Sunday, June 5, 2022

Download large bacpac (sandbox database) to DEV environment much faster

As the LCS website gets slower and slower and the database backups get bigger and bigger. Use AZCopy to download objects out of LCS asset library. it is an incredibly quickly vs manually downloading the files (>1min for a gig vs 1 hour+)

Download AZCopy to the environment ( user the PowerShell command: .\azcopy copy "LCS SAS Link" "LocalPath"

D The only issue I noticed is that the local path had to be into a folder, not the root of the drive (so "C:\Temp" not "C:\" which is more related to windows security then anything else.

Below is the example:

Extract AzCopy zip folder to C:\Temp folder

Extract It took 3 minutes to download almost 18 GB of data file - WOW feeling :)

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Get your Dynamics 365 FO tier 2 (sandbox) environment today!!

Pakistan User Group is hosting FREE training program for everyone covering Microsoft Business Application and Azure components of Microsoft EcoSystem from beginners to advance level. Register now if you have not yet and join us on Saturday 20th November at 4pm Pakistan Standard Time (GMT + 5).

All details apart, this post is a quick guide to get your own Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance Operations tier 2 environment FREE!! I will create step-by-step videos to explain all these steps in details, I know it requires detailed explanation. Subscribe 

Let's begin...

Open this URL and click on Request a demo and sign up now

Enter work or school email address (create new if you don't have one - this can be gmail or hotmail account so don't worry too much - it should be your and valid email as you will receive email confirmation on this account), upon entering your email account it will ask you set up a new account. 

Complete all steps and verify your account either via email or SMS.

Get Started 

Choose region on next screen and Submit

Log on to Lifecycle Services with an account you created above (e.g. I created this account First time you will following screen 

Click on + sign to create new project (Select product of your choice - I have chosen Finance and Operations) 

Project is created, click on Project onboarding  and follow the documentation to complete project onboarding. This is a must step before environments will get deployed. Comment to discuss more about this process with me.

Upon project onboarding completion, the configure button will be enabled (note for this example, I have not completed the onboarding process hence the configure button is disabled)

Configure new environment following MS docs article - any question again ping me directly. This will take less than an hour to deploy new sandbox (tier 2) environment for Finance Operations. This also creates a new environment in power platform, check it from this URL
Sign up for FREE on for 1 month using same account :)
I know there are steps require more explanation, I will create short videos on all steps and share. Stay Tune!! 

Monday, April 26, 2021

MS D365 FinOps: How to create new LCS project and deploy Tier 1 (DEV) VM - Even you are not a MS customer or partner :) - Part I


You are willing to work on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance Operations product and want to get your hand dirty with some development. You are hearing so much about this product but never got a chance to work on this MS ERP. 

Andre wrote a detailed post on how you can setup a trial environment for MS D365 Finance Operations


With this post I will explain a step-by-step guide on how;

  1. to create your own LCS project
  2. to deploy a new Tier 1 VM
  3. to log on to Azure Portal
  4. to access Power Platform environments
  5. to create your own power app and use other features
  6. to deploy solutions in Power Platform to integrate with Finance Operations

NOTE: You would need Azure Subscription to deploy VM

First create new domain to perform all above steps - its easy just follow following steps

1. Open this site Office 365 E3 in cognitive mode or as guest and go with Free Trial option

2. Fill in details - you can use your personal email or sign up for a new email account and use that one

3. Provide as much as information you can - it will be good for you :)

4. Choose verification method, I always select text me 

5. Provide Once verified enter your business details and check the availability

6. Sign up and you are ready to use this account to perform all above steps mentioned under solution section

Manage your subscription option will take you to Microsoft 365 admin center where you will have 25 free user license for the whole month. You can use this account to sign up for teams and enjoy all features for the whole month FREE!!

Log on to LCS using above created account

Create new project by clicking on + sign and fill information - product name should Finance and Operations

Your LCS project is ready, click on hamburger sign and go to Project setting

Under Organization and ownership the type should be either customer or partner which will be one of them based on the account you have used to log on to LCS. If your account is linked to a partner organization then this will be partner and it will be customer if your account is of type customer.

Remember, the created account in post is not linked to either Partner or Customer so we cannot deploy any tier 1 environment in LCS as in order to connect to Azure portal with LCS the company account should be either customer or partner. 

So, we are blocked here :(

Here is the trick to convert this prospect account to customer account to unblock ourselves. 

Browse and choose Finance and Operations, enter your new account and hit Get Started. This will deploy a new trial environment with demo data in next 30 minutes. Read Andre's post to find the downside of this environment.

After trial environment deployed, refresh project settings page (you can sign out and sign in again in) to see the changes where it has changed type from prospect to customer

Now you are the customer so let's continue our journey of completing our solution but this is it for this post and we will continue deploying cloud hosted environment through LCS in azure portal in next post.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Dual-write learning series - Dual-write initial sync is the data integrator

One of the features of the dual-write is initial sync where you copy data from the source app (Finance Operation OR DataVerse) to the target app (Finance Operation OR DataVerse) depending on the selection in Master for initial sync option. 

