Go-live FAQ

Applies to these Dynamics 365 apps:
Human Resources

Note

Effective November 2020:

  • Common Data Service has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse. For more information, see Power Automate Blog.
  • Some terminology in Microsoft Dataverse has been updated. For example, entity is now table and field is now column. For more information, see Terminology updates.

This topic will be updated soon to reflect the latest terminology.

This topic lists frequently asked questions about how to go live with a Dynamics 365 Human Resources implementation project.

When can I configure and request my production environment?

Typically, a production environment is deployed after meeting the following criteria:

  • All customizations are code-complete.
  • User acceptance testing (UAT) is complete.
  • The customer has signed off on the solution.
  • There are no blocking issues for go-live.

When qualified customers are at this stage, the Microsoft FastTrack team will work with the project team to do a go-live assessment.

What are the prerequisites to deploying a production environment?

For a list of the prerequisites, see Prepare for go-live.

What is a go-live assessment?

The go-live assessment is part of the Microsoft FastTrack program. During this review, a solution architect assesses whether an implementation project is ready for a successful cutover and go-live. This review is mandatory for every implementation project before you can request to go live in a production environment.

Our Sandbox environments are deployed in the Central US datacenter. We want our Production environments to be deployed in the West US datacenter. Can I select West US as the datacenter in my Production configuration?

LCS doesn't restrict you from selecting a different data center when you deploy a Human Resources environment, but we strongly recommend not selecting a different data center.

If you want your Production environment to be in the West US datacenter, you should first redeploy your Sandbox environments to the West US datacenter, test them, and sign off.

For information about selecting the correct datacenter, see Network requirements.

What level of access do I have to the Azure resources for my Human Resources environments?

Access to the Human Resources environments is limited. You can't access the virtual machine (VM) or Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). You also can't access the database through Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.

Although you can't access your Azure resources or Dynamics 365 Human Resources environment directly, there are additional features you can use to access your data:

  • You can deploy an Azure SQL database in your own Azure tenant and use the Bring Your Own Database (BYOD) feature to synchronize data. For more information, see Bring your own database (BYOD).

  • You can use Dataverse integration to synchronize select entities into the Dataverse database. For more information, see Dataverse tables.

How often is my production database backed up?

Databases are protected by automatic backups at the following frequencies:

Type of backup Frequency
Full database backup Weekly
Differential database backup Every 12-24 hours
Transaction log backup Every 5 to 10 minutes

Microsoft retains sufficient backups to allow for Point in Time Restore (PITR) within the last 14 days.

For more information, see Learn about automatic SQL Database backups.

Can I request a copy of the backup of my production database?

No. You can submit a database refresh service request to copy your Production environment to your Sandbox environment, however. You can deploy an Azure SQL database in your own Azure tenant and use the BYOD feature to synchronize data from your Production environment. For more information, see Bring your own database (BYOD).

How do I move my Sandbox environment to Production for go-live?

Because a copy feature isn't available to move your environment from a Sandbox to a Production environment, you must use data packages to move data into your Production environment.

We recommend maintaining a clear list of entities configured in your Sandbox throughout the project. Then test the process of cutover and migration of any data packages needed for your go-live. You must manually move any data packages into the Production environment when you are ready to go live.

What should I do if my Production environment is down?

To report a Production outage, follow the process described in Report a production outage.

See also

Prepare for go-live

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