NavContainerHelper – Use an external SQL Server as database connection in a NAV container

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 This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

If you haven’t read the first post about the NavContainerHelper, you should do so.

If you have a created a SQL Server container using one of the methods described any of the blog posts:

Then you will have the variables $databaseServer, $databaseInstance, $databaseName and $databaseCredential pointing to a database you can use to start up a NAV container. These parameters can be given directly to New-NavContainer. Continue reading

NavContainerHelper – Create a SQL Server container and restore a .bak file

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 This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

If you haven’t read the first post about the NavContainerHelper, you should do so.

The following script sample, will create a new SQL Server container and restore a NAV 2018 database backup file (Demo Database NAV (11-0).bak) placed on the host in a folder called c:\temp\navdbfiles. Continue reading

NavContainerHelper – Create a SQL Server container with the CRONUS database from a NAV container image

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 This blog post reflects the old way of using NAV/BC on Docker and references NavContainerHelper, which is outdated.

If you haven’t read the first post about the NavContainerHelper, you should do so.

The NAV container images contains SQL Express with the CRONUS Demo Database. If we want to get a copy of the databases from a NAV container image, we can override the navstart.ps1 script with a script, which basically just starts the SQL Server, takes the database offline and copies the database files to a folder. Continue reading