Search Rows (preview) Action in Dataverse connector in a Flow | Power Automate

As Dataverse connector keeps getting updated from time to time, here’s a new Search rows (preview) Action which you must be seeing in the Dataverse connector in Power Automate. Let’s see how we can use this Action.

As it suggests, that this is still in preview! So kindly take a note of that.

Search Rows (Preview)

  1. Search rows is an Action in the Dataverse connector and you’ll be able to see it like this

Enable Relevance Search

  1. Let’s assume you went ahead and used this connector in your Flow without having Relevance Search enabled in your D365 CE organization, you’ll see the Search Rows throw the below error.


    And the error is described as –

  2. To make Search Rows work, Relevance Search must be enabled for you Dynamics 365 CE / CRM environment. Head over to the System Settings in Dynamics 365 under Settings > Administration > System Settings. And in General tab, look for Relevance Search option, check-mark it and save.


  3. Here’s the full Microsoft Documentation on how to use queries for Relevance Search – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/developer/data-platform/webapi/relevance-search?WT.mc_id=DX-MVP-5003911

Using Search Rows action

Let’s see how this Action from the Dataverse connector will work –

  1. Now, once you have selected the Search rows action, below are the features which I’ll explain one by one –

  2. Let’s first look at the last item i.e. Return row count. As it says, will result the count of results returned if set to Yes.
    Will return -1 if set to No.

  3. For Search Type and Search Mode to be covered, these need to be explained extensively since it covers several factors. To keep it short for now, I’ve linked the Search Type and Search Mode documentation as below
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/dataverse/search#search-type?WT.mc_id=DX-MVP-5003911

    And the short Summary of the same is:
    Search Type:simple | full” There are 2 types called as simple and full. Default = simple. Both have different functions within them that you can use on the Search Term.

    Search Mode: “any | all” By Default – any. This defines if any criteria of the Search Term is to be considered or all must be true based on different syntax and operators used.
  4. Row Count denotes how many records should the results Return which is standard across other Dataverse actionss.
  5. Also, Row Filter uses OData style filtering which we’ll omit in this example to keep it simple. 😊
  6. Now, let’s enter a Search Term and keep it simple, I’ll pick an example: “Contoso“.
    Next, look at the Table filter – If I leave it blank it’ll search for Contoso across all Tables in Dataverse.


    Result to show from all Tables as per the above Search rows term –


    Now, I’ll add account and contact (I do have some records in the Opportunity as well which has the keyword ‘Contoso’. So those will be filtered out)


    And the result will be as follows –


    And if we look at the Raw Outputs to see how data is retrieved, we get the below –

  7. Now, let’s look at Sorting.
    Now, in the Sort by filter, I’ll enter the field name ‘name‘ and desc as the order of the Sort.
    And then, we’ll check the results


    And the results were as below –


  8. Next, let’s look at Facet Query. basically, it drills down on the Results which are already returned as a part of the main query and serve as metadata for the same to gather similar information together.
    Here’s how I enter a Facet query – Ex: contact.address1_city. Meaning, it’ll return Address 1: City from all the returned Data and store it under Facet Query.


    Now, when we run this, we’ll get the following results –


  9. Let’s look at what Skip Rows does.
    It’ll only omit the records from the already returned Results. Example: Even if the Result returned 5 records, it’ll Omit/Skip first x records. But still show that the Results returned are whatever the Query is supposed to return.

    In the below example, out of 5, I’ll skip 4 rows.



    And when you run the Query, you’ll find that the Record Count is 5, but only 1 entry was available in the Output.



Which Columns are Searchable?

There are 2 points to keep in mind to know and configure which all columns will the Search be performed on.

  1. If you are aware of how you can configure the Quick Find views in Dynamics 365 CE, same is applicable here since this works off of Relevance Search itself.
    In any Table/Entity’s Quick Find view, make sure the columns are selected in the Add Find Columns

  2. The ones selected in Find Columns are the ones on which the Search will be performed.

Here’s a YouTube video I made to demonstrate the same –

Hope this was useful!

