Where’s my old app designer?!
May20

Where’s my old app designer?!

Changes to UI are always fun. From the user experience perspective, they are challenging and somehow scary. I love a new app designer! It’s easy to use, it’s smart, and very user-friendly. However, today I need a new designer to make sure I’ve got all forms required added to my app. In the old designer you can check it. And in a new one – I’m not sure it’s even possible. In my old… Continue...

Read More
Send Teams channel message aka proactive message using custom Teams bot and Power Automate – Part 2
Mar06

Send Teams channel message aka proactive message using custom Teams bot and Power Automate – Part 2

In the last post, we have seen till the installation of the Teams App with the Bot on a Microsoft Team. Let us now continue to send a proactive message, be it an Adaptive card or a simple Text message on a Teams channel using Bot Framework REST API from a Power Automate Cloud Flow. A proactive message is any message sent by a bot that isn’t in response to a request from a user. Ex: Welcome… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Send Teams channel message aka proactive message using custom Teams bot and Power Automate – Part 1
Feb28

Send Teams channel message aka proactive message using custom Teams bot and Power Automate – Part 1

Microsoft Teams connector in Power Automate has actions which can send a simple text message or Adaptive card as a flow bot in a Teams channel. Messages or cards are posted as the user who’s signed into the connector in the flow or by using the flow bot. Post adaptive card in a chat or channelPost message in a chat or channel Messages can be posted on a Teams channel only if the signed… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Deep Link SharePoint News post in Teams using Adaptive card and Power Automate
Jan30

Deep Link SharePoint News post in Teams using Adaptive card and Power Automate

Microsoft Teams helps us bring together content from different Microsoft 365 services for easier collaboration. In Microsoft Teams connected SharePoint site, SharePoint News connector would help receive news updates from the site. In this post let us see how to create Notifications about new News post with deep link to the post from a communication site in an Adaptive card on a Teams channel… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Share Power Apps with Microsoft Teams Users
Jan30

Share Power Apps with Microsoft Teams Users

You can share an app with Microsoft Teams users since each Microsoft team also creates a Microsoft 365 group in Azure AD. The only pre-requisite is the associated Microsoft 365 group of the Microsoft Team should be securityEnabled. By default, the Microsoft team group is not security enabled. If you are trying to share a Power Apps with a Microsoft team which is not security enabled, you will… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Get deleted SharePoint site details using Microsoft Graph API
Jan09

Get deleted SharePoint site details using Microsoft Graph API

The deleted sites are retained for 93 days and an Admin can restore them. In this blog post let us see how to get the deleted SharePoint site details using Microsoft Graph API application permission. Step 1: Register an application in Azure AD and obtain the client id, client secret & tenant id for the registered application. Add Sites.Read.All Microsoft Graph application permission <img...

Read More
Handling nonexistent, null and multi value type properties in Parse JSON action
Dec31

Handling nonexistent, null and multi value type properties in Parse JSON action

In Power Automate cloud flow, Parse JSON action is used to access properties in JSON content enabling you to select those properties from the dynamic content list on your subsequent actions. Typically the JSON content will be from a response to an API call. The first step after adding the action is to select the source of the JSON content and to add the schema, you can either provide a JSON… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Parse an array without using Parse JSON action in Power Automate cloud flow
Dec31

Parse an array without using Parse JSON action in Power Automate cloud flow

In this blog post let us see how to access the property of an array object without using Parse JSON action. Find below the sample array which has been initialized in an array variable [ { “Name”: “Mohamed Ashiq Faleel”, “Location”: “Stockholm” }, { “Name”: “Megan Bowen”, “Location”: “New York” } ] Add a Apply to each control with...

