API per user limits – The good, the bad and the ugly

API per user limits – The good, the bad and the ugly

(Updated) Microsoft recently released some throttling that have been causing some stir in the community, especially since the latest throttle, the concurrency throttling, was not very openly announced, some partners and customers were hit rather hard by it as it affected their abilities to manage large dataloads in the system.

Now Microsoft have announce another API based limitation which is based on the users and the type of licenses the have. You can read some about it here if you like. This article will discuss what this means and my personal view of the good, the bad and the ugly of it.

First of all we need to understand what it is. It is a API limit that will be set per user and based on the type of license that the user is allocated. The highest is if you have a Dynamics 365 App user license, like Sales, Customer Service or similar, which will give you 20 000 requests per 24 hours. The lowest is a Power App – Per App license which will give you 1 000 requests per 24 hours. Note that these are connected to the user and not summed/aggregated to the instance level (allthough I would think that would be a good idea). Well, really, the lowest of them all are Application, Non-interactive or admin-users that don’t use a license as these will be allocated 0.

I have not seen any UI for this yet, so I don’t know how this will look, but what the page is saying is that API-calls can be reallocated from normal users to application users/non-interactive users. (UPDATE – See update at the bottom regarding this, thank you observant readers!) Not sure if it will also be possible to reallocate API-calls between normal user and another normal user.

There will also be an additional SKU for buying 10 000 additional API calls per day that can be allocated to a user.

 

The Good

What is good about this then you might ask? Well, I think it is fair. Large customers pay a lot of money for their instances and usually use it a lot with a lot of integrations. It is only fair that they are allowed to use the API:s more than a small customer who has created some super duper application that blasts Dynamics with massive amounts of calls. The small customer can still do this, but they just have to pay a bit extra for those API-calls if they arn’t covering that with their users.
I also hope that this might enable Microsoft to relax the currently rather tight throttling on the API:s a bit.

According the the licensing documentation in general, existing customers will not be hit by this until October 2020, in other words, more than a year from now. This will hence probably only now affect new customers.

The bad

This implementation certainly has some bad parts. The most obvious is the too stringent connection to users which makes it weird. I don’t know how this will be managed in the UI but let’s say we have an instance with 500 users mixed Sales Enterprise, Customer Service Professional and Team Member. We also have 10 application users that are used for Portals, Forms Pro and custom integrations to many other systems. Each integration using a separate integration user to reduce the attack area in the unlikely event of a hacker attack. So what we will need to do is to first figure out how much API-usage we are using for all the normal users (for instance via PCF:s, Flows, Plugins, Workflows etc) and all the integration application users. Currently the https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com does not give us this granularity. There are indications but in this case one would need deep granualar data, preferably with trend analysis.

Another part of this that could be done better is the “buying addional API-calls”. Why not just adapt the method used in Azure? In other words, you pay as you go. With this current method, you have to know beforehand how much a particular user will use and if you overshoot the user will be shut down causing unnecessary support costs for customers, partners and Microsoft.

I also wonder how this practically is going to be handled? Are admins going to go into each of the 500 user records, reduce the API-calls allocated and move to Application users? If the admin moves all calls, which effectivly will stop plugins, workflows, javascripts with server calls etc how will the error handling of that look?

The Ugly

What is really the difference between something bad and something ugly? I would say that something bad is a design decision that we might dislike or might be disadvantage to the customers, it requires some sort of conscious perspective. Ugly on the other hand is the parts where where, in this case, Microsoft just have forgotten to think about something or neglected perspectives which causes issues for partners or customers. Based on this, I would say that the following are the bad aspects of this;

Timing

Again Microsoft are rolling out a change with a rather short timeframe. They probably feel that a month or two of notice by publishing the article above is notice enough, but they have to realize that many customers cannot act that fast. If you are a small customer with extensive use of Dynamics, for instance if you are using Dynamics 365 in a B2C aspect with a Marketing Automation integration and you are targeting millions of customers with sendouts and hits on your webpage being mirrored to your Dynamics all the time, this will cause some hefty API traffic. And your org might not be very big if you are totally e-commerce oriented.

