Developing Business Central Extensions (part 5) – YAML

This is part 5 of a blog post series. Part 1 contains all the prerequisites, part 2 is about cloning the project and get your sandbox environment up running, part 3 is about build agents, and building your project in Azure DevOps and part 4 is about branch policies and working with VSCode and Git….

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Developing Business Central Extensions (part 4) – Branch Policies

This is part 4 of a blog post series. Part 1 contains all the prerequisites, part 2 is about cloning the project and get your sandbox environment up running and part 3 is about build agents, and building your project in Azure DevOps. Branch Policies At this time, we have an Azure DevOps project with…

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A “new” learning opportunity – the Hackathon at NAVUG Focus 18

I know, a Hackathon is not something new. Hackathons have existed at least half a decade, but how can a Hackathon be a learning opportunity? Typically we see a Hackathon as an event where people get together to create some prototype or proof of concept of an idea, but the Wikipedia description of a Hackathon is…


Creating workshop machines on Azure

During Directions US and Directions EMEA, we had to spin up approx. 2000 Azure VMs for our hands on labs. All of these machines was deployed individually from PowerShell (multiple simultaneous jobs, but still one job=one VM) running on my Developer Machine in Lyngby. The scripts used to create these VMs has been shared with…


Multiple ways to run a NAV on Docker image (NAV on Docker #5)

If you haven’t read this blog post, then please do so before continuing here. A lot of examples (like the prior blog post) will use docker run to start a NAV on Docker container, but there are actually a lot of different ways to start these containers. Some of these methods will run the container locally,…

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1-800-GETNAV (Nav on Docker #4)

What a cool phone number to have if you are a NAV partner in the US. Inspired by that and modernized it to the cloud world, it would be: aka-ms-getnav So here you are, probably the easiest way to spin up a NAV on Docker environment on Azure for development and test. The mechanism has…

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iOS 10 and self signed certificates

With the release of iOS 10, Apple have changed the way self-signed certificates works and since self-signed certificates are a vital part of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Demo Environment setup, I thought I would describe how to connect to a Demo Environment, signed by a self-signed certificate from an iPad or an iPhone. It is…


Create a secure Url to a file

In the very last paragraph of this post, I talk about specifying a certificate pfx file as a Url for http://aka.ms/navdemodeploy: The Url needs to start with http:// or https:// and today (while writing this post) this is the only parameter that you need to specify as a secure Url, but I am planning to create more…

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NAV and Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

Over the last weeks I have gotten an increasing number of inquiries around MFA. To be honest, I had never tried to setup MFA before, but that didn’t stop me from answering. My typical answer would be the following: NAV itself does not have any knowledge about multi factor authentication, but we do support claims based…


How is this perf testing thing actually working?

This post is #3 in a series of posts about performance testing. Post #1 was all about setting up an instance of NAV on Azure and get perf tests up running. Post #2 was all about scaling the number of users and running multi-tenancy. But what actually happens when running perf tests? When running a…

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The BingMaps Extension (and some tips and tricks)

On the Azure VM, you will find a couple of extensions: BingMaps, O365 and MSBand. These extensions are primarily there in order to show how you would do certain things in extensions. It is my intention to create an app in AppSource for each of these apps as well when time allows. In this post,…

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NAV 2017 CU2 on Azure

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 CU2 will be released any minute now (it is being deployed to Microsoft Download Servers while I am writing this post), but for once, the Azure Image made it before the MSDN download pages. The Image is now available in the classic portal and with http://aka.ms/navdemodeploy. The image will be available…

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Perf testing with multiple users

This post is #2 in a series of posts about performance testing, please make sure you have read this post first. In the previous post, you created a NAV Virtual Machine, installed Visual Studio, install Git, Cloned the NAV 2017-Sample repository from the NAVPERF organization, configured the settings and ran the test scenarios. Now, we need…

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So, you want to import your Office 365 users, huh???

Yesterday evening when I was writing the blog post about performance testing, I got a question on whether I had a script, which could import users from Office 365 into your NAV. I didn’t, but hey, 10 minutes after, I did:-) Here’s the script. It is designed to run on the Azure Image, but it…


http://aka.ms/navdemodeploy – under the hood

You might be wondering what actually is happening when you navigate to http://aka.ms/navdemodeploy, so I thought I would lift the hood and show you what is underneath. Short URL As you probably know, the aka.ms Short URL’s are just simple redirects and the navdemodeploy is redirecting to: https://portal.azure.com/#create/Microsoft.Template/uri/https%3A%2F%2Fraw.githubusercontent.com%2FNAVDEMO%2FNAV2017%2Fmaster%2Fdeploydemo.json Looking a little closer, this is actually…


http://aka.ms/navdemodeploy – using PowerShell

It is part of my DNA, that no matter how easy things have become, it can always become easier. In this post, I have stated, that the easiest way to create a NAV 2017 environment on Azure is using http://aka.ms/navdemodeploy. But what if you want to create the same environment again and again or you…

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Updates to the Azure Gallery Image… – kind of…

Note: Updated on November 16th with info on the Excel Add-In Note: Update on November 18th with info on PowerApps and Flow. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 Image on Azure has been live for a few weeks and I have received a lot of feedback that it is very hard to setup the new things…

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The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Image in the Azure Gallery

By now, we have had a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Image in the public Azure Gallery for 1-2 years and just last week, we shipped the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 image and also the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Cumulative Update 13 is now available in the gallery. What is it? In essence, it is just a…

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Connecting to NAV Web Services from the Cloud–part 5 out of 5

If you haven’t already read part 4 (and the prior parts) you should do so here, before continuing to read this post. In this post, I am going to create a small Windows Phone 7 application, which basically will be a phone version of the sidebar gadgets from this post. When we are done, your…

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Connecting to NAV Web Services from the Cloud–part 4 out of 5

If you haven’t already read part 3 you should do so here, before continuing to read this post. By now you have seen how to create a WCF Service Proxy connected to NAV with an endpoint hosted on the Servicebus (Windows Azure AppFabric). By now, I haven’t written anything about security yet and the Proxy1…

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