InfoPath – Restart workflows at different stages
In most of my forms that are linked to workflows, I provide the ability for an administrator to restart the workflow at a particular point if needed. This is not only useful in testing situations (since a workflow can skip time consuming steps if they have already been completed), but it provides much needed flexibility in SharePoint where server throttling situations can result in a suspended workflow which needs to be restarted at a previous point.
In this case I maintain a ‘StartFrom’ combo box in my ‘hidden’ view, that if changed sets a value ‘Restart’ to true. If I need to restart a particular workflow at a specific point, I do the following:
- Terminate the current workflow
- Open the form, select the hidden view, and set the ‘StartFrom’ to my starting point
- I then restart the workflow. The first stage checks if the workflow is being restarted and then uses a series of linked stages to decide the point at which to restart the workflow