Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 available in the Windows Azure Portal under MSDN subscription

Ever wondered what it is like to work with Microsoft Dynamics NAV on Windows Azure - but found it too cumbersome even with our nice Windows Azure provisioning tools?  Then this might be something for you. 

Today we have made Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 easily available on Windows Azure with just a few clicks. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 image is an exclusive offer for MSDN subscribers and includes a fully functional, ready to use Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 installation including Microsoft SQL Server. The MSDN subscription gives you the well-known discounted prices and allows you to use it for development, test, and demo purposes, but not for production purposes.

How to get it? Make sure you have an MSDN subscription and the subscription has Windows Azure benefits activated. Then follow these steps:


  1. Sign in to the Windows Azure Portal using your MSDN subscription.
  2. Choose the + sign at the bottom of the Portal page.
  3. Choose Compute, point to Virtual Machine, and then choose From Gallery.
  4. Select the MSDN filtering checkbox as shown in the following screenshot. This will filter the list to only show the available MSDN images.

  1. Choose the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 image.
  2. Choose the arrow in the lower-right corner.
  3. Fill in the relevant fields about the virtual machine as described in the following list:
    1. Specify the name of the virtual machine.
    2. Specify the size of the virtual machine, such as Medium.
    3. Specify the user name and password for connecting to the virtual machine.
    4. Specify the region  where you want to host your virtual machine, such as West Europe.
    5. Verify the remaining parameters. In most cases, the default values are sufficient.
  4. Choose the Finish icon to start the provisioning process.
  5. Once the image is provisioned after a few minutes, you can use Remote Desktop to connect to it. In the Azure Portal Virtual Machine page, choose the newly created image, and then choose Connect. Use the credentials that you specified step 7.

When you are connected to the VM, you are welcomed to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 virtual machine on Windows Azure:

No further configuration is required and you can immediately start using the clients and the development environment.

Best regards

Kamil Koclega & Morten Jensen from the Dynamics NAV team

Comments (13)

  1. xga says:

    So amazing ! Thanks for this great news !!!

  2. Rui Cardoso says:

    Very nice, indeed. How can I configure the NAV server to accept connections from a remote Windows Client? For exemple, the one I have installed on my own PC. Thanks,

  3. TimG says:

    Thanks for providing this, I just built one.  Client only and Service tier only etc. VM scripts would be great for setting up numerous SIT and Staging environments?

  4. Kamil Koclega says:

    Hi Rui,

    Thank you very much for leaving your comment. In order to connect to the VM using Windows Client from external machine, please change NAV Server configuration to use NavUserPassword user authentication (…/jj551778(v=nav.71).aspx) and create appropriate endpoint on the VM in Windows Azure Management Portal (…/virtual-machines-set-up-endpoints, private&public port: 7046).

    Kamil Koclega

    Dynamics NAV Team

  5. John Kleb says:

    Kamil and Morten, Thanks so much for this!

  6. Rick Blom says:

    This is a great step forward in moving to the cloud

  7. David O'Bryan says:

    This is great. I was able to link to my corporate MSDN Azure benefits and fire up the NAV instance all in about 30 minutes or less. Thank you.

  8. Jan Markfoged says:

    The Action Pack is not include this Image? Seems not to bee a selectable option for me (Gray).

  9. Saurabh Verma says:

    Great! This is a very simple way of provisioning a NAv server 2015 R2 virtual machine.  But Kamil do suggest how can we connect/access my web client after connecting to this server.

    Would appreciate your quick reply.


  10. GSumit says:

    Great! a simple video .. But I need to configure this with my SQL database which I restored on my Azure and wanted to access through my webclient .. please suggest how would I do that.


  11. Neil Currie says:

    Does anyone know if it's still possible to provision a NAV 2013 R3 in this way?

  12. Neil Currie says:

    I meant R2

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