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Setting Up Workflow Manager 1.0 for SharePoint Server 2013

Setting up Workflow Manager is the last step in building a test environment for SharePoint Server 2013. Workflow Manager is, of course, required if your organization plans on building no code processes on SharePoint 2013.

Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT demonstrates how to install and configure this component in a video tutorial, approximately 6 minutes in length, titled Creating a SharePoint 2013 testing environment – Part 10 – Install and configure Workflow Manager. A subscription is required to view the video.

Asif begins the installation process by accessing SQL Server Configuration Manager, where he checks to make sure that the SQL Server Network Configuration includes support for TCP/IP. From there he accesses SQL Server Management Studio, where he confirms that the required login needed to install Workflow Manager has been correctly stored in the Security settings. Be sure to set the roles for this login as “dbcreator” and “securityadmin”.

In Active Directory Users and Computers he adds the SP Content account to the Builtin Administrators group.

Next, he demonstrates how to locate Microsoft Web Platform Installer 4.5, which is a prerequisite to downloading the actual Workflow Manager. Once the Platform Installer has been downloaded and installed, Asif demonstrates how a simple search “workflow” will bring up Workflow Manager 1.0, which is the version that we need to add this service. A click on “Install” starts a process that includes accepting a license agreement for the software, and checking to make sure all of the prerequisites are in place.

Once Workflow Manager 1.0 has been installed, the video demonstrates how to select the “default settings” as the preferred feature set for the application for test environment purposes. The set up requires the SQL Server Instance name and the User ID of the administrator.

With all of the required information onboard, the video demonstrates how to run the configuration, which is successfully accomplished.

A certificate key needs to be generated, which must be loaded on any computer, which will be used to build workflows.

The last step is to hook up SharePoint Server 2013 to Workflow Manager 1.0. This is accomplished with Workflow Manager PowerShell. A script is run to determine the port for this web service. Asif mentions that the port number should be recorded as it will be required at a later time.

A reciprocal set of steps is run to connect SharePoint Server 2013 Farm and the Workflow Manager 1.0 Farm with the SharePoint 2013 PowerShell.

Ira Michael Blonder

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