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New Book availabe: “Building ERP Solutions with Microsoft Dynamics NAV”

Hi Guys, a new book is available: “Building ERP Solutions with Microsoft Dynamics NAV”, by Stefano Demiliani (Author) and Duilio Tacconi (Reviewer).


… I spoke yesterday with these 2 guys (my colleagues and friends) during a workshop about “New Modern Development Experience“, i didn’t know that today would be released the book .. i thought later…  but today Amazon quickly provided me a copy (ebook) for review, i will read in next days….

About This Book

  • Integrate NAV with various offerings of the Microsoft stack to create enterprise-ready and service-oriented solutions
  • Use Power BI and Universal Windows Platform for effective data analysis and real-time tracking with NAV
  • Discover the services offered by Microsoft Azure and implement them in different industries using real-world case scenarios

This Book is for

“This book is for NAV developers and solution architects who need to implement real-world enterprise solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Knowledge of the NAV programming language (C/AL) and C# language is recommended. Knowledge of ASP.NET and Visual Studio development would help, but is not necessary.”.

You can find this book on:



Fast first look: for now it seems very interesting, some nice topics (that were not included before in other books) are exposed, i recommend it.

Have a nice reading !


Dynamics NAV with Power BI

Dynamics NAV with Power BI

I spoke recently of using NAV with Power BI, currently this topic (NAV integration with Power BI) is current and widely discussed, many questions about “How-to” integrate new and old releases on NAV with Power BI. I have collected a series of posts videos on Power BI and about integration with NAV (the most interesting that I fond).


Best Definition by Microsoft: “Microsoft Power BI is a Microsoft’s Business Analytics service for Visualizing, exploring and deriving insights from data!”

Power BI Portal

Power BI Features


Get Started

Power BI Free ebook

Power BI Developer

Nice series of pages about power BI on EID Site (NAVlab Partner)


Power BI Integration

Microsoft Dynamics NAV with

Dynamics NAV Content Pack

Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Power BI (with O365) – Schedule Report Refresh



Power BI Desktop for Beginners: Create your first Power BI report and dashboard in 10 minutes

Webinar Basics of Power BI for NAV users

Power BI and Microsoft Dynamics NAV by Steven Renders

Power BI and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016


How “not” to increase the batch name

NAV standard, in the case of use of batch name containing numbers, after posting automatically increases the last number existing in batch name (example: Batch 1 > 2 ..AL110A > AL111A.. and so on..)

This functionality is handled “Bydesign” in NAV, if you want to “NOT increase” the number and keep the same number in the batch (example in the case of fixed batch used for example for output and consumption and related numbered machines, former assets) can modify the codeunit 23 “Item Jnl.-Post Batch”

To achieve this, you need to change this line ItemJnlBatch.Name: = INCSTR ( “Journal Batch Name”) in function HandleNonRecurringLine

Function HandleNonRecurringLine

(VAR ItemJnlLine: Record “Item Journal Line”; OldEntryType: ‘Purchase, Sale, Adjmt Positive., Negative Adjmt., Transfer, Consumption, Output,, Assembly Consumption, Output Assembly’)

Original Code
ItemJnlLine3.COPY (ItemJnlLine);
ItemJnlLine3.SETRANGE ( “Journal Template Name”, “Journal Template Name”);
ItemJnlLine3.SETRANGE ( “Journal Batch Name”, “Journal Batch Name”);

IF INCSTR ( “Journal Batch Name”) <> ” THEN BEGIN
ItemJnlBatch.Name: = INCSTR ( “Journal Batch Name”);
“Journal Batch Name”: = ItemJnlBatch.Name;

You can change code in this way … for example in case of Outputs Consumptions entries to post from machine from MES..
IF NOT (ItemJnlLine2. “Entry Type” IN [ItemJnlLine2. “Entry Type” :: Consumption, ItemJnlLine2. “Entry Type” :: Output]) THEN
//ItemJnlBatch.Name: = INCSTR ( “Journal Batch Name”); // OLD
ItemJnlBatch.Name: = “Journal Batch Name”; // NEW, maintain old batch name, don’t use INCRSTR statement

Nice post here on Mibuso about this issue.
Journal batch names post

About “UI Elements Removal” feature

About “UI Elements Removal” feature


I never talked about this subject because is “daily bread” for NAV users, however, since some of NAV customers (and some of my readers) are still in old versions of NAV and they want to understand how this technology works, i collected a bit of existing documentation about this topic; below you will find many links from MSDN.


About “UI Elements Removal” feature

“UI Elements Removal” feature was introduced with NAV 2015; Microsoft Position at the end of 2014 before NAV 2015 launching date: “To simplify the users’ experience in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, we have introduced the UI Elements Removal feature. The feature can be used to remove user interface (UI) elements, such as fields and actions from pages in Microsoft Dynamics NAV so that the Role Center and pages become simpler to look at, easier to navigate on, and faster to get through.”

Access By Permission on NAV 2015 (v=nav.80).aspx

How to: Try Out the UI Elements Removal Feature based on Demo Permission Set


How System Works with “LicenseFileAndUserPermissions” option active?

When you configure user interfaces in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you should make sure that the UI Elements Removal field is set to its default, LicenseFileAndUserPermissions, so that you only see the relevant UI elements in the Customize window.


What objects will be removed objects by LicenseFileAndUserPermissions option?

All types of UI elements will be removed if they relate to objects that are not included in the license or the user does not have the required permission to the objects:

• Fields, Actions, Page parts


“UI elements” removed “By Design”

Directly Related

UI elements that are directly related to an object through the TableRelation or the CalcFormula property can be removed automatically according to the license file and/or user permissions

Not Directly Related

For UI elements that are not directly related to an object, you can use the AccessByPermission property to remove the element according to the user’s permission to a related object

“All types” of UI elements will be removed if they relate to an object to which the user does not have the required permissions:

  • Fields on pages, including FactBoxes
  • Actions on pages, including toolbars and navigation panes

  • Page parts, such as Lines FastTabs


About “FOUNDATION” permissions set

A prerequisite for all other permission sets. The FOUNDATION permission set grants access to system tables and application setup tables that are required for most application features to work.

This permission set is “recommended” when using the UI Elements Removal feature to automatically remove UI elements according to user permissions.

To use the LicenseFileAndUserPermissions option in the UI Elements Removal field, you must assign the special FOUNDATION permission set to the user along with the relevant application permission sets that define which application objects the user will access. Unlike the BASIC permission set, the FOUNDATION permission set only grants access to application setup and system tables and requires that other assigned permission sets define which specific application objects can be accessed. For more information, see Special Permission Sets.

Note that all of the 167 default permission sets that are provided with Microsoft Dynamics NAV are ready to support the FOUNDATION permission set to remove UI elements according to user permissions. You must therefore edit the relevant permission sets as explained in the following procedures.

Important ! 1

“If you defined the property for a table field, then all instances of the field on pages are removed from the user’s view. To override the property on an individual page field, delete the permission value after the = sign in the Value field. Do not delete the whole string as that will be replicated on the property of the table field.”

Important! 2

“The majority of the permission sets that are provided with the CRONUS demonstration database cannot be combined with the FOUNDATION permission set to fully use the UI Elements Removal feature. You must first create or edit the relevant permission sets to avoid that the user is blocked from performing the involved tasks. For more information, see How to: Create or Modify Permission Sets.”


Post Based on MSDN Documentation and others sources

Accessbypermission Property (NAV 2017 HELP on MSDN)





NAV Service Configuration

“UI Elements Removal” property with “LicenseFileAndUserPermissions” option

To use this property, the UI Elements Removal field in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Administration tool must be set to LicenseFile or LicenseFileAndUserPermissions.

This Property Applies To

  • Fields in tables (affecting all related fields on pages)
  • Fields on pages

  • Actions on pages

  • MenuSuite items

  • Page parts, such as a Lines FastTab


    “AccessByPermission “Property Values

    When you choose the AssistEdit button, the Access By Permission window opens.

