It might not feel like it (Especially if you’re feeling this European heat wave at the moment!), but the Salesforce Winter ’19 Release is just around the corner. A few of us got a pleasant surprise after logging into our pre-release Org’s to see that they had been upgraded to the latest version of Salesforce, an official announcement followed a few days later surrounding Sandbox previews.
As I’m sure most of you veterans know, the three Salesforce releases are year are when us Admins, Developer and Consultants get a bunch more features and tools to play around with to delight our customers and users. If you’re new to Salesforce, you’re in for a treat. There is a lot of agenda items you need to prepare for with each release but at this stage, there are only a couple of things you need to know, how to prepare your sandbox, and when your instance gets upgraded.
Sandbox Preview Information
The first thing you should be aware of is how and when your Sandbox is going to be upgraded. This is extremely important as this is the first opportunity you will get to test your system on the new release. You will be able to sign up to Pre-release Org’s and Developer Org’s with Winter ’19 switched on in the very near future, but these, of course, will not have any of your config.
Salesforce has two release windows for Sandboxes, which depends on whether your sandbox is a “Preview” instance or “Non-Preview Instance”. Salesforce released a handy blog post which contains all the information you need to figure out which your sandbox is. The two release dates for Sandboxes are 7/8th September & October 12/13th, this is over a month apart so it’s my recommendation you ensure at least one of your sandboxes is a “Preview” instance.
Salesforce Winter ’19 Release Date
The second thing you should be aware of it when your production instance will be upgraded to the Winter ’19 release. As per the previous section, it’s important that you test all your main use cases in Salesforce before this date to ensure that everything continues to work. Although there is rarely any chance of this, it’s important that these checks are carried out anyway.
The Release Date for Winter ’19 will depend on your instance of Salesforce, but the main dates are on September 8th, October 6th & 13th. If you already know the instance your production Org is located on, you can head over to Salesforce Trust and click on your instance name and hit “Maintenances”, this will show you the date of the Salesforce Winter ’19 release hitting your Org.
If you don’t know your instance, the quickest way is to head to company information within Setup in your Salesforce Org (Or look at the URL link of Salesforce in your browser if you are not using Lightning or MyDomains).
If you’re new to Salesforce Trust and would like to learn more, I recommend checking out Ines Garcia’s post regarding signing up for notifications on Trust.Salesforce.com.
Enjoy the Salesforce Winter ’19 Release!