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Why am I receving an access denied error in my workflow when setting permissions even though its run as the workflow owner? If I run the workflow as the workflow owner manually it works.

Question asked by kellylamb on Mar 16, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 18, 2016 by kellylamb

I have a workflow that looks up a secondary list, to retrieve the security group that the current item needs to give permissions to.


See list below, the 'grouplookup' is the column that stores the SharePoint group.


I create a variable and set it with this SharePoint group.


This variable is then given read access in the permissions.


Both these actions are within a 'action set' that is set to run as workflow owner. This workflow owner has full control to the site.


When the workflow runs as the form goes through under a normal employee I receive:

"The workflow could not update the item, possibly because one or more columns for the item require a different type of information.  Access Denied"



But if I log into SharePoint as the workflow owner and put a form through the workflow runs and completes with no problems. It sets the correct SharePoint group permissions.


Employees have contribute access.


Can anyone help?