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"Definition" error encountered on Smartforms runtime

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After upgrading to K2 4.7, the following error appears when opening a Smartform:



  • No errors surfaced on Design time
  • As per this KBT article, the following setting in the K2 Smartforms Runtime web.config file ([Drive]:\[Program Files]\K2 blackpearl\K2 smartforms Runtime) is already set to False:

<add name="EnableTracing" value="false" />

Troubleshooting Steps

To resolve the issue, please complete the following steps to enable Windows Authentication for the runtime site:

1. Make a backup of the web.config file for K2 SmartForms Runtime ([Drive]:\[Program Files]\K2 blackpearl\K2 Smartforms Runtime) before proceeding. 

2. Change the authentication mode to use Windows as well as set windows authentication to True. Here are the entries:

<authentication mode="Windows">

<windowsAuthentication enabled="true" .....>

3. Perform an IIS reset.

4. Clear the browser's cache and then test again.

The resolution steps above only applies to environments that are not SharePoint-integrated. If you are using SharePoint, Forms Authentication needs to be enabled.