Winter 19 is here...
Winter 19 release is almost here and SalesForce is ready to roll out new features. I am really excited about it and can't wait to see what all new features will be rolled out.
Sign up for a Winter '19 Pre-Release Org.
Want to test the new Features
Most of us would really like to test all the customizations and the new features before the actual Winter 19 Production upgrade happens, right so SalesForce has published a schedule using which we can track when our sandbox instance will be upgraded to Winter 19.
SalesForce Sandbox Groups
- Preview - Preview Instances are instances which get upgraded to the newer version of Salesforce before Production Instances (CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS7, CS9,CS11, CS12, CS13, CS14,CS15, CS17, CS19, CS20,CS21, CS23, CS25, CS26,CS27, CS28, CS30, CS31,CS32, CS41, CS42, CS44,CS45, CS47, CS51, CS53,CS54, CS57, CS59, CS61,
CS63, CS67, CS69, CS71,CS72, CS77, CS78, CS79,CS80, CS81, CS83, CS84,CS85, CS87, CS88, CS91,CS93, CS95, CS96, CS97,CS99, CS105, CS106, CS107,CS108, CS109, CS116)
- Non-Preview - Non-Preview Instances are upgraded towards the end of a Major Release along with the majority of Production Instances. (If your organization sandbox instance is not in the above list than it is a Non-Preview sandbox - CS1, CS6, CS8, CS10, CS16,CS18, CS22, CS24, CS33,CS40, CS43, CS50, CS52,CS58, CS60, CS62, CS64,CS65, CS66, CS68, CS70,CS82, CS86, CS89, CS90,CS92, CS94, CS98, CS100,CS101, CS102, CS115)
- September 7, 2018 - Preview Instances upgrade.
- September 8, 2018 - Preview Instances upgrade.
- October 12, 2018 - Non-Preview upgrade.
- October 13, 2018 - Non-Preview upgrade.
What do I need to do?
The next question that comes immediately to the mind is what should I do to test all the new features. To move your sandbox to the Preview group you will have to refresh the sandbox, the sandbox refresh time interval is still in play so please keep in mind before refreshing the sandbox for more information please click here. As per SalesForce all the new request from now until September 7, 2018 will be routed to Preview Instances.
Any request made on or after September 7, 2018 will reset the sandbox to Non-Preview instance, so plan accordingly.
If you don't want to test the new customizations you don't need to do anything but if your organization is planning to test the new sandbox, I would suggest planning a sandbox refresh soon, as the day comes close more organization will plan to move to the Preview instance group which will increase the number of request in the queue and can take more time than usual to refresh the sandbox.