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Failed on Start (retrying)

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 06, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint
hi, my workflow is in state failed on start (retrying) after some minutes, the workflow goes in progress and then completed;   an other workflow (allready running) works fine after start but needs looooong time to complete;   even a simple test workflow --> onitemactivated --> set state complete fails on start....   but there too, after some time, the workflow completes...     whats wrong there???  

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