What MB-800 exam can guarantee?

I wanted to write this article as I recently passed this exam and I wrote about how to prepare yourself. I already mentioned in this article that if you have an experience in BC or NAV, you generally don’t need to prepare for this exam (but it implies you know and understand BC on the cloud). Now I’m not planning to continue in this direction how to prepare for the exam, but I want to discuss about what we can expect as result of passing this exam.

Generally the most of questions as well as case of study will show your real knowledge, but to be honest you can learn it even if you are not experienced and it cannot prove some specific level of knowledge. Of course, there are some questions non related with real implementation process and as a person with 15+ years in implementation I don’t know why someone thins it is important to know some report by heart, but there is not so many such a questions.

What is more important by my opinion is related with this that I personally am not a fan of this new exam models where we have one exam from whole solution. OK, for F&O we have 4 functional exams and there are similar situation with CRM exams, but there much more topics there and personally I think we have a small number of exams even in F&O and CRM areas. But when we talk about BC, I really cannot believe that one who will pass just one common exam can prove some serious knowledge. Generally BC is implemented very often as a big project and you cannot expect universal consultant who can implement all areas.

Based on my experience, we need to have minimum three exams: one core (we can use MB-800 for this) and another for essential features and third one for premium features (+WMS). And OK, we need development exam. In this case if these exams are prepared on the level as this one, they can prove serial knowledge.

Just to clarify, I like this exam, especially as it comes after a couple of years with no certification for NAV and BC. This is really well done job, but I think partners will need more. Currently, when you see that someone passed MB-800, it can guarantee that this person have basic understanding and knowledge of Business Central. It can be a case that this person is an expert, but this is definitely not necessary to pass this exam.

But as my conclusion, I would like to encourage all BC consultants (and developers as well) to try to pass this exam. Generally I think it is a good idea and especially I would like to recommend passing this exam for junior consultants. Preparing for this exam, they can learn something new and consolidate knowledge. Start with Learning Paths as now we have a lot of really good materials there.

Disclaimer: Everything I wrote in this article is my personal point of view and based on my personal experience and opinion. It doesn’t represent any official opinion companies I’m connected with.

Sessions from NAV TechDays – day 2

As I’ve promised a few days ago in my previous post, I’m completing the collection of all session from NAV TechDays 2019.

Let’s see what we had in the second day of this amazing NAV/BC event:

Leveraging the power of the cloud

Build, test, deploy and deliver your app by one file

NAV/BC for high demanding environments

{Connect app}²

Business Central with Power Platform – more than ERP solution

…and of course, this is my session where I’ve talked about PowerPlatform with BC together with an MVP Renato Fajdiga… expect feedback here 🙂

The Power Platform for Business Central Techies

If you liked my and Renato session, I’ll highly recommend to continue with this session from Arend-Jan Kauffmann.

Make the most out of Business Central on Docker

Migrate your customers to the cloud, and manage them there

How to make AI work for your Business… Central

Why Attend BCUG/NAVUG Summit 2019 in Orlando

In a month, BCUG/NAVUG Summit in Orlando will start. There will be dozens of amazing lectures and if you are NAV or Business Central user, this event is probably something you must attend, especially if you want to continue with improving your knowledge.

I like to come back to this event every year as this is probably only one opportunity where you can get directly feedback from thousands of Dynamics users.

This time, I would try to explain why you should attend this amazing event using video message and I hope you will like it 🙂

Counting Named Subscription Users in NAV – 2nd part

In my previous post, I tried to explain how to handle with named users in NAV. But I’ve got a few feedbacks with some additional questions I didn’t cover in this text.

The main question was what if I want to stop to use some account temporary, for example because sick leave or vacation or something similar? In this case, we can disable this user.

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When you try to login the next time, you can see system will not count disabled users. Then you can decries number of users for some period. When your user come back, you need to increase number of users in your license and just enable this user.

Second very important topic is that you must to know when you buy for example 3 subscription users, you will get 5 (you will get 2 users for free, but with limited usage). This is because 1 user is for intended for partner work and 2nd users is for external accountant, but remember an EXTERNAL accountant. You need to create them on beginning to avoid misuse of license rights and use it for internal processes.

And on the end, if you already have the maximum number of full users and want to create new limited user, because you have licensed more limited users, anyway you will get message that this is not possible because the new user don’t meet the terms of the current license.

