Installing Workflow Manager Offline

Microsoft has introduced new Workflow engine and concept with SharePoint 2013 called Workflow Manager.
The SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform uses the new Workflow Manager service. Workflow Manager is built on top of Windows Workflow Foundation. Windows Workflow Foundation is part of the .NET Framework 4.5.

Workflow Manager is a separate download and must be configured to communicate with the SharePoint Server 2013 farm.

Workflow Manager

In several cases your environment is secured and not accessing the internet and you want to install the workflow manager so in the following steps I am going to explain how to do that so you can install Workflow Manager offline to server(s) not connected to the internet.

1. Download the web platform installer and install it on a machine with internet access

2. Run the following commands as administrator from command prompt on the machine with internet access to download Service Bus, Workflow Client and Workflow Manager Refresh for offline

Webpicmd /offline /Products:ServiceBus /Path:E:ServiceBus
Webpicmd /offline /Products:WorkflowClient /Path:E:WorkflowClient
Webpicmd /offline /Products:WorkflowManagerRefresh /Path:E:WorkflowManagerRefresh

Note: modify E: with the path you would like to download to

3. On the machine with internet access, download the Cumulative Update for Service Bus 1.0 from:

4. Copy the downloaded file from Step 1, 2 and 3 to the server(s) where you will install the Workflow Manager.

5. On each server where you will install workflow manager run and install the following

– Open command prompt as administrator and run the following:
WebpiCmd.exe /Install /Products:ServiceBus /XML:E:ServiceBusfeedslatestwebproductlist.xml

– Manually install the file you downloaded from step 3

– Open command prompt as administrator and run the following:
WebpiCmd.exe /Install /Products:WorkflowClient /XML:E:WorkflowClientfeedslatestwebproductlist.xml

– Open command prompt as administrator and run the following:

WebpiCmd.exe /Install /Products:WorkflowManagerRefresh /XML:E:WorkflowManagerRefreshfeedslatestwebproductlist.xml

Note: modify E: with the path where files you copied from previous steps exist.

The next step is to configure the Workflow Manager Farm and connect it with SharePoint to do so check the following article from MSDN

Deploying Workflow Manager - Paolo Pia

About the Author

John NaguibJohn Naguib, Technical Consultant and Portfolio Architect
John is an experienced collaboration & SharePoint solution Consultant and Architect with deep knowledge on SharePoint, including architecture, installation, configuration, testing, maintenance and documentation. In addition to being Consultant he has a strong application development back ground of .NET applications. John is holder of MCP, MCTS, MCITP, MCPD, MCT and TOGAF 9 Foundation certificates

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