Moving a Dynamics NAV database with file groups to Azure

The short story: If you use SQL Server for your Dynamics NAV database, and if you are using multiple file groups (other than PRIMARY), as per SQL Server recommendations for better IO performance, and if you need to export the database to Azure, then you need to use the latest update (August 2016 update or…

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How to export a Dynamics NAV database on SQL Server 2016

If you use SQL Server 2016 for your Dynamics NAV database, and you need to export a database to the .bacpac format, then please make sure that you are running the latest update (August 2016 update or later) of the Microsoft SQL Server Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) or SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). If you…


How Do I Set Up Microsoft Dynamics NAV to work with Azure SQL Database

Dynamics NAV 2016 supports the option of using Azure SQL Database, and we have recorded a “How Do I” video to explain the steps involved in deploying a Dynamics NAV SQL Server database to an instance of Azure SQL Database. This blog post includes a Windows PowerShell script that can be used to configure the Dynamics…

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Easy Deployment of the Latest Version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015

As you all know, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been available as an image in the public Microsoft Azure Marketplace since January 2015. This image is updated when each cumulative update is released, and you can choose the exact version that you want to use based on the release date. At time of publishing this…

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Coffee Break - Automatic Deployment of Microsoft Dynamics NAV

This post will round up a small series of how to use Windows PowerShell to provision Dynamics NAV in an automated way. In our examples we do this in the cloud, since here we can already automate the machine and OS deployments, but the techniques here will work in any environment. The key element here…


Coffee Break – keeping stuff in the cloud

In the last few Coffee Break posts we have been looking at virtual hard disks (VHDs) and virtual machines (VMs). Now let’s combine the two in the cloud. Coffee Break 11 – Provisioning – Using Microsoft Azure storage to keep VHDs and other useful stuff in the cloud Provisioning a new instance of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is like…


Coffee Break – Using Windows PowerShell to provision virtual machines

The  previous coffee break was about creating a new Virtual Hard Disk (vhd). This time we will create the rest of the machine (VM) in Microsoft Azure. Coffee Break 10 – Provisioning (Creating a Virtual Machine (VM) in Azure) A central part of provisioning a Microsoft Dynamics NAV deployment is of course to provision the…


Windows PowerShell and Dynamics NAV for your coffee break - Deploy Dynamics NAV via Windows PowerShell

In this coffee break we will show a way to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV automatically. We assume that Microsoft Dynamics NAV is already installed on the machine, but we want to add additional installations / instances of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Coffee Break 2: Automate a Microsoft Dynamics NAV deployment User Story:The customer has a system where they…


Code Upgrade: Merging Version Lists

Merging cumulative updates into your own Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions has become a lot easier with the new merge utilities. They are based on the concept of three-way merge to reconcile two sets of changes made (independently) to a given base version. For example, when applying Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Cumulative Update 1 to a…

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