Recurrence in Flow

Recurrence is one of the most used start actions for a lot of workflows. That is why it is really cool that Microsoft Flow has a trigger for that.

Options
Frequency:

It has a frequency setting. You can choose between day, minute, hour or second.

Interval:

This is the amount of the frequency you have already set. So it could be 30 in the case of 30 minutes and 1 in the case of 1 day, etcetera.

Advanced options: When you click the "Show advanced options" link on the bottom of the trigger, you will get a couple more options:

Time zone:

You can make sure to select your time zone here. This has to do with the start time. You do not want to run a Flow too early or too late, so this is a great addition.

Start time:

The start time is the start time of when your Flow will start the recurrence. If you want to start it from the 1st of january 2018, this is a great option. It's also a great option if you want to set a time, for instance if you want to start a script every day at midnight.

The problem

There is a problem though: the time zone option doesn't work right now. I have tried it and the workaround I have found is to always use the UTC time as a start time. Here, in the Netherlands, it's UTC+2. To make sure a recurrence happens at the right moment I leave the time zone option blank and I set the start time to the Dutch time zone minus 2 hours. That works like a charm.

When daylight saving time (DST) ends, I probably have to change the recurrence to the Dutch time zone minus 1 instead of minus 2, but I think the Flow Team will have solved the bug by then!

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