DAVEGood afternoon and welcome to this slot. The subject is “What’s New with Workflows in SharePoint 2013”With me, Dave Coleman and my colleague Adrian Edgar
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Adrian- This is a loose description of what we are going to cover today. If you do have any questions we are happy to take them as we go along or feel free to ask us at the end.
Adrian - So without further to do, lets start with an overview of the new features both in terms of the workflow engine but also the need things you can do through SharePoint Designer.
SharePoint Designer enhancementsExpressive – Visio etc.SharePoint Designer 2013 includes new functionality designed specifically for Workflow Manager. In SharePoint Designer 2013 this new platform is known as the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform. These new features include:Editable propertiesStages = sub routinesREST data connections
How does this all work then, what’s different?How has the infrastructure changed to make good the changes you have seenWorkflow Manager and operates as a multi tenant provider – requires the workflow client on every WFENOTE – There is now a CU that is worth installing. – Again via the web installer
DaveThe SharePoint 2010 Workflow platform has been carried forward to SharePoint Server 2013. All of your workflows that were built by using SharePoint Server 2010 will continue to work in SharePoint Server 2013. WINDOWS AZURE WORKFLOWIn SharePoint Server 2010 the workflow engine installed automatically with the product. This continues to be the case with the SharePoint 2010 Workflow platform in SharePoint Server 2013. If you simply install SharePoint Server 2013 and do not install and configure Workflow Manager then you will have a nearly identical experience with building workflows as you did in SharePoint Server 2010.The SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform only becomes available to you, and your tools, after you download and install the new Workflow Manager service and configure it to communicate with your SharePoint Server 2013 farm. For a detailed guide on this process, see How to: Set up and configure SharePoint 2013 workflows.The figure illustrates the concept.
DaveDescribe server infrastructure….AD User accounts and permissionsDemonstrate the install and certification. Use Web Installer 4.5 – Great tool Search for WorkflowShow the PowerShell scripts. Don’t forget to install the workflow client on the SP WFE (All of them)NOTE – There is now a CU that is NOT worth installing unless you are heavily in to Visual Studio
Two different commands on for http on for httpsHttp for demo and devHttps for productionDifferent ports. – Don’t forget to tick http box or you need to manually add the IIS binding.
As we have seen, when you create a workflow in SharePoint Designer 2013, you have the option of choosing the platform on which you wish to build a workflow in the workflow creation dialog as shown in the figure.If you opt for 2010 you get the model we are all familiar with. Nothing newHowever select the 2013 model and you get all the extra features.So how is this set up? Lets dive in to a couple of examples.
Adrianto build a work flow.Simple approval model on Expenses
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Agenda• What’s new with workflow in SharePoint 2013• How to set up the infrastructure• Show and tell• What’s not so good ….
SharePoint Designer has new features• Transitions – where to go next (and why)• Loops , stages and count routines• Ability to start 2010 workflows.• New ways to create and start tasks• Better graphical build with Visio 2013• Data connections with no code – at last