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InfoPath 2007 + Forms Services + SharePoint Designer = Supreme Evil

  Asked By: Ashu    Date: Apr 05    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1476

I had myself a little odyssey of frustration yesterday, and thought
I'd share.

I was using SharePoint designer to create a custom workflow for a
checklist for use within my department. The problem arose with tasks
created by the workflow. By default, and with no intuitive way to
configure otherwise, the tasks were emailed out with links that did
not work.

The problem was with the relative URL imbedded in the email not
working with a Forms Services. After many frustrating hours spent on
Google, I figured I'd ask you guys.

Error: The URL UtilityChecklists/test-njs1-555.555.555.555.xml is an
unsupported relative URL. Use an absolute URL or prefix
with '~sitecollection', for a site-collection-relative URL.

My workaround, as this was an "emergency" workflow design, was less
elegant than I'd like. I configured the Tasks list to NOT send
emails. Then I configured each step in the workflow to send an email
with embedded links to the assigned person before actually assigning
the to-do item.

The benefit of my workaround was that the emails that get sent out
are formatted better than the MOSS default. Bad part is that the
emails aren't "task-formatted" with an "edit this task" integrated
into the Outlook ribbon.

I'm sure I can fix this to work like I want using Visual Studio. I
don't particularly feel like deploying this as an app-wide solution,
though, when it is explicitly for one document library.




2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Tatiana Houston     Answered On: Apr 05

I am assuming that the content can be accessed from more than one
application so that you have multiple Alternate Address Mappings.

In most email scenarios, the URL sent out is that of the "default" AAM
which may not be your FBA application.

Is that what is happening in your scenario?

If so, the simple solution is to change the default AAM.

Answer #2    Answered By: Arlene Hodge     Answered On: Apr 05

Not sure how to fix your problem, but thought I would let you know that
you're headed down the wrong path if you think forms  server and InfoPath
are the problem. When creating workflows in Sharepoint designer  it uses
standard .ASPX forms, not infopath  served up by Forms server.