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Spring ’14 Sandbox Preview

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With the excitement of Dreamforce now over, the next thing to prepare for is the salesforce.com Spring ’14 release! The preview window is scheduled to start on the 10th January, 2014 and if you’d like your organisation to be included you must follow the instructions below. Gaining early access to Spring ’14 is a great way to test out new features and settings before the GA release and upgrade of your production org. It’s also important to be aware of the sandbox preview window should you wish to retain the current release in your sandbox org (to effectively opt-out of the preview).

If you wish to take part in the Spring ‘14 Preview, your Sandbox must be active on a preview instance by January 10, 2014 to take part in an overall instance upgrade.

Join the preview

In order to join the preview, most users won’t need to do a thing because as the sandbox already resides on a preview instance. If it isn’t then you will need to take action before the 3rd of Jan 2014 for your Sandbox to take part in the Spring ‘14 Preview. From now until January 3, 2014, all Sandbox refresh requests will be routed to a Sandbox instance that will be upgraded for the preview. Starting January 4, 2014, all refresh requests will be routed to non-preview instances until your production instance is upgraded to Spring ‘14.

Preview Window Refresh Schedule

In addition to the steps above, use the graphic below to assist in understanding and planning around the preview window refresh schedule. For example, if your Sandbox is on CS3 and you refresh it after 12 AM PST on January 4, 2014, it will be moved to a non-preview Instance.

Sandbox Preview Refresh Schedule

Sandox Preview Summary

See these points below for a summary of the sandbox preview process:

  • If you decide to stay on the current Winter ‘14 release, sandboxes won’t be upgraded to Spring ‘14 until February 15, 2014.
  • The Spring ’14 Sandbox preview window is scheduled to begin on 10/01/2014 (UK date).
  • By 03/01/2014 you may need to take action to ensure your Sandbox is active on a Spring ’14 preview instance or that it remains on Winter ’14.
  • Full Sandbox preview FAQ

Please Note: Beware of sandbox refresh restrictions in order to plan accordingly.