MB2-715 Exam Brief Notes- Instance Management

Instances management and Updates

  • There are two types of Instances 1. Production Instances 2 Non- production Instances.
  • Sandbox instance can be put in Administration Mode and System Administrator and System Customizer role can sign in to the instance
  • While Copying instance, target instance can be a Sandbox or Preview instance; not a Production instance.
  • When an instance is copied, target instance will be deleted and replaced with copy Source instances data, customizations.
  • Global administrator can copy all available instances. But Dynamics 365 system administrator can copy instance for which they have system administrator role.
  • Notifications are sent to administrators or any additional recipients configured when 80 % for storage limit is reached. If storage limit is reached no new records can be created. Here then data needs to be removed and/ or additional storage needs to be purchased
  • Full Copy includes all application data, user, customizations from the source instances and is suitable for UAT, upgrade testing, preview in Production (TAP/EA) and training.
  • Minimal copy includes users, customizations and is suitable for iterative team deployment, Partner/ ISV Solutions and Proof of Concepts.
  • System backups occur daily.
  • System backups are retained up to three days. Check your expiration date.
  • System backups do not count against your storage limits.
  • You can back up Production and Sandbox instances.
  • You can only restore to a Sandbox instance. To restore to a Production instance, first switch it to a Sandbox instance.
  • Only CRM Online 2016 Update 1 or later versions are supported for backup.
  • On-demand backups are retained for up to three days. Check your expiration date
  • The instance remains available while being backed up.
  • The instance remains unavailable while being restored.
  • Copied instances are copied to the same region as the source instance.
  • Instances that are reset are reset to the current region.
  • Preview Instances do not consume any of the storage quota purchased for Production and Sandbox instances.
  • A tenant can include up to 50 Dynamics 365 (online) production instances and up to 75 non-production (Sandbox) instances.
  • Each instance within the tenant receives its own SQL database.
  • Dynamics 365 data is not shared across instances.
  • Storage is shared across the primary instance and any additional instances.
  • All instances for a single customer tenant will be set up in the geography where they initially signed up for their account. Storage consumption is totaled and tracked across all the instances attached to a customer tenant.
  • You can set up separate security groups for all instances.
  • A licensed Dynamics 365 (online) user can potentially access all the Dynamics 365 (online) instances associated with the tenant. Access is controlled by instance security group membership.
  • You can purchase additional instances through the Additional Instance Add-On. Additional instances can be added only to “paid” subscriptions – not trials or Internal Use Rights (IUR). If you purchased your Dynamics 365 (online) subscription through Volume Licensing, you must go through your Large Account Reseller (LAR) to purchase the additional instance. More information:  Billing and subscription support
  • You can’t merge existing trials or subscriptions onto an additional instance; instead, you will need to move your data and customizations.
  • User accounts, identities, security groups, subscriptions, licenses, and storage cannot be shared among tenants. All tenants can have multiple instances associated with each specific tenant. Dynamics 365 data is not shared across instances or tenants.
  • Your instance will not be updated unless you approve it. This means your organization will go without the latest features and functionality until you explicitly give approval for the update to happen. Keep in mind, we do have an update policy that will make some updates mandatory, with no approval required.
  • At any given point a customer must be on the current version (n) or a version prior (n-1). For example, if you are on CRM Online 2016 Update (n-2) and chose not to take the available CRM Online 2016 Update 1 (n-1), then you would need to take December 2016 update for Dynamics 365 (online) (n) as a mandatory update.

Twice per Year new features become available through customer-driven updates in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 instance

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