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Just out of curiosity. I understand that there is a "copying" phase when creating sandboxes. But what does "activating" mean? The most recent activation took 12 hours. As a techie, I am wondering what on earth it is doing that takes so much time?

Edited: made more specific about the activation of new sandboxes. Added the final duration of activation.

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So far the information about activation of sandbox i have found is this:

Activating a replacement sandbox that was created using the Refresh link deletes the sandbox it is refreshing. The current configuration and data are erased, including application or data changes that you’ve made.

Click the Activate link only if you don’t need the current contents of the sandbox. Your production org and its data aren’t affected.

New sandboxes that aren’t activated within 30 days are deleted. We send at least two email notifications before we schedule the sandbox for deletion.

Users who have created or most recently refreshed any sandbox for your org receive the notifications.

For more information on sandbox you can visit this link Sandbox Setup Tips and Considerations

There is an idea here to Activate a Sandbox immediately after Refresh.

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  • Auto activation is already a feature since Spring 16'. – Robin De Bondt May 19 '16 at 11:59
  • @RobinDeBondt nice.I guess this idea didn't get enough points to mark it out as delivered.That's why it is still in Under Point Threshold.Or there is anything more it covers? – Mr.Frodo May 19 '16 at 12:05
  • @Mr.Frodo Thanks for the answer. I have edited my question to make it more specific about the activation of new sandboxes. – Sander de Jong May 19 '16 at 12:24

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