SharePoint 2016 - Part Nine: Validation Of Configuration Of Workflow Manager 1.0

Before reading this article, please go through the previous parts.

In this article, we will go through the steps to verify the installation and configuration of the Workflow Manager for SharePoint 2016. We will test it from Central Admin of SharePoint, then open the site ( any site collection) in the SharePoint Designer, and verify the SharePoint 2013 Workflow.

Verify from Central Admin

  • Log into SharePoint Central Admin with Farm Admin account.
  • Click on Application Management. Under "Service Application", click on "Manage service applications". 


  • On this page, you will see "Workflow Service Application Proxy".


  • Highlight "Workflow Service Application Proxy" and click on "Manage".


  • On this page, you will see the message "Workflow is Connected”.


Now, go to Application Management > under Service Application > Click on "Configure service application associations".

On this page, make sure that "Workflow Service Application proxy" is associated with all the required Web applications.

Verify using the PowerShell

Let's check the status of Workflow Manager Service Application status using the PowerShell. Open SharePoint PowerShell console on the SharePoint Server. Run the below command.

Get-SPWorkflowServiceApplicationProxy | Select *

Output will be like this.


Verify from SharePoint Designer 2013

Now, we will use the SharePoint Designer and verify the Configuration.

Note - We don't have SharePoint Designer version for Server 2016. As per MSFT,  SharePoint Designer 2013 still works with SharePoint 2016. Also in the workflow platform, it is still saying SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform.

  1. Open SharePoint Designer 2013 by selecting it on the Start menu. Click "Start >> All Programs >> Microsoft Office 2013, and then click SharePoint Designer 2013.

  2. Click "Open Site" on the SharePoint Designer 2013 start page.

  3. Enter the SharePoint 2013 site that you want to connect to. For example,

  4. Click "Open" to open the site.

  5. Enter your credentials if prompted. (If security is not integrated with the computer you signed in, then you are prompted to enter your credentials.) Make sure to use credentials that have access to the SharePoint 2013 site.

  6. In Designer, click on Workflows and from Ribbon, click on "List Workflow" and select anyone.


  7. On the "Create List Workflow" dialog box, click on the "Platform Type" drop down and you will see the SharePoint 2013 Workflow.


This will complete our testing / validation of the installation and configuration. Now, we can create the 2013 Platform Workflows.

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