Category Archives: Dynamics 365

Promote to Admin and Check Access – two buttons we can use to investigate access issues

It might be yesterday’s news (or, at least, it’s probably at least a month old now) that we have “Check Access” button in the model-driven apps: This one is available from the command bar, and it allows us to check record access for any user in the system: It can also track record sharing –… Read More »

Power platform Dataflows – have I missed “Incremental refresh” option somehow?

This month seems to be all about data integration/data migration for me, so, even though I’m still using good old SSIS in many cases, I wanted to look at the Dataflows a little closer. After all, they don’t require any additional deployment/licensing – we just need to go to the maker portal and start building… Read More »

The challenges of using external data in the model-driven applications

Integrating external data with model-driven applications in the Microsoft Dataverse can be a challenging task for a number of reasons: Data volumes Storage costs API throttling and entitlement limits Technology limitations Lack of experience with the tools/technologies Vague requirements where a little change can affect the whole approach to the integration   In this post,… Read More »

Shared variables in Dataverse plugins. Surprise, surprise…

It’s a rare situation when 3 different Dataverse developers, all having quite a bit of experience with plugins, start talking about plugins functionality and can’t agree on how it actually works Yet, this is exactly what happened when Daryl LaBar suggested that I should be using shared variables to handle the problem described in the… Read More »

How to: re-use historical user input/selections to populate form controls

What if you wanted to populate model-driven app form controls based on the previous selections made by the same user? To give you a specific example: let’s say there is a location field on the form, and let’s say our user can travel between multiple locations. In both locations, this user is going to work… Read More »

Power Automate word templates in Model-Driven apps – forms integration

Now that we went through the process of creating a Power Automate flow that’s using Word Template action, why don’t we get this integrated into a model-driven application?   Let’s first create a very simple invoice form. You should be able to do it easily (or you could use any other entity – I’m just… Read More »