Start immediate environment updates in the administration center


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End users, automatically - This feature is released. Apr 1, 2020

Business value

By enabling partners to immediately validate and test new releases, we are removing a time-consuming step in the release and upgrade process and, in turn, enabling our partners to quickly provide the value of new releases to their customers.

Feature details

When you receive an email notification about your environment being scheduled for a 2020 release wave 1 update, you can change the update date to a more convenient date by using the Business Central administration center. You can also test the update by creating a sandbox environment as a copy of your production environment.

In the previous releases, newly added environments would be added to the update roll-out process within a few days, which significantly limited your ability to test the updates. With the improvements we've introduced to the update roll-out process in 2020 release wave 1, the newly created sandbox environment will be automatically added to the 2020 release wave 1 update roll-out within one hour. If you added yourself as a notification's recipient in the Business Central administration center, you will receive an email notification, and the update notification will also be visible in the administration center.

If you want to start the update of this environment immediately, open the Environment page, then select Schedule Update from the Update menu. Change the update date to the current date and confirm your choice. The update will start immediately.

If your environment has the update window defined, the update will start in the first available window (which might be on the next day). If the update fails, you can analyze and correct the failures and repeat the update attempt again in the same way.

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See also

Major Updates of Business Central Online (docs)