Create, Install, and Update a Managed Solution
You create a managed solution by exporting an unmanaged solution as a managed solution. The organizations that use your managed solution will install it and any updates that you create for it.
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Create a Managed Solution
Before you can create a managed solution you must first create an unmanaged solution. For more information abouthow to create an unmanaged solution, see Create an Unmanaged Solution.
You create a managed solution by selecting the Managed option in the Package Type dialog box when exporting the solution.
Before the final step of creating a managed solution, you must decide whether there are any customization capabilities that you do not want to allow people who install your managed solution to perform. Each solution component contains a set of managed properties that control which customization capabilities you want to allow. The default settings allow all customization capabilities. For more information, seeUse Managed Properties.
|You should not import a managed solution back into the organization you used to create it.|
Install a Managed Solution
You install a managed solution in the same way you import an unmanaged solution. The difference is in how the solution has been packaged.
|Installing a solution or publishing customizations can interfere with normal system operation. We recommend that you schedule solution imports when it’s least disruptive to users.|
If the solution did not import successfully, you can click Download Log in the dialog box to download a report that will provide information about errors that occurred that prevented successful import of the managed solution. This file is an XML document configured to be opened by using Microsoft Office Excel.
You can import or update a managed solution programmatically by using the ImportSolutionRequest message. When using this message, you can request a reference to an ImportJob entity record that will include details about the success of the import. For more information, see Install or Upgrade a Solution.
There are limits to the size of a solution you can install. For more information, see Maximum Size of Solution to Import.
Update a Managed Solution
When you install a managed solution that already exists in the organization, the import solution dialog will provide the following options:
- Maintain customizations (recommended)
- This option maintains any unmanaged customizations performed on components, but also implies that some of the updates included in this solution will not take effect.
- Overwrite customizations
- This option overwrites any unmanaged customizations previously performed on components included in this solution. All updates included in this solution will take effect.
|You may want to direct people who install your managed solution to use the Overwrite customizations option when investigating issues where the customizations conflict with the behavior of your solutions. They should always export their unmanaged solutions first so that they can re-apply them if they need to.|
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