How to Deploy NAV 2015 on Azure

First of all, I will make small introduction for all people who don’t know what a Microsoft Azure is. With simple words, Microsoft Azure is Microsoft cloud computing and services platform with physical infrastructure all around the world. On this cloud platform, there is a virtual machines, SQL databases, storages, with Visual Studio online, and many other things, as one “global operating system”. Microsoft Azure also can includes Microsoft Dynamics NAV services.

I will explain some basic deployment topologies that are supported. We can choose topology with one or two virtual machines.

If we choose to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV on a single virtual machine, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Server components, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server, SQL Server, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV database components will be installed on the same virtual machine.

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If we choose to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV on a two virtual machines, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Server components and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server will be installed on one virtual machine, and the SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics NAV database components will be installed on another virtual machine.

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In the first scenario, this virtual machine represents a single cloud service on Microsoft Azure, and in second scenario each virtual machine represents a cloud service on Microsoft Azure. In both of these topologies, users can access Microsoft Dynamics NAV data by using the Windows client (from a ClickOnce site or without it), the Web or Tablet client and OData and SOAP web services.

If we want to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 on Microsoft Azure, we can use NAV Provisioning Tools for Microsoft Azure that support the automated deployment of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 on Microsoft Azure virtual machines, using both of topologies. You can find NAV Provisioning Tools as Windows PowerShell scripts on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 installation DVD on \\NAV2015DVD\WindowsPowerShellScripts\Cloud\HowTo\

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You can find few files in this folder. First of all, you must configure Set-PartnerSettings file and after that you can run one of the following PowerShell scripts Example-1VM (deployment on 1 VP) or Example-2VM (deployment on 2 VMs).

If you want to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 on only one VM (usually for test or demo environment), you can find all details on How Do I video: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/nav/mt147285

Also, if you want to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 on two VMs (usually for production environment), you can find all details on How Do I video: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/nav/mt147286

In some other articles, I will describe all steps how to make Multitenancy environment or how to use production database, license, language etc.

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Posting Groups #25 – Job WIP Posting (3 – Cost Value)

In one of my previous posts, I have already described how you can post Job WIP entries if you use Cost Value as recognized cost in WIP posting method. But, it was only part of posting when you calculate Job WIP for the first time. But if you have already posted Job WIP entries and want to post WIP, again after new usage posting (as Contract).

In this situation, system first need to post correction of previous Job WIP entries and that post new entries. You can see how there G/L entries look like on following table:

Job WIP Posting 3a

When we speak about “Remaining Cost in Comparison with Schedule”, we already think about relation between Contract usage posting and values as Schedule.

Posting Groups #24 – Job WIP Posting (2)

If you have the same example as in previous post, but with using different methods of WIP posting (e.g. Completed Contract, Cost of Sales or Contract-Invoiced Cost), you will get the some different results. To repeat, my example was only posted usage of resources and items, without invoicing. System calculates WIP for all Resource and Item usage, based on Unit Cost and consumed Quantity. Result of this posting is following:

Job WIP Posting 2

How to Upgrade NAV

Today, Microsoft has published new article about best practices and tips and tricks in upgrading process when you want to upgrade your solution to NAV2013R2 or NAV2015. After this first part about this topic, Microsoft already publish a second part with the same topic.The main reason why to read this article is because, the Classic Client is no longer supported by Microsoft. Now, it is the right time to make upgrade of your old NAV version.

Anyway, you can find awesome articles about this upgrade process here on MSDN Blog and part 2, as well. I recommend these articles.

Posting Groups #23 – Job WIP Posting (1)

As the most of projects are jobs performing usually several months (or several years), WIP calculation is very important part of Job Management. From NAV 2013, we have new functionality for WIP calculation in Jobs – the WIP cockpit. I already described how this feature works in my older post and now, I want to show you results of WIP posting in G/L Entry.

When you want to post WIP to G/L, system will use only Jobs Posting Groups for determining what account need to use. Considering, there are not only one method of WIP posting, it means system doesn’t post results on the same way every time.

In this first example, I have used following WIP posting methods as recognized costs: Cost Value and Usage (Total Cost). Results for these two methods are the same.

System calculates WIP for all Resource and Item usage, based on Unit Cost and consumed Quantity. Result of this posting is following:

Job WIP Posting 1

New Cumulative Updates for NAV2013R2 (CU20) and NAV2013 (CU27)

After today’s publishing of the newest Cumulative Update for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, few hours later Microsoft published new Cumulative Updated for two older versions NAV 2013 and NAV 2013 R2, as well. There are:

You can download them from previous links, but in this moment there is some problem; I expect, it will be solved very soon. These CUs are named as Build 41371 (NAV 2013 R2) and Build 41354 (NAV 2013).

New Cumulative Update 8 for NAV 2015 has been released

Cumulative Update 8 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been released today, one hour ago. It includes the most of application area (Cash Management, Finance, Inventory, Jobs, Prepayments, Purchase, Sales, Service and Warehouse) and very useful platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

It also has a lot application hotfixes for following localizations: Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spanish, France, Italy, Norway, Russia and UK.

You can download Cumulative Update 8 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 from here. This CU is named as Build 41370.