How Do I: Create a Preview environment for Business Central 2021 release wave 1?

Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of preview environments for Business Central 2021 release wave 1, and as of today  was able to actually create one

So how do you do this?

Well it’s actually very simple. In your current Business Central Saas environment, open the Admin Center:

Or use this URL: and replace YOURTENANTID with your tenant id. Where can you find your tenant id? You can find that here:


In the Environments, click New:

In the pane that opens, at the right side of the screen, select Type: Sandbox and then in ‘Select a version for this environment:’ select a v18 version number:

Now click on Create and wait a couple of minutes…

And now you can run it as follows:

Learn how to prepare for major updates with preview environments, try out the new functionality and provide feedback on the preview, see more here:

Make sure read the article about how a major Business Central update rolls out

Docker Artifacts:

To get the Docker Artifacts for the Public Preview use the latest BcContainerHelper PowerShell module and use:

  • Get-BcArtifactUrl -storageAccount BcPublicPreview -country <country> -type <type>
  • Where <country> is the localization you need (w1, us, dk, de,..)
  • And <type> is OnPrem or Sandbox based on whether you need the OnPrem release or the “Sandbox simulation” release.


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