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Using Expand Query in Power Automate with CDS

Power Automate plus Common Data Service.pngPower Automate plus the Common Data Service

 

Before We Dive In

If you use Power Automate (Flow) and model-driven Power Apps, then (hopefully) you are aware of the “Common Data Service (current environment)” (CDS-ce) connector. Within this connector, there is an “Expand Query” option. This blog post will help explain how to use this.

 

Note: Check out Sara Lagerquist’s excellent blog called “CDS vs CDS: What Connector should I use in Power Automate?“. This will help you understand the difference between the Common Data Service connectors.

Let’s Dive In Power Apps Solution

To get started, I have already created a solution within the Power Apps maker site called “PA Flows” (for “Power Automate Flows”). The next step would be to create a new flow within the solution.

 

Power Apps - New Solution Created.pngPower Automate solution created within Power Apps maker site

 

Power Apps - Create New Flow within Solution.pngCreate new Power Automate flow within solution

 

 

Note: For this example, I have already started a flow with a Flow Button as the trigger. You can utilize whatever trigger you would like within your flow(s).

The Flow Setup

In the flow, I have a “List Records” action (renamed “List Opportunities”). In this example I am listing the Opportunities from Dynamics 365. I also have a simple ODATA “Filter Query” of “statecode eq 0” (0 = Active/Open).

 

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