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#MSDyn365BC - What's New in 2020 release wave 2 Administration?

Hi Readers,

The 2020 release wave 2 delivers a set of features that are designed to simplify and improve the way partners administer tenants, and the way administrators carry out administration tasks for licensing and permissions.

In this article, we will list down what's new in #Msdyn365bc 2020 Release Wave 2 administration is summary.

If you would like to understand more about any of the topic listed below, Please let me know as comment to this article.

Improved overview and management of the available database and file capacity.

With Business Central 2020 Wave 2, customer administrators and Partners (delegated administrator) can get an overview of the database and file capacity for Business Central Online (SaaS) Environments.

Customers can now purchase additional storage if database size go beyond 80 GB Database capacity. 

Each additional purchase will increase tenant-wide database storage capacity by 4 GB.

Read more in MSDN.

Log of admin operations in the Business Central admin center

The Business Central admin center will show a log of operations, performed by the customer admins and delegated admins (partners) in the admin center and through the admin center API. 

The log will initially include the operations that we enable with this release:
  • Renaming environments
  • Restoring environments
  • Updating apps (pending)
Read More in MSDN

Pre-sales Environment  - If you want to provide a prospect with an online environment where you want to demonstrate the performance and reliability of Business Central online in addition to demonstrating functionality, you must take a few extra steps.

Service-to-service authentication for Automation APIs

For supporting Automation scenarios in Business Central, an application permission scope is added, called Automation.ReadWrite.All.

Support for an unlimited number of production and sandbox environments.

With Business Central 2020 Release Wave 2, customers with Business Central Premium or Essential subscription can use -1 Production and 3 Sandbox Environment as no extra cost.

They can also purchase an unlimited number of additional production environment.
Each New Production Environment comes with 3 additional sandbox and 4 GB additional (tenant-wide) database capacity.

Manage irreversible features
  • There are features that cannot be turned off after they have been turned on by an administrator. 
  • Administrators see a warning when they are about to enable an irreversible feature on production/sandbox environment.
*We will talk about this in separate article.

Database access intent changed to read-only for frequently used reports

To improve performance in reporting, Microsoft have changed the default database access intent to read-only for Reports. 

The Reports will use the capacity of a read-only replica rather than share the read-write replica.
  •  28 W1 Reports are Updated.
  • 19 US, Canada, and Mexico Reports are Updated.
  • 01 Austria, Germany, and Switzerland Reports are Updated.
Report List in MSDN 

Deprecation of the legacy Dynamics NAV Help Server component.

A 10 Year old Help Server Component will be deprecated with Business Central 2021 Wave 1 (Version 18).
Read More in MSDN 

Speed up low-level code calculations
Improved performance in manufacturing environments that use MRP planning.

Disable Integration Records and Integration Management
  • One of the irreversible features added in Business central 2020 Wave 2 is Disabling Legacy Integration Management.
  • Till Business Central 2020 Wave 1, all API rely on Integration Record Table which causes performance bottleneck due to no. of Records in Integration Records. 
  • With Business Central 2020 Wave 2, if you enable irreversible feature API will use System fields rather than integration Records.
  • For New Customers, Integration Records and Integration Management are disabled by default.
  • For Existing Customers after upgrade can manually disable integration records and Integration Management. Business Central will stop creating integration records.
  • System fields such as systemId, systemModifiedAt, and systemCreatedAt will be used.
Read More in MSDN

Restoring environments to a point in time in the past
  • With Business Central 2020 Release Wave 2, customers can recover their data to a point in time in the past, in case it was damaged as a result of an unintended action by a user or developer.
  • To help customers recover their data, we are introducing a new data recovery feature in the Business Central administration center.
  • With this release, Business Central local and delegated administrators (partners) can restore any environment (sandbox and production) to a certain point in time up to 30 days in the past.
  • The restore operation permission is granted to admin users, who also have a specific permission set assigned to them within the environment. 
  • The number of restore attempts will be limited to 10 attempts per environment/per month.
When restoring a production environment, the admins follow these steps:
  • Rename the original production environment (for example, MyProdEnv-DONOTUSE).
  • Do a point-in-time restore of the original environment into a new production environment with the original name (MyProdEnv).
There are more articles about What's New in Business Central 2020 Release Wave 2.

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Saurav Dhyani


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