Monthly Archive August 2018

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Sharing Office 365 Files & Folders with People outside your Organisation

If you perform work that involves sharing documents or collaborating directly with vendors, clients, or customers, then you might want to share content on your Team site or OneDrive for Business with people outside your organisation who do not have licenses for your Office 365 Small Business subscription.

You can share individual documents by inviting external users to sign in to your site using a Microsoft account or work or school account.

Here’s how you share files or folders in SharePoint:

  1. Select the file or folder you want to share, and then select Share

Click “People in your Organisation” dropdown and select Specific people (gives access only to the people you specify, although other people may already have access. If people forward the sharing invitation, only people who already have access to the item, should be able to use the link.)

By default, Allow editing is turned on. To only view your files, uncheck the checkbox.

When you’re done, click Apply.

Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with and a message, if you want. When you’re ready to send the link, click Send.

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Microsoft Flow using Office 365 E3 Developer Plan

I have recently came across an issue. I was trying to do proof of concept project for one of my client. I tried to create Microsoft Flow using my Office 365 E3 Developer subscription. The flow created successfully but when I ran it throws the following error.

Start an Approval

The request failed. Error code: ‘CommonDataModelNamespaceNotProvisioned’. Error Message: ‘A Common Data Service database has not been provisioned for environment ‘Default-535dc980-ce8a-49fc-8f50-9b930035e176′, or is currently being provisioned.’


ActionConditionFailed. The execution of template action ‘Condition’ is skipped: the ‘runAfter’ condition for action ‘Start_an_approval’ is not satisfied. Expected status values ‘Succeeded’ and actual value ‘Failed’.

I tried to create Common data Service from Power app but “Environments” tab was not available under PowerApp admin portal.

After talking with Office 365 support people they made it clear that Environments and Common Data Service database cannot be created under Enterprise E3 developer Plan. My question is then, how a developer can build and test flows using Office 365 E3 developer plan?