Create and manage environments in the Power Platform Admin center

An environment is a space to store, manage, and share your organization’s business data, apps, and flows. It also serves as a container to separate apps that may have different roles, security requirements, or target audiences. PowerApps automatically creates a single default environment for each tenant, which is shared by all users in that tenant.

Tip

For the blog announcing the latest changes to environment creation, see Provisioning and administration updates are now live in the Power Platform Admin center.

Provisioning a new environment

You have a choice when provisioning a new environment. You can:

What's new in provisioning environments

We're consolidating how you view, create, and manage environments.

  • Environments can now be provisioned in the Power Platform Admin center: You can create environments in the Power Platform Admin center. Previously, environments could only be created in the Dynamics 365 Admin center and the PowerApps Admin center.
  • Admins can govern environment creation: To limit environment creation to admins (Service admins, Office 365 Global admins, or Delegated admins), see Control who can create environments in the Power Platform Admin center. Previously, limiting was done by controlling who had PowerApps P2 licenses.
  • Admins can see all environments: Admins can see all environments (environments with and without a database, and environments with apps) in the Power Platform Admin center. Previously, admins could not see environments created without a database.
  • Trial environment provisioning: You can create one Trial environment per user. Previously, you could create two per user.

Who can create environments?

Your license determines whether you can create environments.

License Trial Production
Office 365 Plans No No
Dynamics 365 Teams Plans No No
PowerApps Community Plan No No
Dynamics 365 Trial Yes (one) Yes
Dynamics 365 Plans Yes (one) Yes
Dynamics 365 Apps Plans Yes (one) Yes
PowerApps plan Yes (one) Yes
PowerApps Trial Yes (one) Yes

Create an environment in the Power Platform Admin center

Every environment can have zero or one Common Data Service database, which provides storage for apps. When users create an app in an environment, that app can connect to any data source, including connections, gateways, and flows. However, the app is only permitted to connect to the Common Data Service databases in that same environment. How you choose to leverage environments depends on your organization and the apps you're trying to build. For more information, see Environments overview.

You have multiple options when creating an environment:

  1. Create an environment with a Common Data Service database
  2. Create an environment without a Common Data Service database

Create an environment with a database

You create a database to use Common Data Service as a data store. The Common Data Service is a cloud scale database used to securely store data for business applications built on PowerApps. Common Data Service provides not just data storage, but a way to implement business logic that enforces business rules and automation against the data. For more information, see Why use Common Data Service?

Prerequisites

To create an environment with a database, you need 1GB available database capacity.

Steps

  1. Sign in to the Power Platform Admin center at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com as an admin (Service admin, Office 365 Global admin, or Delegated admin).

  2. In the navigation pane, select Environments, and then select New.

  3. Enter the following, and then select Next.

    Setting Description
    Name The name of your environment.
    Type You can choose Production or Trial.
    Region Choose a region for the environment.
    Purpose A description of the environment.
    Create a database for this environment? Select Yes.

  4. Enter the following, and then select Save.

    Setting Description
    Language The default language for this environment.
    Currency The base currency used for reporting.
    Enable model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 Select Yes and make a selection to automatically deploy apps such as Sales and Customer Service.
    Deploy sample apps and data Select Yes to include sample apps and data. Sample data gives you something to experiment with as you learn. You must select No for Enable model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 for this setting to appear.
    Security group Select a security group to restrict access to this environment.

Create an environment and add model-driven apps

When you create an environment with a database, you can add model-driven apps in Dynamics 365, such as Dynamics 365 Sales and Customer Service.

Note

Currently, apps can only be enabled for Production environments. You can create trials at https://trials.dynamics.com.

Prerequisites

To create an environment with a database, you need 1GB available database capacity.

Steps

  1. Sign in to the Power Platform Admin center at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com as an admin (Service admin, Office 365 Global admin, or Delegated admin).

  2. In the navigation pane, select Environments, and then select New.

  3. Enter the following, and then select Next.

    Setting Description
    Name The name of your environment.
    Type You can choose Production or Trial.
    Region Choose a region for the environment.
    Purpose A description of the environment.
    Create a database for this environment? Select Yes.

  4. Enter the language and currency settings.

  5. Set model-driven apps in Dynamics 365 to Yes, and then select apps to include from the Automatically deploy these apps drop-down list.

  6. Select Save.

Create an environment without a database

You can create an environment without a database and use your own data store.

Prerequisites

You need 1GB available database capacity.

Steps

  1. Sign in to the Power Platform Admin center at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com as an admin (Service admin, Office 365 Global admin, or Delegated admin).

  2. In the navigation pane, select Environments, and then select New.

  3. Enter the following, and then select Save.

    Setting Description
    Name The name of your environment.
    Type You can choose Production or Trial.
    Region Choose a region for the environment.
    Purpose A description of the environment.
    Create a database for this environment? Select No.

Provision a Sandbox environment

To provision a Sandbox environment, you change a Production environment to Sandbox.

  1. Sign in to the Power Platform Admin center at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com as an admin (Service admin, Office 365 Global admin, or Delegated admin).

  2. From the left-side menu, select Environments, and then select a Production environment.

  3. Select Edit

  4. Under Type, choose the Sandbox environment type.

  5. Select Save.

FAQ

I’m a Dynamics 365 customer. Should I provision using the Dynamics 365 Admin center or Power Platform Admin center?

Power Platform Admin center provisioning is only available for customers who have transitioned to the new capacity-based licenses. If you have not transitioned, please use the Dynamics 365 Admin center for provisioning.

What are the new Trial limits for PowerApps customers?

The new trial limits are one per user.

Can an Office 365 licensed user manage and create environments?

No, Office 365 licensed users will not be able to manage environments.

If I create an environment in the Dynamics 365 Admin center, will it appear in the Power Platform Admin center?

Yes it will appear in both admin centers.

What is the PowerApps Production environment limit?

Provisioning environments is based on database capacity. Previously, it was two environments per PowerApps Plan 2 license. Now all you need is 1GB of available capacity to provision. All environments with or without Common Data Service will consume at least 1GB capacity.

See also

Manage environments in PowerApps
Preview: Common Data Service storage capacity