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Trouble converting string to date using convertToUtc

I have a text column in my custom CDS entity containing a string of a date. Most fields are empty.

I want to build a Flow which will will convert the string to a value of type datetime and update the date field in the same record, for all records in my custom entity.

Its failing with a 400, BadRequest, error. What am I doing wrong?

Attached images show the flow and the resulting error.

Source column values are either empty or in the format "7/7/1977".FlowFailDateConvert.PNGFlowFailDateConvert2.PNG

 

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Re: Trouble converting string to date using convertToUtc

Hi @BrianSlalomMS,

 

You couldn't enter the expression in the "PCN Status Date" in the "Update a record" action directly.

 

Please add a dynamic content with the expression in your "PCN Status Date" in the "Update a record" action.

 

I have made a test on my side, you could refer to screenshot below to add the dynamic content with the expression:

Capture.PNG

 

The flow would run successfully as below:

Capture.PNG

 

Best regards,

Alice

 

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Re: Trouble converting string to date using convertToUtc

I made the change you suggested but my Flow still fails.

FlowFailDateConvert2-1.PNGFlowFailDateConvert2-2.PNG

Here is the full text of my expression.

convertToUtc(item()?['cr89e_pcnstatusimportastext'], 'Pacific Standard Time')

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Re: Trouble converting string to date using convertToUtc

Here is the earlier portion of my Flow. I am trying to apply this update to each record in a list. Referencing each record individually is probably my issue.

FlowFailDateConvert2-3.PNG

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Re: Trouble converting string to date using convertToUtc

Tried this as well. 

FlowFailDateConvert2-5.PNG

 

Getting closer, the correct date is filled in, but it fails with no specific error message.

FlowFailDateConvert2-4.PNG

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Re: Trouble converting string to date using convertToUtc

Another important thing to note is that my destination date field is of type Date&Time, not string/text.

Is there some other function I should be using to convert a date string to a Date&Time field type?

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