Manage sandbox environments

A sandbox environment is any non-production environment of Microsoft Dataverse. Isolated from production, a sandbox environment is the place to safely develop and test application changes with low risk.

View your sandbox environments

Manage your sandbox environments from the Power Platform admin center.

  1. Go to https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/, and sign in using Environment Admin or System Administrator role credentials.

  2. Open the Environments page. Select the Type tab to sort by environment type.

    Environments page.

Create a sandbox environment

See Create and manage environments in the Power Platform admin center.

Change a production environment to sandbox

  1. Sign in to the Power Platform admin center at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com as an admin (Service admin, Global admin, or Delegated admin).

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

  3. Select Edit

    Select Edit.

  4. Under Type, choose the sandbox environment type.

    Select sandbox environment.

  5. Select Save.

Reset a sandbox environment

Reset a sandbox environment to delete and reprovision it. Consider a reset when you want to:

  • Create a new project
  • Free up storage space
  • Remove an environment containing personal data

Important

  • You can only reset sandbox environments.
  • A reset will permanently delete environment components such as canvas apps, flows, custom connectors, and connections.

An example scenario

Thomas is looking at the storage consumed by the various Contoso environments. He is getting concerned that they'll run out of space in one of their production environments. Thomas also wants to free up some space so that he can give the production environment some extra storage. He's also been notified that the Legal department has a retention policy regarding the use of production data in test environments.

After contacting Elisa, Thomas resets the Sales department's complete sandbox environment. The environment has been reprovisioned to factory settings. It's now ready for future use as a sandbox environment for a future project.

To reset an environment

  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 select an environment to reset.

  3. Select Reset from the top menu bar.

    Reset menu.

  4. On the Reset environment page, adjust the environment settings as needed and understand the following consequences:

    Warning

    • The sandbox environment will be deleted and reset to factory settings. You will not be able to recover any data that was previously in the environment.
    • When you reset an environment, the security group specified on the Reset environment page will be applied. If a security group isn’t specified during the reset, no security group will be assigned to the environment after the reset is completed. Any existing security group configured before the reset is performed will no longer be applied to the environment. More information: Control user access to environments: security groups and licenses
  5. Select Reset, and then select Confirm to reset the selected environment.

The reset process starts.

Reset environment status.

Administration mode

When you place a sandbox environment in administration mode, only users with System Administrator or System Customizer security roles are 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 regular users.

Note

System Customizers will need to sign in to the environment directly through the URL as the environment in administration mode will not appear to System Customizers in the Environments page of the Power Platform admin center.

See Administration mode.