Read More
Effective Audience Targeting for SharePoint online NEWS Post using Term Store and Power Automate
Dec31

Effective Audience Targeting for SharePoint online NEWS Post using Term Store and Power Automate

In SharePoint Online sites, Audience targeting feature enables you to target relevant content to specific audiences enabling personalization through Microsoft 365 group, Azure AD Security group, Mail Enabled Security group or any combinations of these. The Membership type of the groups can be both Assigned and Dynamic. Target audience(s) can be defined on modern SharePoint pages, News post,… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Conditional Power Automate flow triggers for SharePoint Online Pages and NEWS Post
Dec06

Conditional Power Automate flow triggers for SharePoint Online Pages and NEWS Post

SharePoint Online Pages library is a container for different type of pages (News post, Page, Space, News Link) created in a Communication or Team site. There can be various scenarios to have a Power Automate Flow associated to a SharePoint Site pages library to handle additional processes after a Page or a News post is published. In this blog post, let us see how to Trigger the flow if a… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
How to use form-urlencoded content type in Power Automate Custom Connector
Nov07

How to use form-urlencoded content type in Power Automate Custom Connector

Content type x-www-form-urlencoded is used generally to send text data in a query string in the form of name value pairs separated by ampersand. In this blog post, let us see how to use the content-type x-www-form-urlencoded in a Power Automate custom connector. Refer to this post, if you would like to find out how to use it in a HTTP connector. Find below the screenshot from postman… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Power Apps Portal: “Table permission changes for forms and lists on new portals” So what?
Sep06

Power Apps Portal: “Table permission changes for forms and lists on new portals” So what?

In case you missed it… We’ve got a portal page with the form which is available for anonymous users. It’s a valid scenario. And the way we set it up previously was like this: Advanced form No authentication is required. Advanced form – no authentication is required. Advanced Form Step – Enable Table Permission option is not set. “Enable Table Permission” option wasn’t… Continue...

Read More
Dataflows for PowerApps: loading data from CSV file without copying it to OneDrive in advance. 💖😎👍
Aug17

Dataflows for PowerApps: loading data from CSV file without copying it to OneDrive in advance. 💖😎👍

I would like to share my recent experience with loading a CSV file via Dataflow to Dataverse with you. Today, I downloaded the list of leads from the conference we sponsored last week. There is no better way to load it to my sales app on Dataverse – it’s a Dataflow way! At least for me . I needed to transform columns to combine all extra information available into a big Description column…. Continue Reading Olena...

Read More
Child Flow: the ‘runAfter’ condition is not satisfied.
Aug09

Child Flow: the ‘runAfter’ condition is not satisfied.

When you tired, it’s 9PM on Monday … It’s Monday. I’m too tired to slap you. Could you please bash your face against my palm? Respond to PowerApp or flow action Respond to PowerApp or flow action doesn’t get triggered. I wonder why… Respond to PowerApp or flow action doesn’t get triggered ActionConditionFailed I’ve got two actions leading to Respond to a PowerApp or flow is…...

Read More
Power App Portal Web API – fighting lookups
Aug08

Power App Portal Web API – fighting lookups

We will start with the 100% helpful Microsoft docs articles: Portals Web API – Power Apps The portals Web API enables building a richer user experience inside Power Apps portals pages. You can use the Web API to perform create, update, and delete operations across all Microsoft Dataverse tables from your portal pages. Portals operations using the Web API – Power Apps You can perform available Web API operations in portals....

Read More
Dataflows for Power Apps: run import from the app
Aug06

Dataflows for Power Apps: run import from the app

As you know I am a very big fan of Dataflows. The biggest ask from me was always the ability to trigger the Dataflow refresh on demand from a Power App. Initially, Dataflows you could only run from the maker portal. You need all sort of “powerful” security roles and permissions to do so. Dataflows on a maker portal As a user I want an ability to trigger a bulk import with Dataflows… Continue Reading Olena Grischenko...

Read More
Save Dataverse Notes to Azure Blob Storage and Display on PowerApps Portals
Aug05

Save Dataverse Notes to Azure Blob Storage and Display on PowerApps Portals

Last month I posted the article describing our exercise with the Azure Blob for the portal notes. The Part 1 is here: https://msolenacrm.blog/2021/07/20/azure-storage-integration-for-power-apps-portals/ This is the second part I advertised created by Mira and all implementation credits go to her as well : “I have been Exploring with Olena (https://msolenacrm.blog/) how to enable the… Continue Reading Olena Grischenko...

