which is the result of the other. The “solution” was to install the February 2015 CU SharePoint Product Updates and restarting the server. 

However, even after the restart the number of the job entries seemed to be constant when checking via the PWA Settings / Manage Queue Jobs (Queue and Database Administration): at the first page load the total number displayed at the left bottom of the grid was 1000, however when we paged through the results or refreshed the status, the total was changed to 500 (seems to be an issue with the product). It means that PWA administrators don’t see the real number of the entries.

But how could one then get the real number of the queue jobs?

If you have permission to access the performance counters on the server (in the simplest case, if you are a local admin), then you can use the Current Unprocessed Jobs counter (ProjectServer:QueueGeneral), that – as its name suggests – give the total number of the current unprocessed jobs.

You have to find an alternative solution if you need the count of jobs having other status, or need even more granulate results, for example, the number of job entries that are ready for processing and are related to publishing a project.

The QueueJobs property of the Project class in the client object model (see the QueueJob and QueueJobCollection classes as well) provides only information related to a given project, and the same is true for the REST interface, where you can access the same information for your project like (the Guid is the ID of your project):


The best solution I’ve found is based on the GetJobCount method in the QueueSystem object in the PSI interface. Let’s see some practical PowerShell examples how to use it.

To get the reference for the proxy:

$pwaUrl = "http://YourProjServer/PWA"
$svcPSProxy = New-WebServiceProxy -Uri ($pwaUrl + "/_vti_bin/PSI/QueueSystem.asmx?wsdl") –UseDefaultCredential

To get the number of all entries without filtering:

$svcPSProxy.GetJobCount($Null, $Null, $Null)

For filtering, we can use the second and the third parameter of the method: the jobStates and messageTypes that are arrays of the corresponding JobState and QueueMsgType enumerations. Both of these enums are available as nested enums in the Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Library.QueueConstants class. This class is defined in the Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Library assembly, so if we would like to use the enums, we should load the assembly first:


Note: you can use the integer values corresponding to the enum values like:

$jobStates = (1, 7)

…however I don’t find it very developer friendly to use such magical constants in code, and you lose the autocomplete feature of PowerShell as well that you have when working with the enums as displayed below:

$jobStates = (

similarly for message types:

$msgTypes = (

You can then access the count of filtered items like:

$svcPSProxy.GetJobCount($Null, $jobStates, $Null)


$svcPSProxy.GetJobCount($Null, $jobStates, $msgTypes)

It is worth to know that the QueueConstants class has two methods (PendingJobStates and CompletedJobStates) that return a predefined set of the enum values as a generic IEnumreable<QueueConstants.JobState>. We can use these methods from PowerShell as well:

$jobStates = Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Library.QueueConstants]::PendingJobStates() | % { [int]$_ }


$jobStates = Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Library.QueueConstants]::CompletedJobStates() | % { [int]$_ }


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