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Submitted by Suzanne Scanlan on 14 June 2019

ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV / Business Central Developer Digest - vol 245ArcherPoint's Developer Digest Weekly Blog

The NAV 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 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 experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Having Trouble with Service Tier in Docker Container? Try This.

Kyle shares: “Developer Tip of the Day: Sometimes the service tier inside your Docker container misbehaves. It won't accept connections, or recent object changes aren't showing up when you run the client. Freddy's scripts create a desktop icon for running PowerShell inside the Docker container. The AP Docker scripts do something similar, though I think the icon will be somewhere in your start menu rather than the desktop. Run that.  

net start <- this will give you a list of running services   

PS C:\run> net start 

These Windows services are started:

Dynamics 365 Business Central Server [NAV]

Then restart it

net stop "Dynamics 365 Business Central Server [NAV]" 

net start "Dynamics 365 Business Central Server [NAV]" 

A Cautionary Tale: Details of a SIM Port Hack

Suresh shares The Most Expensive Lesson of My Life: Details of SIM port hack, noting: “Even 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) is not safe, there are some recommendations in this link.” 

We appreciate Sean Coonce vulnerably sharing his story, so we can be aware of the dangers.

AL Question: Option Field or UNUM?

Kyle has a question: “AL Question. I am going to add a new field to an existing table. I normally would define this as an Option field. Should I make it an ENUM instead?”

Suresh offers: “ENUM is great if you want to reuse or extend it.”

Converting a Database to Business Central

Mahadevan shares this helpful link for anyone performing a technical upgrade from NAV 2015-2018 to Business Central. In Converting a Database to Business Central – Technical Upgrade, Microsoft provides important information to know before you begin, followed by step-by-step instructions to complete a ‘technical’ upgrade.

Cumulative Update for D365 Business Central: Spring 2019

Saurav shares the links for CU 01 for D365BC on premises update: 

Cumulative Update 01 for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Spring 2019 Update on-premises (Application Build 32615, Platform Build 32600) is Released.    

How to Configure the Excel Add-In for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

Saurav shares this video showing how to configure the Excel add-in for NAV 2017, noting “With NAV 2017, you can edit in Excel. But only if it’s on Azure.”

Tom Marshello asks: “Saurav, do you know if this edit in Excel feature will let you add records in NAV from Excel, or does it just let you edit existing records?”

Saurav replies: “I have never tested it with NAV 2017, but with Business Central on-premises, we have implemented it for a customer, and it allows editing and adding new records.”


If you are interested in NAV 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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