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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By : Julian Sharp
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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By: Julian Sharp

Overview of this book

The Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate (PL-200) exam tests and validates the practical skills of Power Platform users who are proficient in developing solutions by combining the tools in Power Platform and the Microsoft 365 ecosystem based on business needs. This certification guide offers complete, up-to-date coverage of the PL-200 exam so you can prepare effectively for the exam. Written in a clear, succinct way with self-assessment questions, exam tips, and mock exams with detailed explanations of solutions, this book covers common day-to-day activities involved in configuring Power Platform, such as managing entities, creating apps, implementing security, and managing system change. You'll also explore the role of a functional consultant in creating a data model in the Microsoft Dataverse (formerly Common Data Service). Moving ahead, you'll learn how to design the user experience and even build model-driven and canvas apps. As you progress, the book will show you how to manage automation and create chatbots. Finally, you'll understand how to display your data with Power BI and integrate Power Platform with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with the essential concepts and techniques required to prepare for the PL-200 certification exam.
Table of Contents (34 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Microsoft Dataverse
Section 3: Power Apps
Section 4: Automation
Section 5: Power Virtual Agents
Section 6: Integrations

Connecting using a service principal

An issue with using your own user credentials in a flow that will run unattended is that there are a few complications that can arise. Some examples are as follows:

  • What happens if you leave the organization and your user account is removed?
  • What happens if your access to the environment is removed?
  • You are likely to be an administrator with more privileges than required and thus are a potential security risk.

You should consider creating a service principal to connect to Common Data Service in Power Automate. This has many advantages, but the most significant is that it allows you to tightly define the privileges that the flow can use. You would create a security role specifically for the service principal user to achieve this.

The steps to use a service principal in the Common Data Service connector are as follows:

  1. Register an app in Azure Active Directory with a client secret.
  2. Create an application user in Common Data Service using...