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    Upgrade Toolkit Quick Guides Revised for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1

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    The Upgrade Toolkit Quick Guides provide detailed roadmaps for moving your applications from earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1. There are four Quick Guides:

    • Upgrade Quick Guide 370_2009SP1.doc: For upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 3.7 to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1.
    • Upgrade Quick Guide 400_2009SP1.doc: For upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 4.0 to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1.
    • Upgrade Quick Guide 500_2009SP1.doc: For upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1.
    • Upgrade Quick Guide 2009_2009SP1.doc: For upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1.

    To get the Quick Guides, scroll down to "Upgrade Toolkit Quick Guides" on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Service Pack 1 (SP1) page on PartnerSource and click Download Here.  A PartnerSource login is required. All four Quick Guides are included in a single compressed file: UpgradeQuickGuides_2009SP1.zip.

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    Changes Document Now Available

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    The Changes document for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 is now available on Partnersource. With this release, we are trying out a new format and would like to hear your feedback on the following:

    • Does the format work for you?
    • Does this Changes document provide you with the information you expect?
    • Does this Changes document provide you with the information you need?

    Add your feedback in the comments below.

    You can download the document from the following location:  Changes Made In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1. Log in to Partnersource is required.

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    NAV 2009 SP1 Help Source Files for Belgium, Sweden, and Norway Released

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    With the recent release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 for Belgium, Norway, and Sweden, we have now released the Help source files for those countries. If you are creating a solution for those countries, you can customize the Help source files to match your solution. You can download the files here.

     

    In addition, we have re-released the Help source files for all Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 countries to add a file that contains translated boilerplate text. You can download the updated source files here. Finally, we’ve re-released the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 Help Toolkit with updated documentation on creating customized Help. You can download the updated toolkit here. (Note that PartnerSource access is required for all downloads.)

     

    As always, let us know what you think about the Help, the customization process, the tools, what's missing, and what would be more helpful. Send your feedback to navhelp@microsoft.com.

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    How would I use RIM and Style Sheet Tool to handle change of Tax Number (OiB) in Croatia (Part 3 of 3)

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    In part 1 of this series, I described the problem of the tax numbers in Croatia being changed. In part 2, I described how to export data that you need from NAV and use that data to request new tax numbers from customers, vendors sand contacts. In this post, I will describe how to update the data with new tax numbers and import it into Dynamics NAV.

    Update new tax number data received from customers, vendors and contacts

    When you receive documents with new tax numbers (OiB) from customers, vendors and contacts, you can update excel file you created in first step with it. You should update VAT Registration No. field in Excel file in Customer, Vendor and Contact worksheets.

    After you're finished updating data and are satisfied with it it's time to import it back to Dynamics NAV.

    First, make sure that new tax number validation rules are set in Dynamics NAV. You can do this following these steps:

    1. In Microsoft Dynamics NAV, on the main menu, click Administration, Application Setup, General, Countries/Regions to open the Countries/Regions form.

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    2. Select Croatian record (code HR) and click Country/Region, VAT Reg. No. Formats to open HR - VAT Registration No. Formats form.

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    3. Verify that 2 lines containing 11 pounds (# symbols) exist in the table, as new tax number in Croatia is formatted in a way that it contains 11 numeric characters.

    After this, you can proceed to importing data you prepared in excel file created in first step. You can do this following these steps:

    1. Click Application Setup-> Company Setup-> Data Migration in Administration application domain to open Migration overview form.

    2. Click Functions-> Import from Excel on Migration Overview form to import data from Excel file.

    3. When asked, select folder and Excel file from which to import data and click Open.

    4. System will import data and notify you when it's done.

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    5. To verify that something was really imported, verify that No. of Migration Record is different from zero in Migration Overview form.

    6. If some errors occurred (like new tax number didn't comply to format set earlier), you can see this by clicking Drill Down button in No. of Migration Errors field in Migration Overview form.

