You have signed up for a Microsoft Developer account and then got yourself a Microsoft 365 E5 Developer Subscription to play with. Very cool, you got yourself 25 x E5 licenses for free. All inside a tenant that is a complete production tenant with only a few restrictions on what is available to use. The core workloads of M365 are all good. The key thing here though is that it is a ‘Developer’ tenant which is meant to be used by developers for developing apps. Note the emphasis on the word Developer!
Well go ahead and use all the other E5 features too and enjoy everything that the M365 tenant has to offer. The catch? Well it needs to auto renew every three months. This will occur automatically based on the usage in the tenant. Microsoft need to see that you are in fact using it as a developer and developing stuff in it.
The first couple of renewals are easy and you don’t need to do hardly anything BUT after that you do need to show that you are developing things. So what can you do inside the tenant to make sure it can get renewed. Here is what you need to do.
The small list below, if you go ahead do these, will make sure that your tenant is renewed. Now these are not the only things but there are things that will make sure it happens.
- Create a Team in Microsoft Teams
- Publish a SharePoint site
- Create and Publish an App in ‘Power Apps’
- Create a Workflow in ‘Power Automate’
- Create a report using ‘Power BI’
In the video below I show you exactly what you need to do inside the tenant to achieve those five items. It’s a quick video that is easy to follow and provides the base instructions to get them done.
It isn’t meant to teach you how to code in Power Apps or anything like that, just the instructions on what is necessary to show the M365 tenant that you are in fact using it as a developer.
What you will find though is that when you do go into Power Apps and Power Automate you are going to get hooked and really start uncovering what you can do inside these M365 workloads. It really is quite the rabbit hole to explore and well worth the look.
Here is the video.
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