One of these days…

Many years ago, I heard a joke:

3 people (a biologist, a mathematician and a developer) were in Africa on a Safari. They drive by a blue elephant. The biologist shouts out: “Look, there is a BLUE elephant.”. The mathematician states: “Right you are, there is ONE blue elephant”. The developer slaps his palm against his forehead and says: “Damn, there are blue elephants…

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July updates are out – they are the last on-premises docker images

Business Central and NAV July 2020 on-premises updates was published over the weekend and this is going to be the last on-premises version of Business Central and NAV released as a docker image. The existing docker images will stay on mcr.microsoft.com for some time still, but no new on premises images will be added.

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New-BcContainerWizard aka Business Central on Docker script generator…

I have been wanting to create a repository of scripts, where you could locate the right script for your usage. The problem I ran into was however that the number of scripts in a repository like that would very quickly explode. Yesterday evening while riding my bike, I got an idea…

Why not create a script generator script for Business Central on Docker. A script, which asks you a lot of questions and then generates a script, which you can save and run.

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Running tests on Business Central 16.0

On April 1st, we shipped Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Wave 1. It is a great release with a lot of exciting new features, which I will leave to others to write about and describe.

I will instead write about a small issue on the 19 local 16.0 DVDs you can download. They all contain test framework apps and our Microsoft test apps which ships for W1. Continue reading

The world after the February update

As you probably discovered, the February 2020 security update had a significant impact on NAV/Business Central Docker Containers. Especially if you were running Process isolation. Most visible problem was the fact that you couldn’t launch 32bit executables in containers after applying the security update. My blog post from February 14th (https://freddysblog.com/2020/02/14/hyperv-isolation-to-the-rescue/) would explain two ways to mitigate the problem:

  1. Run hyperv isolation
  2. Uninstall February update

None of these are perfect solutions. If you are using non-unicode apps (like finsql and C/AL code) then hyperv isolation really doesn’t work very well. It causes destructive character set conversions and you really don’t want to not apply security updates for a longer period in time. Continue reading

hyperv isolation to the rescue!

Update

More information on this topic can be found here: https://freddysblog.com/2020/02/26/the-world-after-february-18th/

February 11th 2020

On this date, the February security updates for Windows was released, and over the next days, Windows 10 computers and Windows Servers all over the world would receive this update. I am a true believer in securing my Windows Computers and my Windows Servers and would never leave my servers unprotected so I follow the guidelines and update my machines. Continue reading

Having Demo Data while developing Business Central Apps with Docker

I have always preached that you shouldn’t try to keep your Docker containers running. Containers should be something, which easily can be dismissed and recreated for any developer. One of the frequent questions is then: But what about my demo/development data? Continue reading