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SharePoint Workflow Debugging "gotchas"


by Tobias Lekman, 18 November, 2008

The workflow templates that come with the SharePoint 2007 SDK have a good few issues.

Some of the "gotchas" around deployment and debugging include:

  • To get the project wizard to work, the SharePoint site that you connect to must contain
    • a task list
    • a document library
  • You need dbowner rights or equivalent directly on the SharePoint content database
  • A copy of your feature.xml and workflow.xml has to remain inside the workflow project for use by the auto deployment
  • The template properties wizard must complete successfully to create the debug deployment settings
    • To rerun the wizard, select the project and the properties pane will show the wizard settings. Editing any of these reruns the wizard
  • You need to be a site collection administrator on the site