    7. When all errors are removed (No. of Migration Errors is zero) for all lines you need to apply migration data. Select all lines, clicking Edit, Select All to select all lines in Migration Overview form

    8. Click Migration, Apply Migration Data to apply migration data

    9. To verify data was applied, verify that No. of Migration Record is zero in Migration Overview form

    10. Also, you may open any of your customer, vendor and contact records in the system and verify that VAT Registration No. field contains the value set in excel file.

    To make sure your VAT reporting will take VAT Registration numbers correctly have a look at these KB articles which describe a small modification needed to VAT Sales Book and VAT Purchase Reports to enable this.

    -Ivan Koletic

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    The “OK” button is greyed out in RTC server selection window

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    Did decide to write this blog since this simple problem did take a lot of time for me to find the solution for, in the hope that it will save you from the same time eater.

    The problem I did run into was that when starting the RTC client it could not connect to the service, since I had moved the service. Since the service had moved I did say “no” to the questions if RTC should try to connect again. In the address field in the “server selection window” I did type the new address into the address field. The “OK” button was now greyed out, so I could not connect to the server.

    After spending some time to try to figure it out how to un grey the “OK” button I found by simple press TAB in the address field makes RTC to connect to the service and retrieve the companies on the service. Now the “OK” button was not greyed out anymore.

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    Overviews of Released Platform Hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 SP1, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1

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    Overviews of released platform hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 SP1, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 are available on PartnerSource and CustomerSource at the following links:

    PartnerSource:

    Overview of Released Platform Hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 SP1

    Overview of Released Platform Hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009

    Overview of Released Platform Hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1

    CustomerSource:

    Overview of Released Platform Hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 SP1

    Overview of Released Platform Hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009

    Overview of Released Platform Hotfixes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1

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    Update to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Developer and IT Pro Help

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    We've released an update of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Developer and IT Pro Help to MSDN and the Microsoft Download Center. This release includes new and updated content in the following areas:

    • Automation
      • Added new topics and updated existing topics about using Automation with the RoleTailored client.
      • Improved Automation walkthroughs
    • Arranging Page Fields in Rows and Columns
      • Added topics about how to use the FixedLayout control to arrange page fields in rows and columns.
    • Multilanguage Functionality
      •  Updated the topics about developing multilanguage-enabled applications and installing language modules.
    • FIND and FINDSET functions
      • Added information about when to use the FIND function and when to use the FINDSET function.
    • Code Rules in Form Transformation
      • Updated existing topic to fix examples and improve clarity.
    • Redesigning Matrix Forms for Form Transformation
      • Updated topics to reflect the new redesigned matrix forms in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1.
      • Added a new walkthrough with details about how to redesign a matrix form.
    • Web Services
      • Added numerous clarifications and enhancements, including a new Web Services Programming Tips topic
    • Best Practices Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009
      • Added references in two topics for this new diagnostic tool, which identifies configuration issues that might be preventing your three-tier deployment of Microsoft Dynamics NAV from working correctly and is available separately as a download.
    • Configuring Access Control Lists with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Web Services
      • Added information to clarify best practices when configuring Web services to use SSL, configuring Web services to use delegation, or configuring Web services to use both SSL and delegation.

    Some of these updates are based on feedback that we received from the community. We love hearing from you about how we can make the Help even better! We encourage you to continue to use the feedback link at the bottom of each page in the CHM, or use the Ratings and Feedback form on each MSDN page to tell us what you think.

     - Bob, Jill and John (the writers for NAV Developer and IT pro Help)

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    Transformation Tool : FontBold on Controls

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    FontBold property sets a value that indicates whether to display text in boldface. This property applies to form controls. In standard application this property is normally used to display accounts that are not posting accounts in boldface (form16 - Chart of Accounts). 

    For a page field control, Style Property is used to format the text that displays in a page field. More details about this can be found in Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer and IT Pro Documentation, designing pages.

    When running Transofrmation Tool to transform forms to pages in NAV 2009 SP1, records displayed in boldface on a form are not displayed in boldface on the page, after the transformation.

