"The query cannot be completed because the number of lookup columns it contains exceeds the lookup column threshold enforced by the administrator" appears when interacting with SharePoint list/document library. This exception can appear when a variety of methods are fired off in different scenarios.


The exception is not thrown by K2 but occurs when methods interacting with a SharePoint list/library are fired.

This is a SharePoint exception and appears when the number of lookups in a list/library exceeds the allotted amount. 


The solution is to remove the lookups (or to raise the SharePoint threshold which is not recommended due to performance concerns).

'People/Group' columns as well as 'Workflow Status' columns are flagged as lookups in SharePoint.

Below is a .ps1 that can be used to identify all lookup columns in the eyes of SharePoint:

#Specify the sub site where the list exists and the list title

$webUrl = "Web App URL Here"

$listTitle = "list name here"

#Get all fields that count against the lookup threshold

$web = Get-SPWeb $webUrl $list = $web.Lists[$listTitle] $list.fields | Where {($_.TypeDisplayName -eq "Person or Group" -or $_.TypeDisplayName -eq "Workflow Status" -or ($_.TypeDisplayName -eq "Lookup" -and $_.CanBeDeleted -eq $true))} | ft Title, InternalName, TypeDisplayName