How to Download a OneBox VM for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

By Tim Pypa | March 25, 2018

One of the biggest changes Microsoft introduced with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is the new Visual Studio-based development experience and new all-in-one OneBox development environments. In addition to an Azure-hosted option, they also make it very easy to quickly stand up a local Dynamics 365 development instance by offering a downloadable virtual hard disk image.

If you have access to LCS, you can download and install a OneBox VM to run a Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations development environment locally:

1.  Log in to with your Microsoft account

2.  Click on the “Shared asset library” tile:

Shared asset library

3.  Select the “Downloadable VHD” asset type, and find the files for the version you want to download. Here I selected version 7.3, update 12:

Downloadable VHD

4. Once all of the parts have been downloaded, run the file ending in “.part01.exe” It will prompt you to select where to create the .vhd file:

Downloading a onebox VM

5.  After the extraction process completes, you will have a VHD file that you can host with Hyper-V:

VHD file

6.  If you are new to Hyper-V, you can find information on creating and configuring virtual machines here.

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