The Release Preview account enables you to become familiar with the new features in an upcoming release. You can verify that your existing business workflows function as expected before your production account is upgraded to the new NetSuite release. You can also use the Release Preview account to test and ensure your NetSuite account and any associated applications are not dependent on a specific data center to store data. The goal is to provide a smooth and seamless transition to a new release. By making this information available, and providing other needed guidance, you will avoid any major problems or surprises when you go live with the new version.
The Account Administrators for your account receive several notifications (by email, and upon login) in the weeks before the scheduled Release Preview start date. These notifications contain details about the Release Preview and Upgrade dates, and announce the date when the Release Preview account is available for testing to begin.
If you used a Release Preview account last release, you will receive a 2019.2 Release Preview account by default. If you do not fall into this category, and would like to receive a 2019.2 Release Preview account please opt in. Opt-in will be available starting July 30, 2019.
How to opt-in to Release Preview?
From your production account, go to Setup > Company > Release Preview.
Click Request Release Preview.
When is the Release Preview account available?
From your Home Dashboard, locate the New Release portlet. Under the Your New Release Dates, you can see the date your release preview account will become available to you.
How do I access Release Preview?
Once your Release Preview account is available, from your production account Role selection drop down on the right hand side, you can select your release preview environment.
Once you have selected a Release Preview environment, you will see RELEASE PREVIEW on the top of your screen. This is how you can identify you are in a Release Preview environment.
We recommend changing the colour theme of your Release Preview environment to make it obvious when you are logged in a Release Preview environment.
Navigate to Home > Set Preferences > Appearance > Color Theme > Set a new color theme and Save.
Now when you switch to your Release Preview environment you will see the color change. For example my production account color theme is blue and my release preview is pink.
Add the New Release Portlet to Your Dashboard
If you do not see the New Release portlet on your dashboard, you can add it.
To add a portlet to your dashboard:
Click Personalize on your home page.
On the Standard Content tab, select New Release
To give a user access to the Release Preview account:
In the Release Preview account, go to Lists > Employees > Employees (Administrator) and click Edit next to the name of the employee.
On the Access subtab in the employee record, clear the Give Access box.
Edit the same employee record.
On the Access subtab, check the Give Access box again and enter any required information.
Reassign the appropriate roles to the user.
Advise the user to log out of their account and then log back in to access the Release Preview account.