First look at Sitecore XM Cloud: Part 3 - Creating a XM Cloud environment

 In order to create an instance of XM Cloud, you need to create an XM Cloud environment within you "Project" in XM Cloud Deploy.

To get to XM Cloud Deploy, go to and pick the project under which you would like to create an environment.

If you have no environments instantiated you will see the following screen. Click on " Create new environment" to get started.

Sitecore XM Cloud deploy

All you need to do is provide a name for your environment and select a few options and click "Create".

Create environment

Once you click "Create" Sitecore XM Cloud Deploy will "Queue" you deployment:

XM Cloud deployment queued

Once the deployment starts, you can see the status change to "In Progress":

Sitecore XM Cloud deploy in progress

You can see additional details of the deployment process by clicking on "View deployment logs":

Sitecore XM Cloud deployment in process

Deployment logs

Deployment logs

Once the deployment successfully completes, you should see the following screen:
Deployment successful

In case you cancel you deployment before it completes, you will see something that looks like this:

Deployment canceled

Once the deployment completes, click on "Options" and you will see the following options:

Sitecore XM Cloud deploy Context menu

"Build and deploy" and deploy will kick-off the deployment process again.

"Edit environment details" allows you to edit only the Environment Name:

Edit environment details

"Link environment to another branch", I assume, will list any other branches available in your repo. I don't have any branches so I see the following:

No Branches found

"Environment variables" option will allow you to create/edit your environment variables:

Edit environment variables

"Delete environment" simply deletes the environment you just created:

Delete environment

"View environment logs" is an awesome feature that allows you to see your traditional Sitecore logs:

View environment logs

Click on the "Log" link to see the default Sitecore log files:

Sitecore logs

Sitecore XM Deploy logs

Last but not the least, "XM Cloud Launchpad" launches the shiny new Sitecore XM Cloud launchpad with some awesome apps:

Sitecore XM Cloud launchpad

Click on "Pages" to load the all so familiar default Sitecore home page in Sitecore's latest editing interface "Sitecore Pages":

Default page

In the part 4, we will see how we can create our first site on our newly deployment environment.



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