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February 19, 2008 / red1s

SharePoint Workflow “Failed on Start” Error


To all the developers that who have seen this annoying workflow error once they’ve deployed their workflow to a SharePoint server, I might have a solution for this error within my circumstances.

After using the following tutorial to create a workflow: http://blogs.msdn.com/tomwis/archive/2007/10/02/sharepoint-workflow-basics-part-1.aspx

which I believe is an excellent basic workflow tutorial. I received a “Failed on start” error from SharePoint. After much searching and testing it seems as though this error was given to me as well as all of the other 8 students due to the fact that the assembly information was incorrect.(Why VS.NET doesn’t automatically update the assembly information I do not know)

Anyway to resolve this issue you can follow the outlined steps to give you success:

On the developed workflows it seems as though the version number in your workflow.xml file

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should correlate back to the  project properties assembly information.

Which can be navigated to:

1)by going into the project properties application tab and clicking on the assembly information:

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2) and then setting the value here to what is defined in your workflow.xml file
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3) Once you’ve done this and “Rebuilt” the solution it will work as expected and not giving the originally received “Failed on start” error.

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And Success!

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