Upgrade from AX 2012 - Deploy a demo environment for analysis
Upgrade is currently only supported from either Dynamics AX 2012 R2 or Dynamics AX 2012 R3. For each release, please update to the latest available cumulative update before upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.
This topic explains why and how you should deploy a demo environment during the Analyze phase of your project for upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.
By deploying a demo Finance and Operations environment, you gain hands-on experience with the program and can explore new features that you might be interested in. You also have an opportunity to validate differences in the program for your business processes, so that you can identify potential gaps or confirm that no gaps exist. At this stage in your upgrade project, your data and code won’t be available in the environment. Therefore, you will have limited ability to validate that everything conforms to your business process. However, this step is the first step in that work stream.
If you haven’t yet purchased licenses for Finance and Operations, and you’re using a free trial, you can follow the steps in Deploy a Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations demo environment to deploy a demo environment to a Microsoft Azure subscription that you bring yourself.
If you’ve already purchased licenses for Finance and Operations, you received a link to configure a special type of project in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS): an implementation project. The implementation project will let you deploy a dev/test environment and a sandbox environment. For more information about this type of environment deployment, see [Data upgrade in a sandbox environment]](upgrade-data-sandbox.md).