    To change this, following files should be modified:

    Page.xsd (add property definition to page field control):

          ....

          <xs:element name="ClosingDates" type="NavBoolType" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
          <xs:element name="Numeric" type="NavBoolType" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
          <xs:element name="DateFormula" type="NavBoolType" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
          <xs:element name="Style" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1">  <!--  This is where the Style property is added. BEGIN changes  !-->
          <xs:simpleType>
              <xs:restriction base="xs:string">
                  <xs:enumeration value="None" />
                  <xs:enumeration value="Strong" />
                  <xs:enumeration value="Attention" />
                  <xs:enumeration value="Favorable" />
                  <xs:enumeration value="Unfavorable" />
              </xs:restriction>
          </xs:simpleType>
       </xs:element>
       <xs:element name="StyleExpr" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />   <!--  This is where the StyleExpr property is added. END changes  !-->
    </xs:all>
    </xs:complexType>
    ....

    Now that we have added Style and StyleExpr properties to the field control in page definition, we must modify CodeRules.txt file to transfer UPDATEFONTBOLD function to <FieldName>Emphasize variable defined for each field on page (that UPDATEFONTBOLD function was called for on a form).

    In addition, Style property of the field shuld be set to Strong, and StyleExpr property to <FieldName>Emphasize. Transformation tool already creates a trigger called <FieldName>OnFormat for each field affected, that sets the value of <FieldName>Emphasize variable conditionally.

    In short, replace the following code in file CodeRules.txt:

    .....

     <find>
    !currForm!.!var1!.UPDATEFONTBOLD :=
    <declareVariable>
    !var1!Emphasize
    <declareVariableType>
    Boolean INDATASET
    <replace>
    !declaredVariable! :=
    <comment>

    .....

    with

    <find>
    !currForm!.!var1!.UPDATEFONTBOLD :=
    <replace>
    !currForm!.!var1!.UPDATEFONTBOLD :=
    <moveValueToProperty>
    Strong
    <movePropertyToControlName>
    !var1!
    <moveToProperty>
    Style

    <find>
    !currForm!.!var1!.UPDATEFONTBOLD :=
    <declareVariable>
    !var1!Emphasize
    <declareVariableType>
    Boolean INDATASET
    <replace>
    !declaredVariable! :=
    <moveValueToProperty>
    !declaredVariable!
    <movePropertyToControlName>
    !var1!
    <moveToProperty>
    StyleExpr

    Run transformation tool on from 16, import and compile the page. When running page 16 (Chart of Accounts) the records should be displayed in boldface, the same way they are displayed on the form.

    Jasminka Vukovic 

    Microsoft Dynamics NO

    Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) EMEA

    These postings are provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confer no rights. You assume all risk for your use.

     

     

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    Calculated field on a page is only recalculated when the OnValidation trigger is run

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    Summary

    If you have a page field that has a calculation as its SourceExpression and part of the calculation depends on another field, then the calculated field is not automatically recalculated when the other field is updated. The calculated field will first recalculate when the updated field's OnValidate trigger is run, which  only runs if it contains code. So to enable the calculated field to recalculate automatically, you must put some code on the OnValidate trigger of the field that gets updated - even if it is only a comment line with no functionality.

    Note: A page will only update a field if it detects that there is some code on the OnValidate trigger. This is done for performance reasons to avoid unnecessary updates.

    Example

    Let's say you have the following two fields on a page:

    Field1:
    Name=Txt1;
    SourceExpr=Txt1;

    Field2:
    Name=NewTxt1;
    SourceExpr=Txt1 + 'XYZ'

    Field2 is supposed to add the text 'XYZ' to the value is entered in Field1. But when you enter a value in Field1, Field2 does NOT get automatically updated. To change this behaviour, add some C/AL code to the OnValidate trigger of Field1. For example, just add a simple comment like "//" or:

    //This comment is used to update Field1 - do not delete

    This will tell Field1 to run the OnValidation trigger, which in turn updates the other fields on the page.

