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What is the Black Tab?


I've recently seen references to a black tab. E.g.

Is this some internal Salesforce functionality?

The extra query string parameters seem to have no affect for me.

Attribution to: Daniel Ballinger

Possible Suggestion/Solution #1

Mainly SFDC blacktab is used by internal IT. Its the backend to every other orgs back end. I used to work for their support and used it everyday. It doesnt look any different than a normal org really, just a little search bar and the ability to hop from server to server via one click logins.

Attribution to: Kevin

Possible Suggestion/Solution #2

This is a tab available only to Salesforce employees, primarily higher tier support I believe, that they use to enable/disable specific features or adjust limits in customer orgs. See this blog post for a few details:

Some of the functionality that can be enabled/disabled according to that blog:

  • Enable API for PE orgs
  • Disable auto-number fields from being incremented by unit tests
  • Allow editing of LastModifiedDate, LastModifiedBy, CreatedDate and CreatedBy fields
  • Disable security tokens

Some of the limits that can be adjusted according to that blog:

  • Increase Apex Code limit beyond 2MB
  • Increase standard daily e-mail limit
  • Increase the allowed number of roll-up summary fields on an object
  • Increase the allowed number of external ID fields on an object
  • Increase limit on Web-to-Lead submissions

Attribution to: E.J. Wilburn

Possible Suggestion/Solution #3

To add to E.J.'s answer, it is also used by some Sales Engineers, Sales Support Engineers, and the Demo team to increase limits or turn on pre-release features for pre-sales and event demos. It's also used to enable "DOT"ing of orgs, which allows the data and config to be cloned (very useful for demo orgs)

Attribution to: Rob Cheng
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