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What License can I use after Power apps Plan 2 trial and how to setup/amend an environment

Hello there,

My org currently has a MS Power Apps Plan 2 Trial license. We also have MS E3 and Business Premium licenses.

 

Q1: Can I create an environment without additional charges? As far as I have read you can create a DB for it as well, IF there is space in your Apps storage?

 

Q2: Depending on the above outcome, what would be the purpose of my Dev environment? I see a preview of app Packaging is currently available but will soon require a license to utilise. If I cannot use this it would defeat the purpose for me to have a Dev environment.

 

Q3: Following the standard of Dev environments to UAT to Live, how do most implement a separate environment for apps?

 

Q4: Concerning the Dev environment, what type of environment would that be? Sandbox?

 

Q5: Lastly, is there any way to change an environments region post creation?

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Re: What License can I use after Power apps Plan 2 trial and how to setup/amend an environment

Hi @Ryn, see responses to your questions below:

  1. Yes as long as you have available space to create an environment. An new environment needs at least 1GB
  2. Not sure what you're referring to by "preview of app Packaging", but all the build tools and deployment tools comes out-of-the-box with CDS and its SDK. The Dev environment is where the source code and configuration should live. It's where developers and makers build and configure new functionality for your business and users. For more info I suggest looking at the environment strategy article: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/establishing-an-environment-strategy-for-microsoft-power-...
  3. See the environment strategy link above and the Power Platform ALM page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/alm/. In short, with CDS solutions, you promote and deploy changes to upstream environments (Test, UAT, Prod), all changes occur in Dev and not in the upstream envs. Power Platform platform does not differentiate between your Dev, UAT, Prod envs. Your organisation and SDLC process identifies the usage and process between those environments. 
  4. Sandbox or Production doesn't change anything in terms on functionality. With sandbox you can refresh, delete, etc whereas Production is more locked down. It used not be the case, but apparently the performance on a Production env would be better now. You can always switch with Sandbox or Production type. For more info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/environments-overview
  5. No, you would have to submit a Microsoft Support ticket at: https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/support\

Lots of info but hope this helps...

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Re: What License can I use after Power apps Plan 2 trial and how to setup/amend an environment

Hi @Ryn, see responses to your questions below:

  1. Yes as long as you have available space to create an environment. An new environment needs at least 1GB
  2. Not sure what you're referring to by "preview of app Packaging", but all the build tools and deployment tools comes out-of-the-box with CDS and its SDK. The Dev environment is where the source code and configuration should live. It's where developers and makers build and configure new functionality for your business and users. For more info I suggest looking at the environment strategy article: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/establishing-an-environment-strategy-for-microsoft-power-...
  3. See the environment strategy link above and the Power Platform ALM page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/alm/. In short, with CDS solutions, you promote and deploy changes to upstream environments (Test, UAT, Prod), all changes occur in Dev and not in the upstream envs. Power Platform platform does not differentiate between your Dev, UAT, Prod envs. Your organisation and SDLC process identifies the usage and process between those environments. 
  4. Sandbox or Production doesn't change anything in terms on functionality. With sandbox you can refresh, delete, etc whereas Production is more locked down. It used not be the case, but apparently the performance on a Production env would be better now. You can always switch with Sandbox or Production type. For more info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/environments-overview
  5. No, you would have to submit a Microsoft Support ticket at: https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/support\

Lots of info but hope this helps...

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Re: What License can I use after Power apps Plan 2 trial and how to setup/amend an environment

Excellent, Thank you @EricRegnier!

 

The licensing made sense the more I read yesterday. With the storage we have available would that same storage be used then with Dynamics 365 data in the CDS? Currently we are still on CRM 2011 and I can't help but think that if anyone starts creating entities or makes use of Out of the Box entities that these might  conflict, in time, conflict if and when we move to a newer and connected Dynamics instance.

Purely from a Maker point of view, I would need to have my App and it's components in a Dev environment. Then only permitting access to certain people hence asking if Sandbox or not. I wouldn't want to be having any app mailing anyone or sending notifications via teams etc. I would simply want it to execute in a contained environment with similar data that I have in my production environment.

 

The packaging I mentioned was what I read throughout the Environment management documents and moving an app from one environment to the other. They stated that packaging (pretty much like exporting an entire solution from CRM I guess) is only in preview (perhaps the post was a bit older) and only available to Power Plan 2 License holders.

 

One tiny question addition: Why would a person have the Center of Excellence starter kit in a different environment besides access to it etc? Is one able to monitor from one environment to another?

Thanks,

Ryn

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Re: What License can I use after Power apps Plan 2 trial and how to setup/amend an environment

Yep the CoE starter kit can monitor other environments. It's have some separation of concern between the environments and reduce the dependencies between the start kit and other customizations/solutions.

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