January, 2014

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 has been released

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    Update rollup 3 includes all application and platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been released for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 and includes hotfixes that apply to all countries and hotfixes specific to the following local versions:

    • AU – Australia
    • DE - Germany
    • DK - Denmark
    • FR - France
    • IT - Italy
    • NA – North America
    • NL – Netherlands
    • NZ – New Zealand
    • SE - Sweden
    • UK - United Kingdom

     

    Where to find update rollup 3

    You can download update rollup 3 from KB 2918538 - Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 (Build 36035).

    The hotfixes that have been released since update rollup 2 are listed in KB 2918538. For a full list of all hotfixes included in the update rollup, see the following CustomerSource and PartnerSource pages: 

    CustomerSource:

    PartnerSource

     

    More Information

    For more information about update rollups for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, see Announcement of update rollups for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2.

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Update Rollup 10 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 has been released

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    Update rollup 10 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 (Build 36005) has been released.

    Update rollup 10 includes all application and platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been released for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and includes hotfixes that apply to all countries and hotfixes specific to the following local versions:

    • AU - Australia
    • DE - Germany
    • DK - Denmark
    • FR - France
    • IT   - Italy
    • NA - North America
    • NL - Netherlands
    • NZ - New Zealand
    • SE - Sweden
    • UK - United Kingdom

    Where to find update rollup 10

    You can download update rollup 10 from KB 2918536 - Update Rollup 10 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 (Build 36005).

    The hotfixes that have been released since update rollup 9 are listed in KB 2918536. For a full list of all hotfixes included in the update rollup, see the following CustomerSource and PartnerSource pages:

    CustomerSource:

    PartnerSource:

    More Information

    For more information about update rollups for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, see Announcement of new hotfix process for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013.

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Understanding and Configuring Session Timeouts

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    When you start the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client or the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client, a connection is established with the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance, and a corresponding session is added on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server. Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server includes several timeout settings that determine when a session closes because of inactivity, a lost connection, or the client closes.

    The Developer and IT Pro Help for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 includes a new topic that explains the session timeout behavior and configuration. For more information, see Understanding and Configuring Session Timeout in the MSDN Library.

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Uploading large files from the Web client

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    If like me you’ve been tinkering with your Lumia 1020 smartphone and snapping some high-resolution photos over the holidays, you may be wondering whether Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 can handle such large photo sizes on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client.

    Let's say you want to capture photos of your product catalogue (using the Photo action on the Item card). When uploading large files such as high-resolution photos, Microsoft Dynamics NAV will show the following error:

    The file that you are trying to use is too large. Clearly. Whilst Microsoft Dynamics NAV defaults to 4MB uploads on the Web client, you will be pleased to hear it takes just a minor tweak to your IIS configuration to support larger file uploads: 

    1. Launch the IIS Configuration Manager (in this example I am using IIS 8 but similar steps apply to earlier versions).
    2. Select the Microsoft Dynamics NAV web site in the left pane and then double-click Request Filtering.
    3. Right-click and select Edit Feature Settings… in the context menu.
    4. Set field Maximum allowed content length to an appropriate value such as 100000000 (in bytes) and click OK.
    5. Now select the Microsoft Dynamics NAV web site in the left pane again and double-click the Configuration Editor.
    6. Make sure that the From field is set to "Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Web Client Web.config"
    7. Set field Section to system.web/httpRuntime
    8. A number of properties should appear. Set maxRequestLength to an appropriate value such as 100000 (this time it is in kilobytes) and click the Apply action on the right.

     

    The new settings should take effect immediately without the need for an IIS or site reset.

    Go ahead and try to upload a large file now and BANG! the upload succeeds.

    You can read more about the maxRequestLength property here:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.web.configuration.httpruntimesection.maxrequestlength(v=vs.110).aspx

    Best regards,

    Lukasz Zoglowek and Mike Borg Cardona

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Update Rollups and Project Considerations for Upgrade, Maintenance and New Implementations

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    More and more partners are beginning to work with the update rollups. They find a lot of value in applying the latest application and platform fixes up front, instead of waiting for a customer to report those. Update rollups also simplify the way fixes are discovered and surfaced.

