Since the first launch of Dynamics 365 Portals in May 2016, it has come a long way adding a long list of capabilities in multiple releases—latest being 8.3 release which was launched in July 2017.
As we have been cranking out multiple portal releases, it is important for you to understand Portal update process to prepare for any new Portal release properly and to reduce any impact on your customers.
In this post, I will try to demystify whole Portal release as well as update process.
First and foremost is to understand how frequent Portal releases are and what changes are expected in each.
Dynamics 365 Portals main consist of two components described below. Each release can either have update available for both components or only Post website host.
Note: As of July 2017, all shipped versions of Portal Solutions are supported, and all the customers will be given enough heads up to update to latest versions before any solution version is marked as deprecated. However, all customers are advised to update their solutions to latest versions as soon as possible to make sure they are always able to use all the new Portal functionality.
As part of any Portal release, Portal website host are updated automatically to latest versions while Portal solutions are updated by customers. It is important to understand impact of each component update on your live Portal, so you can plan accordingly.
In the end, I want to talk about how you will be notified about any release and can prepare for it.
As part of 8.3 release of Portals, one of the major change brought in Portal release process was launch of early upgrade process for Portal releases. This process is aimed at give you enough time to prepare when any Portal release is expected to rolled out.
Below are the details of this process
Early Upgrade Process for Portals
This concludes all the details which I wanted to share regarding Portal update process. Hope you find it useful.
In case you have any feedback, do not hesitate to share with me. Till then, Happy Portal’ing !!!