In early 2018, HMS introduced a new service associated to TimeControl Online. Called, the TimeControl Sandbox, it is a parallel service that brings a separate instance of TimeControl Online and features to replicate the exact data from the production instance of TimeControl. The purpose of the service is to provide TimeControl Online administrators a separate TimeControl for the testing of new features and the creation and testing of new Link definitions, Validation Rules and Accrual processes without affecting the main system. The TimeControl Sandbox is also an ideal place for training.
The cost is a small fixed price per year regardless of the number of users on your TimeControl Online subscription.
Here’s how it works
HMS creates a second instance of your TimeControl Online environment and links this instance to your production instance of TimeControl. At any time, the Administrator can restore the complete production database into the Sandbox. If you have multiple backups, you can choose which backup to restore.
Some key points
- You can never restore the Sandbox database into the Production database. This prevents any possibility of damaging the production database.
- To move configuration changes into the Production system, the Export Packages function exports packages such as Reports, Validation Rules and Filters from the Sandbox and the Import Packages function imports them into the Production system.
- Scheduling in the Sandbox is turned off. This prevents any unexpected transfers to or from corporate or project management systems.