PowerShell for the Power Platform-Modules-available

Have you tried installing PowerShell for the Power Platform yet? One of the annoying things is that you need to have admin rights.

Earlier this week I saw someone mention an option to avoid the Install-Module on LinkedIn. By doing so the need fro Admin rights was also avoided. I would have liked to include a link to that post but I can’t find it.

Install PowerShell for the Power Platform

Using the Save-Module option you can download a module the same way as install module does. without the need for local admin rights.

In the installation documentation the following lines of code are given:

Install-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.Administration.PowerShell
Install-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.PowerShell -AllowClobber

Without Admin rights

Rather than using the above lines I’m using the following lines:

if ($env:PSModulePath -notlike "*c:\Projects\Modules*")
   if((Get-Item c:\projects\Modules -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue ) -eq $null) {
   New-Item -Path c:\projects -Name "Modules" -ItemType "directory"
$env:PSModulePath += ";c:\Projects\Modules"
Save-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.Administration.PowerShell -Path c:\Projects\Modules
Import-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.Administration.PowerShell
Save-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.PowerShell -Path c:\Projects\Modules
Import-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.PowerShell

Ok, that is a lot of lines to replace just 2 lines.

PowerShell for the Power Platform available

By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using contact@veenstra.me.uk.

4 thoughts on “Install PowerShell for the Power Platform without admin rights”
  1. Save-Module failed – PackageManagement\Save-Package : No match was found for the specified search criteria and module name ‘Microsoft.PowerApps.Administration.PowerShell’. Try Get-PSRepository to see all
    available registered module repositories.
    At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\\PSModule.psm1:1598 char:21
    + $null = PackageManagement\Save-Package @PSBoundParameters
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Microsoft.Power…ets.SavePackage:SavePackage) [Save-Package], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForCriteria,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.SavePackage

    1. HI Nigel,

      That looks like either your $env:PSModulePath didn’t get set correctly or the Save-Module didn’t put the download into the Modules location existing in $env:PSModulePath


  2. There is an even simpler approach. Just use -Scope CurrentUser switch:

    Install-Module Microsoft.PowerApps.Administration.PowerShell -Scope CurrentUser

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