Viewing Emails as conversations on the Activity Timeline in D365 CE

When you have Timeline and you actually use it to check related Activities, won’t it be really cool to see which emails are in a chain? Like which ones are a part of the conversation?

Well, that’s exactly what this little but extremely beneficial feature let’s you do.

Now, can you tell, by just looking at the below Activities that have come in and arranged sequentially (traditionally)?

distinctEmailViews

In the pic above, they are all a part of the same email chain but have come at different times so appear distinct and you can’t easily make out that they actually are a part of the same email conversation.

So now, you can now view Email activities as conversations on the Activity Timeline!

Personal Settings

  1. Open your Personal Settings in D365 CE and go to Email tab as shown below. Look for ‘Show emails as conversation on Timeline‘ feature and turn it on.
    setting

Viewing Emails as Conversations

Now, it’s pretty easy to look at activities that are a part of the same email conversation. And they are denoted by a visual cue that indicates they are chained together –

inConversationEmails.png

Note: This feature is available only on the Unified Interface and won’t be available on the Timeline on the classic UI.

 

Hope this quick tip helped!

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A manager is required for non-project time entries, absence, and vacation error in D365 PSA v3

In PSA v3, there occurs a scenario where Resources (Users) have to enter about their absenteeism and they’re not able to submit the request successfully on the Time Entry grid.

Error while Submitting Absence/Vacation & Non-Project Time Entries

  1. Typically, when a Resource has to make an entry for Absence but doing the below
    absenceTypeEntry
  2. And then clicking on Submit.
    submittingTE.png
  3. But, doing so gives an error!
    errorMessage.png

Let’s look at what was missing in readying the system for using PSA for the Resources –

Adding Manager for a Resource

Evidently from the error message itself, a Manager is required to approve the non-project time entries. Here’s how you can set it up!

  1. In PSA, it is required that ‘Manager’ is set for a Bookable Resource to be able to submit an absence/vacation/non-project time entry. Quite logical.
    So, In User record (associated with the Bookable Resource record of the actual user), the Manager should be assigned.
    missingManager.png
  2. Like below, if there’s a manager present, the Resource should have no trouble submitted non-project/absence Time Entries.
    managerAdded
  3. And once this is set, the entries should be submitted without an issue like below –
    entrySubmitted.png

What can the Manager do?

  1. Once this type of Time Entry has been submitted, the Manager can see it under Approval entity in their PSA under Absences/Vacations for Approval
    approvalArrived

Hope this was helpful!