I am using the URL http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-designer-help/create-a-secondary-workflow-HA010237656.aspx

I have a Primary Workflow on a Document library, that works just fine... the secondary workflow is associated with the Tasks list, and the secondary workflow is not working... The task is created by the primary workflow, but on creation its not firing the secondary workflow...

Any ideas?

  • Can you check and see if the permissions for the two lists are the same? Thanks!
    – Lori
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 18:44
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    Did you set the secondary workflow to start automatically when an item is added to the list?
    – Laurie
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 19:21
  • Yes permissions are correct, and yes I set the secondary workflow to start automatically when an item is created, also I kept it to be manually started... but none works... Commented Jul 15, 2011 at 11:02

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If the secondary workflow is triggered by a process that is running under the system account, e.g. An item update after some kind of async process, then the workflow will not trigger. This is a security feature added in wss 3 sp1.

  • I dont believe this was the problem, it worked perfectly fine when I logged in with a different user other than System Account, to hack with this security feature :D Commented Jul 15, 2011 at 11:43
  • What is difference between permissions of System Account and the other user you used?
    – soccer7
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 10:14

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