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Is there a limit to how long the pause action can handle before timing out?

I.e. if I try to pause for 365 days, will the workflow timeout or actually pause for that long?

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There is no official article mentions that there is a limit for workflow pause action. Per my knowledge, it is ok if you pause for 365 days. The pause action will not cause the timeout issue.

In SharePoint, workflow limits are:

  • The maximum number of workflows that can execute against a single content database at the same time is 15. When this threshold is reached, new requests to activate workflows will be queued to be run by the workflow timer service later.
  • The maximum amount of data that can be stored in a single workflow variable is 256 KB. Exceeding this limit will cause the workflow instance to terminate.

For more information about Workflow limits, read the following article:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262787.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396#Workflow

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