Module 12: Integration with Office

Lesson 2: Practice Lab – Build an Excel template


You are a functional consultant for Contoso building a knowledge assessment application for you client Fabrikam. You need to configure a template so that managers without much experience in Excel or the knowledge assessment application can generate an Excel report of test scores. In this lab, you will create an Excel template from a view, upload the template and use it against data about knowledge test results.

Important Note: This lab will provide you with an actual Office 365 tenant and licenses for the Power platform applications you will be using in this course. You will only be provided with one tenant for the practice labs in this course. The settings and actions you take within this tenant do not roll-back or reset. Whereas the virtual machine you are provided with does reset each time you close the lab session. What’s more, Office 365 is evolving all the time. The instructions in this document may be different from what you experience in your actual Office 365 tenant. It is also possible to experience a delay of several minutes before the virtual machine has network connectivity to begin the labs.

Exercise 1 - Acquire Tenant Information and Connect

Note: If you have already completed a practice recently, the virtual machine might pick up where you left off and you will not need to login again.  In that case you can skip ahead to exercise two and resume.

Task 1 – Connect to the Power platform administration portal

  1. On Virtual machine MB200-Dynamics_Lab, sign in as Admin with the password Pa55w.rd if you are not already logged in.

  2. Outside the VM in the online lab interface click Files and choose D365 Credentials. This will allocate an Office 365 tenant for you to use in these labs.  It will display the admin email and password for your tenant.  You should copy this information to notepad or similar for your reference.

  3. In MB200-Dynamics_Lab launch Microsoft Edge from the taskbar. By default, the browser opens Office 365. Use the O365 credentials you just acquired in the previous step to login.

  4. Navigate in the browser to the Power platform admin portal at .

Exercise 2 – Build an Excel template

In this exercise, you will build an Excel template for the Knowledge Test Result entity.

Task 1 – Create View

In this task, you will create a new view for the Knowledge Test Result entity.

  1. Navigate to

  2. Check the Environment selector in the upper right corner to make sure you are NOT in the Default environment. You should be in an environment that is named like Contoso(crm200) and not Contoso(Default).

  3. Expand Solutions on the left navigation

  4. Click to open the Knowledge Management Solution.

  5. Locate and click to open the Knowledge Test Results.

  6. Select the Views tab and click Add View.

  7. Enter Excel Template View for Name and click Create.

  8. Change the Fields pane to show All fields.

  9. Select the fields listed below:
    • Knowledge Assessment
    • Total Points
    • Created On
    • Owner
  10. Click Save.

  11. Click Publish.

  12. Close the view editor browser tab.

  13. Click Done.

Task 2 – Create the Excel Template

In this task, you will be creating an Excel worksheet with a Pivot Chart on Knowledge Test Results.

  1. Select Apps.

  2. Locate and click on the Knowledge Admin application.

  3. Click on the Site Map button and select Knowledge Test Results.

  4. Click on the Excel Template button locate on the command bar and select Download Template.

  5. Make sure Knowledge Test Result is selected for Entity and select Excel Template View for View.

  6. Click Download.

  7. Wait for the template to be downloaded and click then click Open.

  8. Click Enable Editing.

  9. Select the Insert tab and click Pivot Table.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Click Pivot Chart.

  12. Select Column and click OK.

  13. Go to the Pivot Fields pane and select Total Points and Owner.

  14. Right click on the Pivot table and select Pivot Table Options.

  15. Select the Data tab.

  16. Check the Refresh Data… checkbox and click OK.

  17. Click File and click Save As.

  18. Save the file on your machine and name it Knowledge Test Result Template.

  19. Close the Excel file.

Exercise 3 – Upload and Use Excel Template

In this exercise, you will upload the template you created and test it

Task 1 – Upload Template

In this task, you will upload the template you created

  1. Go to your Knowledge Admin Model-Driven application ( ->Apps).

  2. Click on the Site Map button and select Knowledge Test Results.

  3. Click on the Excel Template button located on the command bar and select Upload Template.

  4. Click Browse.

  5. Select the template you created and click Open.

  6. Click Upload.

Task 2 – Use Excel Template

In this task, you will create a new Knowledge Test Result record and test the template you created

  1. Click + New.

  2. Enter New Test Result for Primary Name, select one of the available Knowledge Test Result for Knowledge Assessment, enter 980 for Total Points and click Save and Close.

  3. Click on the Excel Template button located on the command bar and select the Knowledge Test Result Template you uploaded.

  4. Click Download a Copy.

  5. Wait for the download to complete and click Open.

  6. Select Sheet1 and make sure the new record is in the table.