Podcast Episode #05 Ways to stay updated with new Dynamics 365 Power Platform changes

At one point we all have questioned ourselves on how can a person stay updated with all the new functionality and changes coming out of the platform. With 2 major release a year, there is a lot to consume and if you aren’t staying aware of what’s coming out or came out you might be missing out on using some cool functionality that would have made your life and implementation easier. In this episode me and Rich discuss the different ways you can stay connected and updated with ease, enjoy!

 

Episode # 02 Administration and customization Portals

Long over due episode 2 of the Power Platform Pod, in this one we talk about the different past and present administration/customizations areas available on the power platform and try to simplify which ones to use when. Enjoy!

Episode 02: Administration and customization Portals

We’re open to recommendations, please leave us a comment below with topics you’d like us to cover! thank you for listening.

The podcast on Dynamics 365 Power Platform Episode # 01

Me and a colleague( Dick Clark ) of mine have started our learning podcast focused on Dynamics 365 and the power platform. This is intended towards beginners and those who would like to learn more about the new features coming out and the basics on how to get started. We hope to create awareness about low code initiatives for you to join and discuss core concepts of Dynamics 365 applications and architecture. Join us for some fun and friendly talk about our experiences and topics that we are passionate about. Our first episode is out now! You can also follow us on the podcast channel https://powerplatformpod.com/the-podcast/

 

Episode 01: The Intro

 

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Different Admin centers in the Power Platform, which one does what?

4 Years back when I started working on Dynamics Customer engagement and the common data service(now known as Dataflex Pro) was coming to life there were different admin fronts for managing, configuring and customizing each application and environment/instance. Those are still alive and functional but there have been new alternates introduced which are the way forward as everything transitions to the Power Platform. If you are new to the Power Platform or Dynamics 365 in general this is a good place to start and identify where to navigate for the specific task you want to achieve. I will try to list all of them on here as of July, 2020. The first one is the old CRM Admin center (https://port.crm.dynamics.com/G/Applications/Index.aspx) which was used for administering dynamics CE instances, installing solutions and applications, taking/restoring backups etc

 

This portal is still alive and well but there is a new alternate released by Microsoft offering the same and more functionality over the CE environments called Power Platform Admin center ( https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/environments ) this offers analytics over the common data service, org capacity reporting, data polices and data integrator access. You also have the same functionality of managing environments, taking backups, initiating new environments etc as you did with the previous admin center. This is your gateway to environments if you are a developer or admin that works with multiple boxes, bookmark this one!

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In order to customize and configure an individual environment whats still used is the customization portal through your crm environment as this offers detailed options on customization a lot of which have not been moved over to the power platform alternate yet

 

 

The new offering is the PowerApps portal(https://make.powerapps.com/environments/) from here you can create environment based Power automates(previously MS Flows), power apps, power portals, power virtual agents, AI builder etc basically all power platform services. You can also manage each component in solutions and have complete solution management available.  So yea if you are doing anything on the power platform, bookmark this!

 

 

 

Those are the main ones, each power platform service has its own individual front as well which i did not mention here as they are all opened through these main portals. Below is the list of all portals we talked about and an additional one that was deprecated as soon as it was launched 🙂