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Using Microsoft Flow for IT Professionals

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Microsoft Flow is a great workflow automation tool, but most likely PowerShell is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Flow. In this session I will show how to integrate Microsoft Flow in PowerShell scripts and vice-versa and to highlight the benefits that this provide. This demo-heavy session will feature a lot of PowerShell code and live demos which demonstrates how Microsoft Flow can be leveraged to automate frequently recurring tasks.

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Using Microsoft Flow for IT Professionals

  1. 1. Using Microsoft Flow for IT Professionals Jaap Brasser @jaap_brasser
  2. 2. • Technical Marketing Engineer at Rubrik • PowerShell Conference EU/Asia • Dutch PowerShell User Group • Speaker / Blogger / Tech Enthusiast • PowerShell Gallery • TechNet / MSTechCommunity @jaap_brasser jaapbrasser.com/about
  3. 3. Agenda Why PowerShell? What is Microsoft Flow PowerShell & Flow Demos Questions
  4. 4. What is Microsoft Flow
  5. 5. Connectors
  6. 6. Flow Templates
  7. 7. Why Microsoft Flow? Use connectors to get data Create triggers based on this data Build workflows Integrate and combine different services
  8. 8. Demo Summary • Flow.Microsoft.com • Create and modify from template • Create a custom flow
  9. 9. Demo Summary • Export flow • Zipped json files in package • Import flow • Select connectors upon Import
  10. 10. Flow packages Packaged as zip Manifest files APIs Connections Definition
  11. 11. What are webhooks A webhook transfers data over HTTP Create triggers based on this data Build workflows Integrate and combine different services Methods: Get & Post
  12. 12. Encryption!
  13. 13. Demo Summary • Created a Flow with webhook • Write payload to disk • Viewed what was delivered • Transferred binary content • Created binary file from content
  14. 14. Request Flow
  15. 15. Request Limits
  16. 16. Runtime Limits
  17. 17. Demo Summary • Created a form in Forms • Created a flow with a trigger • Added advanced condition • Take action based on condition
  18. 18. Advanced conditions
  19. 19. Demo Summary • Install Data gateway • Create connection online • Run a watcher locally • Create button enabled flow • Monitor and restart flow agent
  20. 20. Data Gateway sources SQL Server SharePoint Oracle Informix Filesystem DB2
  21. 21. Gateway Port Configuration
  22. 22. Summary Use cases of Microsoft Flow Microsoft Flow templates Took a look at connectors Created workflows Ran PowerShell triggered by Flow
  23. 23. Questions?
  24. 24. References • https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/flow/gateway-reference • https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/flow/guided-learning/ • https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/flow/use-expressions-in-conditions • https://github.com/jaapbrasser/events • https://www.jaapbrasser.com

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