Opening a Personal Developer Instance
Updated: Jul 13, 2022
With Kyle Charlier
In this article, we will cover how to create your own personal developer instance in ServiceNow.
To start, you will need to navigate to developer.servicenow.com and it will take you to the developer homepage. From here, you will need to create an account if you are new to ServiceNow or log in if you do have a developer account. Once you've created an account or signed in, it will take you to your home page and say ‘Welcome’ with your name. You will see a tile on the left side that says ‘get a free developer instance’, so you'll want to click on ‘request an instance’. The next screen is going to ask you which release you want the instance to be on. ServiceNow has two new releases every year with new features, and it goes in alphabetical order. If you don't know which one to choose we recommend choosing the latest release.. We're going to go ahead and request our personal instance.. You will see ‘fulfilling requests’ under your instance, and it will take a couple minutes to process this request.
After your request has been fulfilled, you can see the instance status is online. They’ll provide the url of your new instance and the current release it's on, as well as the remaining activity. You will want to keep an eye on your activity, because if you don't generate any activities, such as logging in and making any changes to your instance for 10 days, ServiceNow will release the Instance —you will then have to generate a new one in that case. If you go down to manage, there's other things you can do such as resetting the password, resetting or wiping the instance, and upgrading it if there's a newer version available, as well as activating plugins. You should have received an email once your instance went online with the username and password. Your username will always be admin, and then they will generate a password for you. You can click on the link for your instance and enter the login info provided
Once you log in, it'll ask you to make a new password. Once you put in your new password, you're going to be taken to the homepage of your brand new developer instance. You should be logged in as the system administrator with security admin and all the other roles that you would need to make changes to the instance. Personal developer instances are a great way to get to know ServiceNow and change and tinker with things in a consequence-free environment. Your instance should also come with demo data, which means it'll have certain data and tables such as Incidents. In addition, there's going to be users, groups, and basically everything you need to get started and learn what ServiceNow would look like in an active instance. That's really everything you need to know about opening a developer instance in ServiceNow!
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