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.

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NAV 2016 System Requirements

Since begin of August, I’ve tried to research what are the minimum system requirements for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016. First I’ve published one post about it, but I’ve deleted it. It wasn’t completed. Now, I have the freshest tested information and I hope everything will be fine in the production, as well.

In this process I’ve checked only NAV and Web Server and Windows Client requirements. You can find all my conclusions in following text. But you must to know, there are not officially requirements; these requirements are based only on my testing.

Supported Operating Systems (Server and Windows Client)

First, NAV Sever works only on 64-bit edition of operating systems. I’ve concluded that these OS are completely qualified as base for NAV and Web Server:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016 (Technical Preview 3)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

You can see I’ve also checked installation on next Windows Server release – Windows Server 2016 (Technical Preview 3) and everything was working fine.

Older OS as Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 also require some additional software as Windows PowerShell 3.0. You can download Windows PowerShell 3.0 as part of Windows Management Framework 3.0.

Also, all these operating systems require enabled Windows Search. If this is not enabled on your server, you can do it adding new Windows Search role in Server Manager.

If you want to run Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Windows Client, you can do it on the same operating systems, but you can do it on both of them, 64-bit or 32-bit editions. If you install Windows Client on some of the 64-bit edition OS’s, you will get two Windows Clients (32-bit and 64-bit); 64-bit will be by default, but you can change default client as well. But if you install on 32-bit OS edition, you will get only 32-bit Windows Client. I will explain more about it in new post.

SQL Servers

The same situation is as for OS, SQL Servers also require 64-bit editions only. You can use NAV 2016 on following SQL Servers:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (SQL Server 2008 R2 is out of mainstream support, but I’ve tested NAV 2016 and in my tests everything was fine; but I think we have to make more tests in any case)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 CTP2.2
  • Azure SQL Server

You can see that I also check installation on next SQL release – Microsoft SQL Server 2016 CTP2.2 and everything was working fine. This will be helpful in the future with information about new Windows Server.

About using NAV 2016 on Azure SQL, I have to say much more. It is a really good news and I will write a new post only about it.

Hardware sizing

All of these configuration I’ve checked, have worked with minimum 1,75GB RAM.

REMARK:

As I already said, these are not officially Microsoft system requirements. These are information based on my personal testing and they will maybe be different in officially release.

NAV 2016 Phone Client

Few months ago, Microsoft has announced new Phone Client for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016. With today’s NAV 2016 general availability, we can check it. First, NAV has new icon; sails no longer exist. This is new set of icons:

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And now again, Phone Client. You can download new NAV 2016 App for iPhone from Apple iTunes. Also it is possible to download from Google Play and Windows Store. You just need to type “Dynamics NAV” in search and you can easy find them. Download them and type your service, username and password. Finally, you can use NAV on all devices and all systems. It looks line:

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If you’ve just installed NAV 2016 from Partner Source, you can check how it looks like using Web browser. You just need to add phone.aspx behind .. /WebClient/ (smilar as for Tablet Client emulation) and change the size of browser to emulate phone size; and you don’t need a HTTPS certificates. You will see that Phone Client looks awesome and everything works fine and smoothly. And you can use camera from your phone directly in NAV, for example for document capturing. But for this feature, you have to use this app from phone, because camera cannot be emulated from your browser.

More news, soon.

Surface Pro 3 vs. iPad Pro

First I want to apologize because this is not topic I have a big knowledge. But I use Surface Pro 3 everyday. I still can remember that people said Surface sucks and iPad is the great machine. OK, what now? I suppose, now it is a cool thing, because Apple made it…

I still didn’t see this new iPad and I have knowledge only from some articles. OK, all computers have something better compared to other. On first sight, iPad pro is thinner and slightly lighter and has better screen resolution… and yes, better camera (but this is still computer, not a camera). But on iPad, you can choose 32 or 128 GB of storage and you cannot expand it. For business needs, this is frivolity. On other side, Surface Pro 3 has 62/128/256/512 GB of storage. Apple hasn’t said how much memory is inside, but we know Surface has 4 or 8 GB. Apple Pencil is a $99, but you are getting it in package when you are buying Surface Pro 3. Apple keyboard is more expensive and it miss a touch pad. On other side, on Surface I can use a full Windows 10 and of course, this is not a new device. Microsoft will release Surface Pro 4 soon and we will see what news we will get in new MS device.

By my opinion iPad is awesome device, but it is still a toy. Surface is seriously device for working and I will choose Surface in the future. Maybe Surface is not so cool, but I need a tool not a fancy toy.

As I’ve already said I’m not an expert for this area. You can find more seriously articles here. I will continue with my NAV :).

NAV and Windows 10 again

Month ago, I’ve wrote about using of Microsoft Dynamics NAV on Windows 10. I tested NAV ‘Corfu’ CTPs on Windows 10 prerelease versions. By my opinion future release NAV 2016 will works excellent on Windows 10. Today, Microsoft officially publish the same information, NAV 2016 is compatible with Windows 10. In the same article, we can see that older NAV versions have some problems on Windows 10, but by my opinion not big. You can find more about it in my older post, but Microsoft says it will be corrected in cumulative updates in October, but only for NAV 2015, NAV 2013 R2 and NAV 2013.

Problems with NAV on Upgraded Windows 10

In last few days, I’ve got a lot of comments about problems of NAV usage on Windows 10. Almost all or just all these problems are connected with situation when you have not installed Windows 10 from the scratch. These problems are on upgraded Windows 10 from some older version. I still not check about reasons for these problems, but they obviously exist.

I will try to check all these reasons in following days, but currently you can use this info to see how to solve these problems. Thanks to Francisco Bedolla for this article.

Which NAV versions can run on Windows 10

Today is the big day for Windows 10. As of today, Windows 10 is officially released and available for download. This is about Windows, but where is Microsoft Dynamics NAV here?

Last few months I have tested NAV 2016 (in the beginning it was NAV ‘Corfu’) on Windows 10. Everything works perfect and you will see it very soon (in few following months) if you are not part of TAP or ACE program.

But, I didn’t test older NAV versions but it is very interesting and very important topic. But, my fellow blogger and NAV MVP Erik Hougaard has already tested it and wrote awesome blog post. You will see that the oldest NAV version available on Windows 10 is NAV 5.0, similar as Windows 8 and 7. But, I’m advising you to read complete post and you will for surely enjoy it. Thank you Erik, really good analysis.