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Preferred solution is now Generally Available

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Exciting news for Microsoft Dataverse makers!  Preferred Solution is now Generally available. This feature empowers makers to control which solution their unmanaged customizations should be saved in, making it easier to manage and export components to other environments. It will capture all of the unmanaged customizations that the maker does throughout the Maker Portal and associate those to the preferred solution. Previously, makers had to make those changes in the solutions area of maker portal for the changes to be captured in a custom solution. 

Why Preferred Solution?

Preferred Solutions in Microsoft Dataverse offers a crucial alternative to the default storage model. By default, all solution components reside in the Common Data Services Default Solution or Default solution, lacking separation between makers, and hindering exportability. With Preferred Solution, users can designate a specific solution for their unmanaged customizations, enhancing control. Components created within this preferred solution streamlines management and can be easily exported/imported for seamless deployment across environments, overcoming limitations of the default model.

How can I set a Preferred Solution?

You can set your preferred solution through settings panel or from the solutions page:
Settings Panel
Setting Panel
Solutions page:
Solutions page

As we have now moved to GA, Preferred Solution is turned on by default. The admin experience, to turn off preferred solution during public preview, is no longer needed as we are now generally available. If you do not set a custom solution as a preferred solution, the CDS default solution or Default solution will be used as a preferred solution. You can always set your preferred solution.

Additionally, be mindful of any existing limitations in the preferred solution mentioned here as we work towards resolving them.

Related Links:

  1. Set a preferred solution – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn