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Offline Installation of SharePoint Workflow Manager

Microsoft introduced new architecture model for Workflows in SharePoint 2013. In order to make it work on your developer virtual machine or in real time production scenario, you will have to install Workflow manager on respective app server or dedicated server. You can install workflow manager using web platform installer. This requires internet connectivity. In case you donot have internet connection on the VM, you can use offline installation model that I am going to explain below. You will have to download all the required individual setup files using WebPICmd.exe and install them manually.

 

  1. From the machine where you have internet connectivity, download and WebPICmd zip from the URL http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=233753
  2. Extract the zip file to local file system.
  3. Using run as administrator, launch Windows PowerShell
  4. Access the location where WebPICmd is previously unzipped.
  5. Identify a location where you would like to download the required installation files.
  6. From the PowerShell window, run the following command. Make sure to replace

 

    {Download Location} with the location where you would like to download identified in step # 5.

 

    ./WebpiCmd.exe /offline /Products:Workflow /Path:{Download Location}

 

For example, if you choose the download location as 'C:\{your target location}\' then the command would look like the below

 

    ./WebpiCmd.exe /offline /Products:Workflow /Path:c:\{your target folder}\

 

  1. While WebPiCmd downloads all the related software's for Workflows, you will encounter 404 errors for two of the image files as shown below. You can ignore these errors and let the download complete.
  2. After the download is completed, the location should consist of the following folders and setup files.
  3. Now you can copy the entire folder to VM where SharePoint 2013 is installed
  4. On the SharePoint 2013 VM, run each of the setup files in the folders.

                              

Once all the setup files are installed, you can begin configuring Windows Workflow Farm.

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