Sunday, February 25, 2018

Develop and Deploy Microsoft Flow Applications

Development and deployment of Microsoft Applications has never been easy. In actual production environments you need to develop your application, test it, release to UAT and ultimately release to the live environment.

Microsoft Flow’s Export and Import functions made this process convenient and easy.
First you need to create your Flow in your development environment.
I have few sample scenarios.

Scenario one

Assume that you are having support email address on Gmail and you want to create a follow up task to the supporting team which is on the Microsoft Outlook environment.

Scenario two

 Assume that your sales team need an approval of a customer document. In generally sales team need to scan the document and send to the relevant person via email and get the approval. Here you can use your Flow mobile application to trigger the process.

After Finalizing your Flow,

Export Process

Then go to My Flow

Where you can see all your business flows
Select the automation flow that you need to export.

And then select the Export as Package Zip.
Then you will see a Form like below, which you should understand properly.

First section is how to deal with the import operation.

There are two options available.

  • ·       Create a New Flow on your destination
  • ·       Update the existing Flow on your destination

You can choose the preference approach.

Second part is all about the connectors.  You might have different connections for your dev, staging and production.  Before importing the Solution you should create the connection in your production environment, if it is not exists.

Connections need to select when you are importing the zip. Please refer Import Process

Import Process

Creating Connectors
Click on connectors on your production

Here you can see all your existing connectors in the environment.  You can add new connections if it is not exists.

Then go to My Flows and click on Import link

There you can import the zip package where you exported before.

Now you can select the Update and select the existing Flow to update. Then click on Select during import and select existing connection.

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