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Workflow doesn't start when accessing SharePoint site via IP address

Now, I have always known there are some oddities when accessing a SharePoint server by IP and as a practice I tend to avoid it.  I am sure the issue I am about to describe relates to alternate access paths in some way, but I thought I would tell people about it in case someone else runs into it.  The scenario I have is quite simple.  I have a custom workflow attached to a document library that executes whenever a file is created or modified.  What I discovered was that when I was accessing the site on my virtual machine by name, the workflow was executing.  When I tried to reach it from the host machine by IP address, it did not execute.  It didn't give an error or anything.  It simply did not start.  The reason I was accessing by IP to begin with is because the server name wasn't resolving on my host machine and I was being too lazy to fix it.  Next time, I won't make this mistake.  Workflows will not automatically start when you specify the server by IP address in your browser.

Published Jan 29 2009, 12:40 PM by CoreyRoth
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Hardesh said:

Hi CoreyRoth,

i am also facing same problem .

could you please suggest me how to fix it

Many Thanks in Advance

December 1, 2009 3:25 AM

Mark Beij said:

Thanks for this post it helped me a lot!

I have the same problem, but then by using http instead of https.

When using http the workflow just won't start...

Not sure why though

March 23, 2010 3:55 AM

SharePoint 2007 Workflow wont autostart when using IP address « David Heath said:

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October 11, 2010 10:05 AM

1337 said:

Check that you don't have conflicting alternate access mappings.

October 30, 2011 4:17 PM

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Corey Roth is an independent SharePoint consultant specializing in ECM, Apps, and Search.
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