One has two courses of action when addressing a failed group batch job: Abandon the job or Resume it. The Abandon and Resume actions of Job Status Dashboard allow CIM users to apply the corresponding action. For futher information on the Job Status Dashboard, refer to Chapter 4 of the CIM Object Processing guide.
Generally speaking, CIM users are aware of these functions but may not be sure when to apply one versus the other. In some cases, one may be tempted to use the action that may be the most convenient or fastest. For example, one may have a job that has failed due to a lock timeout. Often, a lock timeout occurs because some other job has failed and is holding a lock on a CIM object that's needed by the current job (see KCS article KCS004659 for more information about lock timeouts). Once the other failed job has been addressed, the choice of abandoning the current job is easy because the job never initiated any real work because it never acquired a lock. Therefore, there are no consequences for abandoning the job as there is no work to be lost.
However if the job fails after completing one or more phases of processing, one should always first consider resuming the job. When deciding on whether to abandon a job, consider the affect on future job runs:
For additional assistance on determining the impact of abandoning a failed job, contact CIM support.