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Renew the Cloud Hub Teams app permissions

The Cloud Hub Teams app is a business application that provides data from your Microsoft 365 tenant, the Message Center and the Incident Center, as well as the status and history of global Azure services. Since Microsoft recently announced the discontinuation of the Microsoft Service Communications API, all organizations using the Cloud Hub Teams app have to renew their app permissions once in order to be able to use the successor API functions. See how it works here.

Ways to work with Power BI licenses

I recently wanted to share a Microsoft Power BI report with other users who only have the "Power BI (Free)" license. Well, with a "Power BI Pro" license, a report can be shared with other users. But I noticed that there are stumbling blocks when it comes to licensing. Here are my findings.

atwork launched Cloud Hub - the first Microsoft Teams App that lets you receive important news directly from your Microsoft Tenant

The atwork-team is beyond excited to inform you that we recently launched our first Microsoft Teams App and the second one in Austria – Cloud Hub, which lets you receive important news from your Microsoft tenant. Get it now!

Power Platform Environments and Governance Tips

The Microsoft Power Platform enables individual solutions to be developed and business processes to be easily automated. When it comes to controlling the solutions, it is important to establish an IT governance in the organization. There are many areas and details about it. For this reason, I've put together a summary here with some news and helpful tips.

Tips for PowerApps-Add required user permissions for PowerApps using Dataverse

When users shall have access to a PowerApp that is using Dataverse (formerly Common Data Service - CDS), they also need to have the permissions to access the data entity (nowadays called table). So, if your users get an ugly "unknown error occurred" when accessing the PowerApp, here´s the solution to assign the required security role and permissions.

When to use what Azure monitoring service

The well-known Scott Hanselman has been producing the recurring Azure Friday series for a long time. Last Friday, Scott interviewed Azure Barry (Barry Luijbregts) about "What to use for monitoring your applications in Azure". Barry did a great overview about the main monitoring services. See the recording and a kind of summary transcript here.

Handle failed actions in Azure Logic Apps

Today´s a quick tip for users working with Azure Logic Apps. This article shows how you can continue to work in a flow if an action has failed. This sample accesses an Excel file from a Microsoft teams SharePoint site and searches for a key. If the key was not found, the flow shall continue and deliver a useful error code with a message. See how this works here.

SPFx App webpart is blocked in various browsers

Recently, I stumbled across a strange behavior when running self-developed SPFx webparts in various browsers. When the SPO app was deployed, it worked well with Single-Sign-On, but in some browsers, the webpart was blocked. Instead, a grey box saying "login.microsoftonline.com refused to connect." was displayed. I experienced that behavior in Chrome, and Edge, while FireFox, Safarai and Opera showed the webpart. Also, there was a different experience when working in the normal mode, or in the In-Private mode. If that happens to you, check out the solution here.

Automate SSL certificates updates with App Services and Azure Key Vault

Storing credentials, SSL certificates, connection strings and other secrets in Azure Key Vault is recommended for every software project in the (Azure) cloud. This is easy to do when using certificates, such as for a website hosted in Azure App Services. Learn how to configure a SSL certificate once and then have it automatically updated when you update it in the Key Vault, called automatic rotation. See a step-by-step description here.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 2-Send text and files (multipart/form-data) to SharePoint Online

Using an Azure Logic app is often a quick fix for small computing tasks. So my scenario is as follows: I want to use a form on a website to offer text fields and file upload. The submit button is intended to send the data to a Logic App. The Logic App receives the data and writes it to a SharePoint Online list and sends a notification if necessary. See the implementation here.

Learn more about the Governance Toolkit 365 as an applied cloud story

The Governance Toolkit 365 (GT365) is a software-as-a-service solution that offers insights into a Microsoft 365 tenant and is part of the Microsoft Applied Cloud Stories initiative (#AppliedCloudStories). GT365 reads cloud data, stores the data and offers IT administrators monitoring and reporting functions to get a tenant overview at a glance, for example as a newsletter, in Power BI, as API or as a Bot that can be integrated in Microsoft Teams. The GT365 workloads are fully processed in Microsoft Azure using serverless computing. Here are some architectural insights on how to avoid throttling and how to use fan-out functions.

How to setup the MFA App Authenticator app on a new device for a specific Azure AD

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) reduces the risk of compromise by 99.9%. Therefore, it is a good idea to use it for every user in an organization. This article provides step-by-step instructions for setting up MFA with the Microsoft Authenticator app on a smartphone. If you have MFA enabled and you switch to a new device, follow the steps here.