    So with this blog post, we want to provide a more detailed picture of the update rollups, their purpose, and their usage scenarios so that you are aware of the rollup release process and components, and so that more of you start using them. We would also like to provide our look at how to adopt and use the update rollups within various stages of the implementation project lifecycle.

    What is an update rollup?

    Update rollups are released monthly for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2: 

    Released update rollups for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2

    Released update rollups for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    An update rollup is a set of files that includes all hotfixes (application and platform) and regulatory features that have been released for the versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV that are listed above. 

    They are cumulative, meaning that they include hotfixes and regulatory features that were released in the earlier update rollups for the specific product version.

    Each rollup contains the following:

    • Accumulated application change log (TXT format) compared to the originally release of the specific product version (the RTM release).
    • Application change log (TXT format) compared to the previous rollup - the “delta”.
    • Only the application objects that changed since the RTM version are included in the FOB and TXT files provided with the rollup.
    • Each application object is marked with rollup version number (version number + build number) to make it possible to see which objects have been changed in which rollup.
    • The latest version of all (not only the changed ones) platform components (executables and .dll assemblies). These components are also stamped with a version number and a build number.

    Application changes:

    Platform components:

    Hotfixes that are included in the update rollups do not always include translation. In that case, the translation for such changes are provided with the next RTM version of  Microsoft Dynamics NAV (major releases or minor release). Regulatory features included in the rollup are almost always translated; however, in rare cases the translation is provided with the following monthly update rollup.   

    Update rollups are currently released for 10 countries: Australia, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, North America (Canada, US, Mexico), Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom.

    Local hotfixes for the following countries are currently not included in update rollups: Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, India, Iceland, Norway.

    Scenarios

    Maintenance. Applying rollups for the countries/regions where they are available.

    If you have a version of the running application for which you would like to apply the update rollup, you can follow this high level flow:

    • Find the latest rollup available for your application version here:
    • See the KB article for the UR to find the full list of application and platform changes as well as regulatory updates included in it. The list is divided by country/region. For instance, here are the KB articles for the latest available rollups:
    • Based on the urgency and relevance of the application and platform changes, current project stage, customer situation and other surrounding factors decide whether you want to apply the UR now, or wait for the next one. We strongly recommend that you always apply the latest UR to gradually reduce the amount of regressions, merging, issues and to be compliant with the latest regulatory requirements. 
    • If you are on the RTM version merge your application objects with all objects included with the latest rollup.
    • If you are on the URn version – filter out the objects which were changed since URn till the latest available UR and merge your application objects with those objects. You can use the Version List field to see in which rollup (build) they were changed. 

    Maintenance. Applying hotfixes for the countries where update rollups are not available.

    For these cases the process of applying the hotfixes and regulatory updates is the same as it was before the UR concept was introduced, namely the changes relevant to all countries/regions (W1 changes) should be applied one by one.

    However, URs can aid this process as well as you can obtain all W1 changes by downloading the latest W1 UR and merge them into your country version. You can find W1 URs by clicking at “Show additional information” and looking at their Fix Name which you can see when you download the UR:

    Platform components are country independent, therefore the platform updates can also be obtained from W1 UR and deployed for any country/region-specific version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

    Major releases, minor releases, and update rollups

    URs are different from the major and minor releases. Every major and minor release contains new application and platform features and functionality as well as hotfixes, while the URs only contain hotfixes and regulatory updates. So when a major release or minor release has been released, we create a new branch for the next release and continue to maintain both branches.

    Let’s dissect the process based on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 version as an example (see the illustration below).

    When Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 version was released, we created a new branch for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 development. As we’ve been building Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 functionality, we kept fixing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and kept releasing URs for it.

    Relevant fixes from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 version were merged into the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 version in the course of its development. In many cases they had to be redesigned to fit the new code and new functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2.

