Need to update a Dynamics 365 for Operations environment to the latest application release and there’s no Technical Consultant around!? Not to worry Microsoft has your back! By using a Software Deployable Package.
A Deployable Package can be a binary update or other run-time components that is compiled as a unit of deployment. Microsoft push out all their updates as Deployable Packages to the Shared Asset Library within LCS (as shown below):
These are available for consumption into pre-existing environments within Projects. Although before we continue i’d like to supply two warnings and one piece of advice:
- Do not apply an Deployable Package is you have custom code that adopts the use of overlays (only if it uses extensions can it be used- if you are concerned THEN contact a technical consultant otherwise it may cause them some headache/extra work (re-doing the overlays)).
- Updating the application will cause the system to be down- so always plan ahead.
- Obvious but got to endorse, always perform a full back-up before progressing with an update.
How to consume a Microsoft Application update using a Deployable Package
1. Go to the Shared Asset Library and check the package containing the Microsoft update you wish to deploy is there.
2. Go to the Focal Projects Asset Library and select ‘Software Deployable Packages’, then select ‘Import’ and import the package found in step 1
3. Go to the focal environment you wish to update and open up the maintenance page (by selecting the environment in the project), select ‘Maintain’ then ‘Apply Binary Updates’- select the Software Deployable Package imported in step 2
4. Apply the package- this will start the upgrade process
5. Refresh the screen every so often to view progress.
6. Once it has completed all of the steps (a counter will display e.g. 26/30, 27/30, 28/30…) then it will ask you to either sign it off or sign off the update with errors.
Thank you for reading my article. You’ll be pleased to know I accept no liability if this goes wrong (please read the warnings and if unsure do consult a technical consultant), however, it really does work well!
As always if you do have any questions around Dynamics 365 please do not hesitate to contact me.