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Deploy a demo environment

This article explains how to deploy a demo environment on Microsoft Azure using Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS). This article applies to deploying a demo environment for:

  • Dynamics 365 Finance
  • Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management
  • Dynamics 365 Human Resources
  • Dynamics 365 Commerce


Before you begin your deployment, the following prerequisites must be in place:

  • Verify that you have an Azure subscription, and that you are a co-administrator on it.
  • Verify that you have access to an LCS project and permissions to deploy an environment.
  • Verify that you’ve connected your Azure subscription to your LCS project by using the information in the Complete the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) onboarding process article.

Deploy a demo environment

Use this procedure to deploy a demo environment on Azure using LCS.

  1. In LCS, open your project, and then, in the Environments section, click the plus sign (+).

  2. Select the Azure environment topology, and then select Demo.

  3. Select a topology.

    • For finance and operations, select the most recent Azure Resource Manager (ARM) topology for finance and operations.
    • For Commerce, select Dynamics 365 for Commerce - Demo.
  4. In the Deploy environment dialog box, enter the name of the environment. This name should be unique in the Azure subscription. To make environments easy to identify, consider forming an acronym using the user’s name and the topology.

  5. Select the size of the virtual machine (VM). You must use Ev3-series sizes for finance and operations workloads. We recommend Ev3. If you experience allocation failures, see the Azure troubleshooting guide.

  6. Set the Instances field to 1.


    The size of the VM and the number of instances affect the cost of your subscription. For more information, see Azure pricing.

  7. Click Advanced settings to add customizations to your deployment. For the demo environment, we recommend that you keep the default settings.

  8. Agree to the licensing and pricing terms, and then click Next.

  9. In the Confirm message box, click Deploy.

  10. Open the Cloud hosted environments page to view the status of the deployment. After the deployment is successfully completed, the environment will be ready.

Log on to your demo environment

To log on to your demo environment, do the following.

  1. In LCS, open the Cloud-hosted environments page, and select the demo environment that you just deployed.

  2. Scroll to the right and in the Environment details pane, under Cloud services, click the appropriate link:

    • Log on to finance and operations
    • Log on to Commerce