New NAV 2017 How Do I Videos

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 is already alive and there are a lot of new features. Partners who have access to DLP portal, already saw some videos and materials, but we finally get some public How Do I videos on YouTube.

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You can find the following videos:

Enjoy.

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New NAV Bucket Page on Partner Source

From the last month, you can find new Bucket Page on Partner Source intended to Performance Testing and Sizing on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Now, there are a seven Bucket Pages and you can find all of them here. This library is going to be bigger and bigger with some awesome short videos.

With new NAV release, there will be again some exciting news. Also, a DLP page (Microsoft Dynamics Learning Page) will have some new e-courses about NAV 2016, soon.

What is a Cloud Sure Step?

Cloud Sure Step is a new Microsoft program. This program should evolve the Road to Repeatability (R2R) program. The main goal of this program is to make an ease transition to the cloud for the most of partners. The NAV team has promoted this new program to WPC 2015 attendees, with the goal of transitioning more partners to cloud-based deployments that focus on fast, repeatable implementations that bring partners’ own IP and vertical specialization to bear.

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This is something that we could expect, as second part of Satya Nadella’s mantra “Mobile-first, Cloud-first”. With the newest NAV version, we will get new Azure and O365 integration enhancements, and it is naturally that we can expect more and more cloud based NAV implementations. The most important is that some of these enhancements will decrease cost of NAV deployment on Azure (e.g. using Azure SQL…).

Because of that, you can see that Cloud Sure Step is actually completely strategy, not only some lesson. Microsoft wants to prepare all NAV partners for the future. Because NAV in this new vision uses Azure and O365 as base, Microsoft has prepared Cloud Sure Step in two parts for both of their bases and you can find here more about it for Microsoft Azure and for Office 365. Using these information, you can learn everything from the beginning to the end: what are the Azure and O365, overview of these products and how to grow and optimize your business.

More details about Cloud Sure Step will come at fall partner events. If you are planning to be on Directions EMEA or Directions NA this October, you can find Cloud Sure Step sessions.

Preparing New NAV Certification Exam Questions

I have already wrote about new Microsoft Dynamics NAV certification process. First, we have to update following two exams to NAV 2015:

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Core Setup and Finance
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Installation & Configuration

Currently, you will be able to check these certification exams on:

If you want to help in exam preparation proposing question ideas, you can do it registering on http://credentialing.dynamicspro.org/. We really need help of community in exam preparation. You will spend a little bit of your free time, but you will help in building of something big.

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.

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:

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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:

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