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Greg27
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Trial Version of Power Apps

What does it mean to have the trial version of Power Apps? We are planning on replacing InfoPath forms and SharePoint workflows with Power Apps and Power Automate. Currently, we are only going to use SharePoint lists to store data for all of our Power Apps.

 

Or... do we need to purchase a license for Power Platform that gives us the right to use both Power Apps and power Platform?

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Pstork1
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CDS reserves 1 GB by default, but you can't use CDS as a data source without a premium license.

  • Yes you can create apps and flows that use SharePoint as a data source with only an A3 license
  • No, the storage in the Power Platform admin center won't restrict your ability to create apps and flows in the default environment.  It will limit whether you can create additional environments for things like QA or Development.
  • No you don't need to create an environment. The default environment is where your regular apps and flows will be stored unless you create additional environments. Power apps and flows created in Teams use a specific environment that is created for each Team.  The Teams environments will also show up there but you don't need to do anything about them.  They will be created automatically.


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Pstork1
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The trial license provides access to premium connectors for 30 days.  After the trial you would need a per User or per App license to use the premium connectors. Office 365 includes a license for Power Apps that will cover use of SharePoint Online.  However, if your SharePoint is on-premises then you would also need a remove gateway, which is another premium feature.  If you are only going to use SharePoint online lists as a data source then you don't need a trial license.  



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Greg27
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@Pstork1 We have an O365 A3 license, but apparently have a trial version of Power Apps. I am still trying to figure out what we need. We use SharePoint online for Microsoft Teams and will use Microsoft online for Power Apps and Power Automate, but when I look at the Power Platform admin center, under Resources, and under Capacity, it shows that we have Database: 1 of 1 GB used and Files: 875.2 of 0 MB used. Not sure how to find out what database is using the 1 GB we have and what files are taking up storage we don't have.

 

Is there any resources that talk about how Power Platform admin center is tied to and affected by SharePoint online and Microsoft Teams?

Pstork1
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The database is a Common Data Services database that is automatically created in the default environment for the Power Platform.  It is used for things like Approvals.  If you want to use it for more than that you would need a premium license since CDS is a premium data source.  There is also a version of CDS available inside Teams which only requires a Teams license.  I suspect someone in your tenant signed up for a trial license at some point.  Otherwise there should be any usage of the Files database.  Here is information about environments.

Environments overview - Power Platform | Microsoft Docs



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Greg27
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So we don't have access to the CDS? Is it 1 GB by default? Seems huge for us just getting started.

So, here are my questions:

- Is an A3 license enough to create Power App forms and Power Automate workflows using SharePoint lists?

- Does the storage in the Power Platform admin center affect our ability to create forms and workflows? We don't have any Database, file, and log storage available, but I was able to create and save a Power App.

- Do we need to create an environment? It shows a default environment, but not sure what that is used for. Before we started using the Power Platform we only used SharePoint online for Teams and I am not sure if something that was setup in SharePoint for Teams, would show up in the Power Platform admin center.

 

Pstork1
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CDS reserves 1 GB by default, but you can't use CDS as a data source without a premium license.

  • Yes you can create apps and flows that use SharePoint as a data source with only an A3 license
  • No, the storage in the Power Platform admin center won't restrict your ability to create apps and flows in the default environment.  It will limit whether you can create additional environments for things like QA or Development.
  • No you don't need to create an environment. The default environment is where your regular apps and flows will be stored unless you create additional environments. Power apps and flows created in Teams use a specific environment that is created for each Team.  The Teams environments will also show up there but you don't need to do anything about them.  They will be created automatically.


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Thanks for the help.

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