Microsoft keeps adding new features to all facets of Business Central, including the admin center. In this blog post I will go over 5 changes to Business Central admin center.
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1. How to access Admin URL
Well, this is not something new, but still admins need to know how to access the BC admin center.
2. Copy environments
A) Sandbox to Production
After testing your sandbox you can turn it into a production environment.
Click on a Sandbox environment
Click on Copy action:
A new dialog appears:
Enter the New environment name and the type of the environment, in this case Production, and then click on Copy.
B) Production to Sandbox
Navigate to environment home page and click on a Production environment.
In the next screen, pick a name for the new sandbox and click on Copy:
Copy is scheduled:
and later is Copying:
Note 1: you can also perform these 2 actions programmatically via APIs:
Note 2: Clean up or prepare data via 2 new events:
3) Restrict access to a specific environment to only certain users (part of a security group)
A) Create security group in Azure AD or Microsoft 365 admin center
- Open Admin Center
- Navigate to Active teams & groups
- Click Security
- Select Add a group action
- add owner(s) and member(s)
B) Assign security group to BC environment
Admin users will be allowed in all these environments.
To restrict access to an environment, create a security group with 0 members. In this case only admins have access.
4) Environment operations are now caught in the Environment Operations:
Navigate to Operations:
5) Restart Environments:
- Open the environment;
- Click on Sessions;
- Click on Restart Environment
Note: Sessions is useful not only for checking who’s logged in Business Central, but also could be used in debugging. See my blog on Snapshot Debugging.
6) Update apps in each environment
If you have apps installed in your environments and these apps have updates in the AppSource, starting with BC 2021 wave 2 you can manage the apps and their upgrade from admin center.
- Click on one environment link
- Choose Apps action
If the Available Update Action shows “Action Required” click on it and get through the upgrade flow.
I hope you found useful my succinct presentation of these 5 changes to Business Central admin center.