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This is only because of that, Full User is default user. You just need to change License Type option to Limited and it will be OK.

Counting Named Subscription Users in Dynamics NAV

Waiting Dynamics NAV as full SaaS solution (Dynamics 365 ‘Tenerife’), a lot of partners are deploying NAV on Azure with subscription licenses. Subscription license has much better price in comparison with perpetual model, even from only BREP.

But we have a small difference here. In perpetual licensing model, users are concurrent, but n subscription model, users are named. Because of that I’ve got a lot questions how system count these users and prevent bigger number of users from licensed.

Generally, this is very easy. NAV counts number of created users and compare it with your subscription license. That moment, when you try to create new user, more than you have licensed, system will stop you.

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As you can see on the previous picture, I’ve got a message that creating this new user will not meet the terms of the current license. OK, it works. That means if you want to change user, you need to delete old one and than create new one.

But in subscription model, you can change number of users monthly. What if you had in one moment, because of business needs, more licensed users and now you scaled down number of users? In this case, when you try to log in, system will show the following message:

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That means with current license and number of users, you are not legal. But if you press OK, system will allow you to log in. But every time when you try run NAV, you will get this violation message that shows you are not legal.

How to install NAV 2018?

OK, two days ago NAV 2018 has been released and I hope all of you were already downloaded this new version. Installation process is still very easy, but I want to show just few points where you need to take care.

When you run setup and try to customize your installation, you will see now one more thing here – Modern Development Environment (by default this is enabled, but just check it). If you don’t want to work with extensions, you don’t need it, but I hope you will develop only with extensions in this version.

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After that, just keep eyes opened on the next step, when you need to specify parameters. OK, if you don’t do it, you can do it later. But anyway, I think it is much easier to do when you install NAV. This is related again with Modern Development Environment, and this time it is not enabled by default. You need to change Developer Service Enabled option to YES and to choose Developer Services Port. After that, everything is the same as in previous NAV versions.

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But if you didn’t finish previous step during installation process, you just need to run NAV Administration tool and add Port on Development tab and to restart service.

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Or you can do it using PowerShell if you prefer with the following cmdlet (do not forget to restart service after changing):

Set-NAVServerConfiguration <InstanceName> -KeyName 'DeveloperServicesPort' -KeyValue <PortNumber>

Now, you are ready to work with NAV 2018 and to make your first extension.

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And just to mention, you can find System Requirements for Dynamics NAV 2018 here. But I tried to install NAV on SQL 2017 although there is noticed that NAV 2018 is available on SQL 2016 and SQL 2014 (and Azure SQL as well). However, I installed it on SQL 2017 and it works. I’ll check it with more details, and if I find something, I’ll publish it.

NAV 2018 is alive!

Today is December 1st and this is date when Dynamics NAV 2018 become general available. If you want to download this version, you can do it from here. At this place, you can find W1 version and additional 22 localized versions. If you want to download Partner Translation Toolkit, you cannot do it now, but it will available soon. And very important, in order to run Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018, you must have a valid Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 license file. More about licensing in Dynamics NAV 2018 can be found here.

Currently, I don’t want to write about news in details. If you want to see what is new in this version, you can download the following documents:

Download and enjoy in new version.

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Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Flow

Hi, for all of you who want to learn how to use Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 for Financials with Microsoft Flow in a practice, I’ll provide webinar together with NAVUG.

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Today I just want to share this information with you and I’ll keep you in touch. Soon more on NAVUG web site. For now, just to save a date, it will be at Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (9:00AM-10:00AM EST).

The end of NAV2013 and NAV2013R2 lives

Yesterday, Cumulative Update 56 for Dynamics NAV 2013 and Cumulative Update 49 for Dynamics NAV 2013R2 have been released. But these will be the last cumulative updates for this two Dynamics NAV versions with just a few platform and application hotfixes.

Why the last time? Well, from January 9th 2018, Microsoft will finish with the mainstream support for these NAV versions. Customers with active service plan can continue to use already released hotfixes and help via Customer Service. But I think that the best idea for all these customers is to upgrade their solution. And not only for owners of these versions; I think that the best solution for all clients is to stay current with new versions all the time.

And just to be precisely, Extended Support will continue with existing until:

  • January 10th 2023 for Dynamics NAV 2013
  • January 9th 2023 for Dynamics NAV 2013R2

Retirement Road Sign with blue sky and clouds.