2014 in review by WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Happy New Year and small retrospect

In three days, it will be the end of this year. I have just finished new “How Do I” video and I have plan to finish one more tomorrow. I hope these two my last videos in 2014. years would be interesting.

I want to remind you that you can find all “How Do I” video about NAV 2015 on MSDN here. Very soon, we will have a special well organized places on Partner Source.

Now, few more words about this year. Personally, it’s been a really great year! Thanks for being a part of it. In this year, I become an MVP and I got Customer Excellence Award on Convergence Europe. I had a lot of very interesting projects and lectures, as well. Also, on my personal plan, I has some very good news (but, this is intimately).

I want to say thanks to all people that supported me (and people that do not supported me :-)). I want to all of you to have a year that is better than I already had this year. I also hope, we will get an awesome new version of NAV (‘Corfu’) next year.

And, of course, special thanks to my friends all around the world and especially to my family (my wife, son and dog).

E-learning Courses for NAV 2015 are almost completed

Month ago, I have already wrote about E-learning courses for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. In this moment, we had 5 courses published. Now we had finished and published 9 from 10 courses. We expect the last course in few following days.

Microsoft expect, these courses will help in the future learning process. There are currently published courses:

  • What’s New Technical in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Finance Advanced in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Development Environment Introduction in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • What’s New Functional in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Finance Essentials in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Fixed Assets in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Application Setup in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Installation and Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015

Authors of these courses are Koen Stox, Steven Renders and Aleksndar Totovic. Authors are one of the MCTs or MVPs. Courses are prepared in collaboration with Plataan.


You can find these courses here on IT Academy or here on MSDN, but you have to have appropriate rights. I hope, you will enjoy and learn something new.

New Cumulative Update 2 for NAV 2015

Cumulative Update 2 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has bee released today. It includes all application (Administration, Finance, Inventory, Manufacturing, Marketing, Purchase, Sales, Service and Warehouse) and platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. It has a lot hotfixes for following localisations: Germany, Denmark, Spanish, Finland, France, Italy, North America, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom,

You can download Cumulative Update 2 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 from here. This CU is named as Build 38798.

Mainstream Support for NAV 2009 Ends

Mainstream support for all Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 versions ends January 13th, 2015. This is the last NAV version with the classic client. Of course, NAV 2009 also has RTC client, but a lot of companies use classic client. That means, Microsoft ends with classic client support.


Maybe, this is the right moment to think about upgrade to the newer NAV versions. In this situation I recommend NAV 2015. With the new Microsoft Dynamics policy, we have new cumulative updates every month, and if you use them, you will stay current in the future. That means, you will not have a need for new upgrade in following years, because you will always have the newest version. This will make a less of your investment in the future and less your users adapts to new versions – a lot of benefits.

Source: https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/northamerica/NAV/support/support-news/MainstreamSupportNAV2009

Merge-NAVApplicationObject -ModifiedPath?

I hope, you already know what is new PowerShell application merge tool in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. The new application merge features include a few of PowerShell cmdlets, but now, I will write only about Merge-NAVApplicationObject.

This tool compares the changes that have been made between two sets of NAV application objects, and applies the difference to a third set of application objects. The result of merge are text files with the merged objects and text files with conflicts, where cmdlet could not merge them.

This cmdlet is as following:

Merge-NAVApplicationObject -ModifiedPath C:\Upgrade\MODIFIED -OriginalPath C:\Upgrade\ORIGINAL -ResultPath C:\Upgrade\RESULT -TargetPath C:\Upgrade\TARGET

To run this command, we have to determine what is ORIGINAL, MODIFIED, TARGET and RESULT.

ORIGINAL is the baseline of application merge.

TARGET is version of application that we want to apply the difference between the original and modified.

RESULT is finally version of merged objects with conflicts, as well.

But, what is a MODIFIED?

Can we set our customized database in MODIFIED (and new NAV version in TARGET) or we can use new version of NAV as MODIFIED (and our customized version as TARGET)?

We usually have a less differences between new version of NAV and ORIGINAL. When you make test with both combinations, you will see that merging when you use new NAV version as MODIFIED is two time faster in comparison when you set a your customization as MODIFIED.

But “two times” is in relation with minutes, not hours and it is not so important. Result is important. In my very complex example (a lot of customizations), results is almost the same. I have 1194 conflicts in one test and 1197 in other. That means, it is also not important.

But very important thing is that if you set NAV new version as MODIFIED, you can have problem with license in import objects process.

Because of that, you always have to use your customized solution as MODIFIED and the new NAV version as TARGET.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 E-learning Courses

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 was released last month. We were able to see the news on a lot of conferences.

But now, Microsoft publish e-learning courses about Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 to help the learning process. They currently published 5 courses. There are following courses:

  • What’s New Functional in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • What’s New Technical in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Finance Essentials in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Finance Advanced in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
  • Development Environment Introduction in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015

You can find these courses here. We can expect more courses in following period.

New How Do I videos

Microsoft has published new How Do I videos, yesterday. There are new videos for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 and 2013 R2 versions.

You can find them on following links:
How Do I: Create a new Word Report, based on existing Word Template in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
How Do I: Deploying Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Windows Client Using ClickOne Hosted on FileShare
How Do I: Develop Word layouts in the Development Environment in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
How Do I: Using ToolTips in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2
How Do I: Upgrade a Report: Troubleshooting Reports in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3)
How Do I: Use PowerShell & Windows Azure Active Directory for single sign on in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
How Do I: Implement the Job Queue Entry Pattern in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015
How Do I: Import Data from External Sources Into Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Using RapidStart Implementation

Directions EMEA 2014 has started

Direction EMEA 2014 in Poznan (Poland) has just started today. It is the biggest Directions conference ever, with almost 1200 attendees.

Conference was opened with really great and impressive Keynote and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 is in the limelight.


After Keynote, there were a lot of good sessions about technical, consultant and business tracks, roundtables and workshops.

Beside them, you can see RAMP workshop and, of course excellent track – MVP best practices.

More about conference and sessions will be here next week, after finishing of conference.