Deploy Dynamics 365 Operations Environment using Lifecycle Services, Part 1

June 19 2019

In this article, we will take a look at how to create a project and deploy a Microsoft Dynamic 365 for Finance and Operations environment using Lifecycle Services (LCS) and your organization's existing Azure subscription.

Prerequisites

To perform the activities described below, your organization needs the following systems in place:

1) Azure subscription

2) Lifecycle Services account

Environment setup

1) Azure Subscription: Login to the Azure portal and buy a pay-as-you-go subscription. LCS consumes significant Azure resources, and if we choose the start free option it will give errors later when we deploy the VM.

2) Once we are done with the subscription setup, go to the subscription tab and select the Access Control option and create a role. Set the role as Contributor and add a user, setting it as the “Dynamic Deployment Services.” We can now login to the Lifecycle Services remember we should login  using the account which has the admin access to the subscription.

3) After login we can see the following screen. The first step in LCS is to create a new project so click on the plus sign.

create_new_lcs_project4) Once we click on the plus sign we’ll have different options that may vary based on the version of LCS you are using. Here we are setting up the environment for development and learning purposes, so select the “Migrate, Create Solutions, and Learn” option.

migrate_create_solutions_and_learn5) Enter the project details and click on the create option. All the information is related to how you want your project settings to appear and the methodology option lets you select what you want to show up as the default project information in LCS. The migrate and create Dynamics 365 for Operations Solution lists the options.

enter_project_details_and_create6) Once we click on Create we’ll land in the LCS project homepage.

7) Access the Azure subscription: Scroll to the right and click on the project settings.

access_project_settings8) We are accessing the Azure subscription, so click on the Azure connectors option we’ll see on the following screen.

click_azure_connectors9) The first step is to authorize your organization in LCS by clicking on the authorize link.

10) Linking LCS to Azure subscription: Click on the add option and make sure the subscription ID is same as you have in the Azure portal, as we may have multiple sets.

add_subscription_id

enter_subscription_id11) Once we fill in the required details click next. At this point, we’ll be required to authorize the user to access the subscription. Alternately, we can download the certificate from LCS and upload to the Azure portal by going to the Subscription > Management Certificates > Upload.

12) Select the server environment region for LCS.

13) Now we can see the Azure connection in the project setting.

view_azure_connection

Deployment for the virtual machine

About Yogesh Gore

Yogesh is an Associate Software Engineer - BI and D365 Finance and Operations in CloudFronts Technologies. His constant research and extraordinary coding ability has led him to successfully deliver on several client projects related to D365 deployments. He is currently in charge of an important customer based in Mumbai and currently in charge of the delivery onsite. Yogesh likes reading about technology immensely and is continuously researching about ERP and analytics platforms.

CloudFronts is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner which offers complete Dynamics 365 (Customer Engagement, Finance and Operations, Business Central) implementations, Power BI Analytics, Office 365 and Azure Infrastructure services. The team has deep expertise in delivering and supporting the customers through all aspects of their implementation from strategic technology consulting and road-map, requirements assessments, project implementation, training, migration to post go live managed services and support. The company has vast experience in digitally transforming corporates in sectors such as banking & financial services, professional services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, F&B, retail, agro-tech, non-profit and several others. CloudFronts commenced its operations in the year 2012 to empower organizations around the world, do more with technology. Check out our customer success stories here: https://www.cloudfronts.com/customer-success/ and follow us on LinkedIn now https://in.linkedin.com/company/cloudfronts

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