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HebbyHebz
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Implications of restoring an environment?

Please things aren't working as they should in my environment. I'm considering using a restore from a previous time. Are there any implications I should be aware of?

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ChrisPiasecki
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Hi @HebbyHebz,

 

The biggest implication would be data loss from the point of the backup you choose to restore from. Also any customizations you've made or imported after the backup will be gone as well. 

 

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jukka-niiranen
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There are a few considerations in the restore process that you need to be aware of. Recently we ran into the need of getting some accidentally deleted records back into our production Dataverse database. Based on the impact to Power Apps app id's, flows and sharing, we decided not to restore a backup copy on top of the environment but rather create a new temporary environment, retrieve the data from there and then push it back to production.

I've written about this experience in the Forward Forever team blog. You should also check out the Microsoft FAQ on environment restore impact. For example, when the id's of your apps change, my understanding is that all bookmarks to the canvas apps in the environment will break. Also flow connection references may become broken. I'm not entirely sure if the impact is the same regardless of whether the environment has Dataverse enabled or not, but definitely proceed with caution before doing a big backup restore of a critical environment.

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ChrisPiasecki
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Hi @HebbyHebz,

 

The biggest implication would be data loss from the point of the backup you choose to restore from. Also any customizations you've made or imported after the backup will be gone as well. 

 

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So all my flows and power apps before the restore time remain intact?

Hi @HebbyHebz,

 

Yes that's correct. 

 

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HebbyHebz
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Helper I

Thank you.

jukka-niiranen
Super User
Super User

There are a few considerations in the restore process that you need to be aware of. Recently we ran into the need of getting some accidentally deleted records back into our production Dataverse database. Based on the impact to Power Apps app id's, flows and sharing, we decided not to restore a backup copy on top of the environment but rather create a new temporary environment, retrieve the data from there and then push it back to production.

I've written about this experience in the Forward Forever team blog. You should also check out the Microsoft FAQ on environment restore impact. For example, when the id's of your apps change, my understanding is that all bookmarks to the canvas apps in the environment will break. Also flow connection references may become broken. I'm not entirely sure if the impact is the same regardless of whether the environment has Dataverse enabled or not, but definitely proceed with caution before doing a big backup restore of a critical environment.

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