Friday, 30 October 2015

Limitations of ClickOnce Installed on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows Client


The following are limitations of ClickOnce installed on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.

Command-line arguments - ClickOnce installed on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV client cannot be run with custom command-line arguments. For example, this affects the following scenarios:
  • An end user cannot specify the Home page.
  • An end user cannot specify a profile. He can only use his default profile.
  • An end user cannot disable personalization. An administrator can disable personalization on a profile.
  • An administrator cannot configure profiles. He should use the MSI-installed client for this task.
  • An end user cannot run in full-screen mode.
  • An end user cannot disable the navigation pane.

Hyperlinks - The protocol handler dynamicsnav:// is not registered during ClickOnce installation, which means that the Microsoft Dynamics NAV client cannot be activated by choosing a hyperlink. This could impact the following scenarios:
  • End users cannot send each other links to specific pages.
  • An end user cannot use the link on a OneNote page.
  • An end user cannot use the link on a report.
  • The debugger cannot be started.

External components calling the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client - A ClickOnce-installed Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client will be installed in a randomly generated folder, and when it is upgraded to a new version, it will be installed a new randomly generated folder. This means that external components will not be able to detect where the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client executable is located. This could impact the following scenarios:
  • An end user can send a list page to Excel, but cannot refresh data from the Excel application.
  • Third-party applications cannot start the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.



Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Cumulative Update 12 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been released (Build 42951)



Cumulative Update 12 includes all application and platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been released for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

The cumulative update includes hotfixes that apply to all countries and hotfixes specific to the following local versions:
  •   AU – Australia
  •   AT – Austria
  •   BE – Belgium
  •   CH – Switzerland
  •   CZ – Czech Republic
  •   DE – Germany
  •   DK – Denmark
  •   ES – Spain
  •   FI  – Finland
  •   FR – France
  •   IS – Iceland
  •   IT – Italy
  •   NA – North America
  •   NL – Netherlands
  •   NO – Norway
  •   NZ – New Zealand
  •   RU – Russia
  •   SE – Sweden
  •   UK – United Kingdom



Note: You must convert the database if you are upgrading to this cumulative update from a cumulative update earlier than Cumulative Update 9 (build 41779). For more information, see Converting a Database in Help for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
Note: To enable customized translation of profiles, a number of actions are now available on the Profile List page. You can export and import resource files to enable translation for one or more profiles. The steps to install and uninstall language modules have also been modified. For more information, see How to: Install Language Modules,How to: Uninstall Language Modules, and How to: Export, Edit, and Import Translated Profile Strings in Help for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

 

Where to find Cumulative Update 12

You can download the cumulative update from KB 3097767 – Cumulative Update 12 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 (Build 42951).

 

Windows 10 and Office 2016

The NAV team is proud to announce that with this cumulative update, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 is compatible with Windows 10 and Office 2016.

 

Warning

Before you install a cumulative update in a production environment, take the following precautions:
1.    Test the cumulative update in a non-production environment.
2.    Make a backup of the system or computer where the cumulative update is to be installed.

 

Cumulative Update 24 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 has been released (Build 42950)



Cumulative Update 24 includes all application and platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been released for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2.


The cumulative update includes hotfixes that apply to all countries and hotfixes specific to the following local versions:
  •   AU – Australia
  •   AT – Austria
  •   BE – Belgium
  •   CH – Switzerland
  •   CZ – Czech Republic
  •   DE – Germany
  •   DK – Denmark
  •   ES – Spain
  •   FI  – Finland
  •   FR – France
  •   IS – Iceland
  •   IT – Italy
  •   NA – North America
  •   NL – Netherlands
  •   NO – Norway
  •   NZ – New Zealand
  •   RU – Russia
  •   SE – Sweden
  •   UK – United Kingdom

 

Where to find Cumulative Update 24

You can download the cumulative update from KB 3097766 – Cumulative Update 24 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 (Build 42950).

 

Windows 10 and Office 2016

The NAV team is proud to announce that with this cumulative update, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is compatible with Windows 10 and Office 2016.

 

Warning

Before you install a cumulative update in a production environment, take the following precautions:
1.    Test the cumulative update in a non-production environment.
2.    Make a backup of the system or computer where the cumulative update is to be installed.

Cumulative Update 31 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 has been released (Build 42948)



Cumulative Update 31 includes all application and platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been released for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013.

The cumulative update includes hotfixes that apply to all countries and hotfixes specific to the following local versions:
  • AU – Australia
  • AT – Austria
  • BE – Belgium
  • CH – Switzerland
  • DE – Germany
  • DK – Denmark
  • ES – Spain
  • FI – Finland
  • FR – France
  • IS – Iceland
  • IT – Italy
  • NA – North America
  • NL – Netherlands
  • NO – Norway
  • NZ – New Zealand
  • SE – Sweden
  • UK – United Kingdom


Where to find Cumulative Update 31
You can download the cumulative update from KB 3097765 – Cumulative Update 31 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 (Build 42948).


Office 2016
The NAV team is proud to announce that with this cumulative update, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is compatible with Office 2016.

Warning
Before you install a cumulative update in a production environment, take the following precautions:
1.    Test the cumulative update in a non-production environment.
2.    Make a backup of the system or computer where the cumulative update is to be installed.


Monday, 12 October 2015

Sicily, Crete, Corfu and next Madeira...


Microsoft starts development of next versions with Code Names

If you recall Code names of earlier versions then

NAV2013 is Sicily
NAV2015 is Crete
NAV2016 is Corfu

And Next version code name is Madeira.



Let’s hope Microsoft will come with a lot of game changing new features in “Madeira”. Good luck Microsoft.

Let’s enjoy NAV2016 for now.


Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa that were settled in the 1400s. It’s known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. Popular outdoor pursuits include hiking along old levada (aqueducts) in the mountains, golf, surfing and scuba diving at sites such as the Garajau Marine Nature Reserve.
o   Capital: Funchal
o   Area: 801 km²
o   Population: 267,785 (2011)




Updating and Testing Multiple Custom Report Layouts - NAV2016


Occasionally, we may need to update a custom report layout that is used on a report. This is required when there has been a design change to the report's data set, for example, a field that is used in the layout has been removed from the report data set. If a report layout requires updating, we will get an error message when we try to preview, print or save the report.

We can automatically update a report layout from the error message that appears when we run the report or, in advance of running reports, we can update specific report layouts or all custom report layouts that might be affected by dataset changes.

We also have the option to test updates without applying the required changes to the custom report layouts. This enables us to see what changes will be applied to the report layout and identify possible issues in the process. From the test results, we can open the custom report layouts directly for editing to fix any issues. Microsoft recommends that we test the report layout update before we apply the updates.

Not all report dataset changes can be automatically updated in the report layouts. When we choose to update or test the custom report layout updates, Microsoft Dynamics NAV scans the custom report layouts that are stored in the database and compares them to their corresponding dataset design. Some changes will require that we manually edit the report layout.

To update a custom report layout from the error message when we run a report
  • To update report layout from the error message that we get when we run a report, choose the Yes button on the error message.

The system will attempt to update the layout. If the update is unsuccessful, then we get an error message about a condition that must be fixed

To update a specific custom report layout

1.     In the Search box, enter Custom Report Layouts, and then choose the related link.
2.     In the Custom Report Layouts window, select the layout that we want to update, and then on the Actions tab, choose Update Layout.

The system will attempt to update the custom report layout to dataset changes. If no errors occur, then the update is applied to the report layout. If errors occur, then a message that contains the errors appears. We will then have to manually edit the custom report layout to fix the error.

To update all custom report layouts for the company

1.     In the Search box, enter Report Layout Selection, and then choose the related link.
2.     In the Report Layout Selection window, on the Actions tab, choose Update All Layouts.

The system will attempt to update the custom report layouts to dataset changes. If no errors occur, then the update is applied to the report layouts. If errors occur, then a message that contains the errors appears. We will then have to manually edit the custom report layouts to fix the error

To test custom report layout updates

1.     In the Search box, enter Report Layout Selection, and then choose the related link.
2.     In the Report Layout Selection window, on the Actions tab, choose Test Layout Updates.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV validates the changes to the report layouts but does not apply the updates. A Report Layout Update Log window appears that provides the status a potential updates for each report layout. If there are errors for a report layout, we can access the report layout directly for editing from the message to fix any issues.

