NAV 2017 Demo Image on Azure

Dynamics NAV 2017 has been published three days ago and we already got NAV 2017 Demo Image on Azure. This is very short period and this is amazing. All people who want to test NAV 2017 don’t need to install it on its computers, but they can use it on Azure. Great job.

Currently, we can create demo image only if we use old Azure Portal. We just need to start with new virtual machine from gallery image and choose Dynamics NAV 2017. We need to configure a few fields and wait a few minutes. And yes, we can use NAV 2017 with a lot of interesting tools.

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But be careful; if you prefer new Azure Portal, you cannot do it. It is still not possible, but I expect it will be done in few following days. Now, just go to the old portal and finish procedure.

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Of course, you can see this VM using new portal as classic VM, but you cannot create it. If you need this VM only for testing, my recommendation is to use D1 or A2 sizes. They are good enough for all tests and you will not spend a lot of your money for this purpose.

When you create VM and run it, you can start with initializing of NAV. On my first sight, there are the same PS scripts as well as on the older NAV demo images. I will test all of them and if I find something new, I’ll publish this.

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VMs in New Azure Portal

I’ve already wrote about new Microsoft Azure Portal code named Ibiza. When you look this new portal, one of the first news in that now we have two menus for virtual machines:

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machines (classic)

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You will see that all virtual machines you already created using old Azure Portal are placed in Virtual Machines (classic). I want to give you a small descriptions about difference between these two options.

The new Azure Resource Manager with a new API doesn’t uses resources as the old API. Because of that, the classic API stack is still operational, but you’ll see those resources showed up as (classic). You have not a reason to convert classic VM to the new VM. You just need to know that you cannot include classic VM in a virtual network deployed with Resource Manager and they don’t have to be included in a virtual network (unless new VMs must be included).

But if you want to migrate classic VM to the newer model, first you have to be sure you can afford a downtime for your VM. If you can afford it, than you can do it using ASM2ARM PowerShell script. You can find all details here.

I hope, I helped you. I have some more information about it and I’ll prepare a real interesting example soon.

New Azure Portal

Few days ago we got a new Azure Portal general availability. You will open new portal (codename Ibiza) if you use the following URL: https://portal.azure.com/

This portal looks like the following picture and this is now default Azure portal:

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Microsoft promises really better performance and usability, but I need to test completely portal longer period before I can give my opinion. On the first sight, we can see some new features, but I’ll write more soon.

If you still want to use old Azure portal, you just need to use the following URL: https://manage.windowsazure.com/

NAV on Azure SQL on NAVTechDays

Last week we finished one of the best NAV conferences this year. NAV Tech Days this year had about 950 NAV passionate attendees from all around the world. Everything in organization was the amazing; Luc did a great job.

This NAV Tech Days was very special for me, because I was the speaker on this conference for the first time. My topic on NAV Tech Days was “Deploying and Managing Dynamics NAV 2016 with Azure SQL Database”. This is something new in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016. I know, a lot of partners still not use NAV on Azure, but by my opinion this feature can move all of us forward. Azure SQL can save a money and we finally have a good tool for managing our multitenant environment – Management Service Portal.

I gave a word to people on my session that I’ll publish my presentation and PowerShell scripts on my blog. You can find them here:

In few following scripts, I’ll describe all details about using NAV 2016 on Azure SQL Server and give you some answers on additional questions I already got.

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How to Create CRM Online Trial Subscription

I suppose all NAV people have already heard that NAV 2016 has natively Dynamics CRM Online integration. This is a really great feature in new NAV release. Probably most of you want to try how it looks like. If you don’t know how to create your trial CRM Online subscription or didn’t try it, this article is for you. I want to show you how to do it, step by step.

First open this web page. On this page, in upper right part, click the “Sign In”. You have to type your Office 365 account.

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Now you need to confirm this order to get Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Trial with 30 day subscription for 25 users. After you confirm it, you will open your Office 365 Portal. You will see new e-mail with all instructions and I suggest read it. Click on Login and choose Admin.

Go to your Active Users on portal and add CRM license to you and your other users. You can do it clicking on Edit > Licenses > and check “Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Professional”. Click Save.

Now you need to choose your CRM App, enter your domain name you already registered (*.onmicrosoft.com) and click “Continue Setup”.

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You can find potential issue here. Maybe you will not see it, but it is possible. If you get the following error message, try do to next step:

You are not a member of this organization. You (YourAccount@XXXXX.onmicrosoft.com) do not belong to the organization YYYYY. Verify the organization name and try to sign in again.

Resolution: Click the “Sign Out” button on the page that you see the error on. Then log back in with the correct login to access your Dynamics CRM Online organization. This is because the cookies that are used in the Internet Explorer browser sessions are trying to use your previous credentials to login.

Then, you should confirm some details about your language, country and currency. Then click the “Finish” and you can start “get started video”.

And… You’re in! Click on your CRM Online URL you’ve got on this page (copy this URL because you will need it later and for integration with NAV 2016). Now you’ve opened your CRM Online and you have to assign security roles to the new user. You can do it clicking Assign Roles button on the top of the screen.

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Now, assign security roles in CRM so this user can access your Dynamics CRM organization.

You can use your 30-days trial Dynamics CRM Online subscription. In next article, I will show how you can connect your CRM Online subscription with your NAV 2016.