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Its finally cooled off a bit here  in North Texas.  We had a cool front come through and the weather is perfect to get outdoors and get in a run or a hike without baking in the summer sun!

So, grab yourself a cup of coffee and lets jump into the October 2017 Salesforce Tech Update!


Salesforce Winter 18

Salesforce Winter 18 platform update began pushing out to orgs last weekend, October 6 - 7, 2017.  Remaining orgs (including production and sandboxes) will finish up being pushed this weekend, October 13 - 14, 2017.


More details about Winter '18 can be found on Pages 5 and 12 - 13.


Salesforce Maintenance Release Calendar

Did you know that Salesforce pushes patches weekly as well as daily?  Check out their new Salesforce Release Maintenance Calendar on Pages 6 and 24.


Upgrading Instances to TLS 1.1+

The march continues as Salesforce phases out TLS 1.0.   They are still on target to wrap up the transition on November 11, 2017.


Details can be found on Pages 7 and 15 - 17.


Default Certificate Retirement Impacts SAML SSO

Salesforce is retiring their default certificate.  If your organization uses Service Provider (SP)-Initiated SAML login to Salesforce and your Identity Provider validates signatures in SAML requests you will be impacted.  Please contact your Service Provider to see if you will be impacted.


Details can be found on Page 8.


Instance Refreshes

  • AP2 - Sunday October 22, 2017 from 12:00 a.m. - 2:45 a.m. JST
  • NA28 - Saturday, October 21, 2017 between 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. US Pacific Time
  • EU2, EU3 - Sunday, December 3, 2017 between 03:00 - 07:00 UTC
  • EU5 - Saturday, December 2, 2017 between 22:00 - 02:00 UTC


See Pages 10  and 19 - 22 for details.


Feature Retirements

  • Salesforce Classic Mobile App to Retire on December 1, 2017
  • SOAP API Legacy Versions will retire in Summer '18
  • Access and Support for Lightning Experience with Internet Explorer version 11 extended to December 2020


See Page 11 and 27 - 32 for details.


Continuous Site Switching

October 21: NA32, CS13, CS30, CS50, CS51


November 28: CS9, CS10, CS11, CS70, CS71

November 19: NA40, NA51, NA52


December 2: NA54, NA55, CS7, CS53, CS54

December 3, NA47, NA63


See Page 25 for details.