Use segmented solutions

Use solution segmentation so that you only include entity components that are updated when you distribute solution updates. With solution segmentation, you export solution updates with selected entity assets, such as entity fields, forms, and views, rather than entire entities with all the assets. To create a segmented solution, you use the Solutions area in Power Apps.

You can segment a solution when you select from the following options when adding an existing entity to the solution:

  • Include no components or metadata When you don't select any components or metadata, the minimal entity information is added to the solution. Therefore, apart from the friendly name, entity attributes (metadata) or components won't be included.

  • Select components You can segment your solution by individually selecting each component that's associated with the entity, such as fields, relationships, business rules, views, forms, and charts. Use this option to select only the components that you've added or changed with the entity, such as a new custom field or adding a form.

  • Include entity metadata This option includes no components—such as fields, forms, views, or related entities—but does include all the metadata associated with the entity. Metadata includes the entity properties, such as auditing, duplicate detection, and change tracking.

  • Include all components This option includes all components and metadata associated with the entity. It can include other entities or entity components such as business process flows, reports, connections, and queues. You should only use this option when you're distributing an unmanaged entity that doesn't exist in the target environment. Notice that after you select this option, you can't undo it. To segment the solution, you must remove the entity from the solution and re-add it by selecting only the changed or new components.


Don't add components to the solution that aren't new or changed components. When your update is imported to the target environment, a solution with unintended components can cause unexpected behavior to the existing components that now lay below the layer you introduced with your solution update. For example, if you add a view for an entity that isn't updated and the view in the existing layer has customizations, the existing customizations might become inactive. More information: Solution layers

More information: Create segmented solutions

See also

Update a solution