The Summer ’13 release includes a couple major changes for sandbox users: templates and a new look that makes it even easier to create and manage your sandboxes.

What are Sandbox templates?

Sandboxes contain copies of your organization’s configuration and (optionally) data. Use sandboxes for training or to test, configure, and deploy changes to a production organization. Full sandboxes are particularly useful for development teams to coordinate testing and deployment to production organizations.

Previously, when you created a Full sandbox, all of your organization’s data was copied to the sandbox. Now, Sandbox templates let you pick-and-choose specific objects and data to copy to a Full sandbox, save your preferences, and then reuse the template for new Full sandboxes.

Why Use Templates?

Sandbox templates:

  • Give you the ability to keep sensitive data from a Full sandbox.
  • Control the size of a Full sandbox. Smaller sandboxes are created and refreshed more quickly than large ones.
  • Maintain multiple, reusable templates for different use-cases and development teams.

Sandboxes are now easier to use, too…

The Summer ’13 release also includes an enhanced Sandbox user interface.

The new pages:

  • Tell you how many of each sandbox license you have (and how many are in use).
  • Provide more information about each type of sandbox to help you decide which one to use.
  • Walk you through the steps to create a new sandbox.
  • Include Sandbox Templates and Sandbox History tabs with detailed information to help you manage your templates and sandboxes.

Want to see this in action?

You can view a video demo in the Summer ’13 Release Training page.

In the Force.com section, click “Play Now” and view the Sandbox topic of the video.

Related Resources

For other information about Sandboxes, check out the DeveloperForce Tools and Toolkits page, the Sandbox Overview in the Salesforce online help, and the Development Lifecycle Guide.

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  • http://twitter.com/WheelerMike Mike Wheeler

    This is a massive step forward. The article mentions Full sandboxes, specifically. Will this same functionality be available for all sandboxes (i.e. Developer, Config)?

  • Dave Jacowitz

    Mike,

    I’m glad you like the new feature. Sandbox templates are only available for Full sandboxes.

  • Anonymous

    very cool feature!, saves time!

  • http://help.salesforce.com/ Dave Jacowitz

    Mike,

    Consider posting to the Salesforce IdeaExchange https://success.salesforce.com/ideaHome where you can request we expand this feature to other sandbox types and other users can vote it up.

  • http://developer.force.com/ Michael Floyd

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Dave