How to use your MS Teams as an email distribution list
Nov08

How to use your MS Teams as an email distribution list

When you create a Microsoft Team, a Microsoft 365 group is created to manage the team membership like Owners, members, guests. I would rather say the Microsoft 365 group is a backbone of a Team. Through the group you also get an email address for the MS team. Find the other Microsoft 365 services which gets created per this documentation whenever there is a Team provisioned On this… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq Faleel’s...

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How to setup custom domain and email address in Microsoft 365 online tenant
Nov08

How to setup custom domain and email address in Microsoft 365 online tenant

On this blogpost let us see how to add a custom domain and configure exchange email address for the added domain in a Microsoft 365 tenant. This will allow you to create M365 identities for the users in the Microsoft 365 tenant like user@domain.com instead of user@domain.onmicrosoft.com. This setup is also required if you have a Hybrid setup with users from Onpremise Active directory. Azure AD… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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Teams Presence Light with Raspberry Pi
Nov01

Teams Presence Light with Raspberry Pi

Almost every one of us is working from home these days due to the Corono situation we are in as of the time I am writing this article. I wrote a recent blog post about controlling devices from PowerApps with the help of a Raspberry PI and thought of extending the project by creating a Teams presence light with the help of a Raspberry Pi & couple of LED’s with different colours. This was… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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Learn how to control devices from PowerApps using Raspberry Pi
Nov01

Learn how to control devices from PowerApps using Raspberry Pi

I have recently purchased a Raspberry Pi 4 to explore IoT with Microsoft 365 platform. The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost credit-card sized computer which can be connected to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and to Internet via Wi-Fi or ethernet port. In addition, the Raspberry Pi has a 40 pin GPIO (General Purpose I/O) connector for us to connect sensors (Input) and to control devices (Output) through… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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Tools to call Microsoft Graph API endpoints as a User and application
Oct25

Tools to call Microsoft Graph API endpoints as a User and application

This blogpost will help you to explore and interact with MS graph API endpoint’s using the following tools Postman clientSigned in as a user/On-behalf-of API call (Delegated permission)Application/daemon API call (Application permissions)Graph Explorer I have used MS graph extensively on different MS cloud services like SharePoint, PowerAutomate, PowerApps, Azure services like Azure… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq Faleel’s...

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Collect response from multiple users with Adaptive Card in Teams using Power Automate
Sep07

Collect response from multiple users with Adaptive Card in Teams using Power Automate

This post is in response to a comment in one of the most viewed article from my blogsite to post an Adaptive card to an user in Teams using PowerAutomate. Assume we have a use case for using Adaptive card for collecting response from n number of users based on the data from an Excel, SQL database etc. The response must be unique for users so there has to be separate instance of Adaptive card… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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Extending Guest Account capabilities by assigning a license in Microsoft 365
Aug15

Extending Guest Account capabilities by assigning a license in Microsoft 365

If a guest user has to access a PowerApp, they will not able to access it unless they have a license. On this blog post lets see how a M365 license can be assigned to a Guest user on your tenant. Before getting there, lets see some information about guest accounts. Microsoft 365 allows guest access which lets you to add users outside your organization for B2B collaboration on your… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq Faleel’s...

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How to find the Operating System and stack of an existing Azure website
Aug08

How to find the Operating System and stack of an existing Azure website

Azure websites also known as app service can be easily created through multiple interfaces like Azure Power shell, CLI, Azure portal etc. While creating the website or App Service you will have to select the operating system, default choice is Windows. OS selection also depends on the runtime version you select (.NET framework, .Net core, Java etc). If you have an existing website connected to… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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Hosting static HTML content in SharePoint Online site & Azure
Aug08

Hosting static HTML content in SharePoint Online site & Azure

The SharePoint Online experience which you get by default for all the sites you create in the tenant is modern by default. The site pages you create in the modern experience are fast, easy to author and support rich multimedia content. The pages look great on any experience i.e. mobiles, browser, SharePoint App. If you wanted to host static HTML content with JavaScript, CSS, BootStrap on a… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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How to use a sample PCF component in your Power Apps
Jul28

How to use a sample PCF component in your Power Apps

If you are PowerApps developer and wanted to extend the capabilities by bringing in third party or community driven PCF (Power Apps Component Framework) components, you can find lot of samples from the Power Apps community website PCF.gallery, Power Apps Community and from Microsoft for Model driven and Canvas apps. Sample components from Microsoft If you are new to component… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq Faleel’s...

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SharePoint Online & MS Graph API Metadata service document
Jul15

SharePoint Online & MS Graph API Metadata service document

I have recently received a request from a customer to break the inherited permissions of a SharePoint document library folder, as of now there is no Power Automate action to break the permission of a folder but with the action Send an HTTP request to SharePoint you can call any SP REST API endpoint. Then I started exploring the Rest API endpoint to break the permission, have found the API… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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Create Tile view card for custom List item image attachments using PowerAutomate & JSON row view formatting
Jul13

Create Tile view card for custom List item image attachments using PowerAutomate & JSON row view formatting

In Modern SharePoint lists you can display list item content in a more modern way using the Tiles view layout. If you have very big list with multiple columns along with picture columns you get a horizontal scroll bar on the list view, the Tiles view can solve this issue since the content will be displayed on the tile card where you can design the layout of the tile card to display the… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

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Convert Outlook Email with embedded images to PDF using PowerAutomate
Jun19

Convert Outlook Email with embedded images to PDF using PowerAutomate

Recently I’ve came across a business case with need to automate the conversion of Outlook email messages with embedded images to PDF document. This could be done manually on Outlook client using Microsoft Print to PDF or browser Print if opened using Outlook on the Web. This process can be automated with the help of PowerAutomate trigger When a new email arrives and actions Export Email,… Continue Reading ashiqf’s Article...

