Did you receive an email from Salesforce with this subject? Yes. Don’t panic!
Salesforce recently changed their policy and an unused sandbox will be deleted after 150 days. We think this seems like a good idea, and remember that the sandbox functionality won’t dissapear completely. You can always create a new one whenever you need it; you can even create up to 7. (Besides, just like those unworn sweaters in the back of your closet, if you haven’t used it in the past 150 days, do you really need it?)
What’s a sandbox anyway?
A sandbox is a copy of your database used for testing. Say you want to add new fields without showing it to other users. Or you want to download a great app from the appexchange and use it in a testing environment without fear of affecting your real data. Maybe you want to practice mass importing new contacts. Or you want to show what your Salesforce could be like to your colleagues and get their buy-in. We’ve had clients use a sandbox as a training environment for new employees – they become familiar with their Salesforce configuration and can get hands-on training – without the risk of affecting data.
Test all you want in a sandbox and then implement in your production database whenever you’re ready. The only caveat is that Only trick is that by default sandbox does not include your data (unless you purchase a specific type of sandbox). Yes, that means you create a copy of your configured database…but none of your data gets copied over with it. So you will need to create test records in your sandbox. But we think that’s a small price to pay for all the benefits a sandbox can offer your organization.
See how it all works: