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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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Exporting a flow

If you want to back up a flow or make a flow available for use in another environment, you’ll need to export it. Exporting a flow gives you the ability to move it.

A flow can be exported into different formats:

  • A package (.zip for importing into Power Automate)
  • A Logic Apps template (.json for importing into Logic Apps)

The export format you choose depends on what the target environment is and when your flow was built. The formats are very similar, as Power Automate is built with the same technology as the Logic Apps platform. In this example, we’ll look at the steps for exporting a template for reuse in Power Automate (in either the same or different environments).

The Export to Logic Apps feature is not available for Power Automate flows created after August 2020, as Microsoft changed the protocol used to create flows to the OpenAPI 2.0 standard. Logic Apps is incompatible with this protocol, so the Export...