Create new Sandbox and copy Production over to it in PowerPlatform Admin Center

This is one of the standard approaches if you want to copy over a Production instance over to a Sandbox one. Most common scenarios being when you’ve on-boarded a new client to Dynamics 365 / PowerPlatform and you’re nearing Go Live for the first time!

You need a Sandbox to then follow new customization on the Sandbox and avoid doing anything on the Production. Here’s how you copy over from Production to Sandbox!

 

Creating a Sandbox

  1. Create a new Environment by clicking on the +New button as below
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  2. Now, you can directly create a new Sandbox environment in the PowerPlatform Admin Center (https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/environments)
    Remember: Both the source and target environments need to be in the same region to copy.
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  3. Additionally, I’ve selected the Create a Database option too since I want to speed up the process.
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    Note that you can chose which all apps you want to deploy if you chose Enable Dynamics 365 apps

And that’s it. You’ll need to wait for some time until this is processed!

While this happens in the background, you can see the message on the Environments section on the Power Platform Admin Center
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And upon completion, you’ll see the below message
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Copying From Production to Sandbox

Next step is to copy over the Production to the newly created Sandbox environment.

  1. Select the Production environment you want to copy over and look at the ribbon, you’ll see a copy button.
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  2. Once you click on the Copy, you’ll be asked about the target environment, chose the created Sandbox.
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  3. Once you confirm, the copying process will start. And you’ll be taken to this page which tells you what stage the process is in –
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  4. Once all the copying is completed, this notification will appear. Now, the next step is to turn off Administration Mode. Click on settings link as shown below by arrow.
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  5. Once you flick the switch and Save, Administration Mode will be disabled letting others to log in as well. Additionally, now we have the option to keep Background Operations On as well while keeping Administration Mode On as well.
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Now, you are all set. Hope this helps!

Early Opt-in for October 2019 Wave 2 Updates

August 2, 2019 was when the Wave 2 Updates were to be out. And here we are! By now, you should have gotten the option to update the wave 2 updates on your environment(s).

Let take a quick look at how you can enable this for your environment.

Here are the details Microsoft notes on the Early opt in to 2019 release wave 2

Enabling Wave 2 2019 Updates

Visit https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/ (PowerPlatform Admin Center) and go to Environments.

Select the environment
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Check that the updates are available for Activating. Initially the 2019 release wave 2 updates will appear Off. Click Manage.
Please note that you should try this on the Sandbox first before opting to apply on Production directly.
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Click on Update now

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Click Confirm.
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And the Updating will start in a few moments.

Progress

You’ll see that the Apps are being updated as shown below for a few hours
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As and when each of the apps complete, it’ll show progress as below
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Once complete, this will be the status
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2019 Wave 2 Updates Applied

Once completed, you can log into Dynamics and check the About section to find out that the updates have been applied
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Here’s what everything’s included in the 2019 wave 2 updates: 2019 release wave 2 features available for early access

Happy 365ing! Hope this helps.

New ‘Capacity’ analytics on PowerPlatform Admin Center

We are quickly transitioning over from Organization Insights which came as a managed solution inside D365 to CDS For Apps Analytics on the PowerPlatform Admin Center. My past blog on the same (CDS For Apps Analytics instead of Organization Insights. Power Platform Admin Center).

And now, the same is revamped as Capacity in PowerPlatform Admin Center.

So, if you go to Storage in CDS For Apps analytics, you’ll see this –
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Capacity

You can access Capacity section directory from this URL – https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/analytics/capacity

Or from the left hand menu as below –

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Now, as opposed to previously summarized % of the total capacity available, Microsoft is providing new entitlements for different types of storage consumption –

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Zoomed below

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As mentioned above, the bifurcation is as follows –

DATABASE: All other entities apart from the ones mentioned below.

FILE: Attachment, AnnotationBase tables

LOG: AuditBase, PluginTraceLogBase tables

 

Per Environment View

A Per Environment View looks like below and you can click on the Graph icon to go into the details
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At this point, information for the Graphical details are yet to be available. I’ll update post this is available for me too.

Availability

New Capacity model differs and will be available once the current term ends. More information from the links in the More Information section below
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More Information

You can refer more on Capacity here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/capacity-storage

Microsoft’s FAQs – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/capacity-storage#faq

Hope this quick summary helps!