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ca2020
Helper I
Helper I

Triggering desktop flow from cloud - no action in list to select run desktop flow

Hi I have a desktop flow and I just want to trigger it from a cloud flow on a recurring basis. Looks simple but when I look for the action shown in this url https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/desktop-flows/link-pad-flow-portal I do not have an option to select a 'Run a flow built with Power Automate for desktop' , I just have power automate management icons.

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What could be the problem is it possibly a licence issue? The licenses showing for this user account are:

 

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Any help appreciated. Thanks

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Rhiassuring
Super User
Super User

Someone else can correct me if I'm off base, but, what you're trying to do here is run a Desktop Flow unattended. Which is not permitted by your license. 

Attended means you go and start it yourself each time. Unattended means you're triggering it to go off on its own.

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/guidance/planning/attended-unattended

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ca2020
Helper I
Helper I

Hi I'm looking for advice on what I need to have changed to enable me to do the above. The license for this computer says it has Premium in the list but it does not list the connector I wish to use so I need to know what needs adding / enabling to show the connector for 'Run a flow built with Power Automate for desktop'. Thanks

Rhiassuring
Super User
Super User

Having premium connectors is one thing, but running a flow unattended is another. They are separate things. It's confusing, I agree. 

You need a license to run a Desktop flow unattended, AND premium, as far as I can tell. 

 

Basically when you purchase a license for an unattended flow, you are purchasing a bot. I wish they would just word it that way. Each additional bot is an additional license.


"Note, the Power Automate unattended RPA add-on is licensed by bot. Concurrent instances of a singular
process require an additional unattended bot for each instance – multiple unattended RPA add-ons can
be applied against a qualifying base license."

 

And then you have pricing algebra to do around which licensing will work best...

 

https://powerautomate.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/


And as always I will tag my favourite PAD user, @VJR, in case I am spouting nonsense. 

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VJR
Multi Super User
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I have a trial license for Cloud Flows and no premium licenses and I do see the "Run a desktop Flow (Premium)" connector. So yes it is confusing :).

 

A couple of weeks ago a user had the exact same issue and was suddenly able to see the same option later. So looks like some issue "in the cloud" :).

Solved: Cant find "Run a flow" action in the cloud? Missin... - Power Platform Community (microsoft....

 

 

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