I have come across an issue today where I was unable to add a site collection reusable template to my desired list/library using Nintex Workflow 2010.

After performing this action a number of times before, the process is typically:

  • Create a custom content type (preferably via a Content Type Hub)
  • Create the Site Collection Reusable Template
  • Add the template (workflow) to a list where you have added your custom content type

On this occasion, I received an error stating There are no workflows available on your site collection or workspace (see below):

There are no workflows available on your site collection or workspace

I replicated this on a number of environments and Nintex Workflow build versions.  It turns out (and please correct me if I’m overlooking another cause/bad approach) that this was due to me disabling all of the built in SharePoint workflows at the site collection level.

If you reactivated any of them (e.g. Three-state workflow), I was then able to successfully add my reusable workflow to my list.  After making the connection, I was then able to deactivate the Three-state workflow feature again.

I’ll update if I find any background reasoning for this, but in the meantime – the above appears to be a sufficient work around.

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