SharePoint Workflow Settings for SharePoint 2010 Web Application


In this article we will be seeing how to manage SharePoint Workflow settings for SharePoint 2010 web application using object model and powershell.

Go to Central Administration => Web Applications => Manage Web Applications =>Select the Web Application.

In the ribbon interface go to Manage => General Settings => Workflow.


You can modify the SharePoint Workflow Settings.


The same can be achieved using SharePoint object model and powershell.

Using SharePoint object model:

  • Open Visual Studio 2010.

  • Go to File => New => Project.

  • Select the Console Application template from the installed templates.

  • Enter the Name and click on Ok.

  • Add the following assembly.

  1. Microsoft.SharePoint.dll

  • Add the following namespaces.

  1. using Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration;

  2. using Microsoft.SharePoint;

  • Program.cs:

using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Linq; using System.Text; using Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration; using Microsoft.SharePoint;

namespace WorkflowSettings { class Program {

static void Main(string[] args) { SPWebApplication webApp =SPWebApplication.Lookup(newUri("https://anavijai.com/"));

// -------------SharePoint Workflow Settings------------------------------------- } } }


Workflow Settings:

//Enable user-defined workflows for all sites on this web application webApp.UserDefinedWorkflowsEnabled = false;


//Alert internal users who do not have site access when they are assigned a workflow task webApp.EmailToNoPermissionWorkflowParticipantsEnabled = false;


//Allow external users to participate in workflow by sending them a copy of the document webApp.ExternalWorkflowParticipantsEnabled = true;


Update the changes:

//Update the changes webApp.Update();


Using powershell:

$webApp = get-spwebapplication "https://anavijai.com/"

# -------------SharePoint Workflow Settings-------------------------------------

#--------------Enable user-defined workflows for all sites on this web application $webApp.UserDefinedWorkflowsEnabled = $false #--------------Alert internal users who do not have site access when they are assigned a workflow task $webApp.EmailToNoPermissionWorkflowParticipantsEnabled = $false #--------------Allow external users to participate in workflow by sending them a copy of the document $webApp.ExternalWorkflowParticipantsEnabled = $true

#--------------Update the changes $webApp.Update()

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