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…


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…


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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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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Values in workflow actions not persisted in SharePoint Designer 2013

I worked on a support case recently and wanted to share the learning to the community.  The issue was that when we create a SharePoint 2013 Workflow in SharePoint Designer 2013, add a few actions and values in it and save the workflow, part of the values wouldn’t persist in the workflow XOML file.  You…