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Copy an SPD 2010 Workflow?

  Asked By: Tyrel    Date: May 09    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 3936

Back in good ole 2007 days, I could edit
the .xoml of a workflow in Notepad. Copy it and paste it into the .xoml of a
different workflow. Then edit it normally and fix up the links. This worked
great when I had one workflow that was kind-of sort-of like I needed in another
Now in 2010 world I can't even see the file structure of my site, let alone get
my hands on the .xoml file. How do I do that?



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Gaurav Nemane     Answered On: May 09

You can deploy a SPD workflow  in multiple locations for 2010; why the need
for copying?

Answer #2    Answered By: Marjorie Humphrey     Answered On: May 09

Ok, how? I know I can create a 'reusable' workflow, but it would have to run on
the same content type. So I wouldn't be able to run that 'reusable' workflow  in
my Task list, Calendar and Announcements.

Answer #3    Answered By: Chelsey Watts     Answered On: May 09

The XOML is still available unless your administrators have turned off
access to the All Files Node in the Site Objects list. Once you've created
and saved your workflow  if you go to the All Files list you will see the
hierarchical view that used to be the main view in 2007. From there you can
drill down until you see the .XOML file.

Answer #4    Answered By: Nagesh Maulik     Answered On: May 09

I believe the original writer wanted to copy  a WF so he could re-use it AFTER
some changes.

While I have not seen nor used SPD2010 & WFs, to me the most desired feature
would be a "WF snippet library" which used relative GUIDs rather than absolute
GUIDs. Does SPD2010 provide anything like this? I know it has "reuseable"
WHOLE WFs. Or can one "reuseable" WF call another "reuseable" WF so in effect
you sort of have a snippet library?

Answer #5    Answered By: Jonathan Scott     Answered On: May 09

Interesting line of thought. I may have to investigate.

Answer #6    Answered By: Asia Meyers     Answered On: May 09

Reusable is indeed reusable. It calls other workflows, lists, all referneces
etc using Names and not Guids.

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