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Install Workflow Actions for SharePoint Designer 2010

  1. Download the solution package ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp and copy it to folder (e.g. C:\SPSolutions) on a SharePoint Server.
  2. Start the SharePoint Management Shell
  3. Execute the command: Add-SPSolution "C:\SPSolutions\ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp"
  4. Execute the command: Install-SPSolution ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp –GACDeployment (Ensure that the installation user has write permissions to the config db)
  5. In the Central Administration activate the Web Application Feature “iLove SharePoint - SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow Actions” on Web Applications where you want to use the actions. The Feature adds required settings to the web.config (AuthorizedType, WorkflowService).
  6. Activate the site collection feature "iLove SharePoint - SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow Actions" in the site settings of site collections where you want to use the actions. The Web Application Feature must be activated for the Web Application of the Site Collection.
  7. Restart SharePoint Designer

Update Workflow Actions for SharePoint Designer 2010

  1. Start the SharePoint Management Shell
  2. Execute the command: Update-SPSolution -Identifier dba06714-bc56-4049-9264-7f04a4cf9853 -LiteralPath "C:\SPSolutions\ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp"
  3. Restart SharePoint Designer

There isn't any upgrade path for my SharePoint Designer 2007 actions (but they still work with SharePoint 2010)

Uninstall Workflow Actions for SharePoint Designer 2010

  1. Start the SharePoint Management Shell
  2. Execute: Uninstall-SPSolution “ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp”
  3. Execute: Remove-SPSolution “ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp”

Last edited Jun 29, 2011 at 7:31 PM by cglessner, version 4


mtngeekuk Jan 21, 2015 at 3:42 PM 
I've gone through all the steps and have the actions available in the dropdown, but when clicking on one, nothing appears in the workflow window. Can anyone help explain what I'm doing wrong please?

--- Add-SPSolution "C:\SPSolutions\ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp"
--- Install-SPSolution ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp –GACDeployment -CompabilityLevel {14, 15} (this is because I have SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Designer 2013, but using this in a SharePoint 2010 workflow)
--- Activated in Web Application
--- Activated in Site Collection
--- Update-SPSolution -Identity dba06714-bc56-4049-9264-7f04a4cf9853 -LiteralPath "C:\SPSolutions\ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp" -GACDeployment

CSODev May 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM 
I had the same issue as others :
Update-SPSolution -Identifier dba06714-bc56-4049-9264-7f04a4cf9853 -LiteralPath "E:\SPSolutions\iLoveSharePoi
nt.Workflow.Activities.wsp" -GACDeployment
Update-SPSolution : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'Identifier'.
At line:1 char:30
+ Update-SPSolution -Identifier <<<< dba06714-bc56-4049-9264-7f04a4cf9853 -LiteralPath "E:\SPSolutions\iLoveSharePoint.Workflow.Activities
.wsp" -GACDeployment
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Update-SPSolution], ParameterBindingException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletUpdateSolution

I tried this :
Update-SPSolution -Identity iLoveSharePoint.Workflow.Activities.wsp -LiteralPath "E:\SPSolutions\iLoveSharePoint.Workflow.Activities.wsp" -GACDeployment

And guess what ? it works. Meaning that the parameter name is "Identity" not "Identifier".

hermannyank May 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM 
I am aware that people are saying that this can be use on a SharePoint 2013 server; however can these actions be used in SP 2013 Workflows? I am trying but if someone can tell me that it's not possible, then I won't waste my time any more.

SimonTV Feb 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM 
I was successful in adding and installing the solution as described. I can even see the entries in SPD but once i click them nothing happens.

When i try to activate the solution under "Managed Features" i get the following error message:

Failed to apply web.config modifications to Web application 'eaa9de60-4d16-4155-a23d-f1ac52d2a05c'.
Failed to apply web.config modifications to file 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\SiteName\web.config'.
Failed to apply a web.config modification to file 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\SiteName\web.config'.
The specified node "configuration/system.web/httpHandlers" was not found in the web.config file.

