LCS (Life Cycle Services) Preview Subscriptions - Locus IT Services

LCS (Life Cycle Services) Preview Subscriptions

Locus IT ServicesMicrosoft Life Cycle ServicesLCS (Life Cycle Services) Preview Subscriptions

LCS (Life Cycle Services) Preview Subscriptions

This article explains how to perform LCS Preview Subscriptions or subscribe to partner offer and deploy an environment. The LCS Preview Subscriptions that you create gives you a Microsoft Online Services test tenant and a Microsoft Dynamics Life Cycle Services (LCS) project where you can deploy an environment.

Life Cycle Services is a platform that allows you to manage implementations, keep track of methodologies for those implementations, holds a full business process library of task recorded processes and provides a area to link to SharePoint and Visual studio for easy access, and provides an arsenal of tools for you to work with.

This article will also help you set up the additional users in your Microsoft Online Services tenant and also gain experience with the service administration capabilities. Here are the skills that you will learn:

  • Subscribe, create a new Microsoft Online test tenant.
  • Navigate to Dynamics LCS projects.
  • Use various features of LCS Preview Subscriptions.
  • Adding users to Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and the client.
  • View resources in your subscription email.

LCS Preview Subscriptions Key Terms

  • Microsoft Online Services tenant – It is the group of all subscriptions and users for your organization.
  • Subscription – It gives you an online cloud environment and experience.
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory – The environment includes Azure AD.
  • Users – Users of services that your organization has subscribed to are managed in Azure AD.
  • Developers and administrators – Developers and administrators are users who also have access to LCS Preview Subscriptions that lets them manage Dynamics LCS projects and environments.
  • Organizational account – Users receive Azure AD credentials. The credentials are separate from other desktop or corporate credentials.
  • Microsoft account –These were formerly known as Passport accounts or Windows Live ID accounts. Currently, Microsoft accounts can’t be used with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Microsoft D365 for Retail, or other Microsoft Online Services.
  • Microsoft Office 365 admin center – The admin center is the subscription management portal that Office 365 provides for administrators.
  • Environments – Can deploy as many single instances of a virtual machine (VM) as you require. We call these instances environments.


  • You’ve received an email that invites you to participate in LCS Preview Subscriptions.
  • If the company has an organizational account with Microsoft Online Services, and you’re signed in, you must sign out before you continue. Alternatively, you can use In Private Browsing mode.
  • If not sure whether you’re signed in, delete your browser cookies, and then close your browser before you continue.


  • The F&O and Retail are accessible only to the existing MS D365 channel partners and the customers who are currently enrolled in the Business Ready Enhancement Plan service plan.
  • Inside the Account setup page, in the Country or region field, select the country or region.
  • Follow the wizard prompts to complete the sign-up, until you reach the last step.

Start a New Project in LCS

To use LCS Preview Subscriptions to manage your environments, you must create a new Microsoft Dynamics LCS project.

  • Go to
  • Select Sign in.
  • Sign in using the account that you used to subscribe.
  • Click the plus sign for creating a new project.
  • Select the Dynamics LCS projects type.
  • Enter the Dynamics LCS projects information, and then select Create.
  • If you plan to evaluate Retail, make sure to select Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail in the Product name field.
  • The new Dynamics LCS projects for managing your instance is created.

Add Users to LCS Preview Subscriptions

You’re already set up as a user of your Dynamics LCS project. If you’ve added other Office 365 users, you must add them to this project. Other administrators and developers will be able to deploy their own environments. The LCS users are team members who will actively work on the implementation. Don’t confuse them with end users. Start on the project page in LCS (Life Cycle Services).

  • Scroll right, and then, in the More tools section, select the Project users tile.
  • On the upper left, select the plus sign to add a new user.
  • Inside the Email field, enter the email address of the user that you’re adding. The email address should be the Office 365 organization email address that you created earlier.
  • In the Project role field, select Project Owner.
  • Select Invite.
  • Repeat the steps 2 through 5 for all users in your organization.

Deploy Environments

Environments should be deployed to a existing Azure subscription. You can create environments in two ways:

  • Deploy to Microsoft cloud services (Azure).
  • Download a local virtual hard disk (VHD).

Start on the Dynamics LCS projects page in Life Cycle Services (LCS).

  • In the Environments section, select the plus sign. The Microsoft Azure setup dialog box appears.
  • Enter your Azure subscription ID. The Azure subscription ID in the Azure Portal will be under Settings in the lower left.
  • Select Next.
  • Download Azure Management Certificate to a local folder on your computer, and then upload it to Azure Management Portal by going to Settings > Management Certificates.
  • Return to LCS, and select Next.
  • Select the Azure region to deploy in.
  • Select Connect.
  • Inside the list of available topologies, select the topology to deploy. Either select the Download link to download the VHD or Next to deploy on Azure.
  • Enter the name of the environment.
  • Go through the pricing and licensing terms, and then select the check box to indicate that you understand them.
  • Select Next.
  • Confirm the details, and then select Deploy.
  • Click the environment to view the details about the deployment status. The initial deployment will require a few hours, but each subsequent deployment will be much faster.
  • When the deployment status changes to Deployed, select Login to connect to the client, or select the name of the VM to connect to the development machine by using Remote Desktop.

Use the Features of LCS

LCS is the initial point for performing online administrative activities. Here are some of these activities:

  • Deploy VMs on Azure.
  • Access materials.
  • Access downloads of tools and resources.

Explore the LCS project

  • Read the methodology, and complete the tasks and phases as you progress through the life cycle.
  • Scroll to the right, and review the tiles.
  • The available tiles include different tools and services in LCS. They also include the following additional tiles: My subscription, Feedback and bugs, Office 365 users

LCS improves the predictability and quality of implementations by simplifying and standardizing the implementation process. Locus IT provides Microsoft Dynamics Life Cycle Services (LCS) including LCS training, LCS implementation and support. For more information please contact us.

Locus IT Project Management Office
What’s it?