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Preserving environment variable value on staging/production

Currently if I set the Default value, releasing through Pipline will overwrite the value in staging/production that I have manually overwritten through the Default solution route for managed solution. If I use the Current Value way, then every time I release, I have to remember to clear it on the dev environment, release, then put it back so dev can continue to function properly.  Is there a better way so that I don't need to do anything other than clicking Pipeline release button? This is room for error.

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Hi @tedqn77, I believe you must be already knowing the difference between Current Value or (Value) and Default Value in environment variable. If not then please go through this

And for other audience I would like to explain this with an example: You created an environment variable in dev environment which just hold text value lets say "ABC" and the name of environment variable ENVariable.

So, you set the default value as "ABC" and you also set current value also "ABC".  (Current Value or (value) : Override the default value by setting the current value or (value)for your environment. That mean if both the value are present then current value or (value) will be consider).

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Now, If you want that in stagging or prod, you want the value to be used for this variable is "PQR", then MS recommend to Remove this value before exporting if it shouldn't be used in other environments. Shown in below screenshot.

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So, in this example we do not want "ABC" in stagging or prod so we remove it by clicking 3 ellipses and remove from solution.

Now if you are importing this solution manually to stagging or prod then it will ask you to add the current value or (value) for this env variable manually. It will give prompt to you to add the current value. And if you are importing this via CI/CD pipeline, then you need to define the current value or (value) in deployment setting file.  Please check this.

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So, basically I wanted to say that you do not have to put the Current Value or (value) back on dev because your default value is still "ABC" and it will continue to function properly.

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ANB
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Hi @tedqn77, I believe you must be already knowing the difference between Current Value or (Value) and Default Value in environment variable. If not then please go through this

And for other audience I would like to explain this with an example: You created an environment variable in dev environment which just hold text value lets say "ABC" and the name of environment variable ENVariable.

So, you set the default value as "ABC" and you also set current value also "ABC".  (Current Value or (value) : Override the default value by setting the current value or (value)for your environment. That mean if both the value are present then current value or (value) will be consider).

ANB_0-1700763115921.png

Now, If you want that in stagging or prod, you want the value to be used for this variable is "PQR", then MS recommend to Remove this value before exporting if it shouldn't be used in other environments. Shown in below screenshot.

ANB_2-1700763352327.png

So, in this example we do not want "ABC" in stagging or prod so we remove it by clicking 3 ellipses and remove from solution.

Now if you are importing this solution manually to stagging or prod then it will ask you to add the current value or (value) for this env variable manually. It will give prompt to you to add the current value. And if you are importing this via CI/CD pipeline, then you need to define the current value or (value) in deployment setting file.  Please check this.

ANB_3-1700764001057.png

 

So, basically I wanted to say that you do not have to put the Current Value or (value) back on dev because your default value is still "ABC" and it will continue to function properly.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I hope this helps.

Please click Accept as solution if my post helped you solve your issue. This will help others find it more readily. It also closes the item. If the content was useful in other ways, please consider giving it Thumbs up.👍

Thanks,
ANB


 

 

Thank you for the clarification. My confusion was the Default value gets overwritten on each PowerApp Pipeline release to staging and production. So my setting is now simple. Dev will have the Default value for dev. Current value will be blank. On managed staging/production, set the Current value for staging/production variable accordingly through Default Solution.  So staging/production Default will always be dev value. But they will use Current value which won't be changed after Pipeline release. No setting of Environment Variables in Pipleline release (feature not available in the Pipeline release anyway).

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