Monday, July 8, 2013

Nintex Workflow 2010 - The dreaded "Workflow failed to run" error


Workflows that are built using Nintex Workflow 2010 fail with error: "[Workflow Name] failed to run"
when the following actions are executed:

  • Task Reminder Action
  • Task Delegation Action
  • Pause For

You may also notice that the workflows also don't perform as they should.


There may be a number of reasons behind this error. Every error has its own reason :)

From my understanding, it could be related to permissions, event receiver clashes, batch run exceptions, AD user accounts with no/invalid emails, etc.


In my case, the SharePoint farm has 2 web front end servers and both the servers were running the service "Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service".

The resolution was to stop the "Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service" using Central Administration page from one of the web front end servers.

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