Thursday, April 3, 2014

InfoPath form library forms cannot be filled out in a Web browser

Today I was monitoring the SP servers along with some regular sanity checks that need to be carried out on daily basis. While doing that, I noticed one error based on this InfoPath rendering in the Health check analyzer!  But let me tell guys InfoPath is perfectly working in our environment without any issues and nobody has reported any incident also then why this error is showing in the health analyzer? – you must be thinking the same but no need to worry about as this is not a big one which will take lot of your time, some minor checks and you are done.

Error message:
InfoPath Forms Services forms cannot be filled out in a Web browser because no State Service connection is configured.

If this is your new configuration then you need to follow this existing official documentation from Microsoft which is pretty awesome!

In our case, we have already done this configuration long time back and as I said, it’s working fine. The error message is little bit misleading one as its asking you to check the “state service” service application to be online or not but that’s not the case. We have already configured this service application long time back so where exactly the issue is and why it’s throwing the error?

Let me tell you the trick which we sometimes ignored – Look out the error in the HAL rule – see the below:

You will notice that it’s also giving you the URL of the web application for whom its failing and name of the servers also.

In our case, we have recently created a new web application in the farm and its been reflected in that! What it means? Pretty simple – the ‘state service’ service application is not configured for the same.

So what we need to do now for this re-association? Here are the details:

1.   Open the central Administration
2.   Application management
3.   Service applications
4.   Configure service application associations
5.   Select the web application for whim it’s failing
6.   Click on custom
7.   It will open the service application options
8.   Select the state service check box and click OK

Once you are done with the above steps then come back to health analyzer list, click on the same rule and hit “Reanalyze now” – that’s it, you are done.

Product Applies To:
o   SharePoint 2010
o   SharePoint 2013
o   SharePoint Foundation 2013
o   SharePoint Foundation 2010

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