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StevieC
Helper III
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Approval with time out issue

I have a flow that askes approval from a group of people I then record all their responses.  The issue is that I want to put a timeout on the approval and record all those that didnt reply.  For example:

 

John: Approved - i like this

Sarah: Approved - happy to go ahead

Ian: Rejected - This is bad

Sally: Failed to respond

Bob: Failed to respond

 

To achieve this, I use a Apply to each loop on each email address, with a Start and Wait for an Approval.  I was hoping this would allow me to send a separate approval to each person with a time out - that way i can record the response, but also have an individual time out for each person.

 

The issue is that the Start and wait only appears to go to the first person in the For each and then it waits for them to respond before sending to the next person!  Ive tried the Approval with out the wait, but that didnt wait (as expected!).  Ive also tried a custom Approval but still no joy.

 

Any Idea how i can achieve my requirements?

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muralidharan
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Hi @StevieC , 

Have you tried like this ?

 

muralidharan_1-1620190399578.png

Hope this will give some idea.

Please let me know, if you need further clarification.

 

Thanks,

Murali.

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muralidharan
Resolver II
Resolver II

Hi @StevieC , 

Have you tried like this ?

 

muralidharan_1-1620190399578.png

Hope this will give some idea.

Please let me know, if you need further clarification.

 

Thanks,

Murali.

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Hi Murali

 

That's great and functions as required.  The only issue i have now, is that if someone doesn't reply (response times out), i dont have a response to get their name from - this means that compose 3 in your diagram cannot use the response display name to say which failed.  Can i get this from the original approval using the id in a function?

 

Cheers

Hi @StevieC ,

Yes that's possible to get the approval related values. 

Store all the Approvals into an array variable, once it is getting Timeout, use Filter Array to get the Approval details.

 

muralidharan_0-1620215994643.png

 

muralidharan_1-1620216029352.png

 

Hope this helps you.

 

Thanks,

Murali.

Thanks Murali

 

I cant get the filter to work - im not sure what 'output' is - im trying to filter by the Apply to each value of the array of approval IDs but this doesnt work?

Hi @StevieC 

Please refer the below screenshot.

@equals(item()['name'], outputs('Compose_3'))

 

muralidharan_0-1620221013830.png

 

Please let me know, if you need any help. 

 

Thanks,

Murali

 

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Great - almost there!! Im struggling to write the function to get the display name out of the results:

 

[
{
"approvers": [
{
"id": "72a6b3fd-5997-4e12-8968-71924bxxxxxx",
"displayName": "Smith, Jon",
"email": "Jon.Smith@domain.co.uk",
"tenantId": "5546e75e-3be1-4813-b0ff-2665xxxxxxx",
"userPrincipalName": "Jon.Smith@domain.co.uk"
}
],
"respondLink": "https:/.....",
"adaptiveCard": ".....",
"name": "de6xxxx-6b77-4d46-a2d9-8xxxxx6a18",
"title": "AGB document approval required",
"details": "Please review",
"requestDate": "2021-05-05T13:52:39Z",
"expirationDate": "9999-12-31T23:59:59Z"
}
]

 

something like:

first(outputs('Filter_array')?['body/items'])?first('approvers')['displayName']
 
Thanks for all your help 🙂

Hi @StevieC ,

Give a try something like this . 

first(body('Filter_array'))?['approvers'][0]['displayName']

 

Thanks,

Murali.

 

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Superstar!!! That worked perfectly - thanks for all your help - hope it wasnt too painful! 🙂

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