Build and deployment automation of PowerApps & Flow using Azure DevOps

01AUG2019: I reference and use a number of community tools in this post and in the video. The PowerApps team has been cranking out new tools to enable less dependency on community tools to accomplish these scenarios. See:
Hopefully it will be relatively clear where the tools above can replace some of the things I show in the video. This post is getting a little dated and the “updates” are getting harder to follow as PowerApps & Flow features and experiences to support this scenario improve. I have every intent to build a fresh set of videos when I can carve some time out to do so. For now, hopefully the updates help connect the dots.

11APR2019: Version of the CoreTools now has basic support for Canvas apps & Flow.  However, this feature is still in preview as this update.

11MAR2019: Canvas PowerApps & Flow are have limited solution packaging capability in preview today.  They don’t work with the solution packager tool as of this post update.  These capabilities are targeted to be Generally Available in June of 2019.  See this page for details on the features and this page for timing (subject to change…check back often).

26SEP2018: I have updated the title of this post to reflect the announcements here and here sharing that canvas PowerApps & Flow are now included in the same solution packaging I describe in this post.  I’ve also changed the title to use “Azure DevOps” instead of VSTS per the name change announced here.  This post and video still only go through the process with the Common Data Service, model-driven PowerApps, and Dynamics 365 CE extensions using the old VSTS.  While I haven’t gotten around to updating the videos, and some of the experiences have changed, hopefully this post can still serve as a guide to help you understand the fundamentals of how to do this with canvas PowerApps & Flow using Azure DevOps.  You might have to connect the dots a little, but until I can to more meaningful updates for this blog post and video, I wanted to make sure the “Oh, I can do this now with canvas PowerApps and Flow now too!” lightbulb goes off.  HTH

This is the second part of a two part video.  The first part is here:

The second video won’t make as much sense if you don’t watch the first video.  In this video, I build on the work I did to get a model-driven PowerApp (the artist formerly known as XRM…as I like to say) into source control by showing how to enable deployment automation using Package Deployer, including setting up initial data using the Configuration Migration tool.  Then, I show you how to use Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to build all the assets in source control into their deployable form.  Finally, I show you how to then use VSTS to automate the deployment of those assets to one or many environments.  One of the things I highlight in the video is the Dynamics 365 Build Tools on the Visual Studio Team Services Marketplace.  These tasks greatly improve the productivity of using VSTS with Dynamics 365 & the Common Data Service.

All of the things I do from scratch in these two videos are the foundation of some of the more advanced things I highlight in the Dynamics 365 model-driven PowerApp DevOps work I mention here:


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