Read More
Simple Azure Invoice OCR Tutorial
Aug05

Simple Azure Invoice OCR Tutorial

We are exploring OCR capabilities for invoice processing. This is the article which may help you to understand how it work if you want to train a custom model to use it then with Power Automate. Do you want your own OCR which costs less than a coffee? All credits go to Nick Grischenko. Continue Reading Olena Grischenko (she/her)’s Article on their blog Simple Azure Invoice OCR Tutorial We are exploring OCR capabilities for...

Read More
Create a Power Automate custom connector from Postman V2 Collection
Jul29

Create a Power Automate custom connector from Postman V2 Collection

Postman collections makes the creation of custom connectors in Power Automate easier & quicker. As of time I am writing this article, to create a custom connector using Postman collection in Power Automate the version of Postman collection has to be V1. The current version of collections exported from Postman is V2. There is a NPM package by the name Postman Collection Transformer to rescue… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
How to use form-data and form-urlencoded content type in Power Automate or Logic Apps HTTP action
Jul25

How to use form-data and form-urlencoded content type in Power Automate or Logic Apps HTTP action

Content type multipart/form-data is used to send both text and binary data to the server and x-www-form-urlencoded is used more generally used to send text data in a query string in the form of name value pairs separated by ampersand. In this blog post, let us see how to use the content-type multipart/form-datax-www-form-urlencoded in a Power Automate or Logic apps HTTP action to post… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Azure Storage integration for Power Apps portals
Jul20

Azure Storage integration for Power Apps portals

To answer the question Why? I say we run into some limitations with SharePoint integration. And now we are trying to explore other options. Let’s get started! Enable Azure Storage This is a great blog post here: Want to leverage Azure storage for your documents in PowerApps/ Dynamics 365 portals instead of Notes? Check this out – Debajit’s Power Apps & Dynamics 365 Blog It’s got… Continue Reading Olena...

Read More
Call a SharePoint REST API as an Application in Power Automate HTTP Connector
Jul18

Call a SharePoint REST API as an Application in Power Automate HTTP Connector

SharePoint connector in Power Automate is very rich with various actions that can make the developers or makers life simple when it comes to interacting with SharePoint data. There might be some actions like Breaking permission to a list itemCreating a siteAdding user to a SharePoint group etc which is not possible through the SharePoint standard connector or MS Graph API as of the time… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Azure Key Vault in Power Automate cloud flow – Could not retrieve values
Jul18

Azure Key Vault in Power Automate cloud flow – Could not retrieve values

Recently I was trying to connect Azure key vault to retrieve certificate details using the action called Get Secret in a cloud flow, as of the time writing this article I am not able to successfully establish the connection. It gave me an error Could no retrieve values as shown below instead of prompting me to enter the credentials to create the connection successfully. To create a… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq Faleel’s...

Read More
Call Microsoft Graph API using a certificate in a Power Automate HTTP connector
Jul04

Call Microsoft Graph API using a certificate in a Power Automate HTTP connector

In this blog post, let us see how to call a Microsoft Graph API as an application in a Power Automate HTTP connector using a self-signed certificate instead of a secret from the Azure Active directory application. Find below the list of actions to enable calling the Graph API Creation of Self-Signed certificateApplication Registration in Azure AD PortalCreation of Power Automate cloud flow… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Handle SharePoint site creation response – The site address is unavailable
Jul04

Handle SharePoint site creation response – The site address is unavailable

There is a possibility to change the SharePoint online site address of an existing site by a SharePoint admin or Global admin. There are different options to change the site URL from SharePoint Admin centerSharePoint online management shell I’ve recently faced a scenario recently, after renaming a site URL https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/site1 to

Read More
Power Automate with Dataverse: Saving API calls to Dataverse. Expand or Link-Entity?
Jul02

Power Automate with Dataverse: Saving API calls to Dataverse. Expand or Link-Entity?

