How to use process capacity


Process capacity and unattended RPA capacity have been combined in a single capacity pool and can be used interchangeably within the Power Automate platform. They have exactly the same value and role.

Within the Power Automate portal:

Process capacity or legacy unattended RPA capacity can be allocated to a machine or to a cloud flow.

Allocate process capacity to a machine

When process capacity is allocated to a machine, it becomes an unattended bot. Each unattended bot on a machine can carry one unattended desktop flow run at a time. So if a machine needs to execute multiple unattended runs simultaneously, it needs as many unattended bots as it has simultaneous unattended runs to perform.

To allocate process capacity to a machine, go to the machine details page and select Settings.

Machine page - No unattended bot

Use the Unattended bots slider to allocate some process capacity to the machine and save.

Machine page - Settings - Add one unattended bot

You now have a machine that can perform unattended RPA.


  • Machine max bot bot supported depends on your machine and its OS. The maximum value this parameter can reach is 10 (for some Windows Servers).
  • Available capacity in the environment shows how many unattended bots can still be created. Keep in mind that the process capacity is a shared resources between all users within an environment and so use only what you need.
  • Enable auto-allocation allows unattended bots to automatically be allocated to a machine when an unattended run requires it. Multiple unattended bots can be auto-allocated in case of simultaneous unattended runs.
  • For a global overview on how process capacity is used within the environment, use the Manage capacity utilization link. It also provides the option to request more capacity.

Allocate process capacity to a cloud flow

When process capacity is allocated to a cloud flow, it becomes a process plan based on which the cloud flow is licensed to run premium actions independently from the user license.

To allocate a Process capacity to a cloud flow, go to the cloud flow details page and select Edit.

Cloud flow page - User plan


At creation, a cloud flow is by default based on the user plan.

Change the plan used by the flow to Per-flow/Process and save.

Cloud flow page - Settings - Process plan

The cloud flow is now independent from the user license.


The process capacity allocation to cloud flow will be updated in a future release.

See also

Process capacity utilization