Self-Service Purchasing II

Dec21: Added SKU table, Hybrid benefit and MC306669 trials mention.

It was in October 2019, that by means of Message Center bulletin MC163609 Microsoft announced that end users would receive the self-service purchasing option for Power Platform licenses (PowerBI, PowerApps and Flow). The announcement received quite some negative feedback, mostly because of the absence of administrative controls, with the risk of bypassing corporate purchasing as well as potential legal implications. Microsoft delayed the introduction, to launch it few months later in January this year, including the much requested controls.

Now MC220282 has appeared in the Office 365 Message Center, which announces the same self-service purchasing options for Microsoft Visio Plan 1 & 2 and Microsoft Project Plan 1 & 3. These purchasing options becomes available per September 15th.

The Message Center bulletin reads, “This change will not impact any existing settings you may have in place to manage self-service purchasing”. While true, administrators still might be faced with unexpected self-service capabilities for these new licenses. In this blog, I’ll talk you quickly through how to start managing these self-service capabilities, and how to modify these new ones.

Connecting and Managing

To start managing self-service capibilities, you need to install the MSCommerce PowerShell module, which Microsoft published at the PowerShell Gallery:

Install-Module MSCommerce

If you previously installed MSCommerce, update your module using:

Update-Module MSCommerce -Force

The current version of the module at the time of writing is 1.6. Now, to starting using the cmdlets provided in the module, you need to first connect to your Office 365 tenant:

Connect-MSCommerce

After completing login and succesfully completing any multi-factor authentication challenge, you can inspect the current self-service capabilities policy. First, there is a global policy named AllowSelfServicePurchase, which can be inspected using:

Get-MSCommercePolicies | Select PolicyId
Get-MSCommercePolicy -PolicyId AllowSelfServicePurchase | fl

As you can see, the default option for purchasing options is set to Enabled. This value can’t be modified, which means every new product added to self-service purchasing will be enabled by default. This also means admins may need to monitor the message center for self-service purchasing changes, and when required proactively monitor and disable this capability for new products. To inspect the current setting for every current product, use:

Get-MSCommerceProductPolicies -PolicyId AllowSelfServicePurchase

As you can see, the self-service purchasing for the Power Platform products have been disabled. However, because the DefaultValue is Enabled, the purchase capabilities for these new products have been set to Enabled. If we want to disable this capability for these products, use the following cmdlet:

Get-MSCommerceProductPolicies -PolicyId AllowSelfServicePurchase | % { Update-MSCommerceProductPolicy -PolicyId $_.PolicyId -ProductId $_.ProductId -Enabled $false }

Note that self-service purchase capabilities are not available for Office 365 Government, Nonprofit, and Education tenants.

Approval Flow

In another bulletin (MC213897), Microsoft announced the roll-out of an feature for end users to request licenses trough a customizable message or workflow. This option should become available when self-service purchasing has been disabled. It allows admins assign requested licenses from the pool or make required purchases, and also report on these requests to track interest. The bulletin has been updated recently to mark completion of roll-out of the message part of this feature; the request part is scheduled for completion in September. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate settings related to these features yet, but these might appear any time soon. The screenshot from the bulletin gives an indication of what to expect:

To read more information on Self-Service Purchasing capabilities in the Self-Service Purchase FAQ.

Windows 365
Per MC271483, Microsoft informed Office 365 customers in July 2021 end users are going to be able to buy Windows 365 (announcement) licenses through the self-purchase license mechanism as well. Windows 365 will come in 2 flavors: Windows 365 Enterprise and Windows 365 Business; the latter is aimed at smaller organizations, while the Enterprise edition will offer Cloud PCs with Endpoint Manager and Defender integration a.o. A third Hybrid Benefit license option is available if you already have Windows 11 Pro or Windows 10 Pro on a device.

The Windows 365 SKUs are mentioned in the table at the end of this article.

If you did not configure the self-service puchasing option as disabled by default, you can disable new Enabled options using the code example above, or if you need to block these individual Windows 365 options upfront, use the following processing the Windows 365 SKU’s:

$W365Options= 'CFQ7TTC0HHS9', 'CFQ7TTC0HX99', 'CFQ7TTC0J203'
$W365Options | % { Update-MSCommerceProductPolicy -PolicyId AllowSelfServicePurchase -ProductId $_ -Enabled $False }

Trials
On December 17th, 2021, it was announced through the Message Center (MC306669) that per January 26th, 2022, self-service purchasing would also allow sign-up for Visio (Plan 1 or Plan 2) or Project (Plan 1 or Plan 3) trials. There are no separate SKUs for this, as it is managed by disabling the existing Visio or Project options.

SKU Overview
The available self-service purchasing options per December 2021 are contained in the table below. However, these entries are subject to change and may vary depending on your region or type of tenant, i.e. commercial or government.

SKUDescription
CFQ7TTC0KP0NPower Automate per user
CFQ7TTC0KP0PPower Apps per user
CFQ7TTC0L3PBPower BI Pro
CFQ7TTC0HDB1Project Plan 1
CFQ7TTC0HDB0Project Plan 3
CFQ7TTC0HD33Visio Plan 1
CFQ7TTC0HD32Visio Plan 2
CFQ7TTC0KXG6Power Automate RPA
CFQ7TTC0KXG7Power BI Premium (standalone)
CFQ7TTC0HHS9Windows 365 Enterprise
CFQ7TTC0J203Windows 365 Business
CFQ7TTC0HX99Windows 365 Business with Windows Hybrid Benefit

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