Coffee Break: Monitoring and troubleshooting NAV Services, Part III – Performance troubleshooting and profiling User Activity using PowerShell

Since the release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, tracing user activity has become a bit more complicated than it used to be in earlier versions due to the fact that unlike previously, all user connections to SQL Server are now server┬áconnections. Which makes it more difficult to trace individual user activity. But not impossible: Enabling… Read more

Coffee Break – Monitoring and Troubleshooting Services Part 2

In this post, we thought we might look into how to use Windows PowerShell to work with XML data. As a user scenario, we are continuing here on our previous post, to look further into server troubleshooting possibilities. You might experience an error, warning, behavior that you want to analyze, but have no clear repro… Read more

Coffee Break – Monitoring and troubleshooting NAV Services

Windows PowerShell is very well suited for monitoring services because tasks can be repeated and they can run remotely. In this post we will look at how to check the Application Log via Windows PowerShell, locally as well as remotely, to look for errors or for certain words in the log. The customer story this… Read more

Best Practices Tips and Tricks for Upgrading to Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 or Dynamics NAV 2015 Part 2

In an earlier blog post, we started to mention some tips and tricks to help you plan your upgrade to a newer version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV . In this post, we would like to share with you some of the known issues we stumbled over in the past couple of months or years, and… Read more

Best Practices Tips and Tricks for Upgrading to Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 or Dynamics NAV 2015

Earlier, we announced that Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 and Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 would go out of mainstream support in January 2015, and that means that the Classic Client stack is no longer supported: Mainstream Support for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 ends January 13 including 2009 SP1 and 2009 R2 We know that many of… Read more

Coffee Break 13 – Checking file properties and copying files with Windows PowerShell

This time, we will look at a couple of ways you can use Windows PowerShell to handle files. Either for the purpose of checking file versions without having to ask users, or as an example here we will look at some ideas for applying an update automatically. Please note that the intention with this post is… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

Watch Out for Zombies When Using Microsoft Dynamics NAV with “xact abort” Enabled

If you have turned on the xact abort connection setting option for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV SQL Server instance, then you should watch out for Zombies. With this option turned on, users of your solution risk seeing an error stating This SqlTransaction has completed; it is no longer usable along with a crash signature which includes a… Read more