Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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March, 2013

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Coming Soon: Enabling Commerce Gateway for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013


    With Commerce Gateway for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, companies can use Microsoft Dynamics NAV to electronically exchange trading documents with business partners regardless of conversion requirements and data formats. This helps streamline business processes and reduce transaction costs. Commerce Gateway also makes it easier for companies to meet the changing demands of their trading partners, regardless of the industry they are in, the system that they use, or the standards that their partners require.

    As some of you may have noticed, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 shipped without Commerce Gateway. We have explored a number of different options for enabling Commerce Gateway. This blog post describes the recommended upgrade path for users of Commerce Gateway to make their solution compatible with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013.

    We are currently working on a sample application that will demonstrate how to upgrade the Commerce Gateway solution. The sample will show how you should set up the connection between Microsoft BizTalk and Microsoft Dynamics NAV using a web service. The sample will be shipped through the hotfix process, after it has been through testing. For now, we expect to release the sample at the end of March.

    New customers that need Commerce Gateway will have to upgrade their solutions from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. For more information, see Upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013.

    Commerce Gateway is still included in the license as part of the product and can be purchased as normal.

    Architectural changes

    In architectural terms, the Commerce Gateway solution consists of an application part, a communication part, and a BizTalk part. The communication part is the part that requires the most changes to be able to run with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. We recommend that you change the communication part to use a web service connection instead of using the Request Client and the Request Server. For this to work, it is also required that you make a few changes to the Microsoft BizTalk configuration. There are minor changes to the application part.

    The main reason changes to Commerce Gateway were required for it to work on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 are the architectural changes that were introduced with this version, such as the 64-bit Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server, as well as the removal of COM support on the server. Both changes require a change in the Commerce Gateway implementation, since it relies on a 32-bit COM implementation for the Request Server and the Request Client.

    Summary of recommended changes

    1. Upgrade application code to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. The application code is impacted by the removal of support for forms.
    2. Change the connection between the Microsoft BizTalk server and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 to use a new web service, which will be defined in the sample. Changing your solution to use web services will simplify the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 installation, as you will no longer be required to use the Commerce Gateway Request server and the Commerce Gateway Request Client.
    3. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 architecture does not allow the use of automation on the server. Consequently, we have changed five objects to use the .NET Framework XML Document Object Model (DOM). You will have to upgrade your solution to merge in these changes.
    4. Change the connection setup on the Microsoft BizTalk Server to use the web service. You will need to create a new Send port and to reconfigure the orchestrations.

    All of the above changes will be described and implemented in the code sample that will ship at the end of March.


    Rikke Lassen

    Senior Program Manager

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Convergence 2013 – Wait! It’s Not Over Yet – Still More Microsoft Dynamics NAV Sessions for You


    Wow! The last few days have been incredible – a lot of excitement around Microsoft Dynamics NAV – great attendance and participation in all of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV sessions, and so much enthusiasm at the Microsoft Solution Experience Center. Fantastic!

    Are your bags packed? Hold on a minute. This may be the last day of Convergence 2013, but there is still much to see and do, including the impressive closing keynote speaker, Kofi Annan at 9:00 am who you will not want to miss.  Let’s also highlight 2 Microsoft Dynamics NAV sessions you should consider attending before you go: 

    • Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Office Integration
    • Tips & Tricks for Working with Dimensions in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

    And don’t miss this chance to get those last questions answered:

    • Ask Your Peers: Upgrade Experiences with Microsoft Dynamics NAV
    • Ask the Experts: Reporting in Microsoft Dynamics NAV: IDNAV04-R2

    Yes, there is a lot to cover – not just the miles between all those sessions. That’s why Virtual Convergence is so great – it’s the place to catch up on what you missed or want to see again. You can see recordings of everything from the Keynote, General Sessions and Concurrent Sessions to Interactive Discussions. 

    This has been yet another super Convergence for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. And, if the level of enthusiasm and spirit among the Microsoft Dynamics NAV community is any indication, the future looks awesome for the solution and our valued customers and partners.  There is a world ahead and the course is set. It’s full of exciting opportunities, events and new enhancements – ready and waiting for you!

    On behalf of the entire Microsoft Dynamics NAV team, I want to thank you for your continued support and passion for Microsoft Dynamics NAV – and for making Convergence 2013 an amazing experience for us all.

    But, it’s not over ‘til it’s over. We’ll be here for the Convergence Closing Celebration starting at 7:00 pm.

    Hope to see you there. Otherwise, have a safe journey home.


    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Convergence 2013 - Focus on Your Business with Microsoft Dynamics NAV – Today!


    Welcome to Convergence Day Three. Yesterday’s keynote and general session were phenomenal, with great attendance, enthusiasm and some exciting customer stories and news about Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Let’s

    The General Session was loaded with information and inspiration. We saw some great demos, videos, examples of new functionality and learned how customers are using Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. We also learned more details about the expected June 2013 availability of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 hosted on Windows Azure through partners.  And, we were given a peek under the hood of what to expect in the upcoming Sicily release scheduled for later this calendar year. Finally, the General Session unveiled a really awesome Convergence offer to try Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 on Azure for a limited time – for free! Exciting! In short, the future looks great for Microsoft Dynamics NAV!

    That was yesterday. Today, there are plenty of opportunities to focus on your business with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Consider attending these or any of the many sessions available today:

    • Using Microsoft Dynamics NAV & Microsoft Office 365: CSNAV10
    • RoleTailoring Practices & Principles for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 CSNAV15
    • Plus any one of these sessions to help you learn how to run your daily business more efficiently with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, such as Supply Planning & Inventory Visualizations, Assembly Management, Cash Flow Forecast and Cost Accounting.

