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Today I encountered a new error at work which is:

“Unable to load workflow actions from the server. Please contact your server administrator.”


This occurred when I opened a SharePoint site in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, and then tried to add a Workflow.

Apparently, if one makes a mistake when deploying his/her custom activities, no workflows work.

The solution to this is to find the error in Visual Studio and then restart the IIS and try over again. Most probably, the error is in the new XML you wrote in the .ACTIONS file, so make sure to first check that out.


Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 8:08 PM SharePoint , Office SharePoint Designer | Back to top

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This one also caught me out, but for a different reason. The ACTIONS file was copied from another server and actually retained the original permissions.

I discovered this by using Fiddler to get the error details from the request that SharePoint Designer sent to the server.

I just re-applied the normal permissions to 'child objects' on the folder, and all was good.
Left by Matt on May 13, 2010 11:43 PM

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