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Configuring and Deploying Workflows to SharePoint Server 2007 Using Solution Packages

SharePoint 2007

Summary:  Learn how to configure and deploy a workflow to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 using a solution package.

Office Visual How To

Applies to:  2007 Microsoft Office System, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, stsadm.exe

Mike Rand, 3Sharp

June 2008

Overview

This Microsoft Office Visual How To covers how to configure and deploy a workflow to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 using a solution package. You will use the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 solution that you created in Building an Expense Report Approval Workflow for SharePoint Server 2007 Using Visual Studio 2008.

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Creating a Manifest.xml File

You must create a Manifest.xml file for your solution package. Open the Visual Studio 2008 project you created in the previous Visual How To: Building an Expense Report Approval Workflow for SharePoint Server 2007 Using Visual Studio 2008.

To create a Manifest.xml file

  1. Add a solution folder to the project.

  2. Select the solution in Solution Explorer.

  3. Right-click the solution, point to Add, and then click New Solution Folder. Rename the folder Solution.

  4. Select the new solution folder.

  5. Right-click the new solution folder, point to Add, click New Item, and then select XML File in the dialog box. Rename the XML file to Manifest.xml. Click Add.

  6. Add the following to the blank XML file.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <Solution xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/"    
     SolutionId="B90C9FD7-29F3-477f-A038-B4BA51FE219F">
      <FeatureManifests>
        <FeatureManifest Location="ExpenseFeature\feature.xml" />
      </FeatureManifests>
      <Assemblies>
        <Assembly Location="VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha.dll"
                  DeploymentTarget="GlobalAssemblyCache" />
      </Assemblies>
    </Solution>
    
    

    Specifying the DeploymentTarget attribute indicates that you want your DLL to be installed to the global assembly cache when the solution is deployed.

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    You can add the Wss.xsd schema to the schemas for this blank XML file. This will provide you with IntelliSense and validation while you are editing the Manifest.xml file.

Creating a Solution.ddf File

Next, you create a Solution.ddf file. This file is used to create your Solution Package. For more information, see the Microsoft Cabinet Software Development Kit.

To create a Solution.ddf file

  1. Select the solution folder that you previously created.

  2. Right-click the folder, point to Add, select New Item, and then select Text file.

  3. Rename the text file Solution.ddf. Click Add.

  4. Add the following to the blank Solution.ddf file.

    .OPTION EXPLICIT
    .Set CabinetNameTemplate=VS2008ExpenseReportWFAlpha.wsp
    .Set DiskDirectoryTemplate=CDROM
    .Set CompressionType=MSZIP
    .Set UniqueFiles="ON"
    .Set Cabinet=On
    .Set DiskDirectory1=.manifest.xml
    "VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha\ExpenseReportApprovalForm.xsn" 
      ExpenseFeature\ExpenseReportApprovalForm.xsn
    "VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha\bin\Debug\VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha.dll"
    "VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha\feature.xml" 
      ExpenseFeature\feature.xml
    "VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha\workflow.xml" 
      ExpenseFeature\workflow.xml
    
    
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It is important to point out that both the Feature.xml and the Workflow.xml files must be put into a folder inside the solution package file. You do this by separating the source file and the destination with a space and then specifying a folder directory for the destination."VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha\feature.xml" ExpenseFeature\feature.xml"VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha\workflow.xml" ExpenseFeature\workflow.xml

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It is also important that you add your Custom Task form to this solution package."VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha\ExpenseReportApprovalForm.xsn" ExpenseFeature\ExpenseReportApprovalForm.xsn

Creating the Solution Package

You are now ready to create the solution package. You need the Makecab.exe tool to create the solution package. If you do not have it on your computer, you can find it here: Microsoft Cabinet Software Development Kit.

To create the solution package

  1. Open a command prompt, and navigate to the solution directory.

  2. Run the following command to build the Solution.ddf file:

    makecab /f Solution.ddf

  3. You now have a solution package in your solution directory.

    Figure 1. Solution Package .wsp File

    Solution package .wsp file

Deploying the Solution Package

Now that you have a solution package, you have to deploy it. You must have the Stsadm.exe tool to deploy the solution package.

To deploy the solution package

  1. Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory that contains the Stsadm.exe tool.

  2. Run the following command to add your solution to a SharePoint server.

    stsadm.exe -o addsolution -filename [Solution Directory Goes Here]\VS2008ExpenseReportWFAlpha.wsp

  3. Now that your solution has been added to the SharePoint server, you must deploy that solution. Although you can deploy the solution using the SharePoint Server user interface (UI), you will use the command line in this scenario.

    Run the following command:

    stsadm.exe -o deploysolution -name VS2008ExpenseReportWFAlpha.wsp -allowgacdeployment -force -immediate

  4. You now must install your Feature to your site. Run the following command:

    stsadm.exe -o installfeature -name "VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha" -force

  5. Now that you have installed your Feature, you must activate it.

    Run the following command:

    stsadm.exe -o activatefeature -name "VS 2008 Expense Report WF Alpha" -url http://moss.litwareinc.com

    Your workflow has now been successfully deployed and activated on your SharePoint server. You can now navigate to your SharePoint site and add this workflow to a Document Library.

    Figure 2. Installed Workflow

    Installed workflow

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Creating a solution package enables you to deploy your Feature to other servers. This is useful when you have a development server and one or more production servers. Creating the solution package requires that you use the Stsadm.exe and the Makecab.exe utilities. For links to more information about these utilities, see the "Explore It" section.

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