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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

Understanding the technologies used in the CDS

Power Platform environments in your Microsoft 365 tenant can optionally have a CDS database. You can add a database when creating an environment, or you can add a database later.

We will look at the security aspects for managing environments in Chapter 8, Security.

Each environment can only have one CDS database.

The CDS is a cloud data store based on Azure SQL, Azure Data Lake, and Azure Blob storage. You interact with CDS via the Power Apps Maker portal (

You cannot currently connect to the CDS using SQL Server Data Manager or other similar data tools. There is a Tabular Data Stream (TDS) endpoint in preview that will allow SQL queries to be used with the CDS.

The CDS provides data and services to apps, as shown in the following diagram:

Figure 3.2 Services provided by the CDS

The rest of this book addresses many of these application services.

Before we start customizing the CDS, you need...