Within Power Automate I am trying to make SINGLE(paginated) call to Dataverse to get the list of Work Orders with the particular status linked to Account but not directly but via extra layer. Also, I can retrieve extra lookup tables which are required by logic. All in a single call because making extra API calls is expensive and evil! The FetchXML query looks like one below: Query WO… Continue Reading Olena Grischenko...

Read More
Power Automate with Dataverse: “Apply to each” current item/previous item
Jul01

Power Automate with Dataverse: “Apply to each” current item/previous item

Recently I was working on the solution and in the middle of the development discovered that I desperately need to refer to the previous item in the loop. Let’s say, I iterate through the list of items I received via List Rows (Dataverse). I check a condition in the next iteration and based on the condition I need to do something with the item from the previous step. I know it sounds crazy…. Continue Reading Olena...

Read More
Control your Philips Hue Lights from Microsoft Power Platform and .NET
Jun25

Control your Philips Hue Lights from Microsoft Power Platform and .NET

Philips Hue is a smart lighting solution provider with range of smart lights that can be controlled with your smart devices like your mobile phone, Google Home, Alexa etc through the applications developed by Philips. On top of applications from Philips, the Hue system also enables OAuth 2.0 to allow third party integrations to connect to Hue system resources. In this blog post, let us see how… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Handle HTTP request failures in Power Automate
Jun12

Handle HTTP request failures in Power Automate

If the HTTP request you make in Power Automate gets a 200 OK response, all is good but if the HTTP response has the status codes like 408 – Request Timeout, 429 – Too many requests, 522 – Connection Timeout, 404 – Not found, 400 – Bad request etc there is a problem which needs attention. This post will show you how to handle HTTP request failures using Retry PolicyCustom Retry for requests… Continue...

Read More
How to invite external users to a SharePoint site or Microsoft Team using Power Automate and Graph API
May26

How to invite external users to a SharePoint site or Microsoft Team using Power Automate and Graph API

SharePoint and Microsoft teams services in Microsoft 365 makes it easier to share content or collaborate with external users who is outside your organization. A guest or external user is someone who do not have a school or work account with your organization, they can be your partner, vendor, customer etc. In this article let us see how to build a self-registration experience for external… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
How do I pass executionContext as a parameter into my Promise to fit in Promise.all()?
May26

How do I pass executionContext as a parameter into my Promise to fit in Promise.all()?

To be honest, this post should be a bit longer with more details but I like it this way. This is a sample below. It looks cool. And I building one of my own. But I need it to work with my onSave form validation. const promise1 = Promise.resolve(3); const promise2 = 42; const promise3 = new Promise((resolve, reject) => { setTimeout(resolve, 100, ‘foo’); }); Promise.all([promise1,… Continue Reading Olena...

Read More
Cancel all your running Power Automate flow runs using M365 CLI and REST API
May16

Cancel all your running Power Automate flow runs using M365 CLI and REST API

This blog post is in continuation to my previous one Resubmit your failed Power Automate flow runs automatically using M365 CLI and REST API, in this blog post let us see how to cancel all your running flow runs using CLI for Microsoft 365Power Automate REST API CLI for Microsoft 365: Microsoft 365 CLI helps you manage configuration settings of Microsoft 365 tenant and its various… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq Faleel’s...

Read More
Resubmit your failed Power Automate flow runs automatically using M365 CLI and REST API
May09

Resubmit your failed Power Automate flow runs automatically using M365 CLI and REST API

Have you ever been forced to resubmit lot of failed Power Automate flow runs manually, if so this blog post will help you to automatically resubmit the flow runs using CLI for Microsoft 365Power Automate REST API CLI for Microsoft 365: Microsoft 365 CLI helps you manage configuration settings of Microsoft 365 tenant and its various services like SharePoint, Power Automate, Power Apps,… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Everything to know about Power Automate REST API to manage and administer your flows
May09

Everything to know about Power Automate REST API to manage and administer your flows

Power Automate Management connector enables interaction with Power Automate management service to manage your flows with different actions to create, edit and update flows. If you want to do more but you were not able to find an action with this connector for e.g. get details on the Runs the flow has made, as of now there is no action which gets the run details of a flow with the Power… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Where is my Tenant ID? (not Azure portal)
May09

Where is my Tenant ID? (not Azure portal)

In the casual conversation with Microsoft I was asked about my customer Tenant ID. As a person who use to superpower and admin privileges I went straight to Azure portal: Microsoft Azure No Description Unfortunately, I don’t have the same level of power in my customer organisation as I have in my own. I simple didn’t have access to… Continue Reading Olena Grischenko (she/her)’s Article on their blog Where is my...

