Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of preview environments for Business Central 2021 release wave 1, and as of today  was able to actually create one 🙂

So how do you do this?

Well it’s actually very simple. In your current Business Central Saas environment, open the Admin Center:

Or use this URL: and replace YOURTENANTID with your tenant id. Where can you find your tenant id? You can find that here:


In the Environments, click New:

In the pane that opens, at the right side of the screen, select Type: Sandbox and then in ‘Select a version for this environment:’ select a v18 version number:

Now click on Create and wait a couple of minutes…

And now you can run it as follows:

Learn how to prepare for major updates with preview environments, try out the new functionality and provide feedback on the preview, see more here:

Make sure read the article about how a major Business Central update rolls out

Docker Artifacts:

To get the Docker Artifacts for the Public Preview use the latest BcContainerHelper PowerShell module and use:

  • Get-BcArtifactUrl -storageAccount BcPublicPreview -country <country> -type <type>
  • Where <country> is the localization you need (w1, us, dk, de,..)
  • And <type> is OnPrem or Sandbox based on whether you need the OnPrem release or the “Sandbox simulation” release.


2 Thoughts on “How Do I: Create a Preview environment for Business Central 2021 release wave 1?

  1. drewk2016 on March 12, 2021 at 17:33 said:

    If I try to publish against a runtime version 7.0 for my new v18 cloud sandbox I get an AL compiler error in BC. Is it only possible to publish a custom extension for a Docker instance at the moment?

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