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Installing NAV 2013 Beta

Finally, NDA has been lifted, and we can FINALLY start sharing what we know about the new version of the product that we all know and love. Well most people actually DON'T know it, which is why we love sharing this with you :). As mentioned earlier this week we've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend some TAP events in Copenhagen, and get access to early CTP versions of the new version of Dynamics NAV.  The NAV team has worked incredibly hard to address all of the painpoints that we feel in the current version of the product.

Not only that, they have also completed development for the new Sharepoint client, which provides almost all of the standard functionality to Sharepoint. In addition, they have also completed development for the new Web Client, in which almost all standard NAV functionality is now available through a regular web browser. Not only that, NAV is the first Microsoft ERP system that can be deployed in the cloud on Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Moreover, we now also have a way to expose regular SOAP webservices as well as OData webservices. Not only that, we now have a host of new technological capabilities, such as a solid RTC debugger that we can actually modify ourselves, such as a new Query object that will allow us to define SQL queries as an NAV object type. Not to mention the new testability feature, which gives us the ability to completely automate testing. Not to mention a completely redeveloped data stack. We could go on, but hopefully you are getting the point :). It's been a long time coming, but we think it is absolutely worth the wait. We are absolutely convinced that NAV 2013 has taken a HUGE step forward in maturity for our product, and we think it will provide a LOT of benefits for existing customers as well as new customers. 

In this video, we discuss the installation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Beta into a Virtual Machine. In this video we talk about some of the prerequisites, the various components of a regular RTC installation, and show you some of the features. It covers the RTC, the development environment, and we quickly go into the server management console. Enjoy and please leave your feedback in a comment.




Excellent video, and a great initiative! Appreciate you taking the time to record these videos. Looking forward to the follow-ups :-)
Quick question - Is the NAS always tied to the same service that runs the RTC clients? And if so, do you need multible instances of the RTC services to run multible NAS instances?


Hi Martin, thanks for the kind words, always nice to get positive feedback.

In NAV 2013, the service tier is capable of running the client services (for the RTC, Web Client and the Sharepoint Client), SOAP Services (for the 'regular' web services), OData Services (for the OData web services, see my blog about that). NAS is another thing that is integrated into the service tier. The Service Tier is set up for the company, and you can enable NAS for that service tier, so for each service tier you can enable one instance of NAS. 

So yes, if you want to run multiple instances of NAS, you will need to set up multiple instances of the Service Tier.

BUT, what you also need to know is something new called 'Sessions'. It is now possible to start a completely independent NAV session that connects to the client services, and you can program which company that connects to, regardless of which company you are in now. I'm planning to create a video about that too in the near future, because I think that is going to help you a lot. Look it up in the online help for NAV 2013.

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