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    How would I use RIM and Style Sheet Tool to handle change of Tax Number (OiB) in Croatia (Part 2 of 3)

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    In my previous post, I described the problem of the tax numbers in Croatia being changed. In this post, I will describe the first steps to solve the problem. In part 3, I will describe what to do when you receive the new tax numbers. The business process from customer perspective looks like this:

    1. Export customer, vendor and contact data from Dynamics NAV to Excel file
    2. Request customers, vendors and contacts for their new tax number using documents created with help of Style Sheet Tool
    3. Enjoy the year end holidays with friends and family
    4. Update data exported in step 1 with new tax number received from customers, vendors and contacts and import it back in Dynamics NAV

    Export data from Dynamics NAV

    Here is the overview of how I did this in NAV HR 5.0 SP1 Feature Pack 1:

    1. Click Application Setup-> Company Setup-> Data Migration in Administration application domain to open Migration overview form.

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    2. Create 3 lines by entering table IDs of Customer, Vendor and Contact tables (and any customized tables you might have that contain VAT Registration No.).

    3. Position cursor on line representing Customer and click Migration-> Migration fields menu item to open Customer - Migration Fields form.

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    4. Place a checkmark in Include field for each Customer field you want export. At minimum (to complete this task place checkmark in Include field of lines representing following fields:

    • Name - this will allow you to see see which customer's VAT Registration No you're changing
    • Country/Region Code - this will allow you to filter out only Croatian customers (having Country/Region Code set to HR or empty)
    • VAT Registration No. - this will allow you to see the "old" VAT Registration No.

    Optionally, if you decide to use exported data for Mail Merge this data and send to customers, vendors and contacts to ask them for their new tax number, you may need to include following information as well:

    • Address - this will allow you to send the documents by mail
    • Address 2 - this will allow you to send the documents by mail
    • Post Code - this will allow you to send the documents by mail
    • City - this will allow you to send the documents by mail
    • Fax - this will allow you to send the documents by fax
    • E-mail - this will allow you to send the documents by e-mail

    5. When satisfied click OK to return to Migration Overview form.

    6. Repeat steps 3-5 for Vendor and Contact tables and when satisfied click Functions-> Export to Excel on Migration Overview form to export data to Excel.

    7. When asked, select folder and file name in which to store exported data and click Save.

    8. System will export data and notify you when it's done. The result should be excel file with 3 worksheets (Contact, Vendor and Customer) containing data from selected fields.

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    NOTE: Depending on which method you’ll use to collect data from customer, vendors and contacts you’ll need various degrees of data detail from Dynamics NAV.

    Request new tax number from customers, vendors and contact

    For the sake of example, I'll assume you'll request your customers, vendors and contacts to send you their new tax number using regular mail (as it should be the hardest to setup), using data exported from Dynamics NAV created in previous step.

    NOTE: I assume you successfully imported Style Sheet Tool objects 1.1. as described in User Guide for Style Sheet Tool.

    Here is the overview of how I did this in NAV HR 5.0 SP1 Feature Pack 1:

    1. Open Object Designer and run Form 680

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    2. In the Code field, provide a code for naming the style sheet you are about to create. This could be, for example, CUSTOMER_NTN.

    3. In the Description field, type in a description of the style sheet, for example, Request Customers New Tax Number.

    4. In the Form No. field, click the Lookup button and in the Style Sheet Object List window, select the Customer List form (form 22).

    5. In the Table No. field, click the Lookup button and in the Style Sheet Object List window, select the Customer table that is associated with Customer List. In this case it is table 18.

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    6. In the Base Record field, select the Base Record check box.

    7. In the Multiple Lines field, select the Multiple Lines check box.

    8. Click Style Sheet, Select Fields to open the Customer - Style Sheet Fields Used List window. These fields are the ones you want to show in the final, merged Word document.

    9. In the Field No. field, click the Lookup button, and in the Style Sheet Field List window, select, for example, the fields Name, Name 2, Address and other. The Include Caption check box in the Item - Style Sheet Fields Used List window has automatically been selected for each field. This will make the caption of the fields available in your Word document. If you do not want captions but only want the data fields to be visible on your document, clear the check box for the field captions you do not want.