    Therefore, when Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 was released, not all fixes included in the latest available Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 UR were included in it. The process of finding and merging relevant fixes into the latest branch is a continuous process, and there will be a certain lead time until the fixes from the releases are synchronized between branches. So, for instance, the majority of the fixes which were available in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 UR7 were included into Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 UR1, and the process of merging of relevant fixes will go on.

    When considering upgrade or a new implementation of the new major release or minor release, we recommend that you always upgrade to (or start from) the latest available UR for it. If there is a particular hotfix which is available in the previous version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, but it not yet available in the latest release, you can always request it to be merged there using the normal support process “How to create a new support case”.  It is also always possible to only update the platform components with the updated ones coming from a corresponding UR (technical upgrade), although the best practice would be to keep the application objects updated to the latest UR as well.

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 hotfixes are also periodically merged into Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and will be eventually available in the upcoming URs. Similarly, if there is a particular hotfix which is available in the current version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, but it not yet available in the previous release, you can also request it to be merged there using the same support process “How to create a new support case”. 

    We will continue to release URs for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 release and future releases periodically, synchronizing relevant fixes between them over time.

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 are maintained following the old process - you can request hotfixes on case by case basis, no update rollups available for those product versions. 

    The following timeline illustrates the process.

     

    Conclusion

    It is highly recommended to implement the update rollups. We look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions to how this process could be made more convenient for you to assess and absorb the changes.

     

    Kind regards,

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team

     

    Updated on January 16, 2014: We removed two sentences that were misleading around the upgrade rollups and the Upgrade Toolkit. We apologize for the confusion.

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Delivering more choice with Zetadocs Express

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    Equisys has released a new version of Zetadocs Express for Microsoft Dynamics NAV that not only supports Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, but also includes the ability for customers to archive documents to network folders on their file servers.

    Connects people to documents

    For those that don’t know, Zetadocs Express provides the ability to send Microsoft Dynamics NAV reports by email.  It also enables you to use ‘drag and drop’ to store any document, such as an invoice from a supplier, alongside its corresponding Microsoft Dynamics NAV record. These documents can be retrieved via the Document FactBox in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, or from the document archive by business users without Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

    The new release allows customers to store these documents in SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server or network folders on your file server. Customers not ready to deploy SharePoint can use network folders initially and then switch to SharePoint later for advanced search features and filtered views.

    Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2

    There’s also more platform choice with support for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Windows client. A future update will add support for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Web client. You can see a brief preview video of this on YouTube

    Download Zetadocs Express

    Zetadocs Express is the foundation member of the Zetadocs for NAV document management family. It is available at no additional cost to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 & Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 customers on a Business Ready Enhancement Plan.

    The new version of Zetadocs Express can be downloaded from CustomerSource, PartnerSource and the Zetadocs website.

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Convergence 2014 Customer Excellence Awards Nominations – Last Call!

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    Evangelize successful Microsoft Dynamics NAV customers at Convergence 2014! Check out the details and submission process for Customer Excellence Awards here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/atlanta14/Customer-Excellence.aspx.

    Customer Excellence Awards recognize, honor, and celebrate customer organizations that are achieving outstanding success with their Microsoft solutions. In each award category, finalists and, subsequently, award winners, will be chosen on their ability to provide amazing experiences for their customers through the use of their Microsoft Dynamics solution. Nominations will be closing January 13.

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Now Available: New How Do I Videos for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 on MSDN

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    Check out the latest videos on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer Center. We've added to the How Do I Series to support the latest release: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/nav/dn524022

    These videos target the developer audience for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Here is a sampling of the more than 20 titles that have been released to help you get started with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2:

    • How Do I: Do Full SQL Tracing for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2
    • How Do I: Use the Debugger in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2
    • How Do I: Get Started with Windows PowerShell for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2
    • How Do I: Migrate from Multiple Companies to a Multi-tenant Architecture in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2

    More videos are in the works and will target both the platform and the application, so check back often to see what’s been added. All videos are in English.

     

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