    Field Description

    Object Type Specify the type of object to which permission is required to display the UI element

    Object ID Specify the object to which permission is required to display the UI element

    Read Specify if Read permission is required to display the UI element

    Insert Specify if Insert permission is required to display the UI element

    Modify Specify if Modify permission is required to display the UI element

    Delete Specify if Delete permission is required to display the UI element

    Execute Specify if Execute permission is required to display the UI element


    Sample on table 137 “Sales Invoice Line”, on field “Line Amount”

    Others samples (Standard NAV)

    Table 37 “Sales Line”


    Page 42 “Sales Order”



    Bank Accounts List Page

    Item PropertiesAccess by Permission



    Accessbypermission Property (NAV 2017)

    Removing Elements from the User Interface According to Permissions

    How to: Remove UI Elements Using the AccessByPermission Property–remove-ui-elements-using-the-accessbypermission-property

    How to: Specify When UI Elements Are Removed–specify-when-ui-elements-are-removed


    How to: Try Out the UI Elements Removal Feature Based on Demonstration Permission Sets–try-out-the-ui-elements-removal-feature-based-on-demonstration-permission-sets

    Best practices for installing and configuring Microsoft SQL Server for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

    The documentation on Installation Considerations for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been updated with information on recommended settings for SQL Server 2012, 2014, and 2016.

    The documentation contains recommendations on topics such as

    • Storage and recommended disk block size
    • Virus scanning
    • Memory
    • TempDB database configuration
    • Auto-growth of database and/or transaction log files
    • Max degree of parallelism (MAXDOP)
    • Trace flags 1117 and 1118 (full extents only and equal growth of all files in a filegroup)
    • Service accounts and instant file initialization (Perform Volume Maintenance Tasks)
    • Statistics (auto-create, auto-update and maintenance jobs)
    • Page Verify
    • Backup and restore

    Source: Best practices for installing and configuring Microsoft SQL Server for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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    NAV 2017 not documented options for “Credential Type”

    In NAV 2017 there are two new options for “Credentials Type”: TaskScheduler and EchangeIdentity.

    “Credential Type” -> “AS IS” Documentation
    “Specifies the authentication mechanism for Microsoft Dynamics NAV users of this Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance.”
    The options are “Windows, Username, NavUserPassword, and AccessControlService”.

    But… What about others features ?  “TaskScheduler”, “EchangeIdentity”, “None” ?

    In reality now there are three not documented options in the online help and also in NAV admin console help: “TaskScheduler”, “EchangeIdentity”, “None”   …the option “None” was already existing in 2016, undocumented.

    NAV 2016


    NAV 2017



    I asked Microsoft to update the documentation on MSDN (not updated from NAV 2016), useful in explaining exactly the “scope” and the “ByDesign” concept of each option.  I’ll let you know!  .

    I have the solution (23/03/2017..) !.. Thanks to Microsoft…  -> “These options are for Dynamics 365 for Financials” .. IASS applications !!!  .not for NAV.

    MSDN – “Users and Credential Types”


    Some old posts

    I have already talked about the new task scheduler and new NAV Admin console options previously, below some links that can be useful.

    NAV 2017 “Task Scheduler”

    NAV 2017 – What’s new in the Administration Console

    How to force specific service instance in Task Scheduler in NAV 2017?

    The NAV_Developer blog is coming back ! Nav supporter’s blog

    The NAV_Developer blog is coming back !

