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A Web Proxy Server Tried to Stop Me From Installing Windows Workflow Foundation, But I Defeated It

I’m working at a client site and needed to install windows workflow foundation so that I could so some SharePoint Designer work. (I didn’t know until today that SPD installs fine but really needs at least .NET 2.0 and Windows Workflow Fou…

SPD Workflow: Display Full Name Instead of Domain\username

In what appears to be his inaugural blog posting, chiqnlips has delved into the madness that is a calculated column and described a solution to a common SharePoint Designer workflow email activity problem: How to display a person’s real name in a…

Porting SharePoint Designer Workflow from One List to Another

Mark Miller over at www.endusersharepoint.com posted my latest article on SharePoint Designer workflow here (http://www.endusersharepoint.com/?p=1037). I describe the basic approach for moving a workflow you create in one list to another list. The ot…

Why Can’t I Easily Port SharePoint Designer Workflow Solutions From One List to Another?

Mark Miller has posted my latest End User oriented SharePoint Designer Workflow article up on his site here: http://www.endusersharepoint.com/?p=1008 I attempt to provide a straight-forward answer to the question, "Why can’t I easily port a …

SharePoint Designer Workflow Cannot Access “Remote” or “Foreign” Lists

Here’s another common SharePoint Designer workflow question: "Can I access (read/write) SharePoint lists via workflows which do not reside on the same site as the list itself?" The simple answer is: No. As in so many ways, however, we ha…

SharePoint Designer Workflow and Email Attachments — A Consummation Devoutly to be Wished

Sadly, it is not to be. We cannot send an email with attachments from a SharePoint Designer workflow using out of the box features. This wish comes up with increasing regularity on the MSDN forums. However, the SharePoint platform, as with so many …

SharePoint Designer Workflow, Event Receivers and “Update List Item” versus “Set Field in Current Item”

We have a set of SharePoint designer workflows that "communicate" with an event receiver on the list via changes to site column values. For example, if a site column "SetDuedate" is set to true by the workflow, the event receiver dete…

Emailing Daily Task Reminders // Looping in SharePoint Designer Workflow

I wrote up a detailed article a few weeks ago describing how to create a SharePoint Designer workflow that sends a task reminder email on a daily basis. It’s been published at the new SharePoint Magazine site. More generally, the article show…

My Latest “In Defense of SharePoint Designer” Article is Available

Mark Miller over at End User SharePoint has posted my latest article about using SharePoint Designer to create great workflow solutions up on his site. Check it out. In this article, I talk about the design process and, in greater detail, how to set …

Logging Workflow Activity in SharePoint Designer

Last week, I was working out how to loop and implement a state machine using SharePoint Designer and mentioned, as an aside, that I would probably write a blog post about better workflow logging. Well, Sanjeev Rajput beat me to it. Have a look. Sa…