Saturday, June 4, 2016

Clone a Solution - Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 introduces a new feature Solution Cloning "Clone a Solution" - It creates a copy of solution with new version in which all patches released from base solution are merged.

You can only clone an unmanaged solution. If you clone an unmanaged base solution, it will create a new solution with higher version(Major & Minor) than base solution. And all the patches released from base solution will be merged into the cloned solution.

A cloned solution can be exported both Managed and Unmanaged

Import cloned solution in target system:

Import feature of clone solution is a bit different from normal solution, when you import a clone solution you will see a message - "This solution package contains an update for a solution that is already installed"

Current Version:
Version contained in the update:

Click on Next

Here you get option "Stage for Upgrade". If you select this option a holding solution will be created. It means you will see both base solution and upgraded solution. But the upgrade will not take place, to apply upgrade you need to click on "Apply Solution Upgrade" on Solution explorer form.

Maintain Customizations: Selecting this option will maintain any unmanaged customizations performed on components but also implies that some of the updates included in this solution will not take effect. 

Example: Suppose you have customized a field in default system solution and change its length from 50 to 100. If in case the cloned solution contains the same field with length 150. In this case maintain customization will retain the unmanaged customization i.e. field length will remain 100.

Overwrite Customizations: Selecting this option will overwrite any unmanaged customizations previously performed on components included in this solution. All updates included in this solution will take effect. From above example- In this case the field length will be updated to 150.

Clone a Patch: Refer Post


  1. Is the original solution still editable following a clone. What I want to know is if by cloning the solution does the original then gets disabled or becomes a managed and therefore no longer customisable solution or can it be used as before?

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