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Common Data Service
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Do you want to learn how to build solutions that can leverage a standardized data structure and work with other solutions sharing the same data model? Do you want to extend the standard model to support custom solutions? This learning path will explain the concepts behind and benefits of Common Data Service. Creating an environment, entities, fields and options sets are also discussed.

This learning path can help you prepare for the Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate certification.


Many of the capabilities and exercises within this learning path require you to be a member of the Administrator Role in an environment and you must have a valid Power Apps license. If you have not been added to the Administrator Role or do not have Power Apps license assigned to you, you should create a personal environment by accessing the Community Power Apps plan and setting up a personal environment by following the directions referenced in the summary section of the first module. The Community plan will allow you to use one environment (your Developer environment), create an instance Of Common Data Service and access all capabilities of a Power Apps license.

Restrictions - The Community Power Apps plan lets you try out aspects of Power Apps and Common Data Service but you cannot use it for productions solutions and you cannot publish and share any Power Apps you create in this environment.

Modules in this learning path

Learn about the basics of Common Data Service and explore ways you can connect and customize data connections to Power Platform applications.

An environment is a space to store, manage, and share your organization's business data that is stored within an instance of a Common Data Service database. You can set up one or many environments, depending on the needs of your organization. This module explores these environments and how you can use them with instances of Common Data Service databases.

Common Data Service entities are similar to tables in a database. Every instance of a Common Data Service database includes a base set of entities that provide structure for data that is commonly used by business applications.

Do you want to create new data fields or leverage exiting standardized fields for your business solutions? This module will show you how to manage or create new fields within an entity in Common Data Service.

Do you want to create standardized choice lists that you can use across all of your Power Apps? This module will show you how to create new or use standard choice lists called option sets in Common Data Service.

Common Data Service lets you load data into or export entities from other entities by using Microsoft Excel. You can also create views to quickly review data that is stored within an entity.