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Submitted by Suzanne Scanlan on 17 July 2020

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - Vol 302

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV and BC Developer Digest Blog

The Dynamics NAV and Business Central community, including the ArcherPoint technical staff, is made up of developers, project managers, and consultants who are constantly communicating, with the common goal of  sharing helpful information with one another to help customers be more successful.

As they run into issues and questions, find the answers, and make new discoveries, they post them on blogs, forums, social media...so everyone can benefit. We in Marketing watch these interactions and never cease to be amazed by the creativity, dedication, and brainpower we’re so fortunate to have in this community—so we thought, wouldn’t it be great to share this great information with everyone who might not have the time to check out the multitude of resources out there? So, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from NAV/BC experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Periodic Docker Image Cleanup

Kyle: “Developer Tip of the Day: Periodic Docker Cleanup 

If you are using Docker to play around with various versions of Business Central, be sure to clean up your images occasionally. Let's say you started with BC 13. Then you removed that container and went to BC 15. Deleting the container does not remove the underlying image. You should delete the BC 13 image. Here’s how:

Open elevated PowerShell

Docker image ls -a

PS C:\> docker image ls -a 

REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED SIZE 

mcr.microsoft.com/businesscentral/onprem 16.2.13509.13779-na-ltsc2019 494a9dc06264 7 days ago 13.2GB 

mcr.microsoft.com/businesscentral/onprem 13.0-na-ltsc2019 892bc1496752 3 months ago 13.2GB 

mcr.microsoft.com/dynamicsnav 10.0.18363.836-generic 39e634aa83f8 9 days ago 7.99GB 

mcr.microsoft.com/dynamicsnav generic-1909 9c616c90709a 4 months ago 6.26GB 

Find the one for BC 13, which in this case is image ID 892bc1496752. 

Docker image rm 892bc1496752

This command can take several minutes for each image delete, and it is also careful to warn you if an image is still being used by a container. Don't delete those.”

Business Central News

MSDynamicsWorld shared the news that Mike Morton has been named the new General Manager over Dynamics 365 Business Central, including Morton’s announcement of the recently revealed Business Central policy regarding data storage. Microsoft created a new SKU to allow customers of Business Central SaaS to purchase extra storage beyond the baseline 80 GB allotment. That limit, and the price of additional storage, is already considered too restrictive by some partners to encourage the migration of larger NAV customers. Morton added that the team is making improvements to further reduce database size for customers. These improvements include: 

  • New tooling to see table sizes 
  • The introduction of SQL compression on Business Central databases 
  • Automated log file management, with the ability to set policies on how long to keep logs 
  • Alerts on database growth 
  • Moving attachments to file storage 

Looking ahead to 2020 Release Wave 2, Morton advised that CDS integration improvements will continue. He also said that, while there is not yet a Teams integration story for Business Central, it is "the next big phase of integration" with Microsoft 365, and there will be new scenarios to demo in the Wave 2 timeframe. 

If you are interested in Dynamics NAV and Business Central development, be sure to see our collection of NAV/BC Development Blogs.

Read the "How To" blogs from ArcherPoint for practical advice on using Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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