Creating a Sandbox Environment in Business Central

With Business Central, you can easily create a safe environment where you can test, train, or troubleshoot without disturbing your company's work processes or business data. Such a non-production environment is called a sandbox. Isolated from production, a sandbox environment is the place to safely explore, learn, demo, develop, and test the service without the risk of affecting the data and settings of your production environment.

Your administrator manages sandbox environments in the administration center, but if you want to quickly test something, you can create a sandbox environment from inside Business Central. Once you're done, you can remove the sandbox, using the administration center.


Technically, sandbox environments are very different from production environments, even if your administrator creates a sandbox that includes production data. You cannot use a sandbox for benchmarking, and you cannot request a database export, for example. If you want to create a sandbox for benchmarking, your administrator can create a dedicated environment in the administration center. For more information, see Production and Sandbox Environments.

To create a sandbox environment in your Business Central

  1. Sign in to your production instance of Business Central.

  2. Choose the Lightbulb that opens the Tell Me feature icon, enter Sandbox Environment, and then choose the related link.

  3. Choose the Create button.

    Another tab with Business Central opens where you can finish the setup of your sandbox environment.


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When the sandbox environment is ready, you will be redirected to sandbox environment's Welcome wizard.

You can choose the Learn more button to read about developer scenarios that you can try in a sandbox environment or choose the Close button to continue to the Role Center of your Business Central sandbox instance.

At the top of the Role Center, a notification appears to inform you that this is a sandbox environment. You can also see the type of the environment in the title bar of the client.


A sandbox environment created in this way only contains the default demonstration data for the CRONUS company. No data is copied or otherwise transferred from the production environment.

Alternatively, create a sandbox environment based on production data. You must do this through the administration center. For more information, see Managing Environments in the developer and administration content.

An administrator can limit or even block access for some users to the sandbox environment. This can be done by using the standard security features of the product, such as the User card, user groups, and permission sets. For more information, see Assign Permissions to Users and Groups.

Advanced Functionality in the Sandbox Environment

The sandbox environment is not least useful because it includes a couple of handy features:

Advanced user experience

It is possible to enable and try the full functionality of the standard version of Business Central in a sandbox tenant by setting the Experience field on the Company Information page to Premium. Find the Company Information page in the Settings icon menu.

After you have enabled the Premium user experience, you get access to all the standard profiles (roles) and Role Centers in the standard version. You can also create an evaluation company that is fully set up, including demonstration data and access to the advanced areas of the product. Alternatively, contact a reselling partner for a demonstration of the capabilities. For more information, see How do I find a reselling partner?.

Complete sample data

For situations where you need additional sample data, please talk to your reselling partner.

To create a company with complete sample data in a sandbox

  1. Choose the Lightbulb that opens the Tell Me feature icon, enter Companies, and then choose the related link.
  2. Choose the New action, and then choose Create New Company.
  3. In the Assisted Setup for Creating a Company page, choose Next.
  4. Specify a name for the new company, and then, in the Select the data and setup to get started field, choose Advanced Evaluation - Complete Sample Data.
  5. Complete the rest of the assisted setup guide.

When the assisted setup guide completes, you can start exploring the new company with the complete sample data. For more information, see Creating New Companies in Business Central.


In a sandbox environment, you will find the Designer enabled. You can activate Designer by selecting the design icon Designer on a page, or by choosing the Design menu item in the Settings Settings menu.

For more information, see Using Designer in the developer and admin content (in English only).

See Also

Working with Business Central
Dynamics 365 Business Central Trials and Subscriptions
Managing Environments in the Business Central administration center