Unable to create 2013-platform workflows through SharePoint Designer 2013

I recently hit another “flavor” of this problem when trying to create a 2013-platform workflow using SharePoint Designer 2013.  Whenever I choose to create a workflow using 2013-platform, the dialog box will vanish just as though it’s about to create the workflow designer for me and then the “Downloading data” dialog shows up for a…

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Register-SPWorkflowService throws InvalidData, DirectoryNotFoundException on 15TEMPLATEWorkflowActivities directory

I was setting up a new SharePoint 2013 environment and hit this issue when registering workflow manager with SharePoint 2013.  Thought I’d share this out so that it helps others who might run into this issue. Here’s the sequence of my installation. 1. Installed SharePoint 2013 RTM + SP1 and then SharePoint 2013 November CU…

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F5 debugging fails for any SharePoint project types using Visual Studio Professional 2012

Recently I had an opportunity to troubleshoot and fix an issue with not being able to perform F5 debugging using Visual Studio Professional 2012 with “any” SharePoint 2013 project types. We were able to manually attach VS debugger to the SharePoint process (w3wp.exe) and debug it, however, if we press F5 (or DEBUG –> Start…

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FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 3

Following FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 1, this post will walk you through the process of designing your Visual Studio 2013 workflow that creates a list item on another list and invokes the workflow associated with that list using the new REST APIs released through SharePoint 2013 May 2014 CU as pointed…

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FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 2

Following FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 1, this post will walk you through the processes of designing your workflow that creates a list item on another list and invokes the workflow associated with that list using the new REST APIs released through SharePoint 2013 May 2014 CU as pointed out in part…

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FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 1

ISSUE: Consider a scenario where you have a SharePoint 2013 workflow that creates an item on another list.  On this other list you have another SharePoint 2013 workflow that’s set to auto-start on item creation.  When the first workflow is triggered, it adds the item to the other list and completes successfully.  But you’ll notice…

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iFrame support in SharePoint 2013

Recently I worked on a support case related to iFrame and SharePoint 2013.  What I learnt was an eye opener so I wanted to share this with the developer community just in case it helps. Long story short, SharePoint does not support iFraming of editable pages in cross-domain scenario.  If you are developing something where…

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SharePoint IRM Protectors implemented in managed code

Can SharePoint IRM (Information Rights Management) Protectors be implemented in managed code (C#)?  – was the question I asked when I had a customer who implemented an IRM protector in C# and was running into a problem in registering it with SharePoint. Technically, SharePoint IRM Protector is a COM interface and their internal implementation should…

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A word about App Step in SharePoint 2013 Workflow Platform

I am sure most of us a familiar with App Step and that it is a mechanism provided to developers of SharePoint 2013-platform workflows (Designer workflows or Visual Studio workflows) to elevate permission of the workflow.  Just wanted to share this post to make it clear as to what we need to do when we…

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