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Configuring Workflow Manager 1.0

If you have installed Workflow Manager 1.0 and everything went through successfully, at the end of the installation process, you should be presented with a configuration screen that will allow you to create a new Workflow Manager farm with default or custom settings OR join the computer on which you just installed Workflow Manager to an existing farm. To review the installation process, check out Installing Workflow Manager 1.0.

This article covers the configuration process using the Configuration wizard UI. If you are interested in running configuration through the Workflow Manager PowerShell console, refer to this post.

Before you proceed, ensure that the account that you are logged in as to configure Workflow Manager has sysadmin role on the instance of SQL Server where the Workflow Manager and Service Bus databases will be created. Configuration will be performed according to the steps outlined here.

Choose the option on the Configuration Wizard to install Workflow Manager with Custom Settings


On the following screen, for SQL Server Instance, choose the options as shown below and click Test Connection. If the connection is successful, a green check mark icon should be seen. Expand the Advance Options section and ensure Windows Authentication is selected and that the option to Use the above SQL Server Instance and settings for all databases is checked. We shall not use SSL for this particular installation.


Provide database names as shown below (I am using default names here) for the workflow, instance and resource management databases. Clicking on the Test Connection button each time will allow ensuring that the database names are not already used.


Scroll down to configure the service account that will be used to run the Workflow Manager and Service Bus services. Provide inputs as shown below.


This installation procedure allows Workflow Manager to generate its own certificates. Provide the Certificate Generation Key and retype it to confirm as shown below.


In the port configuration section, leave the default port selections for HTTPS and HTTP. Check the box to allow communication over HTTP. NOTE: This is being done as part of the current installation process since this is a non-Production environment. It is not recommended per the TechNet article to allow workflow management over HTTP in a Production environment. Uncheck the Enable firewall rules on this computer checkbox.


Next, specify the group that will be given access to all Workflow Manager databases. I am using the local admin group; on a full-fledged farm, a group with all farm administrators would make sense. Then click on the Next button to proceed to Service Bus Configuration.


On the Service Bus Configuration page, set the database names again as shown below. These are not the default names here, by the way. I did some clean up to have the names look consistent and remove the monikers “DB” or “Database” from them since that part is evident.


For the service account and certificate key, choose the same ones that were provided for the Workflow Manager configuration


For the port configurations, leave in place all the default port numbers. Uncheck the Enable firewall rules on this computer box.


NOTE: The firewall rules checkbox has been unchecked for both the Workflow Manager and the Service Bus because checking this box will cause the configuration wizard to try and edit the firewall rules on the computer. However, the firewall on the target server is set to Off. The setting made above is to skip the firewall rule setting. If the firewall, is turned back on, rules will need to be put in for each of the ports configured above. Otherwise, the workflow manager and service bus services may not respond correctly.

Finally, configure the admin group that will receive access to all Service Bus databases as shown below and click on the Next button to proceed.


The next screen provides a summary of all of the settings and selections made. Go through them to ensure that the right selections have been made for Workflow Manager.


Scroll down to view the settings and selections for the Service Bus as well. Once satisfied with all the settings made, click on the Check button at the bottom of the screen to proceed.


NOTE: You can copy a text manifest of all the settings made by using the Copy link at the bottom of the page. You can also, use the Get PowerShell Commands link to get the complete configuration process given out in script that you can quit the wizard and execute through the Workflow Manager PowerShell console to complete configuration. If you prefer using PowerShell, copy the commands now and refer to this article.

If you choose to carry on in the wizard, at this point the configuration process kicks off and goes through with the farm provisioning. If all goes well and configuration is successfully completed, the UI will display check marks against all stages and we may then proceed on to the step where SharePoint is configured to leverage Workflow Manager services.


If you have everything set up correctly, you should be able successfully add the Service Bus and Workflow Management farms and add the host to both. However, sometimes, a problem might occur during configuration that will require fixing before configuration can be run again. To check the workarounds or solutions to a couple of problems that I have faced and documented, refer here.

If everything got configured correctly, the Workflow farm should be ready to be consumed by clients such as SharePoint 2013. To learn how to configure SharePoint 2013 to consume the workflow services, please check out Configuring SharePoint 2013 to use Workflow Manager 1.0.

  1. September 17, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Nice Post…
    I have one question :
    I have configured the Workflow Manager Service using the domain\hbpatel service account.
    Then I have created SharePoint 2013 Workflow on the List. and Create custom form which submit the entry using elevated privileged of domain\SP_Service Account.
    But while creating the task in the workflow task list, it provides the “access denied” error for SP_Service Account.
    So what is the reason?
    And How can I change the already configured Service account domain\hbpatel to Domain\SP_service.???

  2. Christian De-Nardi
    November 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    check this MS site: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj658588%28v=office.15%29

    you’ll probably found your reason. (troubleshoot section)

  1. December 12, 2013 at 6:34 AM
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