Tip #1278: This message never ends

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Sometimes even the best of the best could be puzzled by the mysterious innerworkings of Dynamics 365/CDS SDK. Tanguy “The XRM Toolbox” Touzard was not having a good day… For one of my projects, I’m using ReassignObjectsOwnerRequest SDK message to move records from one team to another team. When this request should last more than […]

Tip #1269: Oh crap, I lost my app

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So you decide to “refresh” your development environment with a copy of your production environment, but too late you discover that copying an environment over another one makes canvas apps and flows created in that environment go away. What should you do? Other than kicking yourself for not remembering to back up your app and […]

Tip #1268: Restrict CDS instance creation

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With P2 licensing, can you control who can spin up a CDS instance via Azure Active Directory since each license comes with 2 CDS instances? (we don’t want hundreds of CDS instances cluttering up our tenant) The question from an enterprise business size UG member, generously relayed to us by Jerry “Forever Tipster” Weinstock Via […]

Tip #1227: Use CDS instead of Dynamics 365 connector in Flow

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People have been reporting that Dynamics 365 triggers in Flow are not consistent. Sometimes they fire twice, sometimes not at all, sometimes they fire after a manual test run. There are some other weird side-effects I did not even look into. Why? Because of one of them quick tips. Where possible, use Common Data Service […]

Tip #1209: Embedding canvas apps in model-driven forms

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For those of us who were continuosly torn between canvas apps (on yer device, pixel-perfect, task-oriented) and model-driven apps (a.k.a. good ol’ forms, views, you know, all that Dynamics 365/CRM stuff), the wait is finally over. Embedding canvas apps in model-driven forms is now available as Public preview. First, the official part. Makers can now extend […]

Tip #1205: Local time in Flow using Common Data Service

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Remember the times when you wake up and struggle to figure out where you are or what time it is? Of course, you don’t. I personally can’t recall those because lack of space and time awareness goes hand in hand with the selective amnesia. We did create a flow to help you on those occasions. […]

Tip #1172: Make your CDS environments visible with a touch of Flow

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As the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement platform converges with PowerApps and CDS, one of the benefits is that also the concepts of Dynamics 365 instances and PowerApps environments will become one. What this means is that all of your existing Dynamics 365 instances will show up in the PowerApps maker and admin portals as an […]

Tip #1124: Flow Approvals May Be Exactly What You Need

Back in Tip #880, we mentioned Approvals in Flow. Specifically, we said: …use the flow approval framework and even have people who don’t have Dynamics licenses approve stuff. Given the implications of this for Dynamics, it is worth exploring further. If you have not explored Approvals in Flow, it is worth a review. A unique […]

Tip #1007: What is the Common Data Service (CDS) today?

Much digital ink has been spilled about the Common Data Service (CDS) and the vision of what it will be in the future as the glue that connects Dynamics applications and model driven apps. But what is the CDS today? The Common Data Service is a service that provides one or more databases that include […]