This initial sync is the Data Integrator service running behind the scene and copies your data over. You configure the application id for data integrator and add it both apps (Finance Operation OR DataVerse), I have documented it my previous post The Dual Write implementation - Part 2 - understand and action pre-requisites

Master for initial sync can be either Common Data Service (Dataverse) or Finance and Operations apps. For example, If I choose Finance and Operations app in below example where I am syncing Functional Locations then all records will be copied from Finance and operations to Dataverse.

Initial Sync is a full push means if an individual row fails to sync, you cannot resync only failed ones. If the initial synchronization only partially succeeds, a second synchronization runs for all the rows, not just the rows that failed to be synced during the initial synchronization.

For example;

1st initial sync Run for 1000 records from FO to CDS à 700 passed and 300 failed

2nd initial sync Run will again run for 1000 records 

Do check Considerations for initial Sync from Microsoft Docs 

Initial Sync runs against all legal entities configured for dual-write. If you have entered a filter for a specific legal entity in a table map at Finance and Operations app side, as shown below as an example, this will not work for initial sync as it will run against all legal entities configured for dual write under environment details.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

D365FO: Right click on any control at D365FO browser takes you directly to the control in AOT

Last week I explored very Interesting feature especially for developers where you right click on any field/control on the form and follow these steps.

This opens the visual studio in non admin mod, Opens the correct form, and takes you directly at the control in AOT.

NOTE: You can only get this feature within Development VM where your browser and Visual Studio are in same machine. I am at 10.0.14 but not sure when this great feature was available first :(

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Another step closer - Finance Operations data in Power Platform - Virtual Entities

This post focuses on the integration technologies available to have the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance Operations data available in Dataverse/Common Data Services/CDS. What could be better then having The biggest ERP system's data in Power Platform. You can Power Portals, Power Apps, Power BI analytical reports, use power virtual agents for inventory closing and year end closing processes, manage expenses and employee/contractors time entry processes, most of these processes can be even without logging to MS ERP (Dynamics 365 Finance Operation) so can safe on license cost too. 

Let's see what options are available to integrate F&O data with Power Platform however, this post is dedicated to Virtual Entities. 

3 Options available out-the-box to integrate F&O data with Power Platform;

👉 Data Integrator - Click on link to read more

👉 Dual-Write - Click on link to read more

👉 Virtual Entities - MS Tech Talk on Virtual entities 

Before we jump to the installation and configuration part, let's see when were the virtual entities available and what features these have come up with compared to other two integrations technologies.

Virtual Entities Generally available

✔️ Finance and Supply Chain Management App: 10.0.12 or later

✔️ Dataverse: Service update 189 or later

Virtual Entities features

✔️ Finance and Operations is available as a data source in Dataverse

✔️ No Finance and Operations data replication in Dataverse

✔️ Access all public data entities of Finance and Operations in Dataverse

✔️ Support all CRUD operations

Install Virtual Entities solution

Head to this link and Get it Now

Enter your work or school account and Sign in

Choose the environment where you want to install this solution

Wait for finish to installing

Finance and Operations Virtual Entity solution shows as Enabled

Finance and Operations Virtual Entity solution is installed successfully - Hurray!! that was easy

Register an App in Azure Active Directory

The AAD application must be created on the same tenant as F&O.

  1. Log on to
  2. Azure Active Directory > App registration
  3. New Registration

    Define these attributes
    1. Name
    2. Account type
    3. Redirect URI - leave blank
    4. Select Register
    5. Make note of the Application (Client) ID, you will need it later

Register an App

Create a symmetric key for the application, Save and note it for later use.

Steps to follow in Dataverse environment 

Log on to Dataverse environment and click on Advance settings

Go to Administrator

Choose Virtual entity data sources

Finance and operations is available as of the data source in Dataverse

Click on Finance and Operations and following screen pops up, this is where the connections established

Configuration in Finance and Operations

  1. Log on to Finance and Operations and go to System Administration | Users | Users
  2. Create a new user and assign 'CDS virtual entity application' role to it - don't assign system admin role to this user - This user is used to look at the metadata of the data entities from the Dataverse instance.
  3. Enter Application Id in System Administration | Setup | Azure Active Directory applications screen with the User ID = <The user created in step 1>

Test Finance and Operations data in Dataverse

Log on to Dataverse instance and click on a little funnel to open advance find and look for 'Available Finance and Operations Entities' in the list of tables in Dataverse instance. 

By default not all the entities are enabled this is to avoid cluttering the user experience in Dataverse but individual entities can be enabled e.g. I enabled DataManagementDefinitionGroupEntity and mark visible to make this as a virtual entity in Dataverse.

To illustrate this example, I created an export data project in Finance and Operations under Data Management with the name 'CDSVirtualEntitiesExport' - The data entity behind this data export projects is DataManagementDefinitionGroupEntity which is marked as virtual entity in above step. 

Restart the Advance find in Dataverse instance and look for Definition Group (mserp) table map and Run to see the output

This is it for today, with next post I will explain how to do customization/extension in F&O and get data into Dataverse using Virtual Entities. 

Hope you may have enjoyed the post, please do provide your feedback. Enjoy your break!!

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