Install and configure workflow manager SharePoint 2016 step by step

In this tutorial, we will discuss how to install and configure workflow manager SharePoint 2016 step by step.

We will also check how to download and install Workflow manager 1.0 for SharePoint 2016. Then we will configure the workflow manager for SharePoint 2016 in the windows server 2012 R2 machine.

Install and configure workflow manager SharePoint 2016 step by step

There is no difference between installing the workflow manager 1.0 in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016. Because in SharePoint 2016 there is no new version of SharePoint designer, you can use SharePoint 2013 designer to work with SharePoint 2016.

We can use SharePoint designer 2013 to customize SharePoint sites, Workflow development, etc.

After installing SharePoint 2016, if you open SharePoint designer and try to create a workflow then you can see only the SharePoint 2010 Workflow Platform Type as shown in the fig below:

install workflow manager sharepoint 2016
install workflow manager SharePoint 2016

Download and Install Workflow Manager SharePoint 2016

Follow below steps to install workflow manager in SharePoint 2016:

Once you click on I Accept button as shown in the fig below:

workflow manager sharepoint 2016
workflow manager SharePoint 2016

Then it will install various components like below:

configure workflow manager sharepoint 2016
configure workflow manager SharePoint 2016

Once the installation (Workflow Manager 1.0) over then it will ask to configure Workflow manager.

Click on the Continue button to configure the workflow manager.

Install and configure workflow for SharePoint Server 2016
Install and configure workflow for SharePoint Server 2016

Configure Workflow Manager SharePoint 2016

Then in the workflow manager configuration wizard, click on Configure Workflow Manager with Default Settings (Recommended) as shown in the fig below:

download workflow manager sharepoint 2016
workflow manager sharepoint 2016

Then in the New Farm Configuration wizard, then it will auto-populate SQL Server Instance and then Configure Service Account. Give password. And then Allow Workflow management over HTTP on this computer. And Enable firewall rules on this computer. Sin the Certificate Generation Key, put a key as shown in the fig below:

workflow manager sharepoint 2016
configure workflow manager sharepoint 2016 step by step

Then it will display Summary as shown in the fig below. Then click on the right button as shown in the fig below:

configure workflow manager sharepoint 2013
configure workflow manager SharePoint 2013

It will display Configuration progress as shown in the fig below:

Install and configure workflow for SharePoint Server 2013
Install and configure workflow for SharePoint Server 2013

Once the configuration progress completes, then it will display in a wizard-like below:

workflow manager sharepoint 2016
workflow manager SharePoint 2016

Register Workflow Service to SharePoint 2016 Site Collection

Then we need to use PowerShell to Register workflow service to the site collection. Below is the PowerShell command.

Register-SPWorkflowService -SPSite "http://mypc/sites/MySP2016SiteCollection/" -WorkflowHostUri "http://localhost:12291" -AllowOAuthHttp -Force

When you run this command if you got the below error as:

Register-SPWorkflowService: Workflow XAML failed validation due to the following error:
Invalid type(s) ‘Microsoft.Activities.CacheScope’…

workflow manager 1.0

Then follow the below article to resolve the above issue.

After resolving this issue, run the above command, and then it will register the workflow service successfully.

Then to verify if the workflow is successfully registered, Open SharePoint 2013 central administration and then click on Manage service applications which is under Application Management as shown in the fig below:

how to install workflow manager SharePoint 2016 step by step

Once it will register successfully, open SharePoint designer and then you can be able to see the SharePoint 2013 platform type as shown in the fig below:

install and configure workflow manager in sharepoint 2016

You may like following SharePoint 2016 workflow tutorials:

I hope this will be helpful to install and configure the workflow manager in SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2019.

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Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SPGuides.com

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