    You can also take part in an Interactive Discussion, a Deep Dive Session, or one of the many exciting Microsoft Dynamics NAV-focused sessions between now and 6 pm.

    Or grab a seat, put up your feet and try one of the virtual Hands-on Labs. Launch a lab anytime – during the day or night, on your own machine or on the onsite Communications Kiosks. To launch a lab, visit the Convergence website, login to My Convergence, and utilize Schedule Builder to locate the labs of your choice.



    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Convergence 2013 – We’re off and running…


    Great to see so many of you at the reception last night!

    Convergence 2013 kicks into high-gear today. First stop: look for some exciting Microsoft Dynamics NAV-related announcements and a very cool Microsoft Dynamics NAV customer story in the keynote at 9:00 am.

    Afterwards, you’ll want to grab a good seat for the General Session at 11:00 am. This must-see session, Microsoft Dynamics NAV - Opportunities for Your Business, is a great opportunity to come and see the product in action, hear feedback from other customers, and be inspired to improve productivity and build your business.

    After lunch, there’s plenty of time to network face-to-face in the Expo and Microsoft Solutions Experience Center. Here you can get answers to your burning Microsoft Dynamics NAV questions – free of charge :-) - from Microsoft support engineers. You can see live product demos and feed your inner geek in the Expo.

    There are also three great Microsoft Dynamics NAV concurrent sessions beginning at 3:30 pm that you don’t want to miss while you’re here:

    • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013: The Overview CSNAV01
    • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013: Reporting & Business Insight: CSNAV03-R1
    • How to Prepare for Upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 CSNAV04-R1

    Finally, make Convergence your event – and share your experiences with your network - using Convergence Mobile App, and check out one great social media mash-up at the #CONV13 live wall.

    Tell us what you’re up to on Twitter: @MSFTDynamicsERP  #MSDNNAV #CONV13.

    Have a great day!


    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Convergence 2013 – Your Journey Starts Here!


    Welcome to Convergence 2013! The Microsoft Dynamics NAV team is ready and waiting to welcome you with incredible content and a world of opportunities to discover the full potential of your Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution.

    Yes, Convergence 2013 starts today, and there is plenty going on right now to help you get warmed up for the full Convergence experience tomorrow, including User Group Sessions,  Roundtable Discussions, and the Expo Experience. You can also volunteer your time and make a difference in the local community by taking part in the many onsite and offsite community outreach activities.

    Otherwise, registration opens today at the conference center from 11:00 am. Then it’s off to the EXPO and Microsoft Solution Experience area. With hundreds of featured exhibitors from the global Microsoft Dynamics community, it’s the perfect place to begin. Get your bearings with this overview.

    You can catch some great Microsoft Dynamics NAV content at the Microsoft Dynamics NAV User Group sessions from 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm or participate in one of the two Roundtable discussions starting at 3:00 pm.  And, don’t forget the Convergence reception this evening. This year the reception will be held in the hub of it all – the Convergence Experience Center. The fun, food and festivities begin at 6:00 pm.

    Make it an early night. Kirill Tatarinov will be up bright and early to deliver the opening keynote tomorrow at 9:00 am sharp. Kirill will kick things off with the vision for A World Ahead, plus a look at what you can expect to experience at Convergence 2013. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV General Session and breakouts follow from 11:00 am.

    What else? The next few days are packed with valuable Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 sessions, interactive discussions, tips and tricks, and user group activities. This year, the hands-on labs will be online – so you can access them at any time during your stay. And, as always, in the true spirit of Convergence, there will be many opportunities to meet other members of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV community and share experience and insights.

    Feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to start? Check out this session overview. Or find out what's new for Convergence 2013.

    As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "Home is behind, the world ahead, and there are many paths to tread...".

    In other words: Convergence 2013 is here and and there’s a world of opportunity ahead for you and your business with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Use this unique opportunity to set the course for your business.

    So, put your best foot forward, and step out into Convergence 2013. See you there!


    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team


  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    New How Do I Videos for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Dev Center


    For your viewing and learning pleasure, we have released  a set of new videos on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 to MSDN. Check out the latest offerings:

    Deploying Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 with System Center 2012 Support

    Queries, Reports, and Charts in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Social Media

    Getting Up and Running with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    To see all offerings, choose the following link,, and scroll to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 section.

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  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    The “Record ID” in the Integration Record table in Microsoft NAV 2013 shows as “<Binary Data>”



    If you install the CRM Connector for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 you will find that you cannot read the “Record ID” value directly in the Integration Record table as you used to in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2. If you try to look at the contents of this table you will see the following:




    This can make troubleshooting a CRM Connector problem difficult as the Record ID is often required to associate a change transaction with a specific row in the relevant NAV table. The solution is to create a Dynamics NAV Page to enable you to format the Record ID into human readable format. The steps below will give the desired result:

    1. Create a new Page in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment.

    2. Specify the page should be built on table id 5151 (Integration Record).

    3. Select “Create a Page using a wizard” using the List option:




    4. Add all table fields to the new Page and click the “Finish” button:




    5. In the Page Designer, amend the SourceExpr, Name and Caption as shown below to ensure that the Record ID value is formatted correctly:




    6. Save the Page and run it to see the Integration Record data as required:




    7. Note that you can now filter on the Record ID which is a common requirement when troubleshooting CRM Connector issues:




    Gerard Conroy

    Microsoft Escalation Engineer.

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