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…

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The 10 command(ment)s of Docker (NAV on Docker #6)

I recommend that you read this blog post before reading this. In this blog post I will describe the 10 docker commands I use most frequently and what I use them for. The commands can be executed in a Command Prompt, PowerShell or PowerShell ISE on a machine with Docker installed. In any case, you…

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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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1709 and NAV on Docker

As of yesterday evening Windows Server version 1709 (with and without Containers) is available on Azure: I thought it would be a good idea to describe how this relates to the NAV on Docker images recently published on the Docker Hub. Before diving into the details, please read this blog post which talks about the Windows…

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What is docker? What are Containers? What can I use containers for? (NAV on Docker #3)

You have probably heard that all released Microsoft Dynamics NAV versions since NAV 2016RTM now are available as Docker images on the public Docker Hub. If not – then you have now! But what does that mean? What is Docker and what are Containers? Lets start with the easy question What is Docker? Docker is…

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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…

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SSL Certificates 101

This is not an exhaustive description about SSL certificates. Instead it is an explanation about why self-signed SSL certificates doesn’t always work for you and a high level description of what you need to do in order to install a trusted SSL certificate on the Azure image. First… – understanding DNS (Dynamic Name Service) In…

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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…

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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…

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So you want to get started on perf testing, huh???

On November 10th, I tweeted that the NAV 2017 version of the Load Test Sample Project was available – expect some blog posts:-) Hopefully you haven’t been pressing F5 on my blog for the last 35 days… – but wait no more. I will of course use the Azure Image as foundation for running performance…

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NAV 2017 CU1 on Azure

Last night, the NAV 2017 CU1 image was uploaded to the Azure Gallery. A lot of things have changed, some things looks the same. The biggest change is of course that NAV on the image now is NAV 2017 CU1 instead of RTM, but also the a number of the pre-requisites for NAV have been…

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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…

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One NAV 2017 on Azure – Loaded please…

There is a huge difference in ordering a baked potato and a loaded baked potato. The potato is the same, but it just becomes so much better will all the add-ons. So, how would you like your NAV 2017 on Azure? NAV 2017 on Azure, Loaded please… of course:-) This blog post is a visual…

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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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Connecting to NAV Web Services from PHP- take 2

Back in the days – January 19th 2010 to be exact, I wrote a blog post on how to connect to NAV Web Services from PHP here. Web Services was fairly new and there wasn’t a lot of info out there on how to do things. The “old” blog post has been read over 76.000…

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