About Trial environments

Currently, you can create two types of Common Data Service environments: Trial or production. A Trial environment is useful for trying out model-driven apps in Dynamics 365, such as Dynamics 365 Sales and Customer Service, at no cost. Trial environments expire after 30 days.

Open the Environments page to see the environment types you have and the upcoming expiration date for Trial environments:

Power Apps environments

Convert a Trial environment to production

While using the Trial environment, if you created resources you want to retain longer than 30 days, convert the Trial to a production environment.

If you have 1GB of available database capacity, you can convert a Trial environment to production. You might need to free up or purchase additional capacity if the Trial database exceeds 1GB. To determine the size of the Trial database see: Common Data Service storage capacity.

Follow these steps to convert a Trial environment to a production environment:

  1. Go to https://admin.powerapps.com/environments, and sign in as an admin.

  2. Open the Environments page, and select the Trial environment you want to convert to production:

    Select Trial environment

  3. On the Details tab, select Convert:

    Select Convert

  4. Select Confirm:

    Select Confirm

If your environment has a database, it might take several hours to convert to a production environment. You can monitor the progress through the notification on the Details tab:

Conversion started

Frequently asked questions

Who can convert a Trial environment to a production environment?

If you have 1GB of available database capacity, you can convert a Trial environment to production. You might need to free up or purchase additional capacity if the Trial database exceeds 1GB. To determine the size of the Trial database see: Common Data Service storage capacity.

What if I don’t have available quota for production environments?

Contact your Office 365 Global admin or Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant admin to:

  • Assign a Power Apps plan to you.
  • Locate another user who has available production environment quota.

You can also purchase a Power Apps plan.

Can every Office 365 Global admin or Azure AD tenant admin convert a Trial environment to a production environment?

No. Global admins and Azure AD tenant admins need to have available quota for production environments to be able to convert a Trial environment to a production environment.

How can I retain my data and resources if I don’t have a way to convert the Trial environment to a production environment?

You can export your resources and data to another environment. If you want to retain them for a longer time, we recommend you create a production environment or an individual environment (with Power Apps Community Plan) and export your resources to that environment.

Here are some guidelines for exporting resources.

Type of resource in the environment How do I export it?
Apps (canvas and model-driven) and flows You can use packaging to export apps and flows from one environment.
Data in the database (Common Data Service environment) You have multiple options:

We delete Trial environments that haven’t had any activity in the environment databases for 30 days.

How can I create a production or an individual environment?

You need to have a Power Apps plan that provides production environment creation.

You can create an individual environment by signing up for the Power Apps Community Plan. Note that there are restrictions on sharing apps in individual environments—these environments are meant for personal use only.

How do I identify my plan(s)?

To determine your plan(s), select the Gear icon (Gear icon) in the upper-right corner of the Power Apps site, and then select Plan(s).

Select Plans

See also

Administer environments in Power Apps
Environments overview
Choose the right plans for your team
Licensing overview