    “The NAV_Developer blog is coming back into action as a NAV supporter’s place. This will be by and for people who support the Dynamics NAV products in one way or the other. Starting with the newest version of the NAV_Diag tool from the Coffee Break team”

    Source: Hello NAV_Developer – Nav supporter’s blog

    NAV 2017 with Office 365 and Sharepoint Integration

    Recently i found some questions in Microsoft Dynamics Community about these two topics: Office 365 and Sharepoint Integration with NAV. Some time ago, i talked about Azure deployment, take a look at my old post “ALL” about “Deploying Microsoft Dynamics NAV on Windows Azure” NAV 2015 ; now i would like to talk about Dynamics NAV with Office 365 and Sharepoint Integration

    Best goals:
    Dynamics NAV with:
    – Office 365 Integration
    – Sharepoint Online Integration
    – “Complete Demo Environment of Dynamics NAV 2017” – Azure


    Image from Freddy Blog

    Existing powershell scripts “ready to go”
    Powershell Scripts are existing and ready to use, you can find these scripts in Dynamics NAV DVD Image folders or in c:\DEMO\ for Dynamics NAV Azure Images deployments (the folders will be created directly by images).
    Example : Files are located in: “D:\Dynamics.100.W1.2087091.DVD\WindowsPowerShellScripts\NAVOffice365Administration\ or in  c:\DEMO\ for NAV 2017 Azure Images.



    A List of “Suggested” Links
    Below a list of suggested links to achieve correct installation\configuration for a complete NAV 2017 Demo Environment with Office 365 and SharePoint Integration. Best Links (from my opinion) are available on Freddy Blog, note that all links from Freddy are free to use (not under NDA or only for Partners…), very useful for ALL people.



    About Azure Images
    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Image in the Azure Gallery

    One NAV 2017 on Azure – Loaded please…

    Azure DEMO scripts Deployment Gallery Image NAV NAV 2017
    navdemodeploy – under the hood

    Setup your NAV 2017 DEMO environment

    Azure DEMO scripts Deployment – using PowerShell



    OFFICE 365

    About Office 365 Integration

    GITHUB NAV 2017

    Folder DEMO/O365 Integration

    On Partnersource
    Install O365 integration – DEMO Install Script (NAV 2016)

    Configure the Outlook/Office Add-in

    GREAT VIDEOS – “HOW DO I” NAV 2017 Office 365 Integrations

    How Do I: Bring your Microsoft Dynamics NAV Demo Instance in Office 365

    “How Do I” configure the outlook add in

    “How Do I” Configure the Excel Add-in in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

    “How Do I” Synchronize my Microsoft Dynamics NAV contacts with Office 365



    About Sharepoint Integration
    SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics NAV – best topics


    From MSDN Online:

    “If you set up a SharePoint site, you can add Microsoft Dynamics NAV as an app to the site so that the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client opens when the user chooses an icon. Then, you can add web parts that show Microsoft Dynamics NAV data, such as a list of sales invoices with overdue payments. Users can drill down into the data and the web parts will open the relevant page in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client when the user chooses an icon or a link.”

    Access NAV 2017 via a SharePoint Portal

    Integrating Microsoft Dynamics NAV in SharePoint Sites

    Developing and Installing a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Apps for SharePoint

    Troubleshooting: Microsoft Dynamics NAV and SharePoint

    Dynamics Navision 2015 Integration with SharePoint Online and office O365 – How to embed Dynamics Navision 2015 Pages into SharePoint Online

    OFFICE 365 INTEGRATION IN NAV 2015 – Word/Excel/SharePoint by ksdconsultancy

    Have a nice integration.

    Announcing new capabilities and updated features in the Dynamics 365 for Financials February release

    Source:: Announcing new capabilities and updated features in the Dynamics 365 for Financials February release – Microsoft Dynamics 365, Business edition Community


    October 4-6, 2017 Madrid, Spain

    “The future is Dynamics. Join the largest community of ERP and CRM partners.”

    emea 2017.png

    About Directions EMEA

    Directions EMEA is the independent conference for Microsoft Dynamics partners focusing on SMB customers, it is organized for partners by partners. Directions EMEA brings together over 2000 developers, implementers, technical experts, sales and executive/owner representatives from Microsoft Dynamics Partners across Europe.

    To receive information on the Super Early Bird and group discounts as well as Directions EMEA webinars, please sign up to the Directions EMEA newsletter on

    Registration starts on February 15