We are using SharePoint 2016 on prem, and need to create some workflows, and are thinking about using Flow instead of the old SharePoint workflows.

I have googled a lot, and it looks like Flow can not be directly used on SharePoint 2016 on - prem, and that it has to be set up in the cloud (O365). Have I miseunderstood something here, or is this a fact ?

A little stupidly formulated question, but... How can I use flow if we don't want to use cloud services ? Is there a way to do that ?

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Microsoft Flow is a cloud service. You can use it against SharePoint 2016 however you must deploy the Data Management Gateway and use that gateway when making connections from Flow.

There are limitations when using the Data Management Gateway with SharePoint 2016; namely (last I tried) it could not resolve MMS fields.

SharePoint 2010 Workflows may be a better option for various tasks, but you can do a lot with Flow and SharePoint 2016. You'll need to evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

  • Thanks, Trevor. So, basically I need O365 and on-premises license to use Flow with on-prem, or hybrid environment ?
    – Ilyas
    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:31
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    Yes, It's correct!
    – Arul kumar
    Nov 24, 2018 at 16:02

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