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Salesforce Sandbox is a copy of your production organization. You can create multiple copies of your organization in separate environments for different purposes such as development, testing, and training, without compromising the data and applications in your production organization.
Salesforce sandboxes are completely isolated from your Salesforce production organization, so operations you perform in your sandboxes do not affect your Salesforce production organization and vice versa.
Generally, each phase of the project requires different environments. During the construction phase, there are chances to multiple teams will work on development in this case each team requires its own sandboxes for development. After the construction period, we need one common testing environment, during the training period training team requires a separate environment for training purposes, and before going to production one STAGING environment is required. So for each phase different environments are required.
So, a sandbox creates both a developing and testing environment within Salesforce.
There are four different types of sandboxes with different features :
Full Copy Sandbox
Partial Copy Sandbox
Developer Pro Sandbox
Pricing of salesforce sandbox is not fixed. It depends on your current contract with Salesforce.
Developer Sandbox: It's free. It is an Individual dev environment with a copy of all your metadata
Developer Pro Sandbox: It costs 5% of net spend.
Partial Copy Sandbox: It costs 20% of net spend.
Full Copy Sandbox: It costs 30% of net spend.
The benefits of testing through the salesforce sandbox are as follows:
A sandbox template enables you to choose specific objects and data to copy into your sandbox. You can create a sandbox template that defines the object data you want in your sandbox. When you create or refresh a Partial or Full sandbox that time you will have the option to use your sandbox template.
Salesforce updates the template by adding or subtracting the related, included objects. For example, if Object A is a master of Object B, and you add Object B to a template then Salesforce requires Object A in the template and adds Object A.
Note that sandbox templates are only available with Full and Partial Copy Sandboxes.
Go to setup, Search Sandbox and open
Click on Sandbox Templates and select New Sandbox Template
Select the Object that you wants to copy in Sandbox
Sandbox Template get Created
Steps to Create Salesforce Sandbox?
Total Time: 10 minutes
Go to setup and open Sandbox
Go to setup , search Sandbox in quick find box and open
Click on New sandbox and Enter sandbox information and Select sandbox license then Next
Here we are creating a full copy sandbox
Select object include option and create
If You have sandbox template then you can Select template based otherwise All
Track sandbox creation status
Sandbox takes some time to creation, you can track their status
Search "test.Salesforce.com" on the browser, enter the production's username & password, Add(.SandboxName) in the production's username, and log in to Sandbox
After Login You can see a grey line with Sandbox's name on the top