30 January 2017

January 2017 Cumulative Updates for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Note :

  • Due to a change in the CRM SDK implemented in December 2016, customers in multi-tenant NAV environments with CRM Integration enabled may find that CRM syncing is disabled or fails intermittently. 
  • Affected versions include NAV 2016 CU14, NAV 2016 CU 15, NAV 2017 CU1 and NAV 2017 CU2.
  • Any multi-tenant environments on an affected version using CRM integration should implement NAV 2016 CU 15.1 or NAV 2017 CU 2.1 as soon as possible as a precautionary measure.
  • Customers on Dynamics 365 for Financials do not need to take any action; this issue has been corrected in all available versions.
  • NAV 2016 CU 15.1 and NAV 2017 CU 2.1 will be released as soon as possible.
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Tharanga Chandrasekara
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Integrate Dynamics NAV 2017 with Dynamics CRM Online

This blog post contain step wise guide on how to integrate Dynamics NAV 2017 with Dynamics CRM Online (Dynamics 365). 

If you like to create a temporary test CRM account, please follow below steps in the gif. 

Make a note of Dynamics CRM URL and user account details in a separate notepad. These details will required at the later stage of configuration. 
01. Once the CRM account is in place you need to import the Dynamics NAV integration solution to CRM. 
A.Import Solution
  • Step 01. In order to do that you need to go to Settings of CRM.
  • Step 02. Click on the "Solution" to open up the solution window of Dynamics CRM

B. Click on the import button to import the solution
  • Step 01. Click on the Import button on the Solution window to open up the import wizard
C. Select solution from the import solution wizard 
  • Step 01. Click on "Choose File" option and select the file. (Following is the folder path : NAV2017 Build 10.0.14199 CU 1 W1\New folder\CrmCustomization)
  • Step 02. Once the solution is selected click on Next

 D. Check on the solution details and confirm 
  • Step 01. If the solution details are correct click on Next

E.Check on import options
Step 01. If you want to enable anyh SDK messages proceswsing steps include in the solution then tick the check box. 
Step 02. Click on Import

F. Solution will start to import to Dynamic CRM. 

G. Check for any errors and if there is need to correct those.
Step 01. Click on Close after checking the details of imported solution. 

H. Imported solution will be list down in the All Solution view of the Dynamics CRM.

Once the solution import is complete in the Dynamics CRM, now we need to setup Dynamics NAV for integration. 
02. Setting up Dynamics NAV
A. In order to config Dynamics NAV you need to navigate to CRM Connection setup page. 
  • Step 01. Navigate to "Department -> Administration -> IT Administration -> Services -> Microsoft Dynamic CRM Connection Setup"

B. Option 01. Enter the details and test connection 
  • Step 01. Enter the Dynamics CRM URL which you noted down  in notepad after creating CRM instance. 
  • Step 02. Enter CRM login account Name
  • Step 03. Enter CRM login account password
  • Step 04. Click on "Test Connection" to test the connection details 

If the connection details are correct then it will show below message. 

B. Option 02.
If you are using the Dynamics NAV 2017 version you have an new option which will help to setup Dynamics CRM connector. This assisted setup is a wizard which will take you through all the main steps to complete the setup. 
  • Step 01. Click on "Assisted Setup" and go through the steps to complete setup.

C.Enable CRM Connection
  • Step 01. Click on Enable check box to enable CRM Connection
Once the connection is enable it will show scheduled jobs which liked with Dynamics CRM.

 D. Setup Dynamics NAV Web service URLs. If URLs are not setup by yet you need to manually add the URLs to setup or you can use "Reset Web Client URL" option available. 
  • Step 01. If URLs are not setup then Click on the "Resent Web Client URL" option. It will populate required URLs into the setup. 

Once the above steps is completed, CRM connection is almost done. (Using default configurations). If you required to change the synchronization data flow direction, tables, fields then it required additional steps. Which we will discuss in a later blog post. 
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19 January 2017

Dynamics NAV and Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 released in October 2016 with many new and interesting capabilities. For more information, see their announcement here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/cloud-platform/windows-server

Over the last few months, the Dynamics NAV team has been testing compatibility with this new version of Windows Server, and we are now proud to announce that
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017,
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016,
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015,
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, and
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013
are compatible with Windows Server 2016. This applies to the following editions of Windows Server:
  • Standard Edition
  • Essentials Edition
  • Datacenter Edition
The blog post was updated on 11. January 2016 to also mention Datacenter Edition.

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Thank you and Regards,
Tharanga Chandrasekara
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02 January 2017

Awarded as Microsoft MVP - 2017

What a great way to start the new year!

Second consecutive year as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

It is a great honor to receive the most prestigious award a person who works with Microsoft technologies can receive. The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award.

I want to thank all the people who helped me to achieve this dream. Thank you very much for all of my blog readers and specially to the people who given me the feedback on each and every post that I have posted on my blog. Those valuable feedback helped to become the person who I am today and it was really a privilege to be the part of the community and help you all. 

As I always believe, best way of learning is sharing the knowledge and helping each other. It allows us to see things differently and gain so much of knowledge we have never even able to get reading all the books around us. 

Most of you have reached me via my E-Mail or through Dynamics NAV Community Forum and I will try my best to keep in touch with you all. Sorry if I have miss any of your e-mails, requests, SMS, feedback. (Please do buzz me all the time if I did miss to reply).

Finally I want to congratulate all fellow MVP's whose status is renewed or got selected for the first time just like me. 

I have long way to go and hope everyone will be with me till the end.. 

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Tharanga Chandrasekara
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Wishing You All a Happy New Year!

It's 2017 already and I wish you and all your loved once a perfect year ahead. 

Year 2016 is one of the best year for me due to many reasons. Specially it is the first year I got the MVP award from Microsoft for Dynamics NAV and it allows me to become the first Dynamics NAV MVP in Sri Lanka. It is a dream come true. 

During the 2016 year I have published around 80 blog posts and participate in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Community forum actively. I have answered around 800 questions and moderate the forum actively. I believe my activities were helpful to the users all around the world. 

I have actively participated in some of the major conferences in South Asia region and spoke in many Dynamics NAV user groups about new technologies related to Dynamics NAV. 

I manage to introduce "Dynamics NAV Cloud (Azure) Hosted Solution (SAAS)" to Sri Lankan Dynamics NAV community during "Azure Roadshow 2016 | Global Azure Bootcamp" and it was a huge success. 

In the year 2017 I would put more focus on Dynamics NAV Extensions and in order to reach more audience I will be creating more Youtube videos in my Youtube channel. I am planning to visit selected Dynamics NAV conferences in USA and Europe in year 2017 so that I can share more information with my readers. 

Lets make 2017 a great year! Once again I wish you and all your loved once a perfect year ahead

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Thank you and Regards,
Tharanga Chandrasekara
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