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How to Set up Power Automate Desktop on Virtual Machines

by Ant Sh
How to Set up Power Automate Desktop on Virtual Machines

Great News! Anders Jensen, a prominent RPA teacher from Denmark, has started his PL-500 Microsoft Power Automate RPA Developer course on YouTube. All 48 lessons, 20 hours, around the design, development, and deployment of Power Automate solutions will be available during the following months.

This week, he released the first double lesson about setting up Power Automate robots on Azure VMs. According to Anders, by the end of the video, you will have the knowledge and skills to automate your tasks and improve your workflow with Power Automate Desktop on a virtual machine.

Here is the time code to describe all the steps you are going to pass:

00:13 Set Up an Azure Virtual Machine
This step-by-step tutorial teaches you how to set up an Azure virtual machine to run Power Automate Desktop. In this chapter, you will learn how to create a new Azure virtual machine by navigating to portal.azure.com and following the instructions to choose a region, select an image, set up a username and password, and configure public inbound ports. By the end of this chapter, you’ll have your virtual Windows 11 machine up and running, ready for the next steps in the setup process.

7:53 Set Up Power Automate Machine Runtime
You will learn how to install the Power Automate Machine Runtime on your virtual machine, essential for running Power Automate Desktop flows. First, you must open a browser on your virtual machine and search for the Power Automate Desktop installer. After downloading and running the installer, you will select the Machine Runtime app to install. We will also show you how to enable browser extensions and Java for UI automation.

11:38 Create a Power Automate Desktop flow
Create a simple Power Automate Desktop flow to test that everything works correctly.

15:18 Run Desktop Flows from Power Automate Cloud
In Power Automate Cloud, use the Run a flow built with Power Automate Desktop action to start the Desktop flow on the virtual machine. Configure the machine settings and run mode.

Enjoy the course!