How to start with Accountant Portal in Dynamics 365

If you have accountant agency and want to take care about a lot of clients, you can use this new feature in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Business Edition (too long name: I’ll use D365FOBE). It is really good to encourage your clients to start with Dynamics 365. After that you can use your new Accountant Portal to manage all your clients using free license for external accountants.

To do it, you need to have your own D365FOBE subscription and install this App from AppSource. Open Extension Management and go to AppSource and choose Account Portal (click on ‘Get it now’).

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When you finish installation process, you need to sign out and sign in again. Then you will be noticed that Account Portal is installed and system will ask you if you want to accept user personalization changes to enable this feature (click Yes). Then you can continue with Next and Next to start 30-days trial.

After that, you will get a different home page, where you can add new clients, choosing one of the options: Enter Clients, Manage Clients…

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Then, you need to create client and the main details. The most important field is ‘Client URL’, where you need to enter the URL destination for your client’s instance for D365FOBE. When you finish with this, you need to click on ‘Test Client URL’ actions to check if everything is OK.

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After filling other details about your client, you can close this page and see your new client on your home page.

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Here, you will see the basic clients information and you can choose to go to the client. . From this page, accountants can drill down to their clients’ specific transaction details. These were only the basic steps how to start.

New App – Microsoft Invoicing

I’ll start this post with two phrases “Amazing” idea and App and “Unfortunately”.

First “amazing”, because it is really new cool App in Office 365. With this new online mobile App you can easy create and send very good looking invoices to your customers in PDF format. It is awesome application for very small business. And except creating and sending invoices, you can accept your payments, mark your invoices as paid or unpaid; add and edit your customers, view yearly and monthly sales and overdue payments… It is really cool and smart thing in your hands.

But why “unfortunately”? This “unfortunately” is for now, because you can currently try this app only if you are invited and of course if you are using Office 365… and not all Office 365 packages. Currently, it is possible only with Office 365 Business Premium Subscription.

If you are lucky, when you open your Office 365 dashboard, you will find Business Center and you will find Invoicing.

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And now, I’ll show you in few steps how to download and run this App. You can download it from AppStore for your iPhone or from Google Play for your Android devices. Just to know, I’ve tried only on iPhone.

When you find it on your store and download it, you will run App and find ‘Sign In’ button.

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O course, you just need to click on this button and to continue with logging. Of course, for logging, you must use your Office 365 credentials. System will the first ask for you Office 365 account and then open standard Office 365 login page to enter you password.

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And as I already said, if you are lucky one, you can try this App now. if you are not so lucky :(, you will get a message that App not accessible…

This is all for this post. In the next post, I’ll write more about features.

NAV 2017 Official Release Date and News from Directions

I’ve finished with a first two days on Directions NA. Both of these days I had sessions and I couldn’t prepare this article earlier. I wanted to say a lot, but I couldn’t.

First, NAV 2017 still didn’t official released, but finally we know when to expect. Not on Directions NA and not on Directions EMEA, but few days after that. Official release of Dynamics NAV 2017 will be at October 24th. And, Microsoft also promised that we will get official release of Dynamics 365 for Financials (ex. Project “Madeira”) shortly after. OK, we will wait these dates, but generally we already know what we will get with these releases.

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Some of these functionalities were presented by Marko Perisic and his team on Keynote, and some of them on other sessions. I’ll noticed some of the in this article, but I’ll write more about them in the future. Now, I want to speak more about future of Dynamics because I think this is something the most important in this moment. As you can see on the following picture, we have something very interested and Paul White said “This is an AND strategy”.

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Based on this strategy Dynamics AX and CRM will continue to live only as part of Dynamics 365 solution. Something is not clear enough because we expect CRM as part of both Enterprise and Business edition of Dynamics 365, but AX will be part only of Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition and on other side, Project “Madeira” will be on the same position in Dynamics 365 Business edition. But NAV (GP and SL as well) will continue to exist as independent solution, in this moment available on-premises and as subscription. On the first sight this is the perfect for all NAV fans, but I need more time to be sure.

In any case, we will get new opportunities and we have to learn how to make the most of them.

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And what about Project “Madeira” and licensing. We have some pictures earlier where we found recommended priced about 40 USD for each App. That is a true, for example if you want only Project “Madeira”, you need to pay 40 USD, but if you want some other app, for example PowerApps, you need to pay the same amount for this app per user per month. But if you want to have access to all apps (currently 4 of them), you need to pay only 50 USD for all of them as Plan model (and yes, this price will decrease with the number of concurrent users). And you can use Team Members for only 5 USD as some kind of limited users. And what is good more? If some of exiting NAV clients with Perpetual licensing model want to transit to new subscription model, he will get pretty big discount for every month.

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And I said that I don’t want to write about all features, but I need to notice few of them. I already wrote about Cortana Intelligence in Inventory Forecast, but now we saw Cortana Intelligence in Cash Flow Forecast; it is a perfect and you can use this in NAV 2017 and Project “Madeira” and the best is that it is very easy for using and configuring.

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End something more – new development environments. First you can use Visual Studio Code in the future as new code oriented environment (soon more about it). Marko presented live work with new tool.

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And on the end, new development tool for incredibly easy work. You just need to click on Edit button in your Web Client and you will get perfect logical environment where you can change pages, add fields to table and page… And on the end just click Stop and choose how you want to use this development… You can see all changes as preview in Web Client, Tablet Client and Phone Client. And all changes will be finished in Web Client and Windows Client, as well (of course, this is just short description – soon more about it).

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End again about dates, the new development environment preview will be available for Christmas.

Project Madeira Universal App

If you want to try Project “Madeira” on your devices (phone or tablet for example), you can download this App from App Store or from Windows Store.

When you run them, you will see that system requires Activation Code. This is not the same as you use App for Dynamics NAV (you don’t need to put it URL). You can find this Activation Code if you open “Get The App and Activation Code” page (you can find it using search pane).

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You need to type this Activation Code in your App.

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After that system will require to confirm your email as account with password and just wait few seconds. After that, everything will be fine. I’ve checked it with Windows Tablet and Windows Phone and with iPhone, as well. It looks fine.

Project Madeira – Configuration

When you open “Project Madeira” for the first time, you will get access to the Cronus demo company with a Business Manager role center. Of course, you can this change role center, but you have not all role centers as you can find in standard Dynamics NAV solution. There are “only” five role centers:ProMadeiraRCs.jpg

But for this kind of software, it is more then enough. It is really everything what you actually need. Of course, you can create your really company. When you open My Setting, you can find how to change companies. You can choose Cronus as you actually use and “My Company”. When you choose “My Company”, you need to log-out and log-in, and you will get the wizard for company configuration. When you click “Next”, you will see the standard configuration questions. These questions are very simply and everybody can finish this questionnaire (the basic company data, bank data, accounting period… and that’s it):

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You will get your production environment for your company. This wizard is simply and excellent and the most important, on this way you’ve just got your company in SaaS. You can continue your work.

This is just small intro about configuration. You can expect more soon.

Universal App in Phone and Tablet Without Icons

Sometimes, when we install Universal App on our smartphone or tablet (NAV 2016 and NAV 2015 – only for tablets), we can notice one issue with missing Icons (Actions, Images,…). This is not something serious, but it can be unpleasantly.

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But, it can be solved very easy. The reason of this issue is because your browser has configured Font download option as disabled.

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You can solve this changing this property or adding your site as Trusted. To do this, you need to open your Internet Explorer, run your Microsoft Dynamics NAV web client and open Internet Options. Choose Security tab and choose Sites on the Trusted sites option. Add this sites as trusted and this is solved. Second way is to open Custom level and find Downloads section and change Font download to Enabled.

Now, you can run your Universal App again and everything will be fine:

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How to Install NAV 2016 Phone Client as Test Environment

We have new NAV 2016 more than two weeks. One of the really exciting news is using of Universal Apps. We finally can use NAV on phone.

But one of conditions of using of Phone Client is installing of security certificate. This is the same story as we already have in NAV 2015 for using of Tablet Client. If we have signed certificate, there is no problem. But if we have not it…

Can we use self-signed certificate on phone? Yes, we can. I will show how to do it on Windows Phone.

Of course, first we need to download Dynamics NAV Universal App for Windows Phone from Store. Type Dynamics NAV in Store Search and download this app. You can easy find it as app made by Microsoft Corporation with new logo.

Than we have to have installed NAV 2016. In my example, I’ve installed NAV 2016 on Azure. You can do it easy if you have Azure subscription. Or you can do it on your own servers and install self-signed certificate on your server. If you deploy NAV 2016 on Azure using PowerShell scripts, you will have already created certificate. I’ll install this certificate on my own computer in Internet Explorer.

Run your Internet Explorer as Administrator and type your NAV 2016 Web Client URL. Choose “Continue to this website (not recommended).” and click on “Certificate error” > “View Certificates” > “Install Certificate”.

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Choose Local Machine and “Place all certificates in the following store” > Browse > “Trusted Root Certification Authorities” > OK > Next > Finish > OK > OK.

Open MMC on your computer and add Certificates as snap-in using Add/Remove Snap-in command. Open “Certificates – Current User” > “Trusted Root Certification Authorities” > Certificates and find your already installed certificate. Right-click on certificate and chose Open. Go to Details tab and click “Copy to file” > Next > Next and choose your certificate name. Save this certificate XXXXX.cer on your computer and send it to your e-mail (e-mail using on your phone).

When you get this e-mail on your phone, click on your certificate in attachment and install it. Then run your Dynamics NAV Universal App and type your service URL https://YourComputerName/WebServerInstance and your username and password.

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If you finished everything I said, you will open your NAV instance on your phone as you can see on picture.