Maybe only new customers, for now

Lastly I really hope that it is true that the API limitation will not affect current customers, it is not very clear and hence we are left in the dark again. If there is a problem with application users etc not being able to log in, I hope Microsoft support will be ready for the storm that will hit them.

On the other hand, new customers might have tested the system, evaluated the costs and are now faced with this. Not sure that will be optimal either, there is risk of loosing a customer or two there.

Communication

As this is a rather drastic change and may be viewed as a “breaking change” if not the one year grace period mentioned in the licensing in general applies to this. No matter, this should have been communicated very clearly months ahead to remove any kind of doubt from partners and customers. Both via blogs, emails to admins of organizations using Application users/non-interactive users as this should be easy to figure out via telemetry. Currently no one knows exactly when this will hit them/their customers or how they are to manage it.

 

This is generally very unclear. I shouldn’t have to write an article like this, speculating about what is or isn’t going to happen. If I have problems figuring this out, being an MVP, customers are probably very much in the dark, both existing and new.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion I think this is a good idea that got rushed. It should have been passed through a couple of more hoops before being launched to get the right feedback. The main things that I think Microsoft should change before rolling this out that, from my perspective, still give the same effect, are:

  1. Aggregate all API-Calls that are counted to a per instance level. It will make it easier to manage, stop the breaking change and make it easier to understand.
  2. Enable admins to add a per-use, after the fact, payment option, (like Azure) for any additional API-calls.

     

    If this is going to be useful or not also is very dependent on the fact that we can reallocate a lot of the API-calls from users to the integration users. For instance, I have a B2C customer with 1M+ API calls per 24/h and if it will not be possible to take the sum of hundreds of users and allocate those to the application users we are using, then this will be a very hurtful change.

    In the meantime, I do recommend that you keep a close eye to what is going on within this area as it will most likely affect you if you are running any application accounts, which you probably are, like Dynamics Portal, Forms Pro, Voice of the Customer and many more. If you go into the list of users and change view to “Application users” (or whatever it might be called in your language) you will see the list. I think Micrsoft will make some changes, or some announcements to this before October 1. Let’s see what.

Update 2019-09-04

There has been some chatter going around regarding this and do note the comments below which include interesting links and good thoughts. There are some additional points that need to be pointed out. Instead of changing the original article I will continue to add updates like these.

Normal UI usage will count

Initially I did not think that normal UI usage would count towards the API request calls. With “normal” in this case, as an old Dynamics 365/CRM geek, I of course mean a model driven App, but the same also goes for canvas Apps or actually any use of the CDS, what so ever. What this will mean when a user runs out of API requests, will be interesting to see. How many requests are used when the application is used, of course depends a lot on what you do. If you switch on F12 in Chrome you can check the network traffic and see for yourself.

Batching will be your friend

Using batching will from now on not only be a general best practice but also make you save money. If you use tools like Kingswaysoft this is easy to configure, to make sure that you have large batches when for instance doing CUD calls. When writing code directly, you will need to understand how to do this directly. Note that sometimes this will require entire rewrites of the code. I have seen programs off the shore of Orion that you wouldn’t believe with tons of single queries instead of one single call. Most often written by devs who have no or very little experience of writing code towards Dynamics 365/CDS.

Unclear if possible to move API-calls

As several people here and on Twitter have commented, it is probably incorrect to interpret that API:s can be moved from normal users to application users and non-interactive users. This will cause major headaches for some customers which will be struck with lots of additonal costs. Costs that are not very welcome as the per GB cost recently increased 800% hurting especially the larger customers with massive integrations and extensive use of the system. I do, for instance, have a customer that exceeds 1M requests per day 365 days a year. This would require them to buy over 100 addon 10k API requests SKU:s, despite the fact that their 500 users gives them a total of over 5M requests per day, something they will not be using through the UI unless someone is drinking very large amounts of coffee. – NEW Update: This was an incorrect interpretation. You cannot reallocate API calls from normal users. 

The price is here

The price for the 10k/24h SKU will be $50/month. This means that for a customer like mine having major integrations causing around 1M API-calls per day, this would cost an additional per month $5 000 or yearly $60 000. I sincerely hope they will relax the throttling to make it worth it. If/when they do, I will read my Macciavelli again.

