Run Business Central in docker using a custom generic image

Update 2021/2/10: BcContainerHelper has replaced NavContainerHelper. This blog post still reference NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

The change to running Business Central in docker using artifacts also opens a new opportunity of running Business Central using a custom generic image.

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Windows 10 1903 (and Business Central Containers)

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 This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.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 weeks ago, I read about Windows 10 1903 in a blog post from Mike Fortin here: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/04/04/improving-the-windows-10-update-experience-with-control-quality-and-transparency. Since general rolllout wasn’t until May, I decided to wait until after Directions NA to do my update.

1903 was made available on MSDN and internally for people who wanted to update early and I didn’t really pay too much attention to this. Two evenings ago, a colleague ping’ed m e with an error when trying to create a container. Looking at the output, the containerhelper identified his Windows version as unknown/insider. Continue reading

Bugfix: Something went wrong

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 This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

I have had a few partners reporting a strange bug when using the Web Client in Business Central spring release. Running tests, applying configuration packages or running other long running tasks in the Web Client sometimes would result in an error stating: Something went wrong. Continue reading

Can I run NAV 2015 (and earlier) 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 This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

NAV on Docker is here to stay, and a lot of partners have discovered how NAV on Docker can save a lot of time in their development processes. NAV ships and maintains Docker images for all NAV versions (all CUs, all localizations) since NAV 2016RTM. One of the questions I have been asked a lot is, whether we will ship images for older versions of NAV. Continue reading