Create new CDS Environment and Database quickly from PowerApps Admin Center

With the April 2019 Updates, you can straight way create new D365 instances right from the PowerPlatform Admin Center.

Create New Environment

Follow these steps to create your environment from PowerPlatform Admin Center

  1. Go to https://admin.powerapps.com/environments and you’ll see an option to create New Environment.
    createNew
  2. Fill suitable details and proceed. Also, check the last section in this blog to see the difference since I chose another region than my source/original tenant when I created the D365 Trial instance (It was North America).
    specs.png
  3. You’ll see the message once this is being created.
    creating
  4. Finally, once completed, you’ll see this message where you’ll be asked if you want to proceed to creating the database as well. I recommend to create the Database as well, this will save time.
    asksToCreateDatabase

Creating Database

Considering you came here from creating the environment itself rather than choosing to create a Database to an existing environment, we’ll see how we proceed from the last Create database section.

Once you select the Create database from point #4 in the above section, you’ll see be asked to select the preferences of the database.
selectCurrency

Once you select the Currency and Language, the creation of the database will take place
creatingCDSDatabase

Once done, you’ll see that the environment and database will appear in your list.
createdENV

When you open the environment, you’ll see that for a few moments, this is being provisioned.
provisioning
Once the message goes away, you’re all set!

Instance Region

Now, note that my CDS Environment is created in the Asia Pacific (APAC) Region.
asiaRegion
And I don’t see my other regions here because the URL I’m on is port.crm5.dynamics.com

crm5URL

Whereas my original D365 Instance that got created with this trial exists on the port.crm.dynamics.com Admin Center
crmURL

 

Hope this quick post helps! 🙂

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Sending Image from Canvas PowerApps to SharePoint Document Library using Flows

One of the most common requirements is to upload images to SharePoint using PowerApps. From my learning from various sources, I’ll try to “demystify” my explanation to send/upload an image to SharePoint Document Library using Flows on my Canvas PowerApp.

Ingredients

Assuming you have the following things already  in place in PowerApps as well as in SharePoint

  1. PowerApps’ Camera/Image control and a Submit button. In my case, the image above is a camera so that I capture the image I want and the image below is the Image control to show me what I clicked.
    powerApp
  2. A SharePoint Document Library to record, say, Incidents.
    spDocLibrary
  3. We will get to the Submit button on the PowerApp once we create our Flow.

Flow

Let’s create a Flow to pick the Image from your PowerApp, convert it to binary and send it to the SharePoint Document Folder location called Incidents.

  1. Since we want to trigger the Flow from the PowerApps itself, we will select the trigger of the Flow as ‘From PowerApps’ and hit Create
    createFlow
  2. Once your Flow is ready, leave the first step of PowerApps because that’s the trigger. Add Step to create a SharePoint file and fill in the details of the Document Library you have created.
    createSPFile
  3. Fill in the FileContent as above. You’ll need this to be converted in the intermediate step after this.
  4. Now, you’ll need to add an additional step in between PowerApps and the Create SP File step as below. It will be a Compose action.
    addAction
  5. In Compose action, under Expression, select dataUriToBinary expression and make sure you open the bracket as well.
    dataUriToBinary
    toolTipHidden
  6. Now, go back to the Dynamic Content section and select the CreateFile_FileContent to complete the formula.
    fileContentAvailable
    completedFormula
  7. Click OK on the screenshot above and the formula should be set.
  8. Now, replace the File Content section to take in the Output of the Compose step.
    outputRecorded
  9. Save your Flow and your complete Flow should look like this.
    CompleteFlow
  10. I’m naming my Flow as ‘IncidentFlow’ so that I can identify it.
    incidentFlow

Adding the Flow to Submit button

Going back to the PowerApp, let’s Run this Flow on the selection of the Submit button and pass the image.

  1. Now, select the Submit button, and on the Formula bar, add the Flow you created, I named it IncidentRun. Select the same so that the Formula comes as IncidentRun.Run( for you to pass on the image.
    Now, pass the latest image on the collection i.e. the same image which is being displayed in the image control below.

    runFlowFormula

 

Running the App

I just ran the app on the desktop itself, you could do it from your phone too!
So I clicked on the Camera when I was ready, the image appeared in the image control and I that was what I wanted to upload. So I clicked on Submit button.
hittingSubmit

The flow was successful
FlowSuccessful

And my image was in SharePoint too!
imageUploaded

I know it is a lengthy post but I tried to summarize as much as possible. Make sure you have a way to uniquely name each file or else, the same file will be overridden.

Thank you!

 

Create your first PowerApp! Connect to SharePoint Online List

PowerPlatform is the next big thing in

PowerApps comes with several Dynamics 365 licenses and make sure you have been assigned one as well as below –
license

Navigate to https://web.powerapps.com/ to go to the Admin Center and here you can simply start working on your first app.

In this scenario, I want to be able to read from my SharePoint Online list and make decisions based on what data is in the List
spList

Build your PowerApp from data

  1. Among the options to create your app from either Canvas or Model-driven, I’ll chose to build one based on data which is a Canvas type of application.
    startFromData
  2. Now, I’ll chose SharePoint’s Phone layout since I want to connect to my SharePoint Online site to be able to read from my lists
    selectSPApp
  3. Now, since I already have selected SharePoint connector, I’ll be creating a new connection on the next page.
    createSPConnection
    Since this example is for SharePoint Online, I’ll select Connect directly (cloud services).
  4. Now, since I already had accessed the SharePoint Site, it appears in my list. You can either connect to a new Site from + New Connection button on the left-hand side or enter a new SharePoint Site in the URL and click GO. Or even select a recently visited one like I did –
    selectSPSiteFromRecent
  5. Then, choose your list
    chooseList
  6. And it takes a few moments to build out your App. And when it’s ready to be worked on, here’s what you get.
    appIsReady

Understanding your App Designer space

Won’t be covering much details on what each tool does, but wanted to share how things are placed –

  1. On the left-hand side, the App pages/components are divided into three main sections. (Obviously, you are free to add and modify more screens as needed)
    defaultTreeView
  2. You can add several controls on these screens
    insertTab
  3. And these controls/components can be adjusted from the right-hand side pane as below
    customizeProperties
  4. That’s basically the most of the App basics you need to know at this point. I’ll post more posts on that later. 🙂

Publishing Your App & Share

Presuming that your app is now ready to go, her’s what you can do in order to publish

  1. Navigate to File, give a suitable Name to your App.
    appName
  2. Move over to Save and Save your App.
    saveApp
  3. Once Saved, Share the App.
    shareThisApp
  4. Once you click on Share, you can get to Add users who will have access to this App and you can chose their permission level.
    shareWithUser
    permissionSelection

Running your first PowerApp

Assuming you have installed PowerApps on your device and logged in with your credentials, you’ll see the App as below

And you can start working on your App already

Hope this was quick. And then there’s a tremendous lot to be done with PowerApps and leveraging the PowerPlatform!