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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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

Please check your version of Docker!

In Microsoft, we are constantly in search of ways to improve security for our customers. Customers must feel safe when using our services and leaving their precious data in our hands. Sometimes this requires our customers and partners to update client software and this blog post is a warning about just that. Continue reading

Upgrading to 15.x from 14.x C/AL – our NAV TechDays 2019 demo

WARNING: VERY LONG BLOG POST AHEAD!

My session at NAV Tech Days this year was together with Nikola Kukrika and we did an end 2 end walk-through of how to upgrade a code customized C/AL solution in 14.x to 15.x (AL), converting the code, upgrading the data, explaining all the pitfalls and in some cases, how to cope with missing functionality. Continue reading

Mounting a database from my online environment using SQL Server on the host

This blog post is really a combination between the last two blog posts, https://freddysblog.com/2019/11/04/using-sql-server-on-the-host/ and https://freddysblog.com/2019/11/12/mounting-a-database-backup-from-my-online-environment-inside-a-container/. As stated in the last blog post, you can only use databases of less than 10Gb in size inside the container due to SQL Express. This blog post will explain how to get past that problem. Continue reading

Mounting a database backup from my online environment inside a container

Just recently, a new functionality was enable in the Dynamics 365 Business Central admin center. The ability to request a backup. It didn’t take long before I got the first question from a partner, who asked whether they could run this locally using Docker. This blog post describes how to do just that. Continue reading

Using SQL Server on the host

I have had quite a few partners asking me how to connect a NAV / Business Central container to a SQL Server placed on the host. This is the way I started a blog post back in april here: https://freddysblog.com/2019/04/12/placing-the-database-on-the-host/ and elegantly, I avoided to answer the question and instead described how to place the database on the host and use the SQL engine in the container. Of course this doesn’t solve the issue if you have a very large database, which SQL Express doesn’t support.

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