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  • Workflow Team

    AppFabric Now Supported on Windows Server 2012

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    We have completed our validation work and are pleased to announce that Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server now supports the following platforms: .NET 4.5 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 x64 (for development purposes) Windows PowerShell...
  • Workflow Team

    AppFabric Server

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    I’ve gotten a few questions about AppFabric for Windows Server, so I’d like to share some thoughts on the topic, specifically on the Workflow management aspects of AppFabric Server. First, it’s important to clarify what AppFabric...
  • Workflow Team

    Support of WF 4.5 Designer Improvements in Rehosted Scenarios

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    As you’ve seen in a previous post, we have added a lot of new features in WF 4.5; see this article for more discussion of those features. A number of those features (e.g. annotations, auto-surround with sequence, etc.) were developed to improve...
  • Workflow Team

    Workflow Investments

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    We’ve been making significant investments in Workflow since the release of .NET 4, and now that we're starting to wrap up some of these investments, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide a summary. The work falls into 3 major areas: ...
  • Workflow Team

    Announcing the Release of Workflow Manager 1.0

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    Today we announced the RTM release of Workflow Manager 1.0, a new offering that builds on and extends the capabilities of WF 4.5. It's been an incredibly busy time for the team, and we're thrilled to get this release out to our customers, hot on the heels...
  • Workflow Team

    Cumulative Update 1 Released for Workflow Manager 1.0

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    I am pleased to announce the release of the first Cumulative Update (CU) for Workflow Manager 1.0; you can find the associated KB article here . The Workflow Manager CU has a dependency on Service Bus CU1 (KB is here ), which was also just released. ...
  • Workflow Team

    Workflow Manager

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    I mentioned in the previous post that one of our key investments has been supporting the new workflow model in SharePoint 2013 , which is now available in Preview form. To accomplish this, we have been developing the “Workflow Manager”. As...
  • Workflow Team

    Windows Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 Workflows

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    Scott Guthrie has a new blog post which highlights our work to support the new model for SharePoint apps and workflows in SharePoint 2013 and the next version of Office 365. You can find more on SharePoint 2013 workflows, which are based on WF 4.5...
  • Workflow Team

    Side by Side Versioning with a Web-Hosted Xamlx Workflow Service video and download on Code Gallery

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    I have created a video walkthrough of implementing side-by-side versioning with a web-hosted xamlx workflow service here: Side by Side Versioning with a Web-Hosted Xamlx Workflow Service This project provides a demo of implementing side-by-side...
  • Workflow Team

    Updated Workflow Developer Center

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    We've updated our Workflow Developer Center on MSDN. We've simplified the design and refreshed the site with updated links. As part of this work, we've also pulled together a list of key WF samples. Our goal is for this to be a go-to site that aggregates...
  • Workflow Team

    TechEd Presentations Available Online

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    We delivered two presentations at TechEd in June; thanks to everyone who attended in person. The recordings and presentations are available online: What's New in Windows Workflow Foundation 4.5 Building, Running, and Managing Workflows on Windows...
  • Workflow Team

    Windows Server AppFabric book released

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    One of our long-time MVPs, Rick Garibay, and one of our DPE evangelists, Hammad Rajjoub, have just released their new book, Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook . If you’re building your WF4 workflows as WCF SOAP services and running in...
  • Workflow Team

    What State is my StateMachine in?

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    Recently saw this question in the MSDN Workflow Forum Is there a (SetState) in the new StateMachine Activity? Many users of Workflow in .NET 3.5 took advantage of the StateMachineWorkflowInstance class to determine what state a workflow is in, and also...
  • Workflow Team

    Using the WCF Test Client to Test Your Workflow Service

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    If you need a quick and simple way to manually test your WorkflowService the WCF Test Client makes it simple but there are a few tips that will make your life much easier. Tip: Add the WCF Test Client to your Visual Studio Tools menu Select Tools / External...
  • Workflow Team

    Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4) Case Studies

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    Want to know about how our Customers are using Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4)? Check out these case studies Customer Link Softeng Major IT Provider Deploys Web Solution in the Cloud, Avoids Thousands in Costs Ontario Systems ISV Speeds Innovation and...
  • Workflow Team

    Visual Studio 11 Preview and .NET 4 Platform Update 1 Side by Side Bug

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    If you install the Visual Studio 11 Preview release on a machine that has .NET 4 Platform Update 1 installed you will find that projects targeting .NET 4 Platform Update 1 will fail to build properly.  The error you will get is 'System.Activities...
  • Workflow Team

    WF4 WorkflowServices Troubleshooting Tip: Browse the XAMLX

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    I was doing some work on my Contoso HR Workflow Services sample application today when for some strange reason things were not working at all.  I found that when I tried to send a message to the Workflow Service from the ASP.NET code I got this exception...
  • Workflow Team

    Troubleshooting Silverlight, WorkflowServices, WCF and Behavior Extensions

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    In my previous posts I’ve written about my experiences with WorkflowServices and Silverlight. Troubleshooting Workflow Services / Silverlight Using Workflow Services and Silverlight Together WorkflowServices, CanCreateInstance and Silverlight Problem...
  • Workflow Team

    How To Enable Service Metadata for Workflow Services

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    Try this… Create a new ASP.NET Web Application (MVC or Web Forms).  Then add a new a WCF Workflow Service to your web project. Now try to add a service reference to your workflow service.  It fails with an error. There was an error downloading...
  • Workflow Team

    WF3 Types Marked Obsolete in .NET 4.5

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    In .NET 4 the Workflow Team released an all new Workflow engine in the System.Activities namespace. This new Workflow technology, which we refer to as WF4, responded to key customer feedback by providing significant programming model, runtime, and authoring...
  • Workflow Team

    New Article on WF 4.5 Features

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    Leon Welicki, PM on the Workflow team, has written a great MSDN Magazine article covering the new WF features in .NET 4.5, including: Workflow Designer enhancements C# expressions Contract-first authoring of WCF Workflow Services Workflow...
  • Workflow Team

    Exception Using VB Expressions in Visual Studio 2012 RC

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    When using VB Workflow projects in Visual Studio 2012 RC, you may receive a System.InvalidCastException while editing expressions. The Exception message would be similar to the following: An exception has been encountered. This may be caused by...
  • Workflow Team

    Three Simple Rules for Better Debugging with WorkflowApplication

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    Developers often say that there is a steep learning curve with Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4).  I won’t deny that… instead, allow me to share three simple rules that will help you to get over that curve sooner and to make them easy to remember...
  • Workflow Team

    How to use LINQ in a Workflow

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    Question Can I use a LINQ Query such as the following in a Workflow? private static void ShowQueryWithCode(IEnumerable< string > names) { Console.WriteLine( "Linq Query in Code - show names that start with 'R'" ); // Assuming there are...
  • Workflow Team

    Windows Workflow Foundation Case Studies

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    Happy New Year! I’ve gotten a few requests for WF customer examples, so I thought I'd kick off 2013 with a list of some published case studies. These are case studies specific to the use of WF directly; there are numerous additional case studies...
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