Error when you turn on solution based flows in Power Automate

Today I tried to import a solution with a few flows in a solution. The error After I imported the solution and then tried to turn on the flow, I … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Error when you turn on solution based flows in Power Automate Today I tried to import a solution with a few flows in a solution. After I imported the solution and then tried to turn on the flow, I was presented...

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Enhance Microsoft Teams with App Templates
Sep16

Enhance Microsoft Teams with App Templates

As one of the most widely used apps in Office 365, Microsoft Teams is an amazing tool for business. It boosts team communication with chats and meetings and can dramatically improve workflow with file-sharing and collaborative editing, and it’s only getting better.  In a previous article we discuss the enhanced integration between the Power Platform and...

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The Weekday and Calendar functions in Power Apps

The weekday function in Power Apps gives us a numbers between 1 and 7 while the Calendar function can give you an array Sunday – Saturday. Calendar functions I will … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog The Weekday and Calendar functions in Power Apps The weekday function in Power Apps gives us a numbers between 1 and 7 while the Calendar function can give you an array Sunday –...

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Responsive designs in Power Apps, the basics

When you want to leave it up to the user what device they use, responsive designs in Power Apps becomes important. Responsive design patterns I will start this post by … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Responsive designs in Power Apps, the basics When you want to leave it up to the user what device they use, responsive designs in Power Apps becomes important. I will start this post by...

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Format numbers locally to your user in Power Apps

A while back I wrote about formatting numbers in Power Automate. Today a quick post about how to format numbers in Power Apps. Format numbers Before you start to format … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Format numbers locally to your user in Power Apps A while back I wrote about formatting numbers in Power Automate. Today a quick post about how to format numbers in Power Apps. Before you...

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Request to XRM API failed with error,The flow is missing a connection for api ‘‘

Today when i tried to save my flow I got the following error message Request to XRM API failed with error. What to do when you get this error? Request … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Request to XRM API failed with error,The flow is missing a connection for api ” Today when i tried to save my flow I got the following error message Request to XRM API failed with error. What to do...

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Migrating file shares with SharePoint Migration manager

A while back I wrote about the SharePoint Migration Tool. Today I will share my experiences of the SharePoint Migration Manager. Why SharePoint Migration Manager? SharePoint Migration Manager is almost … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Migrating file shares with SharePoint Migration manager A while back I wrote about the SharePoint Migration Tool. Today I will share my experiences of the...

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Step 1 in Application Lifecycle Management and the Power Platform

As you take software development more seriously, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) becomes more important. Application Lifecycle Management Application Lifecycle Management isn’t something that stands on its own. After years of … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Step 1 in Application Lifecycle Management and the Power Platform As you take software development more seriously,...

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Get the local trigger time in Power Automate

What’s the time a flow was triggered locally to the user who triggered a flow? How do we get the local trigger time? Standard Time When you create a flow … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Get the local trigger time in Power Automate What’s the time a flow was triggered locally to the user who triggered a flow? How do we get the local trigger time? When you create a flow that...

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Using PnP PowerShell with Azure Automation Accounts

In the past I often used Azure Functions to run PnP PowerShell from my flows in Power Automate, but there is a good alternative, Azure Automation Accounts. Azure Automation Accounts … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Using PnP PowerShell with Azure Automation Accounts In the past I often used Azure Functions to run PnP PowerShell from my flows in Power Automate, but there is a good...

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How to export and import solutions using flows in Power Automate

Have you ever wanted to export and import solutions using a flow? In this post all you need to know to get started. Perform an unbound action First I want … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog How to export and import solutions using flows in Power Automate Have you ever wanted to export and import solutions using a flow? In this post all you need to know to get started. First I want to have...

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2 Ways to insert dates into Excel using Power Automate

Today I looked at how to insert dates into Excel after a while back I tried to read dates from Excel Changes since my previous post In my previous Excel … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog 2 Ways to insert dates into Excel using Power Automate Today I looked at how to insert dates into Excel after a while back I tried to read dates from Excel In my previous Excel date post, I looked at the...

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Sharing flows in Power Automate

Recently I tried to share a flow and I got trial warning. it took a while before i started to understand how Sharing flows in Power Automate works. The start … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Sharing flows in Power Automate Recently I tried to share a flow and I got trial warning. it took a while before i started to understand how Sharing flows in Power Automate works. I created a flow...