Read More
What is GraphQL and how to consume a GraphQL Query based API in Power Automate
Apr25

What is GraphQL and how to consume a GraphQL Query based API in Power Automate

I had a recent requirement to call a GraphQL based API secured with OAuth2 in Power Automate, this blog post is to share my learnings on GraphQL & how to call them in Power Automate. Let us quickly see some introduction to GraphQL GraphQL is an open-source query language for your APIs with a service-side runtime for executing the queries based on pre-defined schema. It is not tied to any… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Call Microsoft Graph API as a daemon application with application permission from Power Automate using HTTP connector
Mar16

Call Microsoft Graph API as a daemon application with application permission from Power Automate using HTTP connector

With the assumption that you know about Microsoft Graph and its capabilities I will directly jump in with the steps and instructions to call Microsoft graph Endpoints as a daemon app or using Application permissions with the help of HTTP connector. Calling graph from a flow opens a wide range of possibilities which are not available with the prebuilt connectors. As of now you will not be able… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Call Microsoft Graph API as a signed in user with delegated permission in Power Automate or Azure Logic apps using HTTP Connector
Mar16

Call Microsoft Graph API as a signed in user with delegated permission in Power Automate or Azure Logic apps using HTTP Connector

If you have a requirement to access graph endpoint as a signed in user/account on an instant/automated/scheduled flow, this blog post will help you with instructions and steps to access the Microsoft graph API with delegated permissions using the HTTP connectorInvoke an HTTP request connector There are resources (Presence information, Planner etc) in Microsoft graph which is available… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Call Microsoft Graph API in Power Apps and Power Automate using a Custom connector
Mar16

Call Microsoft Graph API in Power Apps and Power Automate using a Custom connector

Microsoft graph is a gateway to data and intelligence in Microsoft 365 which connect multiple services like SharePoint, Teams, Planner etc and devices. Microsoft graph has one common endpoint that is RESTful Web API enabling you to access Microsoft Cloud service resources. With that said if you want to communicate with Microsoft Graph Services or any API services, custom connectors can be used… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
How to use Microsoft graph SharePoint Sites.Selected application permission in a Azure AD application for more granular control
Mar15

How to use Microsoft graph SharePoint Sites.Selected application permission in a Azure AD application for more granular control

As per this announcement made on Feb 2021, Microsoft graph now provides option to have granular permissions level using Sites.Selected application permission for the AD application instead of granting permission to the application for all the sites in the tenant. The permission Sites.Selected does not provide access to any SharePoint site collections for the application unless the application… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Send email from a common mailbox in Power Automate using Microsoft Team or Shared Mailbox
Feb28

Send email from a common mailbox in Power Automate using Microsoft Team or Shared Mailbox

Power Automate is widely used to automate many business processes and Email is one of most widely used action to send out notifications. Having said that, there will be definitely request to send the email from a generic address instead of the flow creator email address or the email action’s connection owner email address as shown below: By default, the from Address of the mail… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq Faleel’s...

Read More
Azure IoT with Arduino UNO board to turn on/off LED using a .NET core console application connected to Power Apps
Feb28

Azure IoT with Arduino UNO board to turn on/off LED using a .NET core console application connected to Power Apps

This post is in continuation to my journey with IoT leveraging Microsoft cloud services & it’s technology and based out of few questions I have been asked in few of the events I’ve spoken on the Topic Controlling Devices using Power Apps. In this post let us see how to turn on/off a LED connected to an Arduino UNO board by sending a message from Azure IoT hub or Power Apps with the help of a… Continue Reading Mohamed...

