Is there a way to use Active Directory groups with Workflows 2013?

From what I have experimented the workflow starts but then gives operation cancelled. I have read that someone saying that it's not possible and I should give permission to each AD user. But this is not a viable option as I have too many users.

EDIT: Configuration database version: 15.0.4535.1000

EDIT 2: I have updated to: Configuration database version: 15.0.4569.1000 the problems remains.

EDIT 3: I stepped down to Workflow 2010 as with that version it works

  • Yes you can. What version of SharePoint and SP/CU are you using?
    – Mike
    Sep 24, 2014 at 15:25
  • I am using SharePoint 2013 on premises.
    – Gyonder
    Sep 24, 2014 at 15:26
  • You can simply grant permissions to AD group. But how is this related to your workflows?
    – Aanchal
    Sep 24, 2014 at 15:29
  • Which Service Pack and which Cumulative Update? Can you list the version in the Central Administration -> System Settings -> Manage Servers in Farm
    – Mike
    Sep 24, 2014 at 15:30
  • check this one may be related...social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sharepoint/en-US/…
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Sep 24, 2014 at 16:10

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You have to include the AD Groups in the user profile sync connection. If your AD Groups are not sync'd with the UPS, then it won't be possible. Make sure the UPS Sync connection includes the containers that the AD Groups are in.


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