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ArcherPoint Dynamics NAV Developer Digest – vol 81

ArcherPoint’s technical staff pose questions, find answers, and share new discoveries about Microsoft Dynamics NAV

The ArcherPoint technical staff—made up of developers, project managers, and consultants – is constantly communicating internally, with the goal of sharing helpful information with one another.

As they run into issues and questions, find the answers, and make new discoveries, they post them companywide on Yammer for everyone’s 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 group—so we thought, wouldn’t it be great to share them with the rest of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Community? So, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from the ArcherPoint staff. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Question on opening a NAV 2013 database with a NAV 2016 client:

Question: Anyone know if you can open a 2013 db with a 2016 client?

Brian Winfrey: This MSDN article suggests that you can:

Converting a Database

Tim Muldoon: I'm not sure if you are just asking from the development perspective? But, yes, you could do this with a developers license as part of the conversion process.

But, a customer could not run NAV2013R2 with 2016 executables and using a 2016 license. The language is found here – NAV License Types. (Customer) Licenses are specific to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV version and are not forward or backward compatible. This means that a license from an earlier Microsoft Dynamics NAV version will not work with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016, and vice versa.

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Question: Can a FOB be imported as un-compiled?

Question: Has anyone ever imported a FOB and had it imported as un-compiled? I'm seeing this in a 2013 database. I'm not talking about having to compile it so that the NST will see it. I mean in Object Designer, I imported a FOB, and the compiled box is not checked. I'm guessing this has been there forever and I'm only just now noticing :)

Kyle Hardin: The only way to make that happen is to export it as a FOB uncompiled. So if you imported a text object, you can immediately export it as a FOB, even though it isn't compiled.

Jon Long: Agree with Kyle. The compile state after importing, should be the same as it was originally exported. I've never seen it be the opposite. So, if that's the case Matt, that is bizarre.

Nitin Pail: I have seen this when objects are imported using object import tool.

Denise Blaisdell: I have seen this when the new object is not of the same NAV version and it requires you to compile it.

Question on setting reorder points in base NAV:

Question: Can base NAV suggest reorder points? If not, what range of add-on products exists for this?

Dan Sass: When you say suggest reorder point do you mean to tell you what the reorder point quantity should be? NAV does not do this. However, you can setup reorder points and during the planning process it will suggest the quantity to purchase based on the reorder point and other cirteria such as capacity and demand. Lanham's advanced forecasting is an add-on that provides this.

Rick Dill: Standard NAV does not have a function that will set the reorder points. The AFP (Lanham's Advanced Forecast and Procurement) product will manage the reorder point. What it does is allow you to set a Number of Days inventory. It then looks at the forecast/demand for the item and suggest ordering activity to achieve the number of days inventory.

So, in that way, yes it manages the reorder point, but you still have to set and manage the number of days inventory manually.

Standard NAV does not have a function. Usually I work with clients to create a report that would look at history and then they can use Excel to manage the reorder point/safety stock levels and import them into NAV. That is the closest out of the box solution NAV has.

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