SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, and Front end JS geek. – Chicago IL
SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, and Front end JS geek. – Chicago IL

Manually Run “Pause Until” SharePoint Designer Workflows

Recently I needed to simulate a future lapse in time in order to manually trigger the “Pause Until” SharePoint Designer function.  In the example below, the SharePoint server is a local DEV virtual machine running in Oracle VirtualBox.  That means it receives time from the parent machine.

 

Action Steps

  1. Move VM host clock forward 1 day (24hours)
  2. Move VM guest clock forward 1 day (24 hours)
  3. Run the Powershell command “Get-SPTimerJob | ? {$_.name –like ‘*workf*’} | Start-SPTimerJob

 

What the above steps will do is to simulate a future date and then trigger the SharePoint workflow engine.  If the engine finds any past-due activities (ex:  “Pause Until ___”) then it will execute those immediately.  Using this technique you can build “Pause Until ___” workflows and still test them to ensure everything completes as expected, without having to actually wait the full time. 

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