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Create an Adventcalendar for festive techcalendar 2022 with Power Apps

Christmas is near. As a contribution to the festivetechcalendar.com, I describe here how to create an advent calendar with Microsoft Power Apps. You can download the Power App and use this app and this article to learn useful concepts in Power Apps. Here we go.

Power Platform Environments and Governance tips using Solutions

The Microsoft Power Platform is great for quick and easy solutions and workflows. While developing a new Power App or flow is quick, governance and management can present some hurdles. Well, there is help for some topics, such as the use of solutions. Read more here.

Tips for PowerApps-11 Make sure a value is selected in your dropdown

Working with Power Apps, have you seen that in the bound dropdown control the user can remove the selected item (even with single selection)? Well, there could be other solutions, but I want to make sure that a default value is always selected, even when the user clicks the button to remove the selection.

Tips for PowerApps-10 Validate form input with RegEx

Forms are simple. Forms are complex. Both are true depending on the functionality of the form. While you can create forms very quickly with Power Apps, it often takes a lot of time to make them as user-friendly as possible. In this article, we'll look at how we can validate and simplify input using Regular Expressions.

Pay your CoE with Azure - for special use cases only

The Center of Excellence (CoE), also known as the Microsoft Power Platform CoE Starter Kit, is a toolkit to gain insights into the use of the Microsoft Power Platform in an Microsoft 365 organization. While the installation has recently become a bit technically easier, a corresponding Power Platform license is also required for operation. Well, not every company owns or acquires the required license. We show how these license requirements can be solved with Azure temporary - for special use cases - and what are the benefits and the disadvantages of the PAYG billing.

How to restore a flow from a backup to another environment

In the previous article, we showed and described two flows to backup and restore a flow. This works well when the flow's connections are still in the same environment. But what about restoring a flow in a different environment? This is a typical use case for "moving" flows from a source environment to a target environment, such as from the development environment to the productive or department environment. In this article we show how this works with the restore flow.

How to backup and restore a flow with another flow

Did you know that you can backup and restore a flow (or multiple flows) with another flow in Power Automate? This is very helpful for backing up and restoring important flows in the company. Well, I knew the mechanism. Now I've tested it myself and found that this process is undocumented and I've only found examples that didn't work. Reason enough to develop the process to work and describe it with all workarounds. Here is the guide for real world application.

Trigger a Power Automate Flow through a SharePoint List Item

Power Automate is a great tool to automate SharePoint based Tasks, e.g. Document Approvals, Notifications,… The flows can be triggered by a new or changed Element / Document in SharePoint, but very often, we want the user to start a flow for a specific, selected document. For that, Microsoft is Providing a Power Automate Trigger called "SharePoint – Start for the selected document", which can be triggered for the selected document in SharePoint. The flow gets the ID of the selected document and can do anything you want with that document. In this post, I explain, how to trigger a flow, that is located in another environment than the default environment