1-800-GETNAV (Nav on Docker #4)

Update 2021/2/10: Microsoft stopped creating images for Docker in the summer of 2020. We now publish artifacts, which can be used to spin up containers and BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

What a cool phone number to have if you are a NAV partner in the US. Inspired by that and modernized it to the cloud world, it would be:

aka-ms-getnav

So here you are, probably the easiest way to spin up a NAV on Docker environment on Azure for development and test. The mechanism has been used over the last 2 months or so in the NAV Developer preview and in fact, it is the same set of PowerShell scripts that lies behind. Continue reading

1709 and NAV on Docker

Update 2021/2/10: Microsoft stopped creating images for Docker in the summer of 2020. We now publish artifacts, which can be used to spin up containers and BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

As of yesterday evening Windows Server version 1709 (with and without Containers) is available on Azure:

I thought it would be a good idea to describe how this relates to the NAV on Docker images recently published on the Docker Hub. Continue reading

What is docker? What are Containers? What can I use containers for? (NAV on Docker #3)

Update 2021/2/10: Microsoft stopped creating images for Docker in the summer of 2020. We now publish artifacts, which can be used to spin up containers and BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

You have probably heard that all released Microsoft Dynamics NAV versions since NAV 2016RTM now are available as Docker images on the public Docker Hub.

If not – then you have now!

But what does that mean? What is Docker and what are Containers? Continue reading

devpreview builds now also available on the Docker Hub

Update 2021/2/10: Microsoft stopped creating images for Docker in the summer of 2020. We now publish artifacts, which can be used to spin up containers and BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

Saturday we posted all NAV 2016 and NAV 2017 public builds to the Docker Hub.

Today the October update of the developer preview is also on the Docker Hub to run locally, meaning that you now can choose between two options for the developer preview.

  1. http://aka.ms/navdeveloperpreview (Azure VM with NAV on Docker inside)
  2. docker run microsoft/dynamics-nav:devpreview-finus

Continue reading

Troubleshooting NAV on Docker

Update 2021/2/10: Microsoft stopped creating images for Docker in the summer of 2020. We now publish artifacts, which can be used to spin up containers and BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

With the release of official NAV images on Docker Hub, we will probably see a larger uptake of people trying this great technology. In this post I have included the issues people are typically running into when trying out NAV on Docker. The first two topics are only relevant on Docker CE (Community Edition), which currently is the only Docker version you can install on Windows 10. Continue reading

It has never been easier… (NAV on Docker #2)

Update 2021/2/10: Microsoft stopped creating images for Docker in the summer of 2020. We now publish artifacts, which can be used to spin up containers and BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

As of this morning, all shipped cumulative updates (+ all localizations) of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 and 2017 are available as Docker images in the Docker Hub, ready for execution on a Windows system with Docker installed. Continue reading

A small step for man kind but a giant leap for us! (aka NAV on Docker)

Update 2021/2/10: Microsoft stopped creating images for Docker in the summer of 2020. We now publish artifacts, which can be used to spin up containers and BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

Some months ago, a colleague tried to convince me that Docker was the new black and I really had to look at that.

Today, we have started deploying Official Microsoft Docker Images to the Docker Hub – https://hub.docker.com/r/microsoft/dynamics-nav/ and over the next days, all CUs and all country versions for NAV 2016 and NAV 2017 will be published on Docker Hub (Please read the description at the Docker Hub site) Continue reading

iOS 10 and self signed certificates

With the release of iOS 10, Apple have changed the way self-signed certificates works and since self-signed certificates are a vital part of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Demo Environment setup, I thought I would describe how to connect to a Demo Environment, signed by a self-signed certificate from an iPad or an iPhone. Continue reading

What would you do?

Lately, a number of  ISVs have asked me this question:

If you where me, what would you do?

To give the question a little context, we are talking about Solutions, Customizations, Extensions, Modifications or whatever name you use. We are talking On-prem, Hosted, Managed Service, Dynamics 365 for financials.

What is the magic bullet? What should the ISV do in order to make sure that you are ready for the future, without wasting a lot of time. Continue reading