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I've created a site template based on a Team Site by going into Site Settings and choosing Save site as template. However, when I try to create a new site based on this site template I get the following error:

ERROR "Workflows" cannot be used as a sitename. site names cannot contian certain reserved words and cannot begin with an underscore. Please enter a different name. Correlation ID: {31690ae6-39d9-4c6a-b721-fd737c26fc55}

I'm not entering "workflows" as the site name so I'm not sure why I'm getting this error. and the site doesn't have any workflows.

I checked the logs and found the following:

Failed to activate site-scoped features for template 'STS#0' in site 'myserver/sitecollection/testing'. 71ef0dc4-7ecb-454a-b794-5a5da16a46e6 Failed to activate web features when provisioning site at url "myserver/sitecollection/testing" with site definition "STS#0". 71ef0dc4-7ecb-454a-b794-5a5da16a46e6 Failed to apply template "STS#0" to web at URL "myserver/sitecollection/testing". 71ef0dc4-7ecb-454a-b794-5a5da16a46e6 Failed to apply template "STS#0" to web at URL "myserver/sitecollection/testing", error "Workflows" cannot be used as a site name. Site names cannot contain certain reserved words and cannot begin with an underscore. Please enter a different name. 0x3321b400 71ef0dc4-7ecb-454a-b794-5a5da16a46e6 0x8107058a"Workflows" cannot be used as a site name. Site names cannot contain certain reserved words and cannot begin with an underscore. Please enter a different name. 71ef0dc4-7ecb-454a-b794-5a5da16a46e6

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Check out this link http://www.brainlitter.com/2012/12/23/sharepoint-sites-and-reserved-words-may-not-be-what-they-appear-to-be/

Hope it helps

  • Thanks, that article help me out. I did have a managed path called workflows in my Web Application. Removing the managed path did the trick. – Jovi Jul 22 '13 at 21:24
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    While this may theoretically answer the question, we prefer inclusion of the essential parts of the answer here, and to provide the link for reference. See answer for general guidelines. [mod] – SPDoctor Jul 23 '13 at 8:01

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