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Thank you!

Run As context in CDS (Current Environment) Flow Trigger | Power Automate

In a CDS (Current Environment), you have to option to Run the Flow under a context of a certain user. And there are a few options from which you can select from – Process Owner, Record Owner & Triggering User

Here’s my Flow in which the trigger is the CDS (Current Environment) connector. Show advanced options and you’ll see that there’s a field call as Run As


Which has the following 3 Options as I mentioned above –

Let’s look at each one of these.

Scenario

To demonstrate Run As, my Flow is triggering on the Update of the Account record, an attribute in the CDS (Current Environment) connector called as RunAsSystemUserId provides the GUID of the System User used in the connector’s Run As field.

You can use triggerOutputs() function to get this GUID from the Trigger Outputs and use it to fetch the System User record. To see how triggerOutputs/triggerBody() works, check this post – Using triggerBody() / triggerOutput() to read CDS trigger metadata attributes in a Flow | Power Automate

Process Owner

As suggested, Flow Owner meaning the one who Owns the Flow

  1. If I select as Process Owner, no matter who triggers the Flow or who is the Owner of the record, the Run As user will be the one who Owns the Flow.


    The record could belong to one owner and the other owner might modify it as shown below –



    But the Flow will Run As the Owner of the Flow as suggested.




    Multiple Owners?
    In my test, I believe the one who created the Flow becomes the first Owner and hence, is what it appears in Run As

Record Owner

  1. Easily, the record Owner in Dynamics 365 is the Owner of the record, so no matter who triggered the Flow or who the Flow owner is, the Record Owner will be the Run As user.

  2. In this example, Priyesh Wagh is modifying the record Owner by Kuldeep Gupta, the Flow Run As will show as Kuldeep Gupta

Triggering User [Also Default]

  1. If the Run As is set to Triggering User, whoever caused the Flow to Run is the Run As context user.


    Let’s say Kuldeep Gupta is a user is modifying a record Owned by SYSTEM, the Run As user is Kuldeep Gupta.




  2. Now, if there’s no Run As selected or even if there are multiple Owners to the same Flow, the one who causes the Flow to run, is the context user of the Flow.


    Let’s say Priyesh Wagh modified this record owned by SYSTEM, the Flow will Run As Priyesh Wagh


Hope this helps!!

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AutoNumber field in CDS | PowerApps

The most desired feature is ability to create/customize your own auto-number field. ANd CDS let’s your do just that!

I remember the good old days when I had to write a plugin to function for AutoNumber which used to configuration from a supposedly separate Configuration entity and it scary to maintain the code and entity. But this solves all that with so much ease!
allRecords

Create an AutoNumber field in CDS

  1. Now, you can start by creating a field in CDS’ Solutions > [YourSolution]> [YourEntity]
    createNew
  2. Then, under Accounts, you can see that you can actually create an Autonumber. This is not available in Classic UI.
    Also, please note that you’ll need to keep this field Not Required and Locked (on the form) in order to function.
    underTextGroup
  3. Give it  a suitable name and then you have 3 options to format your auto-number field.
    2TypesOfAutonumber

    String Prefixed number

    You’ll need to define the Prefix, Min Digits, Seed value
    preview

    Date prefixed number

    With Date prefixed, you’ll need to define Date Format, Min Digits of Seed Value
    dateFieldPreview

    Custom

    With custom, you can define the Format. Refer Microsoft’s Documentation for the same – AutoNumberFormat options
    customPreview

Save and Publish as you usually would and place your field on the form you want.

Working

I used String method to design my AutoNumber field. Let’s see how it looks –
Once I save the record, the Auto-number will be filled in.
fieldWorking

If you happen to delete any records already created in the sequence, the auto-number functionality will continue counting upward and not fill out previous backlogs/last deleted auto-number records.

Hope this helps!

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! 🙂