I have created a Visual Studio sequential workflow on my test server and also created a custom activity for it. How do I deploy these to the production server (or another server? I created a WSP, and activated the workflow on a new server/site collection, but I receive an error when the workflow runs. I am new to SharePoint development, so any suggestions is greatly appreciated...

I use following link to develop this workflow:


Is there something else that I should do?

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    What error are you receiving on deploying this on new server? – Arsalan Adam Khatri Dec 26 '12 at 6:42
  • I get the error failed on start (retrying) or something like that. But I think it is because it is a farm solution and I tried to install it as a sandboxed one. I plan to try Powershell at work next week. Thanks so much. – user13788 Dec 29 '12 at 18:44
  • Sorry, the error actually was "An error occurred in" + workflow name. My memory failed me. – user13788 Dec 29 '12 at 19:03

As I have understood you have created a farm solution (not sandbox, because code-based workflows couldn't be created in sandbox), but the link you have provided is related to the sandbox deployment. You need to use PowerShell (+Central admin if you want) for farm deployment.

You can take a look how to do it here. After adding WSP using PowerShell comand (Step 2 in article) you can deploy it using Central Admin \ System settings \ Manage farm solutions

If you have some additional questions - ask me, I'll try to explain it in more details.

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    Thank you so much! It is a farm solution. I never thought of that. I will try PowerShell next week at work. – user13788 Dec 29 '12 at 18:41
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    I tried to upvote, but was told I need 15 reputation points. I'm really new to the forum. Thank you for your help. – user13788 Dec 29 '12 at 18:45
  • So, I upvoted on behalf of user13788 – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Jan 4 '13 at 16:25

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