Sandbox Environments in Business Central

With Business Central online, you can easily get 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.

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Your administrator manages sandbox environments in the administration center.

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 in the developer and administration content.

You can also safely use sandboxes for training, such as for following a learning path from Microsoft Learn, because it's a safe environment to experiment with. If anything goes wrong, you just delete the sandbox and start over.

Once you're done, you can remove the sandbox, using the administration center.

Note

Technically, sandbox environments are very different from production environments. Your administrator can create a sandbox that includes production data, but it is still a sandbox, and you cannot request a database export, for example. For more information, see Sandbox environments in the developer and administration content.

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. 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.

Designer

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 Use Designer in the developer and admin content (in English only).

See also

Work with Business Central
Dynamics 365 Business Central Trials and Subscriptions
Managing Environments in the Business Central administration center
Production and Sandbox Environments

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