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Solution Checker

With everything moving to the Power Platform, Dynamics 365 has become much more than just a CRM platform.  Many of the tasks and objects that you had worked within Dynamics 365 in the past (such as entities, forms, views, global option sets, solutions, etc.) have become available on the PowerApps portal.  While you're still able to work with these features within D365, you can  also navigate to the PowerApps portal and work with them there as well.

As we're getting more comfortable living in this brave new world, there's more and more features we're finding.  One such feature is the Solution Checker, which you must first install before being able to use.  To install, navigate to Solutions, and at the top of the grid you'll see Solution checker.  Click on that, and then click on Install.

This will take you to a PowerApps Checker page, where you'll need to click on Free Trial and Continue to the terms of use and privacy settings.  You'll then be taken to another page to add the app to D365 where you need to again agree to the terms and privacy statement to continue.

You'll be redirected to the D365 Admin Center where you can see all the installed solutions, including the PowerApps Checker and the status of the install.  It should take about 30 minutes to install.

Once the install is complete, back in the Power Platform portal, you'll then be able to Select a Solution -> Click the ellipses -> Solution Checker -> Run.  You'll see a notification when Solution Checker is running at the top of the page, and in the Solution check column

When it's complete, you'll notice the status on the solution is updated, and you'll be able to download the results (they're exported to both CSV and XLSX format).

If your solution is fine, you'll be notified as such in the results.  Otherwise, they'll indicate what you need to look at and address.  Below are a couple examples of what the results file could look like.

There are a lot of rules that the Solution Check runs against, such as checking for Xrm.Page references in JavaScript and advising to update them to using getFormContext instead.

Another example is if you have an OnLoad event on a Form, but you have the wrong JavaScript file selected. The JavaScript will still work since the file selected is really just to establish a dependency, but it will call those out for you so you can go set up the proper dependencies.

Note that the Solution Checker actually ends up downloading a copy of the solution to Azure to run the checks against.  Therefore, there will be certain solutions you won't be able to run this against (such as Managed Solutions).  Also, if you are using Patch Solutions and have a patch currently cloned, the Solution Checker will not be able to scan the Base Solution - it can only scan the Patch Solution.


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