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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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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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New Changes or features for Developer and IT Pro Changes in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

Although it is too early to discuss on features and capabilities which we are going to get in our new release, we should wait for exact information post release of same.

Here are few extracts from available documents pre-release of the product.

You will find most of the features similar to which we have discussed in our earlier posts for Madeira Preview Project.

New thing is capability of extensions and Web Services are enhanced and programmatically handling Notifications.

 

Extensions

Dynamics NAV 2017 includes many new capabilities for Extensions:

  1. You can now include reports, XMLports, and queries in your extension along with new custom report templates.
  2. Default or initial data for new tables as part of your extension. These data will be included in the package file (.navx) and inserted into the table at the time of installation of the extension.
  3. You can include translated captions and constants for one or more languages by including object language files in the extension package.
  4. A translation only extension could be built that translates strings for base objects or objects for another extension.
  5. You can include and deploy .NET interop types executed on the server, client-side JavaScript or WinForms extensibility control add-ins.
  6. Extension can include a web service and configure it for the tenant the extension is being installed for in a multitenant deployment.
  7. Two new C/AL functions NAVAPP.RESTOREARCHIVEDATA and NAVAPP.DELETEARCHIVEDATA, you can easily restore or delete archived table data during a reinstall or upgrade of the extension.
  8. Use the NAVAPP.RESTOREARCHIVEDATA function to simply copy the data back from the archive table when special upgrade logic is not required.
  9. Use the NAVAPP.DELETEARCHIVEDATA function in situations where you do not want to restore the archived data for the table.
  10. You can publish an extension to a Dynamics NAV Server instance that is configured with an Azure SQL Database using new parameters added to the Publish-NAVApp cmdlet. The new parameters are used to provide the location and credentials for connecting to an existing Azure SQL database you created.
  11. Users with the appropriate permissions in the application can install and uninstall extensions from the Extensions Management page. The page will display all of the extensions that are currently published.

 

Web Services in multitenant deployments

You can publish per-tenant web services in situations where a web service has not been published for all tenants of the service.

You can also package and deploy published web services for base objects or extension objects in an extension.

The packaged web services will be published to the tenant for which the extension is being installed.

 

Notifications in the UI

Dynamics NAV 2017 introduces a programmatic way to send non-intrusive notifications to the UI in the Dynamics NAV Web client.

Notifications provide users with information about a current situation, but do not require any immediate action or block users from continuing with their current task.

In the UI, notifications appear in the Notification bar (similar to validation errors) at the top of the page on which a user is currently working.

Notifications that are defined on sub-pages, for example in parts and FactBoxes, appear in the same Notification bar.

Validation errors on the page will be shown first.

In the development environment, you create notifications in C/AL by using the newNotification and NotificationScope data types and the following functions.

  1. MESSAGE specifies the content of the notification that appears in the UI
  2. SCOPE specifies the scope in which the notification appears, which can be LocalScope or GlobalScope.
  3. A LocalScope notification appears in context of what the user is currently doing, while GlobalScope notifications are not directly related to the current task. Note: GlobalScope is currently not supported.
  4. SEND sends the notification to be displayed by the client.
  5. ADDACTION adds an action on the notification. Actions enable you to create interactive notifications that provide users with different actions that they can take to address the notification, like opening an associated page for modifying data. A notification action calls a function in a codeunit that you define, passing the notification object in the call. You then add business logic to the function for handling the action.
  6. SETDATA and GETDATA set and retrieve a data property value for the notification, which is typically needed when actions are invoked.

The following example illustrates the simplified code for local scope notification that has an action:

VAR

CreditBalanceNotification@1170000000 :Notification;

PROCEDURECreditBalanceCheck@1170000023(Customer@1170000000 : Record 18);

BEGIN

//Create the notification

CreditBalanceNotification.MESSAGE(‘Thecustomer”s current balance exceeds

their credit limit’);

CreditBalanceNotification.SCOPE :=NOTIFICATIONSCOPE::LocalScope;

//Add a data property for the customernumber

CreditBalanceNotification.SETDATA(‘CustNumber’,Customer.”No.”);

//Add an action that calls the ActionHandler codeunit, which you define  in the next step.