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There’s a problem that needs to be fixed in Power Automate

Have you ever had your flows showing the following error: There’s a problem that needs to be fixed to trigger this flow. To see more details open flow checker. Flow … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog There’s a problem that needs to be fixed in Power Automate Have you ever had your flows showing the following error: There’s a problem that needs to be fixed to trigger this...

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Get started with child flows in Power Automate

Child Flows is one of the subjects that has been on my list of things to write about for quite a while. In this post the steps to get started … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Get started with child flows in Power Automate Child Flows is one of the subjects that has been on my list of things to write about for quite a while. In this post the steps to get started with child flows. In this...

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Implementing 2 levels of grouping in Power Apps

When you want to implement 2 levels of grouping in Power Apps you will discover quite soon that you can’t have more than 1 nested gallery. So how can we … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Implementing 2 levels of grouping in Power Apps When you want to implement 2 levels of grouping in Power Apps you will discover quite soon that you can’t have more than 1 nested gallery. So...

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Power Automate Approvals and Dataverse

Power Automate Approvals are often one of those unclear things that people try to avoid. Dataverse tables relevant to approvals Over the last week I was asked twice how to … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Power Automate Approvals and Dataverse Power Automate Approvals are often one of those unclear things that people try to avoid. Over the last week I was asked twice how to collect...

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Modern app designer vs Classic app Designer in Model Driven Apps

When you create a new Model Driven App today, you will find that you have an options between the Modern app designer and the Classic app designer. Existing model driven … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Modern app designer vs Classic app Designer in Model Driven Apps When you create a new Model Driven App today, you will find that you have an options between the Modern app designer and...

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Environment Variables in Power Apps

After yesterday’s post about environment variables in Power Automate, today it is time to look environment variables Power Apps. Environment Variables As I showed in yesterday’s post for the SPSite … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Environment Variables in Power Apps After yesterday’s post about environment variables in Power Automate, today it is time to look...

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Environment variables in Power Automate

When you create flows inside a solution you might have noticed these Environment Variables. What are they and what can you do with them? Environment Variables in dynamic content Recently … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Environment variables in Power Automate When you create flows inside a solution you might have noticed these Environment Variables. What are they and what can you do with...

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Power Automate flow or app code in Power apps?

Power Automate and Power Apps use the same connectors. So do you use a flow or app code? It can be an important choice. An example app I’m going to … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Power Automate flow or app code in Power apps? Power Automate and Power Apps use the same connectors. So do you use a flow or app code? It can be an important choice. I’m going to use a simple app...

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Create a Microsoft Teams team template

Recently I was asked about creating a team template in Microsoft Teams and apply this template using Power Automate as the team creation had to be automated. Education tenant As … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Create a Microsoft Teams team template Recently I was asked about creating a team template in Microsoft Teams and apply this template using Power Automate as the team creation had...

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Change a SharePoint content type using Power Automate
May02

Change a SharePoint content type using Power Automate

Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash A few weeks ago, I need to change a content type from SharePoint into another one. There are a few alternatives to do either by using a custom solution, Power Automate and/or logic apps. The idea was when an item is created change the content type from x to y. To achieve this, you have 2 different options: When an item is created… Continue Reading David Ramalho’s Article on their...

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Who is in the office tomorrow, using Power Automate?

Do you want to know who is in the office tomorrow or the day after? With some COVID restrictions still in place it can important to know who is in … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Who is in the office tomorrow, using Power Automate? Do you want to know who is in the office tomorrow or the day after? With some COVID restrictions still in place it can important to know who is in the...

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8 top reasons to use Dataverse or SharePoint lists in the Power Platform

Why would you use Dataverse, if SharePoint lists gives you the option to avoid premium licences? Dataverse or SharePoint lists? Dataverse or SharePoint lists, that is the question. There are … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog 8 top reasons to use Dataverse or SharePoint lists in the Power Platform Why would you use Dataverse, if SharePoint lists gives you the option to avoid premium...

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Filter by calculated fields in SharePoint using Power Automate

When you read items from a SharePoint list and you want to filter by calculated fields in that list filter queries will fail. So how can you filter your items? … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Filter by calculated fields in SharePoint using Power Automate When you read items from a SharePoint list and you want to filter by calculated fields in that list filter queries will fail. So how...

