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bilalsh01
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Licenses to develop on a Sandbox environment

Hi All,

 

I am new to PowerApps. I started experimenting with a Trial environment building a canvas app. The app started evolving and after moving to a few different trail environments I got tired to exporting and importing the test data every 30 days. We have decided to provision a sandbox environment for development and UAT purposes until it is ready for production. We purchased the additional Database Storage Capacity and the we created the sandbox environment and imported the solution, canvas app and test data.  Once I fired up the app, it told me that I need to purchase the per app user license.

 

I thought the sandbox environment was intended for development and testing. Am I missing something? I could not find any documentation on this. Any help in pointing me in the right direction is appreciated.

 

Why I do we need purchase additional licenses to continue development? 

 

Thanks

Bilalsh01

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Hi @bilalsh01 ,

1)Default environment has 32G by default.

2)To create a new environment, you need at lest 1G rest of storage.

You need to buy storage based on your demands.

Except the storage, you need to buy powerapps license (per app/per user) based on your demands.

To develop app in powerapps, I'm afraid there's no better way.

 

 

Best regards,

Community Support Team _ Phoebe Liu
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Jeff_Thorpe
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You need to have a Power Apps Per User or Per App license.



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v-yutliu-msft
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Hi @bilalsh01 ,

The reason why you met this problem is that

1)different licenses have different permission on environments.

 

Who can create environments?

Your license determines whether you can create environments.

TABLE 1
License Trial Production
Microsoft 365 Plans No No
Dynamics 365 Teams Plans No No
Power Apps Community Plan No No
Dynamics 365 trial Yes (one) No
Dynamics 365 Plans Yes (one) Yes
Power Apps plan Yes (one) Yes
Power Apps trial Yes (one) Yes
Power Virtual Agents trial plan Yes No
Power Virtual Agents plan No Yes

 

2)different licenses have different permission on data sources

Could you tell me what data sources do you use in your solution and canvas app?

Please notice that if you use premium connector or gateway, you need to buy premium license( per app plan/ per user plan).

Per app plan and per user plan also have difference, you could choose based on your demands:

Per app plan
$10 user/app/month
Per user plan
$40 user/month
Run custom apps
Build and run custom apps 2 apps and 1 portal Unlimited3
What’s included
Connect to your data Use pre-built and custom connectors
Use on-premises connectors and gateway
Store and manage data Create and access custom entities
Use Common Data Service 50 MB database capacity4 250 MB database capacity4
400 MB file capacity4 2 GB file capacity4
Execute workflows Power Automate use rights (including premium connectors)5
Asynchronous and custom real-time workflows

 

 

Best regards,

Community Support Team _ Phoebe Liu
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Thank you very much for the info and the help.

 

To answer your questions:

1) I have Power Apps Plan 2 Trial through my O365 Business Standard subscription. 

2) Regarding the data sources, I am using CDS only.

 

But to clarify the ask here, I do not have a problem in creating environments. My question is about cost of developing apps on the PowerPlatform.

In other words, to create a Sandbox environment I will have to purchase at least 2 database storage capacity subscriptions (one for the default environment and the second for the sandbox environment), so that's at least $80 per month. Then on top of that of that I still have to purchase a Per App plan which is another $10 per month per developer.

 

That's $90 per month just to start developing the app. If we are 2 developers working on the project, that's $100 per month.

That's a lot!

Is my understanding correct, or am I missing something here?

Also, is there a more cost effective way to do develop on the PowerPlatform?

 

Thanks

Bilalsh01

Hi @bilalsh01 ,

1)Default environment has 32G by default.

2)To create a new environment, you need at lest 1G rest of storage.

You need to buy storage based on your demands.

Except the storage, you need to buy powerapps license (per app/per user) based on your demands.

To develop app in powerapps, I'm afraid there's no better way.

 

 

Best regards,

Community Support Team _ Phoebe Liu
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

Ok thank you for your reply and confirmation @v-yutliu-msft.

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