 

Update 2019-09-05

First of all I will write a new blog article on this, when the dust settles and we know what is going on. Currently there are quite a lot of unknowns and I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft announced a thing or two soon. I have been told that the FAQ will be updated in a couple of days.

Batching – again

There were some discussions on if batching actually were going to be useful in this case or not. I have now gotten confirmed that a batched request will be considered as one (1) call. This is both for batched Creates/Updates/Deletes and Queries of multiple records (that would be very strange if it wasn’t one record, but I had to ask).

Data Export Service etc.

Data Export Service and other services that run under the system account will not count towards the API request. This is good news as this opens up for many users to be able to use this method to offload the API:s for reads.

What is the competition up to

I checked to see how SFDC are handling this and as far as I can see they have a similar setup as can be read here:

https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.salesforce_app_limits_cheatsheet.meta/salesforce_app_limits_cheatsheet/salesforce_app_limits_platform_api.htm

and here

https://support.geckoboard.com/hc/en-us/articles/216804218-I-ve-hit-my-Salesforce-API-request-limit

I am no expert on their licensing model, but I think it is good to know that this isn’t just a PowerPlatform thing. However, there are some distinct differences:

  1. The API calls are not counted for normal browser/client usage. Only “real” API calls.
  2. They have real enforcement blocking an entire instance/org if they overshoot
  3. All API:s per user license are summed up to the org level

Microsoft Addon apps will include request

If you buy Dynamics Portals, this will include some additional licenses. The same goes for Forms Pro. Hence there should be some default API request assignment to those application users that are installed. I do wonder if it would be financially beneficial to piggyback on those application users? There is also no current method for ISV:s to bundle API-requests into their product if they install an application user upon installation.

CSP / Distributor silence

We have still heard nothing of the 10k addon SKU from any distrubutor, EA or CSP. It will be interesting to see if it will reach the entire distribution chain by October 1 when customers will start being notified that they are in violation (new customers). 

Quickfind bug in 9.1.0.643

Tonight Microsoft rolled out an update to Dynamics 365 that seemed to have had a few issues. Most noteably if you have any Lookup-fields in a quickfind views “Find”-columns, it will break. Most of the time, not always. Microsoft knows about this, there are angry threads talking about this, like this one:  https://community.dynamics.com/crm/f/117/t/301925?pi61802=3#responses

and you can of course create your own support ticket with Microsoft at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/

The temporary solution to get this working, or the essential parts for your system, is to remove the Lookup fields from your find columns for the entities that are breaking. This will of course have the effect that no searching can be done in this entity, but you can switch it on again later.

We have also done some preliminary tests and it seems like the UCI (Unified Interface) is not affected by this. So making a quick UCI App could also be a good, fast fix, especially for the most critical user groups.

Note also, that some lookups may break as they use the quickfind logic to search the related entity when you are inputing data. Hence if this happens, you might have to do an interim fix there too.

The error is a “SQL Error” and if you download the logfile, there are two different error messages that I have seen/heard of: (I changed the fieldname to “contactidName“)

