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Document detention workflow

Posted on 2014-07-26
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Hi,

I have  a document library in SharePoint 2007. Periodically, we upload documents from a network share into a folder X in the document library. Now I need to set up a workflow where I need to delete these documents automatically 10 days after they are posted. I don't want to delete the parent folder that the documents are contained in. I only want to delete the documents.

Is there a way to set this up using "Pause Until Duration" workflow condition in SharePoint Designer?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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by:QPR
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I assume we are talking about deleting the files in the doc library and not the network share?
Have an automatic workflow (runs when a new item is added) that calculates the difference between today + 10 days.
Then pause the workflow until that date rolls around. Delete the file.
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This is SP 2010 but should be the same
http://office.microsoft.com/en-nz/sharepoint-designer-help/workflow-actions-in-sharepoint-designer-2010-a-quick-reference-guide-HA010376961.aspx

Look at the text for:
Add Time to Date
Pause until Date
Delete Item

If the person who triggers the workflow (the person who uploads the doc) does not have delete permissions then also look at inserting an impersonation step so that the action can be carried out under another security context
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by:Techsavy
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Hi QPR,

I am sorry it is my fault that I did not explain the problem correctly.

The workflow should automatically trigger on every newly created item so the folder or document library will not contain any documents that are more than 10 days old. so there is no human intervention. In that case do we need impersonation step?

Second, instead of setting this workflow on entire library is it possible to set up this workflow on all the items that belong to a particular folder or folders?

Thanks
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No human intervention is required to trigger the workflow - you set the workflow to run when "a new item is added"
The workflow will auto-start, pause until the required date, auto-delete the item.
Impersonation is only required if the account that added the new doc does not have permission to delete items (probably will if using standard contribute permissions)

I don't think you can specify a workflow only run for items in a particular folder. You could add some logic to the workflow (and I'm guessing here) to check for the parent url maybe but I've never tried this.
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I need help on this to determine if we can do this on a particular folder.
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by:QPR
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I don't this is possible, you may have to use a separate library. Workflows are library specific
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