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configuration cache clearing sharepoint 2019 step by step

in this post we will discuss how configuration cache clearing sharepoint 2019 is done in on-premise environment step by step. clearing configuration cache involves below steps

  • Stop the sharepoint “SharePoint Timer Service (SPTimerV4)” “.
  • Delete all files of type “XML Document” from “Config” folder.
  • Take Back up of file “cache.ini” file.
  • Edit the value present in the file “cache.ini” and save.
  • Restart timer job “SharePoint Timer Service (SPTimerV4)“.

Stop timer job service SharePoint Timer Service (SPTimerV4)

first you need to stop the timer job service “sharepoint timer serivce (SPTimerV4)“. You can stop the timer service either directly opeining from services or you can use powershell command to stop sharepoiint timer service job.

Open “Run” from windows server or click button “Windows + R” to open “Run“.

how to open services.msc from windows server 2019
open services.msc

identifty the timer job “SharePoint Timer Service (SPTimerV4)“. Right click on the timer job, click on “Stop“.

how to stop services sharepoint timer services SPTimerV4
stop services sharepoint timer services

you can stop timer job “SharePoint Timer Service (SPTimerV4)” using powershell command as well. Open sharepoint timer services preoperties.

sharepoint timer services preoperties
sharepoint timer services preoperties

Open “Windows Powershell ISE” as an administrator and enter the command below to stop services.

Stop-Service -Name SPTimerV4
stop-service using powershell
stop-service using powershell

Navigate to sharepoint configuration cache location “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\SharePoint\Config“. There will be one folder under which cache files will be there. click on that folder as per the screenshot below.

sharepoint configuration cache location

Delete all “XML Document” files present in that folder except “cache.ini“.

delete configuration cache files sharepoint
Delete configuration cache files (XML Document)

Open the file “cache.ini” and edit value to “1” and “Save” the file.

edit the vluse present under file cache
Edit the vluse present under file cache

Restart the timer job now which will recreate the cache files. Run the below command so as to start sharepoint timer service.

Start-Service -Name SPTimerV4

Cache files will be recreated in the folder “Cache”.

configuration cache created again

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Clear configuration cache SharePoint



If you experience issues with timer jobs failing to complete and receiving errors while trying to run psconfig, Clear configuration cache SharePoint on the farm is a possible method for resolving the issue.

The config cache is where we cache configuration information (stored in the config database) on each server in the farm.

Caching the data on each server prevents us from having to make SQL calls to pull this information from the configuration database.Sometime this data can become corrupted and needs to be cleared out and rebuilt.

If you only see a single server having issues,only clear the config cache on that server,you do not need to clear the cache on the entire farm. To do a single server, follow the steps below on just the problem server.

To clear the config cache on the farm, follow these steps:

1. Stop the OWSTIMER service on ALL of the servers in the farm.


2. On the Index server, navigate to:
\ProgramData\Microsoft\SharePoint\Config\GUID and delete all the XML files from the directory.

3. Delete all the XML file in the directory. NOTE: ONLY THE XML FILES, NOT THE .INI FILE.

Clear configuration cache SharePoint

4. Open the cache.ini with Notepad and reset the number to 1. Save and close the file.


5. Start the OWSTIMER service on the Index server and wait for XML files to begin to reappear in the directory.

6. After you see XML files appearing on the Index server, repeat steps 2, 3 & 4 on each query server, waiting for XML files to appear before moving to subsequent servers.


7. After all of the query servers have all been cleared and new .xml files have been generated, proceed to the WFE and Application servers in the farm, following steps 2, 3, 4 and 5 for each remaining server.