If you would like to understand what are solutions and how to use them please visit my previous two posts where I talk about How to create a solution and how to create a solution patch. In this post we will see how we can merge the patches we created and create a Major version update of the solution for release.
To start off we will create another patch on top of the existing 126.96.36.199 base solution and the patch 188.8.131.52
To create another patch, select the base solution and click on Clone a Patch
This will create the second patch and versioning will stay in order
To create a major release we will follow what is called the cloning process. The good thing about following the patch approach and sticking to the recommended versioning is that our cloning will merge all patches together along with the base solution when we create a major version. In order to do so we will select the base solution, in this case 184.108.40.206 and click on Clone Solution
As we can this time the process recommends the next major version which is 220.127.116.11 instead of 18.104.22.168. When we click save the base solution and all patches will be merged automatically and we will end up with a single solution versioned as 22.214.171.124 this will be the solution we export in order to do a version upgrade at the managed box end (more on that in later posts)
To read more on patches please visit, https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/customerengagement/on-premises/customize/use-segmented-solutions-patches-simplify-updates