Get started with master planning
Master planning in Supply Chain Management is provided by an external service called the Planning Optimization Add-in for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management. This article explains how to obtain and set up that service.
Planning Optimization is currently available in the following Azure geographies: United States, United States government cloud, Canada, Brazil, Europe, France, United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Asia Pacific, Japan, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and India. If you try to install the add-in from another geographic region, then LCS will show a message that this geographic isn't supported. For more information about Azure geographies and the related regions, see Azure geographies.
Planning Optimization doesn't support on-premises deployments of Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management.
If you can run master planning by using your current license, you don't have to buy an additional license to start to use Planning Optimization.
Install and enable Planning Optimization
To use Planning Optimization, you must make sure your system has all of the prerequisites in place and then enable its license key and install the Planning Optimization Add-in for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management.
Before you install the Planning Optimization Add-in, the following prerequisites must be in place:
You must be running Supply Chain Management on an LCS enabled high-availability environment, tier 2 or higher (not a OneBox environment), with Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management version 10.0.7 or later. If you try to install the add-in on a OneBox environment, the installation won't complete and you'll need to cancel the installation.
Your system must be set up for Power Platform integration. For more information, see Microsoft Power Platform integration with finance and operations apps.
You must sign in to your Power Platform environment using an account with administrator privileges and an access mode of Read-Write. If you get an error message regarding missing user permissions while installing the Planning Optimization Add-in, follow these steps:
- Go to the Power Platform admin center.
- Open the environment where you want to install the add-in.
- Go to Settings > Users and select your user account from the list to see its details.
- From your user details page, select the Client Access License (CAL) information link.
- On the Client Access License (CAL) information page, make sure that Access Mode is set to Read-Write.
For more information about licenses and access modes for the Power Platform, see Create a Power Platform admin account.
Enable the Planning Optimization license
To use Planning Optimization, you must enable its configuration key. To do so:
- Put your system into maintenance mode, as described in Maintenance mode.
- Go to System administration > Setup > License configuration.
- On the Configuration keys tab, select the check box for Planning Optimization.
- Turn off maintenance mode, as described in Maintenance mode.
Install the Planning Optimization Add-in
You must install the add-in from your LCS project and then turn on the Planning Optimization functionality from the Supply Chain Management user interface.
To install the Planning Optimization Add-in:
- Sign in to LCS, and open the desired environment.
- Go to Full details.
- Scroll down to the Environment add-ins FastTab.
- Select Install a new add-in.
- Select Planning Optimization.
- Follow the installation guide, and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Select Install.
- On the Environment add-ins FastTab, you should see that Planning Optimization is installing.
- After a few minutes, Installing should change to Installed (you may need to refresh the page). When installed, you're ready to activate Planning Optimization in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management.
The main purpose of installing the Planning Optimization add-in is to connect the service and the environment. Therefore, you must install the add-in separately on each environment where you'll use Planning Optimization, regardless of any code moved between the environments.
Turn on Planning Optimization for your environment
After you've installed the Planning Optimization Add-in for your environment, you must enable it in Supply Chain Management before you can start using it.
You can continue to use the deprecated master planning engine for one or more previously created companies (until you're ready to migrate them) even while using Planning Optimization for the others. For instructions on how to set a company to use the deprecated master planning engine, see Continue to use deprecated master planning for some companies.
To configure your system to use the Planning Optimization Add-in for master planning, follow these steps:
Sign in to Supply Chain Management.
Go to Master planning > Setup > Planning Optimization parameters.
Open the General tab.
Check the Connection status. It will show one of the values listed in the following table.
Connection status Description Can Planning Optimization be used? Connected A connection has been established between the Planning Optimization service and Supply Chain Management. Yes Enabling connection A request to turn on the connection to the Planning Optimization service is currently in progress. No Disconnected There's no connection to the Planning Optimization service. The connection can be turned on from LCS, as described earlier in this article. No Disabling connection A request to turn off the connection to the Planning Optimization service is currently in progress. No Getting status The system is waiting for status information from the Planning Optimization service. No
If the Connection stats is Connected, then you're ready to enable Planning Optimization. Use the Use Planning Optimization option to choose which planning engine is used for master planning. Select one of the following options:
- Yes – Planning Optimization is used for master planning for all companies (unless overridden for one or more specific companies).
- No – The deprecated master planning engine is used for master planning for all companies.
If existing planning batch jobs that were created for the deprecated master planning engine are triggered while the Use Planning Optimization option is set to Yes, those jobs will fail.