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UnRegister and Register Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2013 /2016

We had an issue where Workflow manager proxy is not working and getting the following error

“SharePoint 2013 workflow requires a compatible workflow service configured with SharePoint such as Workflow Manager. The workflow service is either not installed or not configured.” Like this

I am not sure who it happens, we did some certificate update and all of sudden this happen.

I decide to run the Register-SPworkflowService one time to register the proxy. But I ends up with the following error:

“Register-SPWorkflowService : Failed to register because the farm or partition is already registered with a workflow service

At line:1 char:1
+ Register-SPWorkflowService -SPSite
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share…WorkflowService:
RegisterSPWorkflowService) [Register-SPWorkflowService], ConfigurationExce  ption   + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.WorkflowServices.PowerShell
.RegisterSPWorkflowService ”

I run the command with –Force parameter, this time, is successfully completed but still I am getting the same error in the Central admin.


Clearly, we have to unregister and re-register the Workflow Proxy.

  • Un-Register Workflow proxy
    • Go to Central Admin > Application Management > Manage Service Application > Click on the Workflow Service Application Proxy
    • Select it and from Ribbon click delete
  • Register the Workflow Proxy
    • Now run the Register-SPWorkflowService in the PowerShell window, I would recommend to use –Force parameter.

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