I want to know the difference between suspending and terminating SharePoint workflow.

  • one you can resume, one you have to restart. Suspended usually points to a permission error, terminated usually points to a critical failure.
    – Mike
    May 16, 2017 at 21:04

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Terminated means terminate the workflow instance that is running. Once terminated, that workflow instance will be dead and will never be restart.

Suspended is something you can call resume workflow.

Msdn Links: suspend and terminate


The difference is that terminate will unload the workflow instance and suspend does not unload the workflow instance.

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