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    10. Close the Item - Style Sheet Fields Used List window.

    The fields to use for Customer have now been defined and you are ready to merge the selected fields into a Word document as mail merge fields.

    11. On the style sheet card that you just created, click Style Sheet, Create Mail Merge. This will open up Word. The fields you have chosen for the Customer will now be available in Word.

    12. In Word, click the Mailings tab, Insert Merge Field and select each field one at a time. Design the document as necessary by adding your own text and pictures. The mail merge could look like this:

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    NOTE: Make sure to insert a table element between MULTILINE_BEGIN_Customer  and MULTILINE_END_Customer merge fields. This will ensure text within table element to be repeated multiple times.

    13. Close Word when you are finished.

    You will now return to Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

    1. Click Yes to import the mail merge document.

    2. Click Yes to convert the mail merge document to a style sheet document.

    3. Click Yes to update Manage Style Sheets. This will associate the style sheet you just created with the Customer List.

    4. In Microsoft Dynamics NAV, on the main menu, click Financial Management, Receivables, Customers to open the Customer Card.

    5. Click Customer, List to open Customer List

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    6. Filter the list by Country/Region code selecting customers you want to prepare to documents using Style sheet you created in previous steps

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    7. On the Toolbar, click Send Options.

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    8. In the Send Style Sheet Card to Microsoft Word - Program Selection window, select Microsoft Word and click Send

    A Word document will be generated based on the Customer style sheet you have just created, and filtered data from the Customer List is imported to a Word document which now looks like this:

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    You can do the similar thing with vendor and contact records.

    To reuse the settings and documents used in this example follow these steps:

    1. Open Object Designer and run Form 680.

    2. Click Style Sheet, Manage, Definition, Import to import style sheet definition.

    3. Select example.xml file attached to this document (within example.zip file).

    4. Click Yes to import the mail merge document.

    5. Select example.docx file attached to this document (within example.zip file).

    6. Click Yes to convert the mail merge document to a style sheet document.

    7. Click Yes to update Manage Style Sheets. This will associate the style sheet you just created with the Customer List.

    Enjoy year end holidays with family and friends

    I'll leave you to decide the way you handle this part! :-)

    -Ivan Koletic

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    Treemap Business Data Visualization available on PartnerSource

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    The “Treemap Business Data Visualization for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 – Partner Community Edition” is available for download on PartnerSource. It will be available on CustomerSource in a few days.

    For more information about using this add-in, take a look at Christian's blog.

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    Dynamics NAV RTC hangs when previewing/printing reports

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    Problem:
    When previewing a report you only getting a small window in upper left corner with only a text string with the name for the report and the rest blank. When I trying to close this window, you get an error message: "Errors exist. Do you want to discard changes?" (Y/N). Pressing Yes, hangs and close the RTC client.

    Probably cause:
    You have installed the RTC client outside the setup chainer or you have uninstalled Report Viewer 2008. It may also be that Report Viewer 2008 installation is broken.

    Solution:
    Run DVD\Prerequisite Components\Microsoft Report Viewer 2008\ ReportViewer2008.exe and select install or repair depending on if Report Viewer 2008 was already installed.

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    How would I use RIM and Style Sheet Tool to handle change of Tax Number (OiB) in Croatia (Part 1 of 3)

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    Here's the problem... Tax number for all companies is being changed in Croatia. This means a lot of hassle collecting new tax numbers from your customers, vendors and contact to ensure seamless opereation when it becomes mandatory to use. Specially, tax reporting for December needs to be done using old tax number and you need to start using new in your accounting from 1.1.2010. Nightmare in this holiday time of year you'd like to spend with family and friends. So, I thought, why not using what you already have in Dynamics NAV? RIM's Data migration tools? Style sheet tool?

    Some logistics first, before I get started.

