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Configuring Teams

In this step, we will be guided through the steps necessary to connect and configure Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams for proper integration
In this step, we will be guided through the steps necessary to connect and configure Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams for proper integration.

For users to be able to use the Dynamics 365 integration with Microsoft Teams in your environment you must complete some pre-work.

The following are the high-level steps to enable the integration for users:

  • In Dynamics 365 system settings enable the Microsoft Teams preview.

  • From Microsoft Teams, install the Dynamics 365 Teams App.

  • Create teams and configure a tab to connect to a CDS record.

Requirements

You must have one or more Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps version 9.0 or later in the CDS environment, you are configuring. The integration is not currently supported in CDS environments that do not have a Dynamics 365 app.

As of this writing, some features such as viewing and associating files and the Dynamics 365 bot are only available in North America.

Installing the Teams App

The Dynamics 365 app for Microsoft Teams can be installed by clicking on the Store link from within the Microsoft Teams application. It will also be installed if you add a tab to a team channel and select Dynamics 365.

Once the app is selected for installation you will see the following dialogue prompting you to configure the installation.

A screenshot of the Dynamics 365 app for Teams, with the ‘Add for You’ and ‘Add to a team’ options set to ‘Yes’

The app can be installed for the current user only or for the team. If installed for personal use, the team can be added later. If you choose to add to a team now, you will see a list of teams you can add a Dynamics 365 tab to.

If someone hasn’t already done a permission consent for the organization, you will be prompted to accept the permissions requested by the app.

Next, you will see a prompt to select an available CDS environment (or Org) that you want to connect to for linking a record in Microsoft Teams to the CDS record. You will also choose the Unified Interface app module that you want to be loaded in the tab in the Microsoft Teams app. This choice is important because it will determine what views and forms are shown for the record linked.

For example, if you were implementing sales collaboration on opportunity records, choosing the Sales Hub app would be the logical choice. The following is an example of that dialogue.

A screenshot of the Dynamics 365 app for Teams configuration screen, with Organisation and App Module options, highlighted, and the Save button greyed out

Next, you will be prompted to select the record to link the Microsoft Team tab to CDS. You can search for records and use the filter by drop-down to limit it to only specific entities.

A screenshot of the Dynamics 365 app for Teams configuration screen, with the option to select the record to link the Microsoft Team tab to CDS

This is the same process you go through if you start from an existing Teams channel and click the + to add a tab and select Dynamics 365. You can also start this process from one of the following entities in Dynamics 365 and it will take you to Teams to finish the configuration:

  • Account

  • Annotation

  • Appointment

  • Business unit

  • Campaign

  • Category

  • Competitor

  • Contact

  • Email

  • Incident

  • KB article

  • Knowledge article

  • Lead

  • Opportunity

  • Opportunity product

  • Product

  • Quote

  • Sales order

  • Task

  • Team

Configuring the Dynamics 365 bot

The bot becomes available once you have installed the Dynamics 365 app into Microsoft Teams. You access it from the Chat navigation and by attempting to chat to Dynamics 365.

The first time it is used it will prompt you to configure your environment information. Once users have connected to an environment they can issue commands like ‘What are my opportunities?’. They can get help on the available commands by clicking the What can I do link.

A screenshot of the Dynamics 365 bot configuration, with the drop-down next to “What can I do?” highlighted

To change the app or the org the bot is connected to you can simply issue change org or change app.

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