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Getting Started with Lifecycle Services

August 14, 2019


[MUSIC] LifeCycle Services,
also known as LCS, is a Microsoft Azure-based
collaboration portal that provides a unifying,
collaborative environment, together with a set of
regularly updated services that help you manage
the application lifecycle of your Microsoft Dynamics 365 for
Operations implementations. LCS support two types of
projects, partner projects and customer projects. On this screen,
we are seeing a partner project. Partner projects can be used for
partner-led trials and to host Dynamics 365 for Operations environments
using partner subscriptions. Methodology can be changed on
the partner project by clicking the ellipsis button, the three
dots in the Methodology area. Customer projects are created
as part of Dynamics 365 for Operations license activation. Each Dynamics 365 for Operations customer gets one
LifeCycle Services project. You’ll notice that similar
components are available on customer projects and
on partner projects. However, there are some
key differences. Customer projects have a fixed
number of Dynamics 365 for Operations environments, available in
the Environments section. The number and type of
environments that are available depend on the customer
purchase license. These environments are deployed
using a Microsoft Azure subscription. Methodologies and LCS projects provide a tool that
you can use to track important phases and tasks in
implementation projects. The methodology and customer
projects contain phases and tasks that must be completed
in every Dynamics 365 for Operations implementation. Additional phases and
tasks can be added to it. The default phases and
tasks cannot be deleted. The Action Center shows
user warnings, if any, and key tasks that must be completed
in the selected LCS project. Additional LCS tools and
settings can be accessed by clicking the menu bar
at the top of the screen. Business Process Modeler lets
you create, view, and modify standard process flows inside
Dynamics 365 for Operations. By using
Business Process Modeler, you can achieve
the following goals. Standardize business flows,
align Dynamics 365 for Operations processes with
industry standard processes, as described by
the American Productivity and Quality Center,
also known as APQC. Identify fit and gaps
between user requirements and the default functionality
that Dynamics 365 for Operations provides. You can either use existing
standard business process libraries as a starting point,
or you can create a new one. You can use cloud-hosted
environments to deploy Dynamics 365 for Operations environments
on private Azure subscriptions. When you use the cloud-hosted
environments tool, you must select the type
of Dynamics 365 for Operations environment
that you want to deploy, such as a demo or
developer test environment. Based on your selection, the cloud-hosted environments
tool provisions the environment. This environment has Dynamics
365 for Operations components, and all their prerequisites,
already installed. Upgrade analysis helps you plan
your upgrade to the latest version of Dynamics 365 for
Operations. By analyzing code artifacts
from Dynamics AX 2012, or from previous versions of
Dynamics 365 for Operations. Configuration and Data Manager
lets you copy a configuration from your data packages
in your asset library to a Dynamics 365 for
Operations instance. You can copy from and
to Dynamics 365 for Operations environments that
meet the following criteria. They are managed as
part of an LCS project. They run the Data
Import/Export Framework. Issue search helps you find
existing solutions and workarounds for known issues in
Dynamics 365 for Operations. You can see which issues have
been fixed, which issues remain open, and which issues have
been resolved as won’t fix. The localization and translation
tool contains Dynamics 365 for Operations regulatory
alert submissions and the Dynamics 365 for
Operations translation service. Subscription estimator
provides an automated estimate of the subscription
that is required for your Dynamics 365 for Operations
instance in the cloud. Subscription estimator uses
the user license details and transaction count to infer
the subscription needs. Although you can have
multiple estimates, you must mark one
estimate as active. This is key information to
determine the right production environment specifications
by Microsoft. Support helps you manage
support incidents. You can reproduce and
document an incident on Visual Studio Team Services and
then submit the incident to the Microsoft support
team if required. Support follows up by
investigating and, if possible, testing a fix, and then sends the fix back
to you for verification. Support tickets can be created
directly from Dynamics 365 for Operations or LCS. If created in Dynamics 365 for
Operations, the ticket flows to LCS and then
to Visual Studio Team Services. System diagnostics helps
administrators monitor Dynamics 365 for
Operations environments. You can also monitor each
environment individually by opening environment details and
opening environment monitoring. Environment monitoring provides
important information about user and activity loads. This brings us to the end
of this presentation. We hope you found
the information useful. Thank you for watching. [MUSIC]

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