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Batch SharePoint requests [GET, POST, PATCH, DELETE] in PowerAutomate and MS Graph
Jun16

Batch SharePoint requests [GET, POST, PATCH, DELETE] in PowerAutomate and MS Graph

Batching helps you in optimizing the performance of your application by combining multiple requests into a single request. SharePoint Online & MS Graph APIs supports the OData batch query option. Batch requests MUST be submitted as a single HTTP POST request to the batch endpoint of a service as below for SharePoint REST API: POST https://domain.sharepoint.com/sites/sitename/… Continue Reading ashiqf’s Article on their...

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Create/Delete a SharePoint custom theme using PowerAutomate
Jun15

Create/Delete a SharePoint custom theme using PowerAutomate

In a modern SharePoint site you can create custom themes using PowerShell, REST API & CSOM. In this blogpost I will show you how to create themes using PowerAutomate. The following REST endpoints are available http://<site url>/_api/thememanager/AddTenantThemehttp://<site url>/_api/thememanager/DeleteTenantThemehttp://<site url>/_api/thememanager/GetTenantThemingOptionshttp://<site… Continue Reading...

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Multiple ways to access your On-premise data in Microsoft 365 and Azure
Jun08

Multiple ways to access your On-premise data in Microsoft 365 and Azure

If your organization is using a hybrid cloud environment, this post will shed some light to integrate on-premise resources with Microsoft 365 & Azure services. Hybrid integration platforms allows enterprises to better integrate services and applications in hybrid environments (on-premise and cloud). In this blog post, I will write about the different services & tools available with in… Continue Reading ashiqf’s...

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Copy & Apply Site Template to a SharePoint site using Power Automate
Jun02

Copy & Apply Site Template to a SharePoint site using Power Automate

If you have a requirement to copy a site template (Site Pages including images & webpart, site column, site content type, navigation etc) from an existing SharePoint site & apply it to a recently created SharePoint site, this blog post would be helpful. Pre-requisites: SharePoint site collection administratorSharePoint site with a custom list associated to a FlowAccess to Premium… Continue Reading ashiqf’s Article...

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Automated trigger recurrence frequency – Power Automate
May30

Automated trigger recurrence frequency – Power Automate

Have you ever noticed on your Automated flow with trigger for e.g Item created or modified on a SharePoint list will not run immediately as & when there was an item either created or modified in the list? The reason is all the automated triggers has a recurrent frequency schedule which is set to 3 mins, it means it looks for the changes in the SharePoint list every 3 mins. To check this, go to… Continue Reading...

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Automate the provision of On-Premise AD Account – Part 2
May27

Automate the provision of On-Premise AD Account – Part 2

This post is in continuation to my previous post Automate the provision of Azure AD Account & License assignment – Part 1 for creating account in Azure active directory using Power Automate. On this post I will highlight the feature available in Azure Automation account which can be leveraged to create an On-premise AD account. Refer to this post for the usage of Azure automation account to… Continue Reading...

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Execute SharePoint Online PowerShell scripts using Power Automate
May26

Execute SharePoint Online PowerShell scripts using Power Automate

Most of us would have used PowerShell for SharePoint to manage SharePoint settings at the organization level and site collection level. SharePoint Online PowerShell commands are very efficient for batch operations for e.g creating multiple sites, list items etc. To use the SharePoint Online PowerShell commands You must have the SharePoint Admin role or Global Administrator role in Office… Continue Reading ashiqf’s Article...

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Access Active Directory user profile attributes using Graph API
May25

Access Active Directory user profile attributes using Graph API

Using graph API you can access all the Active directory attributes. The me endpoint gives your profile information https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me. To get a specific user’s information the endpoint should be https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/users/useremailaddress For getting any specific AD attribute you can pass the required attribute as a query string

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Change the original Owner of a Power App & Flow
May18

Change the original Owner of a Power App & Flow

Has there been a requirement or a need to change the owner/creator of the PowerApps or a Flow built by your organizational users? There could be various reasons for this request App/flow creator would have left the organizationApp/flow creator would have changed role within the organizationHanding over the app to the operations team… By the time I am writing this post there are no… Continue Reading ashiqf’s Article...

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Automate the provision of Azure AD Account & License assignment – Part 1
May16

Automate the provision of Azure AD Account & License assignment – Part 1

A decade back I was part of a team to automate the On & Offboarding process of employees for a customer using .NET framework, it had a module to provision user accounts in an on-premise environment. I still remember having used couple of dll’s for Active directory 2003 & exchange 2007 to create AD & Email account. It was not easy but nowadays with the Office 365 in place its so easy to… Continue Reading...

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SharePoint Search REST API query not returning all results
Apr28

SharePoint Search REST API query not returning all results

Have you ever faced a scenario where you have built search customization using Rest API with SPFx or custom display template in SharePoint 2013 etc which did not return all search results. I was facing this today while trying to get data based on a content type, it was returning only few results. The reason is because Search API by default removes duplicates as documented by Microsoft…. Continue Reading ashiqf’s Article on...

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@ mention user & channel in Teams using MS Graph API
Feb09

@ mention user & channel in Teams using MS Graph API

There are ways to @mention a user while posting a conversation in Teams channel using flow action but as far as I know its not possible as of now to @mention a Teams channel using Flow actions. In this post, I will show you how to @mention a channel & user using a POST call to a MS Graph beta endpoint. To construct the endpoint URL you will need to know the TeamID & ChannelID, to get the… Continue Reading ashiqf’s...

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