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Expected String but got Null, when calling a flow from a Model Driven app

A few weeks ago I looked at calling flows from model driven apps. And for a while my flow worked as expected and then suddenly it broke with an “Expected … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Expected String but got Null, when calling a flow from a Model Driven app A few weeks ago I looked at calling flows from model driven apps. And for a while my flow worked as expected and then...

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Get all your broken connections using Power Automate

To get all your broken connections in the Power Platform can be a challenge. In this post I will use flow to collect the broken connections. Options to get broken … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Get all your broken connections using Power Automate To get all your broken connections in the Power Platform can be a challenge. In this post I will use flow to collect the broken connections....

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Customer Voice a.k.a. Forms Pro the database behind the magic

If you call Customer Voice still Forms Pro or not, have you ever looked into the Databases sitting behind Customer Voice? Forms vs Customer Voice In this post I will … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Customer Voice a.k.a. Forms Pro the database behind the magic If you call Customer Voice still Forms Pro or not, have you ever looked into the Databases sitting behind Customer Voice? In this...

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Many running flows in Power Automate

Recently I noticed that some of my flows end up with many running flows. Types of flows There are a few different types of flows Manual cloud flows Scheduled cloud … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Many running flows in Power Automate Recently I noticed that some of my flows end up with many running flows. There are a few different types of flows Manual cloud flows Scheduled cloud flows...

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Set yourself to Do Not Disturb using Power Automate Desktop

A while back I tried setting people to Do Not Disturb using Power Automate. In this post I will use Power Automate Desktop. Power Automate Desktop As there isn’t an … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Set yourself to Do Not Disturb using Power Automate Desktop A while back I tried setting people to Do Not Disturb using Power Automate. In this post I will use Power Automate Desktop. As...

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Filter SharePoint list items without a date in Power Automate

So you have a list and that list has a date field. Now you only want to get the items that have a date set and filter out the items … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog https://sharepains.com/2021/03/22/items-without-a-date-power-automate/ Blog Syndicated with Pieter Veenstra’s Permission

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SQL Server vs Azure SQL in Power Automate

So often I have said, it doesn’t matter where your data lives, but have you ever compared SQL Server with SQL in Azure when you use Power Automate? SQL Server … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog https://sharepains.com/2021/03/19/sql-server-vs-azure-sql-power-automate/ Blog Syndicated with Pieter Veenstra’s Permission

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Create Views in Microsoft Teams

Have you ever wondered how to organize your documents in a Microsoft Teams Channel just like views in SharePoint? Views in Microsoft Teams Recently I discovered Views in Microsoft Teams. … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog https://sharepains.com/2021/03/17/create-views-in-microsoft-teams/ Blog Syndicated with Pieter Veenstra’s Permission

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Create Dynamic Adaptive Cards in Teams using Power Automate

Recently I looked at the basics of Adaptive cards, but what if you want more dynamic adaptive cards in Teams that respond to user input? Adaptive Cards When you create … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog https://sharepains.com/2021/03/11/dynamic-adaptive-cards-power-automate/ Blog Syndicated with Pieter Veenstra’s Permission

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Call Microsoft Graph from an HTTP Action vs Custom Connector in Power Automate

Is there a difference between calling Microsoft Graph Endpoints using an HTTP action or creating a custom connector? In this post I will compare these two options. Microsoft Graph in … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Call Microsoft Graph from an HTTP Action vs Custom Connector in Power Automate Is there a difference between calling Microsoft Graph Endpoints using an HTTP action or...

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Calculate the Sum for a SharePoint column in Power Automate

Last week Shane Young asked me about calculating the Sum for a SharePoint column in Power Automate. In this post the super fast solution to calculating totals. Background When you … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Calculate the Sum for a SharePoint column in Power Automate Last week Shane Young asked me about calculating the Sum for a SharePoint column in Power Automate. In this post the...

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Send a message to Microsoft Teams using Microsoft Graph in SPFx
Feb28

Send a message to Microsoft Teams using Microsoft Graph in SPFx

A few days ago, I got a challenge that required me to send a message from a SharePoint page into a Microsoft Teams chat and that can be achieved using Microsoft Graph. I created a blank SPFx project and this post will go to the most important elements. You can also take a look at a sample webpart that I built using this process. First, you need to add to the package-solution.json… Continue Reading David Ramalho’s Article...

