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razec18
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Power Automate Desktop - Docker

Guys, it is really common to install PAD in VMs.
I wanted to know if any of you already tried to install PAD in Docker / Kubernetes.

Is it possible?

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Well, Containers are certainly cheaper when they are serverless, yes. But... there is no way PAD would work in a serverless environment; even if you could ship it as part of your container, there's no way it could run without a windows runtime and drivers and all the underlying dependencies of PAD. 

 

Theoretically, you can run Selenium in a Serverless environment (this blog walks through it in a rather primitive use case), and PAD runs Selenium, so I guess theoretically it might be possible in some fashion... but really, whatever money you're saving that way has got to be eclipsed by the work it would take to make it happen.

 

Maybe just spin down your VMs at all times when not in use to keep that cost in check.

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cchannon
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I haven't tried, but I would not be optimistic. Docker containers are isolated blocks of code and functionality, independent of their executing context or host. That makes it seem fairly likely that you'd have problems adding the registry keys or whatever else PAD needs to interact with drivers to operate the mouse, keyboard, etc.

 

Why not just make a VM image in Azure or AWS or whatever you're using and deploy it out as part of that image rather than trying to containerize it?

razec18
Helper III
Helper III

Oh, I already have some VM images in Azure. The thing is................... Cost

Docker / Containers are cheaper 😜

Well, Containers are certainly cheaper when they are serverless, yes. But... there is no way PAD would work in a serverless environment; even if you could ship it as part of your container, there's no way it could run without a windows runtime and drivers and all the underlying dependencies of PAD. 

 

Theoretically, you can run Selenium in a Serverless environment (this blog walks through it in a rather primitive use case), and PAD runs Selenium, so I guess theoretically it might be possible in some fashion... but really, whatever money you're saving that way has got to be eclipsed by the work it would take to make it happen.

 

Maybe just spin down your VMs at all times when not in use to keep that cost in check.

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