I have a workflow 2013 included in Full trust solution (WSP). When I add a variable of type DynamicValue to the workflow and try to deploy the solution using VS 2012 I get the error during feature activation:

Error occurred in deployment step 'Activate Features': Microsoft.Workflow.Client.ActivityNotFoundException: The activity named 'WorkflowXaml_ed00d3bd_4796_41ba_b288_35ce2226f89a' from scope '/SharePoint/default/248fadea-e82b-4d15-bf03-d00b7947ca36/a6b8142a-8120-4823-a855-f400460ec143' was not found. HTTP headers received from the server - ActivityId: 1cc4b55f-876a-4ad4-bdee-7a897c1992cd. NodeId: ZG-SP2013-02. Scope: /SharePoint/default/248fadea-e82b-4d15-bf03-d00b7947ca36/a6b8142a-8120-4823-a855-f400460ec143. Client ActivityId : 2e0290fd-765b-435c-a

Markup generated in Workflow.xaml when the variable is added:

  <Variable x:TypeArguments="p:DynamicValue" Name="drStId" />

If I delete the variable, the workflow gets deployed successfully.

Has anyone encountered a similar issue?

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If I remove some other variable and add aforementioned drStId variable then solution gets deployed successfully. Normally I counted number of variables in WF, and the limit appears to be 50. I wanted to confirmed that by creating a new blank workflow with exactly the same variables. Then I added 10 more variables in new workflow, but it deploys successfully. So limit of 50 variables isn't correct, but some kind of limit is definitely in place during deployment, I just need to figure out which one.


My assumption about variable count limit was correct. You can have 50 variables per activity, in my case Sequence.

More on conducted analysis: http://slavensemper.blogspot.com/2014/12/maximum-number-of-variables-per-activity.html

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I was working with SharePoint workflow 2013 in Visual Studio 2013. The workflow has been deployed many times. All of a sudden the above troublesome has been occurred. I did re-register workflowservice, but no use. My workflow only have 15 variables declared. So the above limitations are not applicable to me.

When I deleted an unused variable from workflow, the workflow has been deployed correctly.

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