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Object must implement IConvertible in Power Apps

In Power Apps when you do a Patch to create a new item or to update an existing item you migth have found the error Object must implement IConvertible Object … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Object must implement IConvertible in Power Apps In Power Apps when you do a Patch to create a new item or to update an existing item you migth have found the error Object must implement IConvertible...

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Get started with adaptive cards in Power Automate

Getting started with adaptive cards can be difficult. In this post i have written some guidelines to get you started. Adaptive cards You might have seen these cards in Microsoft … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Get started with adaptive cards in Power Automate Getting started with adaptive cards can be difficult. In this post i have written some guidelines to get you started. You might...

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Create PDF documents from data in Power Automate

In this post I will look at how to create PDF documents from data. Use cases In the example that I’m using in this post I will generate a quotation … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Create PDF documents from data in Power Automate In this post I will look at how to create PDF documents from data. In the example that I’m using in this post I will generate a quotation document...

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Unnest nested arrays in Power Automate

We all know this problem, you have a nested array in Power Automate but how do we unnest these arrays? It is not easy! Nested Arrays Nested arrays can appear … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Unnest nested arrays in Power Automate We all know this problem, you have a nested array in Power Automate but how do we unnest these arrays? It is not easy! Nested arrays can appear in many places....

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Create multiple SharePoint sites using CSV file
Feb07

Create multiple SharePoint sites using CSV file

In a few days ago, I have been asked me to create a couple of sites and I create a simple PowerShell script using PnP Framework. Creating these sites on the SharePoint administration centre can take a while since you can only create one at the same time. If you are using a script like this will allow you to do a bit more on that also allow you to run other settings that you want...

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Advanced settings not loading in Power Platform

Yesterday one of my clients showed me an issues where the Advanced settings didn’t load. Advanced Settings loading problem When I selected the advanced settings the browser attempted to load … Read More Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Advanced settings not loading in Power Platform Yesterday one of my clients showed me an issues where the Advanced settings didn’t load. When I selected...

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Filter by Content Type using Get Items in Power Automate.

In a comment on my Filter Query on Get Items in the SharePoint connector post I was asked about how to filter by content type. Filter by content type This … read the filter-by-content-type-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Filter by Content Type using Get Items in Power Automate. In a comment on my Filter Query on Get Items in the SharePoint connector post I was asked about how to...

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1 Better way to use Create Item in SharePoint with Power Automate

Have you been using the REST API instead of the create item action in Power Automate. Create Item in the SharePoint connector is now just as good! Using the REST … read the create-item-sharepoint-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog 1 Better way to use Create Item in SharePoint with Power Automate Have you been using the REST API instead of the create item action in Power Automate....

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Formulating a Power  Platform Governance Strategy
Jan25

Formulating a Power Platform Governance Strategy

Microsoft’s Power Platform consisting of Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate and Virtual Agents, is an intuitive set of tools that enable individuals with no experience of coding and programming to build apps and flows. The Power Platform is so easy to use, that anyone can start to generate reports, build apps, automate processes and even build chatbots. As a business, it’s important you understand the capabilities of...

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Filter Query in SharePoint Get Items in Power Automate

Have you tried the experimental version of Filter query in the SharePoint Get Items action in Power automate yet? Filter Query in Get Items In this post I will look … read the filter-query-get-items-power-automate post Continue Reading Pieter Veenstra’s Article on their blog Filter Query in SharePoint Get Items in Power Automate Have you tried the experimental version of Filter query in the SharePoint Get Items action in...

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Manage your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager
Jan18

Manage your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a management and security service that is made up of from a number of existing products brought together to provide a new solution. Microsoft Endpoint Manager allows organisations to manage their data and devices securely in the cloud and on-premises. In this article we will introduce Microsoft Endpoint manager and discuss some of the main services it provides. What is Microsoft Endpoint Manager?...

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Microsoft Teams vs Slack
Jan18

Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Facebook vs Snapchat, Android vs Apple, Microsoft vs Amazon – monumental business battles that have changed the way people communicate. Now we’re seeing the rise of another rivalry, this time in the collaboration software market, Microsoft Teams vs Slack.  In 2019, this market reached $9.5 billion globally, and with the onset of the Covid-19...

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