How To: Install Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2016

How To: Install Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2016

How To: Install Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2016

​​Recently, I completed an implementation of Workflow Manager with SharePoint Server 2016 for a client. The client needed the configuration to be highly available and use SSL certificates. Here are a few pitfalls I experienced when trying to configure the farm and ways to avoid them.

Not Too Fast 
Before planning your deployment, I encourage you to read materials by Spencer Harbar​ ( for Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2013. For a SSL-based HA configuration, I recommend reading the two articles below. They outline how to plan your deployment.

Once you begin your deployment, keep and eye out for these "gotchas".
Child Domain Subject Alternative Names
In Spencer's fourth article​ (Workflow Manager Farms for SharePoint 2013 Part Four: End to End Configuration using Domain CA issued certificates), he explains how the SSL certificate needs to be created. My client had a multi-tiered domain environment, so I had to add additional subject alternative names (SAN). For example, if the servers are sitting in a domain like, then you need to add the following DNS SAN entries (continue this pattern for each child domain):
Run Timer Jobs
After WFM is installed and associated with SharePoint, you need to run the timer jobs in this article​. If you don’t, your workflows will time out.
Register Multiple SharePoint Farms to a Single Workflow Manager Farm
For smaller deployments, I see many clients associate a test and production environment to the same workflow manager farm. In order to do this you must include the -ScopeName parameter with the Register-SPWorkflowService cmdlet.
Register-SPWorkflowService -SPSite "https://sitename-test" -WorkflowHostUri "" -ScopeName "Test WFM"
Register-SPWorkflowService -SPSite "https://sitename" -WorkflowHostUri "" -ScopeName "Prod WFM"
Installing on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Higher
In order to get this to work, you need to take a scripted approach. Start by installing Web Platform Installer on each Workflow Manager server. Next, download the Service Bus 1.0 CU3 in this KB article​. Then, mount the Windows Server ISO to the server so the script can install the appropriate Windows features.
Run the script below:

Change the file location of the installation of Service Bus 1.0 CU3 to the location you downloaded it to

Change the -Source parameter of Install-WindowsFeature to the drive you mounted the Windows Server ISO to


$serviceBusLocation = "$env:USERPROFILE\Desktop\WorkflowManagerFiles\WorkflowManagerFiles\ServiceBus"
$wfmLocation = "$env:USERPROFILE\Desktop\WorkflowManagerFiles\WorkflowManagerFiles\WFMRefresh"
$workflowClientLocation = "$env:USERPROFILE\Desktop\WorkflowManagerFiles\WorkflowManagerFiles\WorkflowClient"
#download the offline files
webpicmd /offline /Products:ServiceBus /Path:$serviceBusLocation
webpicmd /offline /Products:WorkflowClient /Path:$workflowClientLocation
webpicmd /offline /Products:WorkflowManagerRefresh /Path:$wfmLocation
#Import ServerManager cmdlets
Import-Module ServerManager
#Install IIS components (requires Windows Server ISO mounted for offline install)
Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core, Web-Server, Web-WebServer, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Asp-Net45 -Source "D:\sources\sxs"
#Install Service Bus 1.0 and CU KB2799752
webpicmd /Install /Products:ServiceBus /XML:$serviceBusLocation\feeds\latest\webproductlist.xml /AcceptEula
Start-Process -FilePath "$env:USERPROFILE\Desktop\WorkflowManagerFiles\WorkflowManagerFiles\ServiceBus-KB2799752-x64-EN.exe" -ArgumentList "/passive" -Wait -PassThru
#Install Workflow Client
webpicmd /Install /Products:WorkflowClient /XML:$workflowClientLocation\feeds\latest\webproductlist.xml /AcceptEula
#Install Workflow Manager 1.0 CU2 (Refresh)
webpicmd /Install /Products:WorkflowManagerRefresh /XML:$wfmLocation\feeds\latest\webproductlist.xml /AcceptEula​
For more information about Workflow Manager or SharePoint Server 2016, contact a member of the Blue Chip team!
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Matt Gibson