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Adding New Users to Allow Access to Power Apps Portals Admin Center

Post Author: Joe D365 |

A common issue for new Power Apps Portals deployments is that you may need to have multiple internal employees that need admin level access to the Power Apps Portals admin center. These users would need this level of access to perform common Portal Actions, including:

  • Restart the portal
  • Update Dynamics 365 URL
  • Install Project Service Automation Extension
  • Install Field Service extension for partner portals
  • Get Public Key
  • Get latest metadata translations for multi-lingual portals
  • Enable/Disable custom errors
  • Enable Diagnostic logging to Azure blob storage
  • Reset Portal
  • Change base URL
  • Enable/Disable maintenance mode

Typically, only the original user that provisioned the portal will have access to the admin center – unless additional Azure Active Directory (AAD) users are added. In today’s blogpost, we’ll walk through the process of adding users. Enjoy!


First, the user that originally provisioned the portal will need to go to the admin center to get the Azure Application ID specific to this portal. This ID will be unique to each portal instance that is attached to a Dynamics CE/CDS environment.

1. Navigate to the Power Platform admin center at: https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/environments

2. Click the ellipsis menu. Select Resources > Portals

3. On the list of portals, select the ellipsis menu and click Manage.

4. On the Power Apps Portals admin center page, make a note of the Application ID. You should be able to copy this to your clipboard.

Note: These next steps will need to be performed by an Office 365 global administrator or someone with access to update Azure AD.

  1. Navigate to https://portal.azure.com/#home
  2. From the left navigation, select Azure Active Directory
  3. Next select App Registrations
    1. In the Search box, you can paste in the Application ID captured in Step 4 to find the correct App Registration.
  4. Click the Application name
  5. From the left navigation within the app, select Owners from the list.
  6. Click + Add owners
  7. Search for the additional owners in the Azure AD that you want to add and click Save.


This process will allow you to provide access to the Power Apps Portals admin center to additional Active Directory users. It’s important to point out that this process does NOT grant any access to administer the portal content, it only grants access to the admin center for the Azure web service that hosts the web site.

Happy D365’ing!

By Joe D365
Joe D365 is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 superhero who runs on pure Dynamics adrenaline. As the face of PowerObjects, Joe D365’s mission is to reveal innovative ways to use Dynamics 365 and bring the application to more businesses and organizations around the world.

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