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.

Provisioning a new environment

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

For information on making this choice, see the blog (please check back for link).

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 (Dynamics 365 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
PowerApps P2 Yes (one) Yes
PowerApps P2 Trial Yes (one) Yes
PowerApps P1 Yes (one) Yes
PowerApps P1 Trial Yes (one) No
Dynamics 365 Plans Yes (one) Yes
Office 365 Plans No No
Dynamics 365 Apps Plans Yes (one) Yes
Dynamics 365 Teams Plans No No
PowerApps Community Plan No No

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 with Customer Engagement apps
  3. 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 (Dynamics 365 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 Dynamics 365 apps 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 Dynamics 365 apps for this setting to appear.
    Security group Select a security group to restrict access to this environment.

Create an environment with Customer Engagement apps

When you create an environment with a database, you can add Customer Engagement apps such as Sales and Field 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 (Dynamics 365 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 Enable Dynamics 365 apps 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 (Dynamics 365 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.