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PAM-thrive
Advocate I
Advocate I

Clone Solution issue

So silly me, I had assumed that "clone a solution" would, well you know, clone the solution making a copy of evereything that I could then edit without affecting the production system.

But no, instead what it appears to have done is renamed my solution as I cannot find the original. Why Microsoft decided to make this so difficult is beyond me! 

 

So my questions and panic is now this:

1) Is there just a simple way to undo what has been done?

2) Will all the flows  continue as before?

3) Can I just rename the solution by deleting the word - TEST that is now added to it (and the flow's inside as well)

4) is there just a very simple and fast way for me to create a copy of a solution without all this exporting and importing stuff that requires 1000 mouse clicks?

 

My end goal is just to simply make a copy of the production flows and powerapp, and re-aim them to point at the test database.

 

thanks

 

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DavidYack
MVP

1) Clone a solution rolls up the base solution and any patches into a v.next - it doesn't copy the solution like you found out

2) Yes, solutions just reference components cloning it did nothing to the components it contains

3)  Yes, click settings and rename to prior name

4)  Ideally you would have at least two or three environments and you wouldn't copy in the same environment you would promote from dev - > test - > production - I would start here where you will find some more details - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/alm/

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DavidYack
MVP

1) Clone a solution rolls up the base solution and any patches into a v.next - it doesn't copy the solution like you found out

2) Yes, solutions just reference components cloning it did nothing to the components it contains

3)  Yes, click settings and rename to prior name

4)  Ideally you would have at least two or three environments and you wouldn't copy in the same environment you would promote from dev - > test - > production - I would start here where you will find some more details - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/alm/

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Thanks for your reply @DavidYack 

Unfortunately we use SQL Server on site, so I have to build around a On Prem Data Gateway.

It appears you can only have gateways in your default environment. So as soon as I try to develop in a test/dev environment I have no access to a data gateway to use my test SQL Server. 

 

This seems really idiotic to be quite honest.

@PAM-thrive- literally just did the exact same thing as yourself from your original post.

 

Did you manage to find a workaround? I'm the same as you, I just wanted to create a copy of my solution in the same environment and rename from DEV to UAT

Yeah me too. This seems idiotic that cloning a solution simply renames it.

 

Unfortunately we only have one environment where I develop and deploy solutions. Thus this seems natural to just clone and rename a solution.

 

Ideally I would like different environments, but I'm not in a position to make decisions.

VR-Scott
Helper I
Helper I

Has this been solved?
I am having the same issue.

testasdfasfsafa
Advocate III
Advocate III

I cannot believe I lost my "backup" by using "clone"!!!  DAYS of work lost because this stupid tool doesn't have a normal version history. The miss-labelled clone option didn't clone as I would expect so I could create a "branch" while I experiment a different approach with my flow.  Now, I can't find my "clone" anymore...   **bleep** this "solution" approach is unnecessarily complicated.  Why can't we have simple version history like anything in Sharepoint?  So we can go back if we screw up...  Why can't we simply "disable" actions to allow quick experimentation?  I could go on and on... this tool is not ready for prime time and the speed of updates and changes is way too slow.  Perhaps, Microsoft is not really investing in Power Automate?

 

I'm so mad right now... 😞

I attempted to rename the solution ( a bunch of table linked to a model driven app). However, the form in the model driven app is now not connected and recording data like it was before. 

yuli3ngo
Frequent Visitor

Thank you to you all for creating posts in this issue. I was looking for copying my solution but checking it first here. Glad, I read all your posts. So, is there any way to copy the solution in the same environment using different name OR not?  

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