Unhandled Exception: System.ServiceModel.FaultException`1[[Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault, Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk, Version=9.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35]]: System.Xml.XmlException: Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: Sql error: ‘Invalid column name ‘contactidName’.’
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Components.UI.Grid.DataGrid.RenderInnerHtml(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetResetResponseHtml(AppGrid appGrid, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Reset(String gridXml, String id, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context) —> Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: Sql error: ‘Invalid column name ‘kuoni_BookingIdName’.’
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Components.UI.Grid.DataGrid.RenderInnerHtml(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetResetResponseHtml(AppGrid appGrid, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Reset(String gridXml, String id, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   — End of inner exception stack trace —
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStepImpl(IExecutionStep step)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously): Microsoft Dynamics CRM has experienced an error. Reference number for administrators or support: #BDDD78E5Detail: 
<OrganizationServiceFault xmlns:i=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance” xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/xrm/2011/Contracts”>
  <ActivityId>64efc536-e25e-4e36-a163-dbe707b07302</ActivityId>
  <ErrorCode>-2147220970</ErrorCode>
  <ErrorDetails xmlns:d2p1=”http://schemas.datacontract.org/2004/07/System.Collections.Generic” />
  <Message>System.Xml.XmlException: Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: Sql error: ‘Invalid column name ‘contactidName‘.’
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Components.UI.Grid.DataGrid.RenderInnerHtml(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetResetResponseHtml(AppGrid appGrid, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Reset(String gridXml, String id, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context) —&gt; Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: Sql error: ‘Invalid column name ‘contactidName‘.’
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Components.UI.Grid.DataGrid.RenderInnerHtml(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetResetResponseHtml(AppGrid appGrid, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Reset(String gridXml, String id, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   — End of inner exception stack trace —
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStepImpl(IExecutionStep step)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean&amp; completedSynchronously): Microsoft Dynamics CRM has experienced an error. Reference number for administrators or support: #BDDD78E5</Message>
  <Timestamp>2018-11-21T09:41:26.798591Z</Timestamp>
  <ExceptionRetriable>false</ExceptionRetriable>
  <ExceptionSource i:nil=”true” />
  <InnerFault>
    <ActivityId>64efc536-e25e-4e36-a163-dbe707b07302</ActivityId>
    <ErrorCode>-2147204784</ErrorCode>
    <ErrorDetails xmlns:d3p1=”http://schemas.datacontract.org/2004/07/System.Collections.Generic” />
    <Message>Sql error: ‘Invalid column name ‘contactidName‘.'</Message>
    <Timestamp>2018-11-21T09:41:26.798591Z</Timestamp>
    <ExceptionRetriable>false</ExceptionRetriable>
    <ExceptionSource i:nil=”true” />
    <InnerFault i:nil=”true” />
    <OriginalException i:nil=”true” />
    <TraceText i:nil=”true” />
  </InnerFault>
  <OriginalException i:nil=”true” />
  <TraceText i:nil=”true” />
</OrganizationServiceFault>

Second error:

Unhandled Exception: System.ServiceModel.FaultException`1[[Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault, Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk, Version=9.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35]]: System.Xml.XmlException: Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: A quick find filter cannot have any child filters
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetRefreshResponseHtml(IGridUIProvider uiProvider, StringBuilder sbTemp)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Refresh(String gridXml, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml, Boolean returnJsonData)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context) —> Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: A quick find filter cannot have any child filters
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetRefreshResponseHtml(IGridUIProvider uiProvider, StringBuilder sbTemp)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Refresh(String gridXml, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml, Boolean returnJsonData)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   — End of inner exception stack trace —
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStepImpl(IExecutionStep step)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously): Microsoft Dynamics CRM has experienced an error. Reference number for administrators or support: #48A7E659Detail: 
<OrganizationServiceFault xmlns:i=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance” xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/xrm/2011/Contracts”>
  <ActivityId>fa29912a-47b8-42cf-8e7b-fe3e0c13aecc</ActivityId>
  <ErrorCode>-2147220970</ErrorCode>
  <ErrorDetails xmlns:d2p1=”http://schemas.datacontract.org/2004/07/System.Collections.Generic” />
  <Message>System.Xml.XmlException: Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: A quick find filter cannot have any child filters
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetRefreshResponseHtml(IGridUIProvider uiProvider, StringBuilder sbTemp)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Refresh(String gridXml, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml, Boolean returnJsonData)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context) —&gt; Microsoft.Crm.CrmException: A quick find filter cannot have any child filters
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.PlatformCommand.XrmExecuteInternal()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.ServiceCommands.RetrieveMultipleCommand.Execute()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.RetrieveMultipleCommand.RetrieveData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.ApplicationQuery.ExecuteQuery()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.GetData(QueryBuilder queryBuilder)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadQueryData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderQueryBuilder.LoadData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareGridData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Platform.Grid.GridDataProviderBase.PrepareData()
   at Microsoft.Crm.Application.Controls.GridUIProvider.Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.GetRefreshResponseHtml(IGridUIProvider uiProvider, StringBuilder sbTemp)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.Refresh(String gridXml, StringBuilder sbXml, StringBuilder sbHtml, Boolean returnJsonData)
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   — End of inner exception stack trace —
   at Microsoft.Crm.Core.Application.WebServices.AppGridWebServiceHandler.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpContext context)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStepImpl(IExecutionStep step)
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean&amp; completedSynchronously): Microsoft Dynamics CRM has experienced an error. Reference number for administrators or support: #48A7E659</Message>
  <Timestamp>2018-11-21T10:28:58.4053402Z</Timestamp>
  <ExceptionRetriable>false</ExceptionRetriable>
  <ExceptionSource i:nil=”true” />
  <InnerFault>
    <ActivityId>fa29912a-47b8-42cf-8e7b-fe3e0c13aecc</ActivityId>
    <ErrorCode>-2147217118</ErrorCode>
    <ErrorDetails xmlns:d3p1=”http://schemas.datacontract.org/2004/07/System.Collections.Generic” />
    <Message>A quick find filter cannot have any child filters</Message>
    <Timestamp>2018-11-21T10:28:58.4053402Z</Timestamp>
    <ExceptionRetriable>false</ExceptionRetriable>
    <ExceptionSource i:nil=”true” />
    <InnerFault i:nil=”true” />
    <OriginalException i:nil=”true” />
    <TraceText i:nil=”true” />
  </InnerFault>
  <OriginalException i:nil=”true” />
  <TraceText i:nil=”true” />
</OrganizationServiceFault>

