Dynamics 365 Solutions’ New Experience in Power Apps, Solution Checker and more

If you’ve recently noticed Settings > Solutions area in Dynamics 365, you’ll see a notification that this has been moved
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And you’ll be redirected to Solutions Area in Power Apps –
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Solution Checker

Solution Checker is a helpful feature where it runs a validation of components in the Solution itself –

  1. If you see for your custom Solutions, if you haven’t ever Run a check on the solution, the status will be Hasn’t been run
    checkNotRun
    I’ll zoom it below –
    statusZoomed
  2. Now, you can run the Solution Checker against your entity to find potential issues and add/remove component that matter.
    selectRun
  3. Once the Run starts, it will show the status of Running… for the solution as well as in the Power App ribbon.
    running
  4. Once the run is complete, you can see the time stamp it completed on and also View/Download the results –
    runComplete
    viewResults
  5. You can see the results as below –
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    So basically, it’ll show what best practices should be followed in order for the Solution to be meeting highest standards of configurations and customization.
  6. Another example from another solution is this –
    removeDebug
  7. Or something like – under Upgrade Readiness category
    upgradeReadiness

    Full details can be found here on Microsoft’s official document – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/use-powerapps-checker#review-the-solution-checker-report

Solution Export Versioning

Now, every time you export a solution, by default it is set to Managed unlike Unmanaged in the Classic UI.

Also, notice the Version number is auto-incremented to x.x.x.1
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And in further exports, the version keeps on auto-incrementing
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Hope this helps!!

 

Check Managed Solution failures in Solution History in Dynamics 365 CRM

At times, solution upgrades failed for Managed solution and you have to get in touch with Microsoft support to figure out and get this through –

Example: You’re upgrading a solution like Project Service Automation (or any other for that matter)

Solution Failure

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Solution History

So, instead of directly opening a support ticket with Microsoft, it’s best to dig a little into Solution History to get an insight of what exactly failed and to see if you have a quick resolution for this yourself-

  1. Navigate to Solution History in Settings in D365.
    solutionHistory
  2. Switch the view to see All Solutions
    switchView
  3. And open the one that failed recently
    openFailed
  4. In my example particularly, I found the below component had a conflicting dependency which caused the solution to fail-
    dependentComponent

Checking in Dependency Viewer

Now, this isn’t very subtle to check the Dependency Viewer –

  1. In the Exception error message, right click the solutions layers link from the error message itself. Use the scroll wheel itself to click on the link instead of clicking or right clicking.
    openSolutionLayers
    In my case from the above screenshot, the issue was that the managed workflow Update User Work History was set to Draft and hence, the upgrade failed. It could be anything else in your case.
  2. If this doesn’t open in a new window and opens in the new tab with some additional characters in the URL, then trim the beginning and ending of the text in the bar to make it a legitimate URL and press enter
    trim1

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Post this, you’ll need to work your way to fix the solution and then try upgrading again.

So, if you have a particular solution like restoring back the missing component or fulfilling whatever the dependency may be, you can retry upgrade and this should work successfully.

Finally, if things don’t work out, it would be best to open a support ticket with Microsoft and they should help.

Apart from this, there are still failures which unfortunately, only Microsoft could tell. Those are usually the ones that happen due to data as Microsoft Support said. I’ll follow up this blog in the future once I uncover more details.

Hope this helps!