Variations – Create Hierarchies not immediately working in SharePoint 2010 Publishing Site Template

Variations – Create Hierarchies not immediately working in SharePoint 2010 Publishing Site Template

 

If anyone is trying to use variations in SharePoint 2010 beta and they are clicking on the create hierarchies button but nothing seems to happen (i.e. the site structure is not being created):

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It turns out that Microsoft has created a timer job called “Variations Create Hierarchies Job Definition” that creates the hierarchies that is only run between 12:00am and 3:00am every day.  Not sure why they have done this when the rest of their timer jobs run every hour:

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Good thing they have created the ability to have the job run on demand by clicking the “run now” button, so you can either press this to create your hierarchies instead of waiting, or change the schedule to your needs:

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Note: as of today, Microsoft hasn’t released any language packs for SharePoint 2010 beta, so I wasn’t able to see functionality with or without installing these

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