Gustaf Westerlund
MVP, Founder and Principal Consultant at CRM-konsulterna AB
www.crmkonsulterna.se

Embedded PowerApp in Dynamics 365 CE

Embedded PowerApp in Dynamics 365 CE

PowerApps or as the new name for it is, Canvas driven Apps, is a very fast low/no-code way of creating applications that can fill in the blanks where Dynamics 365 CE sometimes fit. Can for instance be when there is a mapping entity, a complex calendar functionality or even integrations with a camera or other applications directly. These things can be done, some are even supported within the new UI/UCI if you are running it through the tablet/mobile client. However, there is currently no easy way that I have found to just add a PowerApp/Canvas Drive App (I will just call it PowerApp below to make things easier) to Dynamics. But after a chat with my friend, ex MVP and now Microsoft Global Black Belt Carsten Groth (isn’t that a cool name for a team by the way?) he told me that it is possible to embed PowerApps. So I googled a bit a found that no one seemed to have blogged about this (if you have, please tell me in the comments) except for other it concerning other applications like SharePoint. I tried it out and found that it wasn’t that hard at all to embedd a PowerApp into Dynamics 365.

The first thing we have to start with is to create our PowerApp. You can get to this place by browsing to https://web.powerapps.com or clicking the waffle in Office365 and then selecting PowerApps. In my case, I used the Dynamics 365 template and pointed to the Case Entity and did more or less pressed Next-next-finnish. I did replace the field that was shown in the first screen from the Guid of the case to the field “title” as that makes a little bit more sense looking at.

So what I was looking for when creating the PowerApp was the AppId, in this case:
904e3ac1-1e26-4b4b-a384-971485f6709c

What we then need is the embedding syntax for PowerApps which is:
<iframe src=”https://web.powerapps.com/webplayer/iframeapp?source=iframe&screenColor=rgba(104,101,171,1)&appId=/providers/Microsoft.PowerApps/apps/[AppId]” />

