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Learn MOAR in Winter ’23 with Automatic Change Tracking

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Follow and complete a Learn MOAR Winter ’23 trailmix for admins or developers by November 30, 2022, 11:59 PM PT to earn a special community badge and enter for a chance to win one of five $200 USD Salesforce Certification vouchers. Restrictions apply. Learn how to participate and review the Official Rules by visiting the Trailhead Quests page.

What is DevOps Center?

DevOps Center is our new product, currently in open beta, that greatly improves the change and release management process. In this blog, we highlight one of the key features of DevOps Center that we think admins will be excited about: Automatic Change Tracking.

Manual change tracking is a thing of the past

How do you currently keep track of the changes you make in your development sandbox(es)? Perhaps you have spreadsheets, sticky notes, or even homegrown applications to help with this. How do you know all the metadata components that need to be included in your change set or metadata deployment? Through trial and error? Now, with DevOps Center, you can get rid of all this manual tracking and guesswork.

Introducing Automatic Change Tracking in DevOps Center

With DevOps Center, your changes are tracked automatically as you make them. DevOps Center leverages the same “source tracking” capability that our SFDX CLI uses to track changes in a development sandbox in real time. And it presents this information to you in a clean, easy-to-use UI. You can easily see the metadata that has changed, and select the components you want to migrate forward. It tracks all the metadata that’s modified as a result of your change. So, if you create a new custom object, for instance, it knows that the Custom Object metadata has been updated, as well as the Layout and Profiles.

Screenshot of DevOps Center interface.

Give it a try!

In DevOps Center, once you have a project created and environments added to the project, you can create and select a “work item” to make your changes. The work item is connected to a Development Environment (sandbox), and that’s where you make the changes.

Be sure that your Development Environment sandbox has source tracking enabled, and then, when you click Pull Changes from within the work item, voila! All your changes in your connected development sandbox appear in the changes list.

From there you can select the components you want, and then click Commit Changes to prepare them for migration. This results in the selected metadata being pushed into the connected source control system, and then deployed into the next stage org in your pipeline using the Promote capability in the pipeline.

See these new features in action!

Don’t forget to watch the Winter ’23 Admin Preview on September 22 during Release Readiness Live to see demos of a subset of these new, exciting features. Be sure to check out the Learn MOAR Winter ’23 for Admins Trailmix and follow along on the blog this week for more Learn MOAR!

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