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Troubleshooting Workflow in Microsoft Dynamics AX [AX 2012]

Updated: October 17, 2012

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

This topic describes common problems that can occur when you develop and test a workflow in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

The first step in troubleshooting a workflow problem is to see whether there are any Microsoft Dynamics AX best practice recommendations. To check best practices, right-click a workflow type in the AOT, point to Add-Ins, and then click Check best practices. Implement the recommendations and then repeat the best practices check for each related workflow node. For more information, see Workflow Best Practices.

To troubleshoot workflow X++ code, you must first set up debugging. For more information, see How to: Debug X++ Code in Workflow.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifMy new module is not available in the workflow category Module property setting

To view a new module name in the workflow category Module property drop-down list, it must be added to the ModuleAxapta enum. In the Application Object Tree (AOT), expand the Data Dictionary node, expand the Base Enums node, right-click ModuleAxapta, and then click New Element.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifThe Document class for my workflow type, task, or approval is not available in the Document property drop-down list

Only classes that extend the WorkflowDocument Class are displayed in the Document property drop-down list.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifThe event handler for my workflow task, automated task, or approval is not available in the property drop-down list

Only classes that implement the event handler interface are visible in the property drop-down list for event handlers. For more information, see How to: Create a Workflow Task or Approval Event Handler.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifMy changes are not visible in the client.

Changes in metadata are not visible in the client immediately. To view changes in metadata in the client, close and restart the client.

You can use the Tutorial_WorkflowProcessor form in the AOT Forms node to simulate batch processing for a workflow. Open the form and then click Start to run the processor. The results of the batch processing simulation can be viewed in the Workflow History form. In Microsoft Dynamics AX, click Home > Area page > Inquiries > Workflow > Workflow history.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifMy workflow type does not appear in the configuration user interface

Any one or combination of the following items can prevent the display of a workflow type in the configuration user interface. Running the best practice checks for a workflow type node is the easiest method to identify problems. For more information, see Best Practices Checks.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifMy task or approval does not display in the configuration user interface

A task or approval will not display in the configuration user interface unless the Document property setting is identical to the workflow type Document property setting.

Problems can occur with a workflow at runtime that cannot be seen at design time or configuration time. Therefore, we recommend that you test the workflow and the configuration in a test environment before you implement the solution. You can use the Tutorial_WorkflowProcessor form to simulate the batch process for testing.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifThe Submit button is not available on the workflow document form

  • Close and restart the client. Changes made to metadata are not immediately reflected in the user interface.

  • You must override the canSubmitToWorkflow method and it must return true to display the Submit button. For more information, see How to: Enable a Form or List for Workflow.

    NoteNote

    If there are no records in the data source and the canSubmitToWorkflow method returns true, an exception is thrown. Therefore, you should programatically check for a record when you evaluate the state of the workflow.

  • An action menu item is required to enable display of the Submit button for the SubmitToWorkflow class that you must create for each workflow type. For more information, see How to: Create a SubmitToWorkflow Class.

  • All display and action menu items must point to a class that contains a main method.

  • The form must be enabled for workflow. For more information, see How to: Enable a Form or List for Workflow.

  • The form must have data and a line of data must be selected for the workflow.

  • There are no default configurations for the workflow.

  • There is a default configuration for the workflow, but it is not selected as Active. At least one configuration must be selected as active.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifThe workflow stops after the Submit button is clicked

  • If you use the WorkflowWorkCalendarDueDate provider, work items must have valid Working Times available in the system calendar to complete the work item. To set working times, go to Organization administration > Common > Calendars > Calendars.

  • Is the workflow execution account set up for workflow? Open System administration > Setup > System > System service accounts. On the System service accounts form, set an Alias and Network domain for the Workflow execution account.

  • Verify that the batch job is running or if the workflow batch job is in the batch job queue.

  • Check the Windows event log on the AOS.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifMy task and approval outcome is not available on the workflow document form

  • Set the Enabled property setting for a task or approval outcome to Yes.

  • Each task or approval outcome must have the ActionMenuItem property defined.

Cc616520.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifThere are unwanted spaces in my approval actions list

Set the Enabled property setting for task or approval outcomes that are not used in a workflow to No.


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