CreditBalanceNotification.ADDACTION(‘Gohandle this’,

CODEUNIT::NavExtensionInstallationMgmt, ‘OpenCustomer’);

//Send the notification to the client.

CreditBalanceNotification.SEND;

END;

In the “Action Handler” codeunit, you would add code to handle the action in a global function, called OpenCustomer, which has a Notification data type parameter. You could use the GETDATA function to get the value of the data sent with the notification:

PROCEDUREOpenCustomer@1170000024(theNotification@1170000000 :

Notification);

VAR

CustNo@1170000001 : Code[20];

BEGIN

// Do the code to handle the action.Optionally retrieve data carried by

the notification.

CustNo :=theNotification.GETDATA(‘CustNumber’);

// …

END;

 

Setup data in the US version

The US version of Dynamics NAV 2017 includes two RapidStart packages that will enable a fast implementation for a new company.

These data packages come with a new Windows PowerShell script to upload to server – and can be enabled for new companies.

Create a new company in the Companies page, and choose the Enable assisted setup field.

Then, use the Import-NAVConfigurationPackageFile cmdlet to import the RapidStart packages.

Then open the new company, the packages are applied, and you will be taken through an assisted setup experience.

 

Application area tagging

The Application Areas system offers developers, administrators, and users the ability to define differentiated user experiences according to application scope.

By selecting a set of application areas, users only see UI elements that are specific to the application features that they need to perform their tasks.

When companies want to create differentiated user experiences, the Application Areas system should be considered as an option not compulsory to adopt.

 

Time series library

One of the most popular topics for machine learning is forecasting based on historical data.

Many algorithms are there that can do this, but you do not have to know them, because MS have wrapped them for us.

Five of these algorithms, are wrapped in one Azure ML experiment, added logic that compares different results and returns the best one accompanied by an indicator of the prediction’s quality.

There is also a generic API on top of this that allows Dynamics NAV developers create their own functionality that helps customers find the business-critical information that may be hidden in their database.

You can perform time-series analysis in the familiar development environment.

The time series library is used by the Sales and Inventory Forecast extension.

 

Source:- https://mbs.microsoft.com/Files/partner/NAV/Readiness_Training/ReadinessTrainingNews/WhatsNewDynamicsNAV2017LimitedBeta.pdf

I will come up with more details in my upcoming posts.

 

 

Save General Journals as Standard Journal in Navision

Do you Know you can save the General Journal as Standard Journal and retrive edit and post it later.

Many of time we pass entries of same Nature, Like Rent, Salary, Bills etc.. just an example you can decide upon which entries you post frequently and club it as Standard Journal to save your time.

You can create once and retrive it every month or when ever required and Post it in future/later.This can serve you as template for future use.

Let us see how we can use this feature.

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Open your General Journal.

Make entries which you do oftenly. Don’t put Postng Date & Document No. Complete your all entries.

Next we will save this as Standard Journal for future use.

From Action choose Save as Standard Journal.

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Give Code & Name for your Journal Template.

If Amounts are fixed every time you can enter them too and while Save choose Save Amount.

No Let us review the entry that we saved.

From Action Choose Get Standard Journal.

This will display you all Saved Standard General Journals.

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Select the required Journal Code and Click on Edit.

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This is what is Saved in your Standard Journal.

Let use return to the Standard Journal List.

Select desired/ earlier saved Std. Journal and Click on OK.

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Confirmation of Std. Journal retrived and Journals created in General Journal Page.

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Your General Journal gets populated with values you saved to Std. Journal.

Have you Noticed, Posting Date as your Work Date and Next Document No. from your assigned No. Series is populated Automatically.

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Fill the Amount and any other required fields and Post the Journal.

Next time when again you wish to post similar entries just retrive it and continue.

