How-To” Business Central Sandbox Environments

ABOUT BC SANDBOX ENVIRONMENTS

“The Sandbox environment feature is provided as a free preview solely for testing, development and evaluation. You will not use the Sandbox in a live operating environment. Microsoft may, in its sole discretion, change the Sandbox environment or subject it to a fee for a final, commercial version, if any, or may elect not to release one.”

WHEN YOUR (OR YOUR PROSPECT) TRIAL ENVIRONMENT IS EXPIRED!

  • Your period is EXPIRED ! … Subscribe within 90 days and keep your Company data
  • SOLUTION: Subscribe and buy a license or create a SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT

 

SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT- “FACE”

 

“HOW-TO” Create a NEW SANDBOX Environment

Two Types of SANDBOX for BC

  • Sandbox Environment
  • Sandbox Container

#1 – CREATE SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT

WAITING FOR CREATION…..

OR

#2 – CREATE SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT CONTAINER

 

SANDBOX: Two typologies of Hosting

  • Locally
  • OnAzure

Locally

  • System create a Powershell Script

Use Powershell to create SANDBOX on Local Environment

OnAzure

  • Click on HOST in AZURE, System run AZURE PORTAL and open a new “Custom Deployment” page.
  • Configure your template (select Azure subscription, Resource group, BC Docker Image, SQL Server Type, Instance Name, Licence etc.)

 

RESULTS

#1 – SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT ONCLOUD

#2 – SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT ON AZURE

 

“HOW-TO” RESET TO “PREMIUM” FEATURES

RESET TO “PREMIUM” IF DEFAULT IS RELOADED WITH “ESSENTIAL” CONFIGURATION

  • Company Information > select PREMIUM Experience

NOW THE TWO ENVIRONVMENTS ARE CO-EXISTING

  • PRODUCTION (WORKING or EXPIRED TRAIL)
  • SANDBOX

 

“HOW-TO” COPY DATA FROM PRODUCTION TO SANDBOX

If I need to copy data from PRODUCTION to SANDOBOX

Three options

  • Create New Environment from Predefines Packages (Setup, Essential, Premium data packages) > FULL ENV. REBUILD
  • Export Company data to File and After Restore IT with powershell (Pw shell Export-NAVData for Azure\local SANBOX, not for Cloud)
  • Use Custom Packages to export\import data (export what you need)

** remember that Backup OnCloud is managed by Microsoft **

SANDBOX ‘FACE’

 

HOW-TO RELOAD STANDARD PACKAGES (by Existing Configuration Packages) STEP by STEP

CHOOSE your package > EX: EXTENDED

  • *** NOW YOU HAVE A “PREMIUM” CONFIGURATION WITH DEMO DATA ***

HOWEVER,…

I can use PACKAGES to import MY DATA for PREMIUM to SANDOX ENV.

EXPORT from TRIAL > IMPORT to SANDOX

ON SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT > IMPORT PACKAGE

 

… AND FINALLY…. I can find the “BICYCLE”…. and Cost Shares Report….

 

THAT’S ALL !   Enjoy!

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Source https://robertostefanettinavblog.com/2018/06/25/how-to-business-central-sandbox-environments/