Dynamics 365 Business Central: Sandbox vs Onprem Docker containers

I saw this question popping up frequently on different forums also recently: what are the main differences when creating a Dynamics 365 Business Central Docker container by using the Sandbox artifacts vs by using the on-premise artifacts?

I think that every reader of this blog knows that with the BcContainerHelper Powershell module you can retrieve the latest artifacts of a particular localization by using the Get-BCArtifactUrl command.

In particular, this command retrieves the latest sandbox image for the IT localization:

$artifactUrl = Get-BCArtifactUrl -country "it"

and this command retrieve the latest on-premise image of the IT localization:

$artifactUrl = Get-BCArtifactUrl -country "it" -type onprem

What are the differences between these two containers?

In the following table I’ve summarized the main topics:

SANDBOX ARTIFACTSONPREM ARTIFACTS
Multitenant by defaultNot multitenant
IsSaaS (from “Environment Information” codeunit) returns TRUE IsSaaS returns FALSE
IsSandbox returns TRUE IsSandbox returns FALSE
IsSaasInfrastructure returns FALSE (as on-prem) IsSaasInfrastructure returns FALSE
IsOnPrem returns FALSEIsOnPrem returns TRUE
Task scheduler is automatically turned onTask scheduler is turned off. You can turn it on by using the enableTaskScheduler parameter in BcContainerHelper
Uses entitlements exactly like in the online environmentNot using entitlements
Updated dailyUpdated monthly

Remember also that demo data are different between the two containers and that you can have insider builds from sandbox containers only.

UPDATE: Freddy remembers me that there’s a new parameter on BcContainerHelper for the New-BcContainer cmdlet: runSandboxAsOnPrem. This parameter will attempt to run sandbox artifacts as onprem (will only work with version 18 and later). Demo data will not change.

If I forgot something, please contribute to update the above table 😉 This can be helpful for many…

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