Properly reusable workflow

A client recently asked for a document library with a custom content type and a workflow to remind responsible users to review documents annualy. The little twist here is that they also wanted to have this document library on several sites for different departments.

Usually a workflow is connected to a list, so there was no very obvious way to solve this. Not untill I discovered that you were able to attach a workflow to a content type in the content type hub. But I struggled a little bit to get it working untill I found this neat little trick:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chaks/archive/2012/05/05/workflows-and-content-type-hubs-whats-the-story.aspx

I followed the steps in SharePoint 2013 Online and it actually worked. I also tested that if I update the workflow after the above procedure, it actually updates the content types as you would expect when republishing them. Sweet!

BTW: here is the reminder script that I used as a SP 2010 workflow:
http://markeev.com/Articles/item-expiration-reminders-in-sharepoint-using-workflow.aspx

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