I am working on sharepoint server 2013 enterprise. and inside sharepoint designer 2013 & workflow 2010, i am trying to implement the following senario:-

  1. I got a list workflow that get fired when an item is created.
  2. I want to check if the user who created the item (which is the same as WorkflowContext:current User) belong to a sharepoint security group, If so to set a site column named Team to be equal = CM

  3. and if the user does not belong to set the Team= IT.

here is my list workflow:- enter image description here

I thought that the above will might work in a way or another but it did not. so can anyone adivce on this please?

i also tried using "created by" as follow, but did not work either:-

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Unfortunately , In SharePoint workflow platform 2013 and 2010, there is no OOTB action to check if the user belongs to a specific group.

Meanwhile, You can do this

  • In SharePoint workflow 2013 via REST or via loop as a workaround.
  • But Unfortunately , in SharePoint Workflow 2010 you only can build your own custom workflow activities.

Note : Don't try to check this solution http://spdactivities.codeplex.com/ I am pretty sure it's not working for SharePoint 2013.

My suggestion : No need for workflow at this section , try to build Event Receiver to update directly your team column based on the group of the current user as the following

         using (SPSite site = new SPSite(properties.SiteId))
             using (SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb(properties.Web.ID))

                  SPUser user = properties.Web.CurrentUser;
                   SPGroup group = web.SiteGroups[GroupName];

                                    if (!user.InGroup(group))
                                        // update the list item

  public static bool InGroup(this SPUser User, string GroupName)
        return User.Groups.Cast<SPGroup>().Any(g => g.Name.ToLower() == GroupName.ToLower());

For more details about event receiver checks What are the differences btw "properties.Web.CurrentUser;" & "web.Users.GetByID(properties.CurrentUserId);" inside my Event Receiver

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  • thanks for lot for your reply. but can you please advice on these 2 points; 1) I found this link which allow to have the option inside designer workflow to check if a user exists inside SP group as mentioned here spdactivities.codeplex.com and seems it works with SP2013. 2) second point you mentioned to use a Event receiver, but as i did not write a event receiver before so can you please provide some general guide on what type of event receiver i need to create to achieve my requirement ? – john Gu Oct 3 '16 at 12:07
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    Hi @johnG , regarding the first point , before I answered this question , I downloaded the package from spdactivities.codeplex.com because it's what you need and may help you , but unfortunately it's not worked for SharePoint 2013 , it requires WSS.30. also, you can try this with yourself as a double check , but I am sure it's not worked ! , also the last version was released since 2008 . Regarding the Second point let me send to you step by step guide to can do this , and please tell me if you need more clarification – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Oct 3 '16 at 12:18
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    Dear @johnG , please check this link to know How to create Event Receiver Step by Step youtube.com/watch?v=wZf2xvEM5Io and c-sharpcorner.com/uploadfile/5b1f04/… Please don't hesitate to tell me if you stopped at a any step – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Oct 3 '16 at 12:23
  • thanks a lot for the link. so mainly i will need to create a farm solution>>add new event receiver of type "List item events".. which fires when item was added.. now in my case i have 11 sub-sites, and each sub-site contain 4 issue tracking lists. so if i were to create this using sharepoint designer workflow, i will go to each sub-site and inside the related list will add the workflow.. – john Gu Oct 3 '16 at 12:46
  • but not sure how i can map this inside my event receiver, as on each sub-site i need to check for different SP group,, so i mainly need 11 event receiver,, and also i do not want the event receiver to fire on all the subsites lists,, i need it to fire on one list inside each sub site,, so where i can define these settings? – john Gu Oct 3 '16 at 12:46

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