Administration mode


Effective November 2020:

  • Common Data Service has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse. Learn more
  • Some terminology in Microsoft Dataverse has been updated. For example, entity is now table and field is now column. Learn more

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

You can set a sandbox or production environment in administration mode so that only users with System Administrator or System Customizer security roles will be able to sign in to that environment. Administration mode is useful when you want to make operational changes and not have regular users affect your work, and not have your work affect end users (non-admins).


  • You can place sandbox or production environments in administration mode.
  • Processes that use code, such as plug-ins or custom workflow assemblies, continue to be processed by the Microsoft Dataverse platform when administration mode is enabled and background operations are disabled.

On the Settings panel, you can set the following:

Setting Description
Administration mode Select to enable administration mode for the selected sandbox or production environment. Only System Administrators or System Customizers will be able to sign in to the selected sandbox or production environment.
Background operations (optional) Select to disable all asynchronous operations (see Asynchronous service) such as workflows and synchronization with Exchange. Emails will not be sent and server-side synchronization for appointments, contacts, and tasks are disabled. Note: Administration mode must be enabled to disable background operations.
Custom message (optional) Enter a message that will be displayed to all users when they attempt to sign in.

Set administration mode

  1. Go to the Power Platform admin center and sign in using Environment Admin or System Administrator role credentials.

  2. From the left-side menu, select Environments, and then click on a sandbox or production environment.

  3. On the Details page, select Edit.

  4. Under Administration mode, toggle Disabled to Enabled.

  5. Optionally, you can set Background operations and Custom message, and then select Save.