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Installing VS Workflow errors

  Asked By: Courtney    Date: Dec 16    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1451

I've been having a lot of trouble with Workflows. I have build a
few basic workflows using the "Sharepoint Sequential Workflow" and
installed them successfully to my server. When I add them to a
Document Library I get the initiation infoPath form correct. When I
start the workflow on a document I get the Initiate form also. When
I submit it I get the same "The workflow failed to start due to an
internal error. " message.

I have downloaded several barebones workflow also and they all seem
to fail at the same point. I have downloaded and installed
the "Skeleton Workflow" from http://www.burroak.on.ca/wordpress/?
page_id=152. It has no InfoPath forms, it gives me no errors but
never runs.

We have never had a workflow work on this server. My attempts are
the first we've tried. So I don't know if there is a configuration
problem or something we need isn't installed. I am able to add the
Workflows to the Document Libraries so it seems like it understands
them. Any input would be of great help.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Christian Waters     Answered On: Dec 16

What happens when you attempt to start  the "out of the box" Approval workflow  on
document  in a standard document library? If this fails, you may want to start
with restarting the WSS timer and SP Admin services. However, having said that,
I had this problem earlier this week and I was never able to get it resolved.
In addition, I couldn't get any backup jobs to run. I ended up recreating my
virtual development environment. It was quicker for me to do that than mess
around anymore than I already had troubleshooting.

Incidentally, if you're developing in virtual environments, make sure you use
base images and/or snapshots. They'll save you hours, if not days, of time when
something does go wrong (and it will).

Answer #2    Answered By: Virendar Bahudur     Answered On: Dec 16

Thanks for the suggestions. My development box was setup before I
came along and none the out-of-the-box workflows  are installed. I
ended up downloading the Virtual PC "Litware Demo" Sharepoint server
and trying my workflow  on it. It worked. So I guess the problem was
with my server  all along. I think I'm going to blow it away and build
my own Dev Server. That way I'm not inheriting any old issues.

Answer #3    Answered By: Sierra Beck     Answered On: Dec 16

Following blog entry shows Custom Field Type where you specify who has the ability to enter data in a textbox (see
It works extremely well, but no source code was provided.

I am also interested in a private/secure drop-down and a private/secure
date. Does anyone have any good tips on how to do this?

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