I have a Sequential Workflow created in Visual Studio. In VS I can right click and deploy the package without issue. On the TEST environment I use the command add-spsolution and then deploy it to my web application through central administration. No errors reported so far.

I cannot find the feature either in Site Collection Features nor Site Features to activate it - although it doesn't show up in either location on my DEV environment either.

I've checked the following:

  1. Feature folder in the hive contains the same files
  2. No errors reported on adding the solution
  3. No errors reported on activating the solution
  4. The DLL is correctly deployed to the bin folder
  5. All lists the workflow depends on are present - as far as I am aware
  6. No XOML files are present on my dev machine feature folder in the hive, same for the test machine
  7. In DEV env I can click list settings > workflows > add a workflow and see my workflows, in the TEST env I can only see the default workflows.
  8. Tried changing the feature scope away from Site scope (i.e. Farm, WebApplication and Web) but in all instances a message was displayed saying that the Workflows could not be deployed in that scope, only Site scope works.

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The command you are looking for:


It is needed to install every new feature if you deploy through powershell.

Steps required:

  1. Add-SPSolution
  2. Install-SPSolution
  3. Install-SPFeature
  4. Enable-SPFeature - for specific site col./web

More info about Install-SPFeature on msdn: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607825.aspx

  • doesnt clicking Deploy Solution from Central Administration install the feature? anyway Get-SPFeature shows the feature as being in the Web Application already. Using Enable-SPFeature made my workflows available but I need to figure out why the feature isnt in Site Collection Features
    – Mauro
    Commented Jan 17, 2014 at 11:34
  • By any chance...isn't feature hidden?
    – luccio
    Commented Jan 17, 2014 at 11:44
  • if it is - its not intentional.
    – Mauro
    Commented Jan 17, 2014 at 12:03
  • You can check it by PS, this code displays all web scoped hidden features: Get-SPFeature -Limit ALL | Where-Object {$_.Hidden -eq $true -and $_.Scope -eq "WEB"} | Sort-Object DisplayName | Select DisplayName,Id
    – luccio
    Commented Jan 20, 2014 at 11:09
  • yeah, I found it that way and enabled it using the guid in Powershell with the Enable-SPFeature command.
    – Mauro
    Commented Jan 20, 2014 at 12:18

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