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Migrating Sandbox to Production environment

Hi Community

I have quite a big project running in a sandbox environment. Dynamics365, Portals, Power Apps, Flows etc.
"Problem" is that sandbox environment is in fact being used as a production environment. 
I suppose it would be wise to turn it into a production environment, but why exactly and what would be the impact of it? 
And what can possibly go wrong? 

Thanks as always for your valuable input!

Super User II
Super User II

Hi @BClouded,

The main differences between Sandbox and a Production environment are:

  1. yYu can perform less administrative tasks, like reset, delete, etc in a Production environment whereas in a Sandbox you can
  2. Sandbox and Production used to have the same performance, but Microsoft has confirmed that a Production environment is now configured to performed better
  3. Microsoft support tickets are supposed to be opened against a production instance as well, although I was able to open some with a Sandbox...

In short, there's no right/wrong way for your downstream environments except that Prod is obviously Production type and don't create CDS environments in the Default environment. If you're not planning on resetting your environments at regular basis then go for Production type. You can always change the configuration from Prod to Sandbox (and vice-versa) later.


Here's also a nice MS article about environment strategy:


Hope this helps!


Hi @EricRegnier 

Thanks for your time to clarifying. Especially the better performance part might be key to transform this environment.
This is a business critical environment, so we do not plan to reset all!

Updating to production environment doesn't has any risks that comes with it? Like losing custom entities, apps, flows, ...  



Nope, you won’t lose anything. It is safe.


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