Thats all for todays Post, What you are waiting for give it a try.

I will comeup with more details in my upcoming Posts, till then keep exploring and Learning.

 

 

Working with Item Attributes in Madeira

In Madeira you can assign item attribute values of different types to your items, which can then be used when searching for items.

Open your Item List/Card and in the right side of the window Factbox you see Item Attributes.

Today in this post we will see how to define, assign and use it for searching the items.

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Either from the List Page or Card Page Select Attributes as shown in below screen shot.

From Home or Action Tab Ribbon.

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It will show you all the Attributes and their Values assigned to the Item.

You can create New Attribute, Click on +New, a New Line will be inserted to Assign Attribute and its Value.

If you wish to create New Attribute for the Item from the Dropdown List click on +New.

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Attribute definition window opens.

Define you New Attribute. Once Attribute is created you need to define available values for the same. In below Screen i have created New Attribute “TopMaterial”.

To define applicable values for this Attribute from Ribbon click on Item Attribute Values.

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In Value window define all the applicable values and close the window.

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You will be returned to the previous Page and you can see your Attribute and Value defined, just we created in our above steps. Click on OK to return to previous page.

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Next we will Assign these Attribute and Values on the Item.

Select the Attribute and Value for the Item as shown in below screen.

After assigning click on OK to close the Page.

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When you return to your Item Card or List Page you will see that your New assigned Attribute and its Value is displayed on Factbox.

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Switch to your Item List Page.

From Ribbon click on Filter on Attribute a Filter window will open.

Select the Attribute and Value for filter that you want to assign.

Click on OK to apply the filter on the page.

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Since we have asigned this Attribute and Value on one Item, It will be filtered and all Items satisfying the filter condition will be displayed.

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The items in the Items window are filtered by the specified item attribute values.

Thats all for this post.

I will comeup with some more details in my upcoming posts.

Till then keep exploring and learning.

 

 

Jet Professional 2017 – Introduction and Installation

Why to switch to and What’s New in Jet Professional 2017?

Its valid question same came to my mind also when i heard about new Release.

Then i tried to explore a bit about it and got an information about some exciting features introduced with it. I will discuss as i progress with my evaluation and exploration with these features.

Here i am giving bit overview about some features and limit to Installation topic in this post. If you wish to know more you will have to wait for my next few upcomming posts.

As per Jet Report Sources:

Jet Professional 2017 makes sharing your reports easier than ever before!  

Reporting with (and without) the Jet add-in for Excel

The Jet Web Portal is an online interface that provides an easy-to-manage repository for your organization’s reports.

Using the web interface and Office 365 Online, you can allow any of your network users – whether they have Excel and the Jet add-in installed or not – to view reports directly from their web browser.

Jet Mobile for Jet Enterprise

Jet Professional integrates with the Jet Mobile web client – allowing you to log into one site to see and run all your reports – and to see all of your business intelligence dashboards.

And… Jet Mobile for Jet Enterprise includes many new features – making your dashboards more powerful and even easier to use.

What’s New?

Publishing to the Jet Web Portal

The Jet ribbon within Excel includes the ability to publish your reports to the Jet Web Portal.  The Jet Web Portal provides a manageable repository for your organization’s reports. All your users – whether they have Excel and Jet Professional installed or not – can run and view reports directly from their web browser.

What is Jet Web Portal

Jet Professional 2017 represents a new way to manage, run and view your business reports. Designed for today’s always-connected, always-moving workforce, Jet Professional 2016 introduces a new Information Management System that allows business users access to their business reports using virtually any device through a simple web interface.

As a user, you don’t need to install anything to run and view reports. Within the Jet Web Portal, you can quickly find the report that you’re after, specify report parameters, run the report to get up-to-the-minute data and view it in Excel Online.

With features like sharing, search, version control and report permissions, Jet Professional 2017 is a complete report management system.

Will comeup with more detailed about new features in my upcomming posts.

Let us move to Installation part.

