So far I mostly used PnP provisioning with interactive login (=a user logs in) which worked fine.

I now want to PnP-provision some folders and content types using application permissions with the least permissions possible. Also, MS Graph should be used.

To connect I use a certificate and clientId of my app:

Connect-PnPOnline -Url "https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/thesite" -Tenant "tenant.onmicrosoft.com" -ClientId <id of AAD registered app> -Thumbprint <cert thumbprint>

It connects fine.

But I am not able to do much using PnP cmdlets. So far I tried using Sites.ReadWrite.All and Sites.Manage.All as app permission but was not able to create event a single list item using New-PnPListItem. Far away from Invoke-PnPSiteTemplate. I always get 401 errors:

Add-PnPListItem: The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized.

Is there a certain minimal Graph permission level that needs to be present for PnP to work at all? Is a minimal permission approach feasable when working with PnP?

I'm aware that more permissions are needed the more I want to do in SharePoint. But for SharePoint there are not so many available: enter image description here

For basic stuff I'd expect Sites.ReadWrite.All or Sites.Manage.All to succeed. Or not?

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You need to choose SharePoint API permissions instead of Graph permissions

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