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Hacking Your Way to Server-Side Code with Dynamics 365 Portals – Just Like Microsoft!

One of the big things we’ve talked about during the transition from Adxstudio Portals v7 to the Portal Capabilities for Dynamics 365 v8 is losing the ability to include server-side code in your website project. There are ways around this limitation – typically we recommend using a Dynamics 365 Portals Companion App. However, there is another technique, which we’ve always considered a bit of a hack, but not only does it work, Microsoft is using the technique in their own Portals. So if they can do it, why not us?

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Using Microsoft Flow and Uptime Robot to Keep Adxstudio Portals Site Alive

We have an Adxstduio Portals v7 site that’s been causing us grief recently by getting stuck in an error state. The error state is easily resolved by clearing the cache, but this solution required manual intervention. Since the site is currently being upgraded to v8, we didn’t want to invest too much into finding the root cause – it was easier to just kill the cache when the site went down. But what was even easier was using Microsoft Flow and Uptime Robot to do the job for us.

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Getting a SharePoint OAuth Access Token in a Dynamics 365 Web Resource

And now for something completely different! While I normally talk about Dynamics 365 Portals, we’ve had a few requests recently around SharePoint and Dynamics 365 integration, specifically around uploading documents to SharePoint via a custom interface. I initially thought that it would be a topic well covered on the Dynamics blogosphere but, to my surprise, I couldn’t find a lot out there. So I spent some time figuring it out, and thought I’d share my findings.

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Updates to the June 2018 Release of the Portal Capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics 365

In last week’s post I talked about the release of v9 of the Portals, and mentioned that there didn’t seem to be any new features. Since then a new revision has been released (v9.0.6.7), and the release notes have been updated to include three new features.

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Taking Advantage of the Portals Source Code Release for Traditional v8 Portals Projects

In a previous blog post I mentioned how it can be useful to use the Portals Source Code release to actually step through Portal source code in a debugger. However, there are more great uses for the Portals source code, even if you are using the official Microsoft-hosted option.

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