Office Add-in for Visual Studio crashing when using Open in Office for a DevOps Query

Hi…

Long Time no see… good to be back

I am making heavy use of DevOps queries in my daily tasks as release manager/scrum master at my customer. Especially when it comes to generating release notes.

Currently I have a query returning all DevOps Items, Ready for Release and tagged with Hotfix. I open them in Excel, format them a bit and paste them into ours Microsoft Teams Wiki. Excel really makes this table-tweaking much easier.

Today Excel kept crashing when I used Open in Excel and I could not figure out why. I used it successfully last week. After some googling I bumped into a forum post that told me to clear cache folders for Team Foundation Service. It helped !! Yay!!!

The article is linked below

Links:
https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/982029/azure-devops-add-on-crashes.html

Problems with Excel AddIn for Azure Devops for Visual Studio 2019

A couple of days ago I reinstalled my computer and since I usually go by “Newer is always Better” I installed Visual Studio 2019. When I was going to generate release notes for our latest release Excel Addin for DevOps did not work. I looked through the prerequisites and found nothing I missed… It should work… WTF

Well… after some research I found this forum post online saying that apparently there is an issue with Excel Addin included in the latest version of Visual Studio. The correct version is here: Azure DevOps Office® Integration 2019

Links:
https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/776394/issue-with-azure-devops-open-in-excel.html

The macro ‘@CurrentIteration’ is not supported without a team context.

Today when writing release notes for my customers latest release I bumped into an issue. I have a query that returns all item in the current Iteration Path with their release notes. The release notes are written in Microsoft Word so I thought that if I could just get the query into Excel it would be an easy “Copy and Past” operation into word.

Fortunately Azure DevOps have just this feature. You simply go to queries, click the three dots negt to the query and select Open in Excel

My query looks like this:

In order to use Open in Excel you first need to install Azure DevOps Office® Integration 2019. After authenticating to Azure DevOps I got an error message… interresting

Turns out the setting @CurrentIteration does not work in Excel… You have to set it to the actual iteration path in order for the Excel Addin to work.

Good to go 🙂

Flow Friday: Getting random row from Excel

Finally back for Flow Friday after some much needed rest over the holidays. This week is sort of a proof of concept. There are times when you need to just get a random value. This could be for a lottery or get a random name for the person that should take out the trash this week.

  1. Create an Excel Sheet in OneDrive with a table containing all of the names you need to randomize
  1. Go to Microsoft Power Automate and create a new flow
  2. Since I want it to run automatically I set it on a schedule
  1. Next we read the Excel file and figure out the number of rows
  1. We then create a variable that is a random number between 0 and [number of rows in the table]
Formula: rand(0,int(length(body(‘ListRows’)?[‘value’])))
  1. Then we get the name column form the row with the random number
Formula: body(‘ListRows’)?[‘value’]?[variables(‘RandomRow’)]
  1. Finally I sent the name in a notification
outputs(‘Compose’)?[‘Name’]

That is all… I will now get a notification with the name of the person that will take out the trash 🙂

Looking at OData in Excel

In Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations most of the data is represented in Entities which in turn are surfaced as OData feeds for used for integrations. If you need a raw look at the entity you can access the raw OData feed, unfortunately it is not easily readable for humans:

Excel to the rescue. In Excel go to Data – Get Data –  From Other Sources – From OData Feed

A lot more readable… right 🙂

That’s it for today

Problems using Excel Workbook Creator in AX “7”

We have started working with some customers who are looking into implementing The New Dynamics AX (aka AX 7) and one of the very useful features in AX are integration with the Microsoft Office. This has historically been done using an Office Addin which has been installed from the AX Install CD (of deployed by IT). In the new AX version this is done a little differently. You need to install a plugin from the Office Store (which I talk about here).

The other day one of my colleagues came to me and told me that it did work to use the Excel workbook creator… the login failed Sad smile. The login started, the user was redirected to our ADFS site and it was visible for a moment and then it was redirected to a blank place with the address: https://az689774.vo.msecnd.net/dynamicsofficeapp/v1.2.1.0/App/DynamicsApp.html#id_token

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This is an issue with Office and how Office handles ADFS logins according to this article. According to Microsoft this has been fixed in the 16.0.6868.2060  build of Office 2016. This build is at the moment (2016-05-20) only available for Office Insiders which means that if you are using Office 365 your admin needs to enable you for Current Channel and you need to reinstall Office. 

Links:

https://ax.help.dynamics.com/en/wiki/office-integration-troubleshooting/

Using Office Integration in Dynamics AX

Today one of my customer had trouble using the Excel Workbook Designer in Dynamics AX (“7”). He got the following error when he tried opening the workbook in Excel:

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The Error is No Applet Registration found

Turns out he had not installed Microsoft Dynamics Office Add-in which can be found here: https://store.office.com/microsoft-dynamics-office-add-in-WA104379629.aspx?assetid=WA104379629&sourcecorrid=a8afb77b-cfe0-4b70-baeb-f93fa38ad77b&searchapppos=0

Once this was install it worked great Smile

/Johan

Exporting to Excel in AX7

So, last week Microsoft released the RTW version of the new AX version called Microsoft Dynamics AX.

One of my colleagues was playing around with it a bit and bumped into a problem. When he tried to export to Excel he got the following:

The browser tries to connect to this address (and obviously this does not exist)

http://127.0.0.1:10000/devstoreaccount1/office-exports/

The reason for this is of course that the web app is trying to access the server on IP 127.0.0.1 port 10000 and since I am not doing this logged into the server console it will not work (it does work if i am logged in to the console)

To get this working you need to do these operations:

  1. On the server edit the file C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\Storage Emulator\AzureStorageEmulator.exe.config and change the IP to the correct address (or name)
  2. Edit the file C:\CustomerServiceUnit\DOBind\Packages\Cloud\AosWebApplication\AosWebApplication.csx\roles\AosWeb\approot\web.config and change <add key=”AzureStorage.StorageConnectionString” value=”UseDevelopmentStorage=true” /> to <add key=”AzureStorage.StorageConnectionString” value=”UseDevelopmentStorage=true;DevelopmentStorageProxyUri=http://YourLocalIP” />
  3. Open the tcp ports 10000, 10001 and 10002 to the server
  4. Links:
    https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Faxforum.info%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3Fp%3D325949 (with a little help from Google Translate)