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Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘Tenerife’ Developer Preview

As everyone is aware by now that Preview of Development Tools for Dynamics NAV have been released. Going forward which can be used to build extensions and apps in and for Dynamics NAV.

This tool introduces two flavors which you can try out in preview available on cloud.

[A] Make an extension in the client itself. Business consultants and UX designers will love using this drag-and-drop interface. Rearrange fields, rename groups, and reposition elements to build a perfect extension to support an industry-specific solution or implement a business process optimization.

[B] Use the AL Extension for NAV in Visual Studio Code to build powerful extensions based on tables, pages, and codeunits using the new objects: Page Extensions and Table Extensions. Follow this route to build rich extensions that reuse and extend core business logic in your application.

For more details you can refer to the article published by Dynamics NAV Team Announcing the Preview of Development Tools for Dynamics NAV

You can get a free 30-day trial from https://azure.microsoft.com/free/ that will give you access to everything you need.

Secondly, head over to http://aka.ms/navdeveloperpreview. Login to your Azure Subscription. Select your subscription, resource group, location, name, and a VM Admin Password. Leave the remaining fields as their defaults. Accept the terms, Pin to dashboard and select Purchase. The instance takes about 5 minutes to set up, and the VM will be ready about 15 minutes after Azure says Deployment Succeeded.

You need to follow on screen instructions to get everything setup using above 2 links provided.

I am not going to repeat the steps as you can find them via other blogs or follow the steps as you proceed via using above two links.

Few of my readers were complaining about they don’t have access to Azure Subscription or they have already used up the limit now what to do?

Same situation was with me too, but however I managed to get one and done bit RND, if this can be setup on my PC so that I can give it a try or others can use same steps to get it configured, and give it a try.

However I got succeeded in doing so, now I can do the same in my environment.

The Steps I am going to explain below is not the straight forward, and require bit tricks, as required components are yet not released from Microsoft, may we can get in CU-2,  I guess or later when Microsoft is OK to release this feature for everyone.

This action will require several pre-requisite to be fulfilled:

  1. Visual Studio Code (To be Installed)
  2. Dynamics Navision Version (10.0.14540)
  3. Some Modification to web.config to enable designer in Web Client

 

STEP-1

You can download the Visual Studio Code from this link: Click Here

Once file is downloaded install the Visual Studio Code by running VSCodeSetup-1.8.1.exe

And follow the on screen instructions to complete the setup.

 

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STEP-2

Dynamics Navision Version

Make sure you have correct version of Dynamics Navision (10.0.14540)

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Else you will not get this option in your Service Window

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STEP-3

Modification to web.config

You will need to make necessary settings to web.config file to enable designer in Web Client, this file is located at C:\inetpub\wwwroot\DynamicsNAV100 location where your Web Client is installed.

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Now you should be ok to use this feature in your environment.

Once things are setup correct you will be able to find the Client Designer Button on right top corner of the Client Window/Browser.

I will come up with more details in my up-coming posts till then keep exploring and learning.

 

 

 

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Configuring SSL to Secure the Connection to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client

It is always recommend that you secure Microsoft Dynamics NAV data that is transmitted over the Internet by enabling Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) on the connection to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client.

Enabling SSL on a website requires that an SSL certificate is installed on the web server. An SSL certificate is a small file that the web server uses to prove its identity and establish a trusted connection with the browser that is trying to access Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client.

When a browser connects to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client, the web server replies by sending its certificate to the browser. This certificate contains the web server’s public encryption key and the name of the authority that granted the certificate. The browser verifies the certificate using the authority’s public key.

Note You can configure SSL for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client when you install the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Server components.

Obtaining an SSL Certificate

In a production environment, you should obtain an SSL certificate from a certification authority. Some large organizations may have their own certification authorities, and other organizations can request a certificate from a third-party organization. In a test environment or development environment, you can create your own self-signed certificate.

To create a self-signed SSL certificate

Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, on the Start menu, choose Administrative Tools, and then choose Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager.
IIS-1

  • In the Connections pane, choose the top-level node for the server.
  • On the Home page, under IIS, choose Server Certificates, and then in the Actions pane, choose Open Feature.

IIS-2

  • On the Server Certificates page, choose Create Self-Signed Certificate.
  • In the Specify Friendly Name dialog box, type a brief name for the certificate, and then choose the OK button.

IIS-3

The new certificate appears on the Server Certificate page.
IIS-4

Adding an HTTPS Binding That Uses the Certificate on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client Site

After you get the certificate, you add a binding to the https protocol on the website. When you add the binding, you associate it with the certificate.

To add an https binding with the certificate to the website

  • Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  • In the Connections pane, expand the Sites node, and then choose the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client site to which you want to add the binding.

By default, the site has the name Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Web Client.

  • In the Actions pane, choose Bindings.

IIS-5

  • In the Site Bindings dialog box, choose Add.
  • In the Add Site Binding dialog box, set the Type field to https.

IIS-6

You can use the default port 443 or change it to another port. If you change it to another port, you will have to provide the port number in the URL when you try to open the client.

  • Set the SSL certificate field to the certificate that you obtained or created for the site.

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  • Choose the OK button, and then choose the Close button.

Redirecting HTTP to HTTPS (Optional)

To ensure that users always access the site that is secured with SSL, you can automatically redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS. This means that users do not have to explicitly include https in the URL in the browser.

For example, the nonsecure URL of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client could be

http://mywebclient:8080/DynamicsNAV90/WebClient

The secure URL could be

https://MyWebclient:443/DynamicsNAV90/WebClient

If a user types

http://MyWebclient:8080/DynamicsNAV90/WebClient,

the browser automatically redirects to

https://MyWebclient:443/DynamicsNAV90/WebClient

 

There are different ways to redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS.

The following procedure describes how to redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS by installing the Microsoft Application Request Routing for IIS 7 and modifying the web.config file for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client.

To redirect HTTP to HTTPS

The web.config file is located in the physical path of the web application on IIS. By default, the path is

%systemroot%\inetpub\wwwroot\[VirtualDirectoryName]\WebClient.

For example, the folder for the default Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client application is

%systemroot%\inetpub\wwwroot\DynamicsNAV90\WebClient.

  • In the <system.webServer> element, add the following elements.

<rewrite>

<rules>

<rule name=”Redirect to HTTPS”>

<match url=”(.*)” />

<conditions>

<add input=”{HTTPS}” pattern=”off” ignoreCase=”true” />

</conditions>

<action type=”Redirect” url=”https://{SERVER_NAME}/{R:1}” redirectType=”SeeOther” />

</rule>

</rules>

</rewrite>

 

  • Save the web.config file.

 

Important

Most of the contents you find in this blog will be either inherited from MSDN or Navision Developer IT Pro Help. Some places images are also directly taken from these sites. Purpose is simple to try those stuffs and re-produce adding few things as per my understanding to make easy understanding for others and quick reference.

Here nothing under my own brand or authorship of the content. At any point of time we are just promoting Microsoft stuffs nothing personnel with same.

Hope stuffs used here will not violate any copyright agreement with them. In case by mistake or in-intestinally it happens and the Microsoft feels these should not be used Microsoft have full right to inform me about same and will be glad to take down any such content which may be violating the norms.

Purpose is to promote Navision and share with community.

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