You need to replace the [AppId] with your AppId. Also, if you do not specify it, the iframe it will typically render rather small so I would recommend either setting the size of it directly with width and height attributes or using css, the latter being more kosher.
I tried setting an Iframe directly with this in Dynamics 365, but that didn’t seem to work. All I got was a spinner like this:
Spinner which never stops when tried to add PowerApp directly
Not sure why this is.
So, I circumvented it and created a very small html-page like this:
<html>
<body>
<iframe width=”1024px” height=”768px” src=”https://web.powerapps.com/webplayer/iframeapp?source=iframe&screenColor=rgba(104,101,171,1)&appId=/providers/Microsoft.PowerApps/apps/904e3ac1-1e26-4b4b-a384-971485f6709c” />
</body>
</html>
This time, when trying the TestPowerApp.html-page from my local drive, the spinner was quickly replaced by this and then by the App
Then I uploaded this file as a webresource to Dynamics.
Create a webresource with the simple html-page pointing to the PowerApp
After uploading it, in the WebResource screen, you can test the page by clicking on the URL. It should show a webpage with the PowerApp.
The PowerApp running as a webresource in Dynamicws 365
Now you can use this web resource wherever you want. Like directly in a sitemap:
Added PowerApp webresource to the Marketing Area as a Subarea called “Power App Cases”
It should be possible to send parameters to the PowerApp as well making them context aware so that we can create PowerApps that for instance show up within a case and show specific data on that case after you have selected it in Dynamics 365. However, if you look at the iframe syntax you will see that the AppId and stuff is already a parameter and I need to research this a bit more to be able to figure it out. I think that the html web resource probably has to shuffle the query string parameters from Dynamics to PowerApps. I will leave this hanging and hope that someone else in the community catches this ball! Otherwise I will try to figure it out later.
As CDS (common data service) and Modular Driven Apps are the same thing as Dynamics 365, just with less sugar on top, this technique can be used there as well. 
If you find anything unclear or have any questions, please leave a comment (moderated).

Gustaf Westerlund
MVP, Founder and Principal Consultant at CRM-konsulterna AB
www.crmkonsulterna.se

Rumors of the Dynamics NAV – CRM integrator

I’ll make another posting while I at it…

I had a meeting with Hillevi Anderkrans at Swedens top MS CRM company, Cybernetics (www.cybernetics.se) and she told me that there were rumors that the long awaited Microsoft supported Nav-CRM Integration probably wont be released for CRM 3 at all but only for Titan.

This isn’t great news since there isn’t really a satisfactory integration engine for Nav-CRM and the Microsoft based integrator has been long awaited.

I have personally (as mentioned in previous posts) worked with Celenia/Tectura and found it to be far from satisfactory, especially out-of-the-box. It needs a lot of work to be ok. Perhaps Celenia will put in a good effort into it, to make it as good as it’s supposed to be.

I have argued previously, that the Microsoft Integrator might acctually be the Celenia Integrator that they (MS) have bought. This news however, makes this hypothesis a bit more improbable, and I would at the moment put my money on the Integrator being a soley Microsoft developed product.

If you here anything related to this, please let me know!

Gustaf Westerlund
CRM and SharePoint Consultant

Humandata AB
www.humandata.se

SharePoint & Exchange Forum 2007

SharePoint & Exchange Forum 2007

If you live close to Sweden or close to Europe for that matter, make sure not to miss SharePoint and Exchange Forum 2007 in Sweden, the 14:th and 15:th of May. It is THE place to be for all SharePoint (and Exchange) professionals, decision makers, developers, administrators and powerusers. I will be the presentor for one of the tracks and I will also be holding a seminar on SharePoint and Microsoft CRM integration.

There will be a host of very prominent speakers, some of these will be:

Patrick Tissegheim, SharePoint MVP & author, Belgium
Michael Noel, SharePoint MVP and expert on MS ISA, author, USA
Nick Swan, SharePoint MVP, USA
Göran Husman, SharePoint MVP & Author
Eric Legault, Outlook MVP and author, USA
Scott Schnoll, Exchange expert, Microsoft, USA
Micke Nyström, Windows Server MVP
Lasse Pettersson, Exchange MVP
Peter Andersson, Microsoft Sweden
Kalle Becker, Microsoft Sweden
Pontus Haglund, Microsoft Sweden
Magnus Danielsson, Microsoft Sweden
Christer Olsson, Exchange expert, Microsoft Sweden
Michael Jansson, SharePointexpert and trainer, Humandata

So invest in your social network and knowledge from the worlds most competent SharePoint and Exchange Experts! Not to be there is not an option…

There are a limited amount of seats so make sure you get one! Go to www.seforum.se for more information!

Gustaf Westerlund
CRM and SharePoint Consultant

Humandata AB
www.humandata.se