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Migrating SharePoint 2013 designer workflows to new SharePoint farm RRS feed

  • Question

  • I’m migrating the SharePoint 2013 to the new farm (SP2013 only) and facing an issue with SPD 2013 workflows (workflow manger is installed on the app servers of both the farms)

    I have configured the workflow manager in the new farm and moved the web applications content databases.

    All the SPD 2013 workflows  are not working after migrating to the new farm unless I publish them again.


    Can you please tell me what is the best way to migrate the SPD 2013 workflows to new farm.

    I can see some suggestion on web to move the databases of the workflow manger (Resource management & instance BD) but it’s not so clear.

    Below is the error from ULS logs when i try to trigger the SPD2013 workflow after migrating to new farm:

     Microsoft.Workflow.Client.WorkflowNotFoundException: Workflow 'ac182977-0842-440f-9deb-f5265afc620b', for scope '/SharePoint/default/af1cf83d-4662-4a4d-8926-19fd7053bade/2b42f6f5-3db3-45ac-bd76-ff5412e2c609', was not found. HTTP headers received from the server - ActivityId: edc4ab2d-4ddc-4a7e-b0b7-65b0dae9f539. NodeId: "ServerName" Scope: /SharePoint/default/af1cf83d-4662-4a4d-8926-19fd7053bade/2b42f6f5-3db3-45ac-bd76-ff5412e2c609. Client ActivityId : 0a1c0c9f-8053-d012-217e-5d483974581e. ---> System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found.

    Thanks in advance



    Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:39 AM

All replies

  • If you have performed the database migration from SP 2013 to SP 2013 then just configure workflow manager ( or ) Register-SPWorkflowService with the existing workflow manager and publish all the workflows using SharePoint Designer 2013 or PowerShell Script.

    you can do workflow database migration as well but i would prefer the above is the easy process.

    Thanks & Regards,


    sharath aluri


    Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:16 AM
  • Hi TheSharePointGuy,

    If you want to create the new workflow manager by using the old databases, you should configure Workflow Manager Disaster Recovery.

    Then you can restore the workflow manager databases from the backups.

    For more detailed information, refer to the articles below.

    Disaster Recovery and Scope Restore in Workflow Manager 1.0.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/dotnet/workflow-manager/jj730570(v=azure.10)?redirectedfrom=MSDN#DisasterRecovery

    Workflow Manager Disaster Recovery.

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan


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    Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:17 AM
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  • Hi TheSharePointGuy,

    If the reply is helpful to you, you could mark the reply as answer. Thanks for your understanding.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan

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    Friday, October 11, 2019 7:46 AM
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