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Is it October...already?  This year has flown by.  September was pretty much a blur for me as I had back to back travel out in California at the end of September and first week of October.  Somewhere in there I get a really good trail run thrown in.  Below is a picture of downtown San Francisco from Lone Tree Spring on the Dipsea Trail from Stinson Beach to Muir Woods.


That tall building?  That's the newly opened Salesforce tower!  Even on a trail run I can't get away from work or Salesforce! 




Speaking of Salesforce, let's move on to the Salesforce October 2018 Tech Update!


Salesforce Winter 19

Roll out of Salesforce Winter 19 started last weekend (October 5th).  The remaining instances will be completed this coming weekend (October 12th). 


See Page 5 for details.


Sandbox Migrations

October 20, 2018: 23:00 - 00:30 UTC:  CS1, CS2, CS4, CS22, CS24, CS27, CS28, CS41, and CS43

November 18, 2018: 04:00 - 05:30 UTC: CS40, CS42, CS44, CS45 and CS46


See Pages 13 & 14.


Instance Refreshes

Sunday, October 21, 2018: 02:00 - 05:00 UTC: NA3, NA6, NA30, NA31

Sunday, November 18, 2018: 08:00 - 12:00 UTC: NA7, NA24, NA35, NA43

Saturday, December 1, 2018: 15:00 - 19:00 UTC: AP1


See Pages 15 - 18.  Slide 17 shows the potential new instance names for each instance refresh.



Site Switches

Continuous Site Switching entails switching each Salesforce instance to its ready site approximately once every six months for maintenance, compliance, and continual improvement disaster recovery capabilities. 


October 20: CS20, CS21, NA65, NA66

October 21: NA42, NA69, NA72, NA76

November 3: NA33*, CS93, CS94, CS95, CS96

November 17: CS25, CS26, CS92, CS97

December 1: CS47, CS77, CS78, CS79

December 15: NA39, NA45, NA61, NA62

January 19: EU10, EU12, NA54, NA67

January 20: NA40, NA47, NA51, NA63


Pages 23 - 24.


Salesforce System Maintenance Schedule

See Page 25 for all the details.


Feature Retirements

  • Classic Dashboards Retiring July 1, 2019. Starting Winter ’19, you’ll see an end-of-life banner on the classic designer edit screen, reminding you to convert your classic dashboards. During this time, you will not be able to create dashboards in the classic designer, but you will still be able to edit them and use the public REST APIs to retrieve, modify, and create classic dashboards.  Note: We're in touch with Salesforce to understand "exactly" what this means.  We'll update as we get more detailed information.  See Page 28 for details.
  • SOAP API Legacy Versions to retire in Winter 19.  With the Winter ‘19 release*, Salesforce will retire and no longer support SOAP API legacy versions: 1.8, 2, 2.2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6.  See Page 30 for details.
  • Legacy Reports and Dashboards Tab to Retire Summer '19.  With the Summer ’19 release, customers using the Legacy Reports and Dashboards tabs will automatically be upgraded to the Salesforce Classic Reports and Dashboards tab. Customers using Lightning Experience will not see any changes.  All customers will continue to be able to access their data after this date.  Most customers are using the Classic Reports and Dashboards today.  See Page 32 for details.