PowerApps and Common Data Service for Apps – Create Environment

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The Common Data Service for Apps (CDS for Apps) is a way to build rich applications built as implemented by the Common Data Model (CDM) utilizing PowerApps. When you develop an app, you can use the standard base entities and build your own custom entities. From there, you can leverage business rules, business process flows, workflows and extend through code.

To administer PowerApps environments, go to https://admin.powerapps.com/environments. You will see:

This shows some of your instances available, in this case I have some version 9.0 Dynamics 365 instances. Note it is planned that this interface will migrate to admin.dynamics.com.

Selecting one of these, we can see details on the instance, i.e. name, created, region etc

Clicking on Security we see:

And we can view the list of users. You can see security is managed by Dynamics 365:

Click to create an environment. Note the options for Trial and Production:

Click Create Database:

And select your currency and language:

Once created, you will see the new environment listed:

Selecting the new instance, you may see “provisioning database”:

And finally the environment will complete:

Opening the Dynamics 365 Admin Center, we see:

Which opens a Dynamics 365 instance:

With the following (basic) menu option:

And the solutions loaded:

The current version of the instance is shown as “Common Data Service”:

Heading to https://web.powerapps.com we can select our new deployment and see the entities created, as per the CDM:

Selecting Fields from Account, for example, we see:

And Data:

At this point, we have easily created the base for building apps. In later posts we will go through creating and customizing apps.


Carl de Souza is a developer and architect focusing on Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power BI, Azure, and AI.

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