Limitations of the Custom Report Layout Update

There are several types of changes that the automatic update can apply to custom report layouts, for example, a field that is used in the layout has been removed from the report data set. However, the automatic update cannot handle the following changes to a report dataset.
1.     Deleted fields, labels, or data items.
2.     Duplicate field names in the report layout after a field has been renamed in the dataset. This should be treated as a design error.
3.     Upgrade scenarios where there are multiple iterations of a report layout that causes multiple rename actions on the same fields, labels or data items.
If the update process detects any one of these issues, the update cannot be applied. We will have to fix the issues manually, for example by editing the report layout in Word, or programmatically by using upgrade codeunits.

Fixing Errors

If we get an error message when we update or test report layout updates, we most likely will have to modify the report layout to fix the problem. Read the error message to help determine the cause of the problem.

The most typical problem occurs when a field that is used on the layout has been removed from the report dataset. In this case, we will see a line in the error message that states that an item has been removed. To fix this issue, we will have to modify the layout and remove the field in question.


After we modify the layout, try to update the layout again.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Introducing Microsoft Dynamics NAV Managed Service for Partners

Microsoft announced general availability of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV managed service for partners, a significant new option for Microsoft partners interested in providing multitenant Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics NAV and deployed in the cloud on Microsoft Azure.

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV managed service is a highly scalable and reliable platform-as-a-service offering that consists of:
·        Streamlined administration: A new management portal and web services API enable Microsoft partners to efficiently deploy, manage, upgrade and monitor Microsoft Dynamics NAV multitenant solutions on Microsoft Azure.
·        Simplified operations: Cloud-optimized licensing and billing helps partners deploy customers more quickly, manage users seamlessly, and receive a single bill from Microsoft for the service.
·        Microsoft Azure:  Auto-scaled, load-balanced and highly-available, the service utilizes Microsoft Azure, which includes many built-in benefits such as enterprise-class security, geo-replication, backup support, and point-in-time restore.
·        24x7 support from Microsoft: Microsoft Cloud Engineers monitor and maintain partner solutions, customers, and users, offering Microsoft partners a financially-backed SLA of 99.9% availability.

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV managed service has been in preview since April 2015, with partner solutions and customers live on the service today.

Partners interested in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV managed service can find more information at http://aka.ms/NAVManagedService.





Thursday, 8 October 2015

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Works Natively with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016, we are enabling a tight integration between Dynamics NAV 2016 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM to allow for a more efficient lead to cash process. We are ensuring the users of the two products can make more informed decisions without switching products.
The integration is enabled with a default definition from within Microsoft Dynamics NAV which is simple to setup and to customize
Summary of key benefits
Working in the two systems generates lots of data that are very useful in the specific process, but it also creates data that can be used to make other people more efficient. The focus of the integration has been to utilize the strengths of the two systems and then sharing it when needed

Sharing information:
  • When you integrate data from Microsoft Dynamics CRM entities such as accounts, contacts, with equivalent record types in Microsoft Dynamics NAV such as customers and contacts; you open up for getting more information available to make better business decisions. A key example of this is the access to up-to-date financial information for their accounts for Dynamics CRM users
  • Likewise, users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV now have easy access to information about Dynamics CRM opportunities and cases for a specific customer.

Efficient Order Processing:
  • Synchronizing items, prices, and currencies from Dynamics NAV into a CRM pricelist enables the sales people to create up to date sales orders in CRM. Having these flow seamlessly to Dynamics NAV Sales Orders where the actual invoicing is supported ensures an efficient lead to cash process

Easy integration:
  • The integration is simple to setup and comes with a default set of integration points. Synchronization can be done automatically, ensuring that the required data is always up to date. It is possible to control the entities that are involved in the integration manually as well
  • Synchronization of key entities is enabled automatically, ensuring that the required data is always up to date.
  • It is possible to control the entities that are involved in the integration manually as well