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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

By : Aaron Guilmette
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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

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By: Aaron Guilmette

Overview of this book

MS Power Automate is a workflow automation tool built into MS 365 to help businesses automate repetitive tasks or trigger business processes without user intervention. It is a low-code tool that is part of the Microsoft applications framework, the Power Platform. If you are new to Power Automate, this book will give you a comprehensive introduction and a smooth transition from beginner to advanced topics to help you get up to speed with business process automation. Complete with hands-on tutorials and projects, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to configure automation workflows for business processes between hundreds of applications, using examples within Microsoft and including third-party apps like Dropbox and Twitter. Once you understand how to use connectors, triggers, and actions to automate business processes, you’ll learn how to manage user input, documents, and approvals, as well as interact with databases. This edition also introduces new Power Automate features such as using robotic process automation (RPA) to automate legacy applications, interacting with the Microsoft Graph API, and working with artificial intelligence models to do sentiment analysis. By the end of this digital transformation book, you’ll have mastered the basics of using Power Automate to replace repetitive tasks with automation technology.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
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Configuring prerequisites

As mentioned earlier, this flow will require a few software prerequisites – namely, the Power Automate Desktop application and the data gateway application. It will also require an Access database.

While it is possible to complete these steps on your main computer, we recommend using a second computer (or virtual machine) for configuring, prerequisites, and running the flows. Since Power Automate Desktop will automate mouse and keyboard inputs, you may experience difficulties and unexpected errors if you try to trigger the flow from the same computer that will be executing the actions.

If you don’t have access to a second computer, you can start a no-charge Azure trial subscription ( and provision a virtual machine. Alternatively, you can trigger the flow from another device you have access to, such as a phone or tablet.

Let’s begin!

Configuring Power Automate Desktop

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