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We are happy to announce the availability of features that will enable you manage continuous service updates from Microsoft. Following are the different features we are releasing today. Visit the One Version service updates topic for more details.
Configure Service Updates
This feature allows for the customer to be in control for when service updates will be auto-applied to the sandbox and production environment. Customers also have the option to choose which sandbox environment for the auto-update to be applied. This feature is currently available for customers on version 8.1.x and 10.0 to configure the Service Updates in Lifecycle Services.
Customers that are on 8.1.x version and higher will see a new notification in the project's action center with a link to the Update settings page tab under Project settings where you can change the default update settings.
NOTE: This feature is currently only available to customers who are using Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations version 8.1 and later, and who are NOT part of the First Release program. Microsoft is working to make the feature available to First release customers and customers who use older versions of the product. For details on how to configure, see Configure Service Updates.
Pause Service Updates
Microsoft is committed to delivering cumulative service updates for our customers, although we know there may be circumstances when you will not be able to take the monthly service update. We are pleased to announce the Pause capability in Lifecycle Services. You can pause a maximum of two continuous updates at a time. For details on how to configure see, Pause Service Update.
Get notified about Service Updates
Microsoft uses service updates to update your configured sandbox and production environments to the latest version. Several new notification types have been added with this release:
Notification bar on the environment details page
Upcoming updates schedule to reflect the updates that will be applied to that environment.
For details see, Get Notified About Service Updates.
Service Updates Schedule
After you set the update environment and update cadence, Microsoft generates an update calendar for the next six months to provide you with visibility and predictability of the Service Update. This calendar shows exactly when the configured sandbox and production environments will be updated. To view the calendar and learn more see, Configure Service updates.