    Currently, we have 2 versions of Dynamics NAV supported in Croatia (NAV 4.0 SP3 and NAV 5.0 SP1 with Feature Pack 1). Rapid Implementation Methodology Toolkit (RIM Toolkit), which is now part of Sure Step methodology, is localized and available for both of these versions on Dynamics NAV.

    From July 2009, RIM Toolkit (part of Sure Step Methodology) is available to all partners, so why not taking advantage of this tool?

    For Croatian version of Dynamics NAV 4.0, there was a separate release of localized RIM Toolkit (download link).

    Localized RIM toolkit is available as integral part of latest Croatian version of Dynamics NAV release (download link for NAV 5.0 SP1 FP1).

    Style Sheet tool is also available for download from this link. I used Style Sheet Tool version 1.1 while preparing this guide.

    At the moment new tax number regulations were published (OiB), it seemed to me, users will only have to replace current VAT Registration Number with new tax number Tax Authority will supply them with. Apart from updating their own VAT Registration number, users will have to do this for their master data (Customers, Vendors and Contacts) and open documents (orders, invoices and credit memos) as well. However, from conversations I had with partners, most trouble customers will have will be the transition period where they still need to do reporting with old VAT Registration No, while at the same time create new documents with new tax number, that, as per legislation, has clear usage cut-off date - 1.1.2010.

    Handling VAT Registration No update process out of the system should enable users do their day to day business in with no interruptions, keeping their customer, vendor and contact data in structured format, out of the system, until new tax numbers are collected. When users receive new tax numbers from their customers, vendors and contacts they will update data prepared by RIM toolkit and import it back in the system (on 1.1.2010). RIM toolkit will ensure validation logic is executed over changed data.

    On the other hand Style Sheet Tool will enable users prepare documents to send to customers, vendors and contacts to collect their new tax numbers (OiB).

    Business process from customer perspective looks like this:

    1. Export customer, vendor and contact data from Dynamics NAV to Excel file
    2. Request customers, vendors and contacts for their new tax number using documents created with help of Style Sheet Tool
    3. Enjoy the year end holidays with friends and family
    4. Update data exported in step 1 with new tax number received from customers, vendors and contacts and import it back in Dynamics NAV

    Over the next few weeks, I will post parts 2 and 3 in this series, which describe these four steps.

     -Ivan Koletic

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    Best Practices Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009

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    The Best Practices Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 is a tool for identifying issues that can prevent you from successfully deploying a three-tier environment of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009.

    Three-tier environment deployments can be challenging because they often require additional domain administration tasks. The Best Practices Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 queries various sources and produces reports that can help you diagnose issues with your deployment.

    The Best Practices Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 performs the following verifications:

    • Verifies that an appropriate version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server is installed. Only Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 is supported.
    • Verifies Microsoft Dynamics NAV connection strings.
    • Verifies that the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server service, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web services service, and the SQL Server service are running.
    • Checks database permissions to make sure that the required resources can connect to the database.
    • Verifies that the necessary service principal names (SPN) have been created and correctly configured on the account that is running the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server service.
    • Verifies that constrained delegation has been configured.

    You can find more information about the tool and download it from CustomerSource here:

    https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/downloads/servicepacks/bestpracticesanalyzernav2009.htm

    or from PartnerSource here:

    https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/deployment/resources/supplements/BestPracticesAnalyzerNAV2009

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    How to run 2 RTC on the same pc and connect it to different db (how to run pages/reports from diff db)

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    Multiple RTC:
    We know that Dynamics NAV classic client has very nice feature: we can start it with option ID=<zup file name>. In that way we can have many NAV shortcuts which open different db/companies.
    However Role Tailored Client looks like only one shortcut in menu and always starts the same client connected to "last server, last db, last company".

