You have a shiny new SharePoint 2010 environment and it’s running beautifully but you can’t create workflows. Actually, some workflows that don’t have an InfoPath association screen do work, however, others, such as the 3 State Workflow don’t work.
Figure 1 below shows the 2nd screen of the 3 state workflow which is actually an InfoPath form, if you get an error on this screen then follow the steps in the solution below.
Figure 1: InfoPath based 3 state approval workflow association screen
Firstly, before making any changes make test test test. Do not make these changes in a production environment without testing first in staging or development.
1) Login to a SharePoint farm member server as a user who is a farm admin
2) Open a command prompt
3) Run the following command c:\program files\common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\bin\stsadm -o installfeature -name IPFSAdminWeb
* NOTE: There is no need to “activate” the feature, it’s scoped to activate in Central Admin as soon as you install. If you receive a message that the feature is already installed but you do not see the feature on the “General Application Settings” page in central admin, activate the feature on central administration using the following command. c:\program files\common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\bin\stsadm -o activatefeature -name IPFSAdminWeb -url http://sharepoint:8080 (where 8080 is the central admin port)
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Ulysses Ludwig is a SharePoint architect with over 16 years in the IT and computer industry. Ulysses' primary focus is SharePoint but he dabbles in the latest web technologies and likes to develop software in his spare time.