To get the installation file go to this link : https://www.jetreports.com/support/product-downloads/

After downloading you will get the Jet Professional Installation Files.Zip, extract it.

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Befor you start installation make sure no Excel instance is running on your system.

I am doing simple one system Instalation, will come up with more details and other options later.

Double click to Setup file to begin with installation.

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If you have Activation code enter it or you can continue and activate later.

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Select instalation type as desired, i am installing All Components.

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Select the features you want to install, since i am performing complete install, so i am accepting all as suggested by default.

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Select the Account to run the service, and don’t forget to select Add rules to Windows Firewall. Rest all as default suggested.

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Select the SQL Instance for Jet Service Database and login method.

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Select desired ports and host detail or accept as suggested as default.

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Enter Jet Service Tier details or accept suggested as default.

Now your pre-configuration part is completed. Click on Install to proceed with Jet Components Instalation.

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Click on Install to proceed.

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Click on Finish to exit Instalation wizard, your Jet is now installed with above provided configuration.

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Next Step is to Activate your Jet Professional.

From Jet Tab on Ribbon select Activate Jet Professional.

choose the desired option.

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Enter your activation code and click on Next.

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Copy the message and send to the mentioned e-mail id and click Next.

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Close to exit.

Wait for the Activation Token, it may take upto 24 hours to receive mail with this code.

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If you check your Start Menu you will find these components got installed.

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Once you receive your Tocken.

Launch Excel, From Jet Tab, Click on Help from ribbon and select Activate License.

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Select Enter provided Activation token.

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Copy the Token you received via mail here and click on Activate.

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If every thing is fine you will receive the Activation Successful message.

Now you are ready to start with using Jet Professional.

I will come up with more details on this in my upcomming posts till then keep exploring and learning.

 

How to Setup Online Bank Feeds in Madeira

You need to be sure : The default company, CRONUS, that launches when you first log in to Project “Madeira” does not have electronic bank feeds enabled. To tryout this feature you must switch to trial Company “My Company“.

In Project “Madeira” you can connect to most of the online banks and download electronic bank feeds for use in bank reconciliation, avoiding tedious, manual reconciliation, reducing errors, and ensuring that your data is refreshed on a frequent basis.

When you log into MyCompany for the first time, a Company Setup wizard will guide you through setting up the basic company information, including using a bank feed service.

Dont forget to select “Use Bank Feed Service” in Company Setup Page to enable this Service.

You can Manage Bank Accounts & Feeds from Bank Account List Page.

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If you enable “Use Bank Feed Service” in Company Setup Page, a new section displays in the ribbon as shown in above screenshot with actions so that you can create a new bank account in Project “Madeira” based on the online bank feed, link already existing bank accounts to online bank feeds, unlinking online bank account feeds, or set up automatic download of feeds on a regular schedule.

When you reconcile bank accounts, you can download bank feeds on demand, as well as process automatically downloaded feeds if you have set up already.

In the Payment Reconcilliation Journal, you can import bank statements based on your bank feeds, and Project “Maderia“ will automatically suggest how payments are applied to ledger entries. You can change the application before you post.

Alternatively, you can import bank statements to the Bank Account Reconcilliation window and reconcile the statements with your ledger entries there.

I will come up with more details in my upcoming posts, till then keep practicing and Learning.

 

 

 

 

Configuring Session Timeout – Navision 2016

Dynamics NAV Windows client timeout configuration is managed at the service level by setting the Idle Client Timeout setting.

To configure the Dynamics NAV Windows client to time out after 10 minutes of idleness, you will require to set this to 00:10:00 and then restart the Dynamics NAV Server service so that the change comes in effect.

There are some additional settings

ClientServicesReconnectPeriod

ClientServicesMaxNumberOfOrphanedConnections,

When you start the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client or 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 as a result of inactivity over the client connection, lost client connection, or closing of the client.

You can configure this in CustomSettings.config file of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.

ClientServicesReconnectPeriod :- This value determines the time during which a client can reconnect to an existing session on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server before a session closes.

