The Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) team is happy to announce the changes made available in the October releases.
Sandbox to Production service request
We recently added a new service request type that can be used in the go-live process to move the database from Sandbox to Production. For details on where to find this and how to use this flow, see the blog post announcing the availability of this feature and related documentation.
Change to Sandbox refresh flow
With the last release of Lifecycle Services, we have made significant improvements to the Sandbox refresh flow, so it is now similar to how servicing/applying updates work. Below are some of the improvements we have made:
- Upfront compatibility checks.
- Updates are now emailed to customers on the progress of the refresh.
- Fixed known performance and reliability issues.
- Changed the flow so that on failure, the environment is not automatically rolled back. Instead there is an option for the service engineering team to retry and resume the deployment if it is an intermittent issue or to rollback if it is a genuine failure.
- Auditable Sign off captured to mark operation as complete or the rollback as successful, available from environment history similar to package deployments.