Can anyone point me in the right direction since i'm rather new to all this Sharepoint voodoo ;)


ezekiel Nov 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM 
Installed this on out test and dev environments (1 WFE + 1 SQL) works great, just what we need for our specific issue.
BUT when we deploy to production (2 WFE -NLB + 1SQL) and whilst the wsp deploys and the actions are available to select, when the workflow executes, no site is created.
Added an email trace and that works, but no new site.
Any ideas of what could be causing this?


RajKamalSinghRath Aug 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM 
Hi, I work on SharePoint Online, can any one guide me how to follow the above procedure in SharePoint Online, I have uploaded the solution in Solutions and Activated it, but when I open the site in SP Designer I am unable to fine the functionalities in Actions.

DimHelmet May 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM 
ParshukovNick, I had the same problem and fixed it by editing the web.config file for my SharePoint - 80 site. In the <authorizedTypes> node, I moved the ILoveSharePoint entry inside the <targetFx> node (in my instance, up one line). I did an IISRESET and re-published my workflow and the Execute SQL statement worked just great!

I did notice that retracting the solution does not allow you to re-install it with the compatibility level fixed. I had to revert to an older snapshot and install it from scratch.

ParshukovNick May 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM 
carl181, to work with Sharepoint 2013 you should write code in this way:
Install-SPSolution ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp –GACDeployment -CompabilityLevel {14, 15}
And it works.
But another problem is when I try to publish my workflow it goes with an error:
"The type or namespace name 'iLoveSharepoint' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)"

rz900 Apr 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM 
Hi, I can it in Central Amin but not under site features Any help??

carl181 Nov 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM 
Hi - I tried to install this solution on SharePoint 2013. I follow the install process and be able to install and deploy the solution -> It's visible in SP 2013 Central Administration but it doesn't change anything in the workflow commands, any idea ?

carl181 Nov 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM 
Hi - I tried to install Workflow activities in SharePoint 2013 STD but without success
What I can do :
Install and deploy it successfully but I can't see any changes in SP Designer, any help ?

VittorioPLab Nov 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM 
Hi, I've the same problem that have MoWoM:
"I have the feature activated for the collection in central admin but i never get the item under the "site settings -> manage site features" within the site (step 6)."

smonczka Aug 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM 
Hello, I'm having the same issue as above. When I Update Workflow Actions for SharePoint Designer 2010 I get the following error: A parameter cannot be found that matched parameter name 'Identifier' At Line:1 Char:30

rscrbv Jul 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM 
@NCCadm use this : Update-SPSolution -Identity dba06714-bc56-4049-9264-7f04a4cf9853 -LiteralPath "C:\SPSolutions\ilovesharepoint.workflow.activities.wsp" -GACDeployment

BabuNagalingam Apr 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM 
I remember I got the similar error however When it installed properly. I have developed few workflows afterward and it went well.

MoWoM Feb 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM 
I have the feature activated for the collection in central admin but i never get the item under the "site settings -> manage site features" within the site (step 6).

Andrey0628 Jan 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM 
Hi NCCadm - use "Identity", not "Identifier"!

maxpowerbjh Apr 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM 
I was able to get around this issue by using a -Force parameter on the Install-SPSolution command. I was then able to activate the feature on the site. Note: it did take my sites offline for a few seconds after I used the -force parameter.

PS C:\> Install-SPSolution iLoveSharePoint.Workflow.Activities.wsp -GACDeployment -Force

maxpowerbjh Apr 6, 2011 at 5:44 PM 
When trying to activate the feature on the site collection I'm getting the same error as chrisptree. Here is the english version of the error:

The feature you are trying to activate is dependent on another feature $Resources:FeatureTitle contained in the solution 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 which is not installed.

chrisptree Mar 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM 
Hi, I have tried to install the solution. Everything goes well until I have to activate the feature in Site Collection Features where I have had an error.
I use a french localisation of sharepoint. The error is :

La fonctionnalité que vous tentez d’activer dépend d’une autre fonctionnalité $Resources:FeatureTitle contenue dans la solution 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 qui n’est pas installée.

NCCadm Mar 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM 
Hi - installed and activated the wsp no problem, but in the 'Update Workflow Actions for SPD 2010' section, when I executed the powershell command I got this error: " A parameter cannot be found that matched parameter name 'Identifier'. Any ideas why that is happening?