I have upgraded my Sitecore solution from 7.5 to 8.1 update 1. When trying to rebuild the Reporting database, I am getting the following error in the log files:

7084 2016:12:18 05:26:24 ERROR Exception when executing agent aggregation/rebuildAgent
Exception: System.InvalidOperationException
Message: Cannot initialize when there is work to do
Source: Sitecore.Kernel
   at Sitecore.Diagnostics.Assert.IsFalse(Boolean condition, String message)
   at Sitecore.Analytics.RangeScheduler.MongoDbRangeMap.Initialize(Guid left, Guid right, Int64 count)
   at Sitecore.Analytics.Automation.Aggregation.Data.Processing.AutomationHistoryAggregatorManager.Start(List`1 targetProvidersConfigPaths)
   at System.Linq.Enumerable.WhereSelectListIterator`2.MoveNext()
   at System.Collections.Generic.List`1..ctor(IEnumerable`1 collection)
   at System.Linq.Enumerable.ToList[TSource](IEnumerable`1 source)
   at Sitecore.Analytics.Aggregation.History.ReportingStorageManager.ProcessRebuild()
   at Sitecore.Analytics.Core.BackgroundService.Run()

Any ideas how to solve this?

1 Answer 1


This error means there is some unfinished work remaining from previous rebuilds or other data processing operations. There are two ways to fix this:

Cautious approach

The cleanest way is to investigate your logs for errors that prevent the work from being completed. If you find anything, please create a separate question, since it'll be about a concrete data processing issue in your solution.

Once you fix the issues, the work will be finished and you'll be able to run a Reporting DB rebuild.

Radical approach

If you can't find any issues with data processing, or if don't care about any unfinished data processing work -

  1. Back up the MongoDB database corresponding to the analytics connection string in your ConnectionStrings.config.
  2. Drop the RangeMaps collection if it exists:

    • If you have a standalone database instance, just call this command:

    • If the RangeMaps collection is sharded, you'll need to unshard it before dropping.

  3. Drop all Range_* collections in the same way as you dropped RangeMaps.
  4. Drop the AutomationRanges collection.
  5. Drop the HistoryTasks collection.
  • I can't find the collection "RangeMaps" would you please provide more information about this collection. Dec 18, 2016 at 21:13
  • @MohammedSyam Also, drop Range_* collections. I've updated my answer. Dec 19, 2016 at 7:31
  • Something to add I cleared the records in "HistoryTasks" to be able to run the rebuild process. Dec 21, 2016 at 12:35

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