This is a MU-plugin I'm developing, and I want it to run hourly. Unfortunately, it's running every time I visit any site's wp-admin page. I've used the Debug Bar plugin with the Cron plugin, and it consistently says that the next event is in the past. Any ideas?

add_action('admin_menu', 'dhg_cron_menu');
function dhg_cron_menu()
    add_options_page('NEW WPMS Stats', 'NEW WPMS Stats', 'manage-options', 'dhg-cron', 'dhg_cron_settings');

function dhg_cron_settings()
        wp_schedule_event(time(), 'hourly', 'dhg_cron_hook');

add_action('dhg_cron_hook', 'dhg_cron_get_stats');
function dhg_cron_get_stats()
    //  this is a custom function I use to log to a file for testing...
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    WordPress Codex recommends scheduling an event during plugin activation, see: codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/… Have you already tried that? Because there is no need to run that on every page load. Could be an easy solution.
    – swissspidy
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 18:20
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    I copied and pasted your code and worked form me. And cron debug bar correctly display next schedule in 59 minutes after first run...
    – gmazzap
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 18:49

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An idea I came up with was using the new WP Heartbeat API as opposed to using cron. Have your plugin fire off a call to your logging system every hour.

Pippin's tutorial contains the majority of the code you'll need to get started.

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