Read More
Dynamics 365 Sales Pro Trial Setup
Feb08

Dynamics 365 Sales Pro Trial Setup

Go to: https://trials.dynamics.com/ Let’s create your Sales Pro trial in these easy steps (below). Go to trial page to set up trial Scroll down to the highlighted option. Choose for dev purpose option No, continue signing up Create a new account instead Tell us About yourself section. Add details. Enter your phone. Use Verification code. Create your business… Continue Reading Olena Grischenko’s Article on their blog...

Read More
Getting data from a function in an on-prem SQL server via Gateway in Power Automate
Feb02

Getting data from a function in an on-prem SQL server via Gateway in Power Automate

Dataflow magic in Power Automate. SQL with Power Query in Power Automate. Did you know you can do this? CloudMinded Blog “We are screwed!” me at the moment of technology induced panic That was the feeling when I saw the below error messages. The client’s setup is an on-prem SQL server exposed to the cloud via an on-prem Gateway. It works perfectly fine for exiting Dataflow… Continue Reading Olena Grischenko’s Article on...

Read More
Dataflows for Power Apps: calling a table-valued  SQL function with Power Query
Feb02

Dataflows for Power Apps: calling a table-valued SQL function with Power Query

It’s very easy to query SQL table-valued function to retrieve the result with Dataflows. This is how we do this. Let’s connect to a database. It will work via gateway as well. Select your function. Pass the parameter if required. Now you can use this table to merge with other tables or map and load to Dataverse. Super easy! Continue Reading Olena Grischenko’s Article on their blog...

Read More
❤ Dataflows for Power Apps ❤: “The column ‘[Column_name]’ of the table wasn’t found.” error while loading multiple tables
Jan31

❤ Dataflows for Power Apps ❤: “The column ‘[Column_name]’ of the table wasn’t found.” error while loading multiple tables

There is an option to load data to multiple table in one go in Dataflows. These tables can be related. Dataflow engine calculates the dependencies and determines the correct order for loading. It’s a very cool functionality, however, you have to be aware of some potential issues as well as available workarounds. Problem: I am trying to load bills and meter data in to Dataverse tables. The… Continue Reading Olena...

Read More
How to create & setup Dynamic Microsoft 365 Group or Distribution list based on the user’s domain for Teams, Yammer and Exchange
Jan24

How to create & setup Dynamic Microsoft 365 Group or Distribution list based on the user’s domain for Teams, Yammer and Exchange

There are many organizations maintaining multiple domains on a single Microsoft 365 or Azure AD tenant, in those cases there might be a need to create dynamic Microsoft 365 groups, security groups & distributions list based on the user’s domain. On this blogpost, let us see how to Create Dynamic Microsoft 365 group based on the user’s domain for Teams & YammerCreate a Dynamic… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Find the Microsoft 365 account license and service details for a user using Microsoft Graph API
Jan21

Find the Microsoft 365 account license and service details for a user using Microsoft Graph API

Is there a need to find the type of Microsoft 365 license and the different services assigned for a user to troubleshoot an issue related to the service they have been assigned? You have come to the right place, this post will help you find the details using the Microsoft Graph API endpoints. In Microsoft 365, licenses from licensing plans also known as SKUs give users access to the Microsoft… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Trigger an Azure Webjob from Power Automate
Jan11

Trigger an Azure Webjob from Power Automate

On this post let us see how to trigger or run a WebJob from Power Automate. WebJob is a powerful service in Azure keeping in mind the supported file types or programs it can run. Before proceeding with the instructions to call a WebJob in Power Automate, let us see some basics of an Azure WebJob. WebJobs is a feature of Azure App Service that enables you to run a program or script in the same… Continue Reading Mohamed Ashiq...

Read More
Azure Functions in Power Platform multiple environments
Jan06

Azure Functions in Power Platform multiple environments

Working with real customer’s deployment requires managing multiple environments – at least Test and Production or additionally a Dev environment. One of the common patterns we use in the solutions is to use Azure Functions as an effective, serverless extension of the point-and-click Power Automate flows. This pattern utilises a Custom Connector created to embed the function call and… Continue...

Read More