Your guide to Microsoft’s new D365 service update schedule. Familiarize yourself with the new release cadence, when it goes into effect. How many updates you can skip and how to get the most out of Microsoft service updates.
In a significant shift aimed at enhancing user experience and operational efficiency for D365 Finance & Supply Chain users, Microsoft has announced a change in the Microsoft service update frequency for Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. Starting in 2024, Microsoft will transition from seven to just four service updates annually. This pivotal move is part of Microsoft’s One Version initiative for Dynamics 365, a comprehensive roadmap designed to simplify and streamline the update process for customers.
To give you a clearer understanding of these changes, this blog post will cover several key aspects:
By the end of this post, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the new update schedule and how to prepare your organization for a smooth transition.
Under the new Microsoft One Version Schedule, service updates will be strategically rolled out in February, April, July, and October (although the actual updates come out a few weeks before). These changes will go into effect starting with the 10.0.38 release for Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Chain Management, which Microsoft is calling a transition release. The 10.0.38 release will be generally available starting 12/22/23, with the earliest mandatory auto-update being 2/2/24. The subsequent “April” release, 10.0.39, will be the first service update released under the new cadence.
The updated Microsoft One Version Update Frequency is designed to give your organization a more predictable and manageable release cycle. Notably, you can now pause only one service update, compared to the previous allowance of three. Consequently, you’re required to implement at least two service updates each year. This requirement ensures that you stay compliant and benefit from the latest feature enhancements and security updates.
Additionally, Microsoft is extending the preview periods and servicing windows for each release. The servicing windows have been expanded from 186 days – 214 days, with improved overlap between releases. These changes offer you a more generous timeframe to work with your Microsoft Partner to prepare for each service release date. Furthermore, each preview period will include one planned update, equipping you and your Managed Services Partner with valuable information well before the official release and streamlining your preparation process.
Is the 10.0.38 schedule influenced by the new Microsoft One Version Update Frequency?
Absolutely – To serve as a bridge to the new update cadence, several key milestones for version 10.0.38 have been realigned.
Firstly, the preview availability date has been extended. Originally slated for October 13, 2023, it’s now pushed to October 27, 2023. Additionally, a subsequent update to this preview is on the calendar for November 3, 2023.
If you’re enrolled in the First Release program, your auto-updates will arrive a month ahead of the general schedule in December 2023. Moreover, the option for self-updating will also become available earlier than initially planned, specifically on December 22, 2023.
Importantly, there are no alterations to the general availability broadcast dates for auto-updates. Lastly, the servicing window has been lengthened, now spanning from April 12 to August 9, 2024.
These updates are generally available for self-deployment before Microsoft automatically applies them. The timing for the release of packages for self-update relative to production auto-updates does vary. To find out the timing for self-updates and auto-updates for upcoming releases, you can refer to the Targeted Release Schedule, although dates are subject to change.
It currently appears that three updates can still be paused until an environment is updated to version 10.0.38. Once an environment has been updated to this version, the single update pause limit will be enforced. This can be a bit confusing on the Microsoft One Version FAQs because it states the enforcement of a single Service Update pause starts February 19th 2024, but this assumes your organization auto updates to 10.0.38 on that date. As an example, if your organization is currently on 10.0.36, you can pause through 10.0.39, although Avantiico strongly recommends not waiting until 10.0.40 is released. There is very limited time between when the Service Updates are released and when Microsoft automatically applies it to your environment.
The revamped release schedule for Microsoft Dynamics 365 brings many advantages that cater to customer needs. First and foremost, you’ll have more time to plan and test updates. This extended timeframe allows for thorough evaluation, ensuring that each update aligns well with your existing systems.
Secondly, the new schedule reduces the risk of disruptions to your operations. By having a more predictable release cycle, you can better prepare your team and resources, minimizing any potential downtime.
Additionally, you’ll gain access to the latest features and functionalities as they roll out. This ensures that you’re always operating at peak performance and taking advantage of the most recent innovations.
Lastly, the update process itself has been simplified and streamlined. This makes it easier for you to manage updates, reducing the administrative burden and allowing you to focus on more strategic initiatives.
As the new release schedule approaches, preparation is key to a smooth transition. To start, it’s advisable to review the One Version service update FAQ. This resource provides valuable insights into what you can expect, helping you to plan more effectively.
Next, you should map out your update schedule for the year. Knowing when each update is due allows you to allocate resources and time in a more organized manner.
It’s also crucial to test updates in a sandbox environment before deploying them to your production systems. This step provides a safety net, enabling you to identify and resolve any issues before they affect your live operations.
Finally, and arguably most importantly, consider working with a Microsoft Solutions partner like Avantiico to assist with the update implementation. Expert guidance can be invaluable, especially when navigating new changes. Working with Avantiico’s Managed Services team will ensure that you get the most out of every new Microsoft Service release.
In summary, Microsoft’s new service update release schedule for Dynamics 365, set to commence in 2024, represents a significant shift designed to enhance user experience and operational efficiency. From understanding the One Version initiative to preparing for the new release cadence, it’s crucial to stay informed and proactive to make the most of these changes.
The benefits are clear: a more predictable release cycle, enhanced features, and improved security measures. However, adapting to this new landscape may require some adjustments in your planning and operations. That’s where expert guidance can make all the difference.
If you are interested in specialized assistance to navigate these changes smoothly, consider working with Avantiico’s Managed Services. Our team of experts is well-equipped to help you manage Microsoft service releases effectively, ensuring that you’re always ahead of the curve.
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