    But we can create shortcuts for every needed connection in similar way as in CC, just we need to use option: settings:<clientusersettings.config file>.
    For example i want to have shortcut which always opens W1 db on server "a1", service "NAV W1", using port 7048 (not standard port). Then:

    • I search for default "clientusersettings.config" in default folder (usually it is C:\Users\...AppData\Local\Microsoft\Microsoft NAV\).
    • Copy it to somewhere - for example to NAV RTC folder and rename to for example "w1.config".  
    • Modify settings file:
      • <add key="Server" value="a1" /> 
      • <add key="ServerInstance" value="NAV W1" />
      • <add key="ServerPort" value="7048" />
    • Create shortcut: "C:\Program Files\<path to RTC>\Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.exe" -settings:"C:\Program Files\<path to RTC>\W1.config"

    Now when i will click on this shortcut, it will try to connect to service tier described in config file.
    And i can create as many shortcuts as i want and at the same time to have opened many RTC connected to different db.
    Before use this shortcuts i must to create service tiers, but this is not current topic problem, it is described at Freddys Blog

    How to run pages/reports from CC

    During developing pages and SSRS reports in CC objects designer, usually we want to run it. However there are few issues:
    - If we run page (nice feature in Dynamics NAV SP1), it will start last RTC session connection. I mean for example i just looked how page looks in db "w1" by run it from RTC, and now opened CC and designing page in db "UK", and, if i push run button in object designer, then NAV will open RTC and run page from company "w1" (but I'm expecting "UK"). This is because NAV CC has no information about "service tier" and just starts last RTC session.
    - There are no possibilities "by default" to run RTC report from CC.

    With my friends help i created little trick and can run page/report from CC from current connected db.

    1. I created table with fields:
      1. User ID Code 20 - user id which will run page/report (for example: gediminb)
      2. RTC Client exe Text 250 - path and name to RTC client exe file (for example: C:\NAV RTC\Microsoft.Dynamics.NAV.Client.exe)
      3. Server Name Text 30 - NAV server name (where is service tier installed) (For example "DBServer")
      4. NAV Server Name Text 250 - NAV service tier name (for example: NAV W1)
      5. Settings  path+name Text 250 - path and name of client user settings file (i described earlier) (for example: C:\NAV RTC\w1.config)
    2. I created form based on "Object" table, filtered pages and reports and under button i added code:

    Session.RESET;
    Session.SETRANGE("My Session",TRUE);
    Session.FINDFIRST;

    WITH DevUserSetup DO BEGIN
      RESET;
      GET(LoginMgt.ShortUserID(Session."User ID"));

      TESTFIELD("Server Name");
      TESTFIELD("RTC Client exe");
      TESTFIELD("NAV Server Name");

     IF DELCHR(DevUserSetup."Settings  path+name")=''
        THEN txtSettings := ''
     ELSE
        txtSettings:='-settings:"'+DevUserSetup."Settings  path+name"+'"';

      ShellString := '"' + "RTC Client exe" + '"';

    IF Rec.Type=Rec.Type::Page THEN
      ShellParam := '"DynamicsNAV://' + "Server Name" + '/' +
                    "NAV Server Name" + '/' + COMPANYNAME + '/' +
                    'RunPage?Page=' + FORMAT(Rec.ID) + '" '+txtSettings;
    IF Rec.Type=Type::Report THEN
      ShellParam := '"DynamicsNAV://' + "Server Name" + '/' +
                    "NAV Server Name" + '/' + COMPANYNAME + '/' +
                    'RunReport?Report=' + FORMAT(Rec.ID) + '" '+txtSettings;

    END;

    SHELL(ShellString,ShellParam);

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    Here "DevUserSetup" is variable type rec and point to my previous created table.

    So what does this code when i push button when cursor is on report 21? It creates string like: "c:\NAV RTC\Microsoft.Dynamics.NAV.Client.exe" "DynamicsNAV://DBserver/NAV W1/CRONUS International Ltd./RunReport?Report=21" -settings:"c:\NAV RTC\W1.config" and run it from SHELL.
    This will run RTC and opens report i want to see with data i want to look.
    The same is if i push button when cursor is on page.

    That's all
    Special thanks to Martin Jordt Hansen

    Gedas Busniauskas (gediminb)
    Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) EMEA

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