ClientServicesIdleClientTimeout :- This value determines the interval of time that a Microsoft Dynamics NAV client connection can remain inactive before the session is closed.

You can configure this in the ClientSettings.config file of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.

ClientServicesKeepAliveInterval :- This value determines the interval of time (in seconds) between keep-alive messages that are sent from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server. This value is also used, in part, to define the reconnect period when a connection is lost.

You can configure this in the web.config file of Microsoft Dynamics Web Server for the client.

SessionTimeout :- This value specifies how much of time that session remains open when there is no activity over the connection from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.

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The SessionTimeout setting enables you to set the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client inactive session timeout different than for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client, which is only controlled by the ClientServicesIdleClientTimeout setting.

Typically, this is set the inactive session timeout period on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client connections shorter than for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.

When the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client is inactive, reliable sessions automatically sends messages from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.

You can control the interval of the keep-alive messages by setting the ClientServicesKeepAliveInterval setting on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.

The default value of the ClientServicesKeepAliveInterval setting is 120 seconds (2 minutes).

If there is no activity on the client connection for duration of the load balancer’s idle timeout setting, then the load balancer might redirect the client connection to another server.

To avoid this condition, it is recommend that set the ClientServicesKeepAliveInterval to half the value of the load balancer’s idle timeout setting.

The idle timeout on Windows Azure is around 4 minutes, so the default setting of ClientServicesKeepAliveInterval (2 minutes) should be sufficient.

Occasionally, a Microsoft Dynamics NAV client can lose the network connection to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.

You can use ClientServicesReconnectPeriod setting on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server to control how long a session remains open after the connection is lost to allow time for the client to reconnect to the session.

 

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  • The connection is lost and the initial inactivity period starts (default is 4 minutes).
  • After the initial inactivity period, the service channel enters a faulted state. When the service channel is in the faulted state, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server considers the session with the client as orphaned and waits for it to reconnect.
  • If the client does not reconnect within the time period that is specified by the ClientServicesReconnectPeriod setting (default is 10 minutes), then Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server closes the session.
  • The session is then removed from the Active Session table in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

ClientKeepAlive:- This  setting is managed at the user level and located in the ClientUserSettings.config file.

The value of this setting is given in seconds and defines the interval between ‘pulse’ signals sent by the client to prevent the client from going idle in some scenarios, or for some users.

 

In Dynamics NAV 2016 Cumulative Update 8:

The ClientKeepAlive setting has been moved from the user level to the service level, and is no longer defined in number of seconds but as a time interval, just like the Idle Client Timeout setting.

 

Before Cumulative Update 8:

  1. In the server configuration file, set Idle Client Timeout  to 00:10:00
  2. In the client configuration file, set ClientKeepAlive  to any value  larger than 600 This value is in seconds, so 600 equals 10 minutes.

 

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After Cumulative Update 8:

  1. In the server configuration file, set Idle Client Timeout  to 00:10:00
  2. In the server configuration file, set Keep Alive Interval  to a value larger than 00:10:00

To configure the timeout for the Dynamics NAV Web client, it is sufficient to configure the SessionTimeout setting in the web.config file to the relevant interval – in above example it’s 00:10:00.

For more information you can check out here : https://community.dynamics.com/nav/b/navteam/archive/2016/06/24/configuring-client-timeout

 

 

What’s New: Developer Changes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016

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Below are the details of new features and functionality that are available in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 and have been added to the product since Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. It also describes features that have been deprecated since Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

Will come up with detail later in my future posts.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 introduces changes to the upgrade, development, deployment, and administration experiences compared to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

Redesigned C/AL Editor

The C/AL Editor in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment has been redesigned to give you more coding capabilities. Coding in the new C/AL editor is like before except you benefit from new features such as IntelliSense, name completion, change tracking, improved syntax highlighting and colorization.

Record Permissions and Apply Permissions Sets to User Groups

Administrators can record new permission sets in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016. Recording permissions is based on the code coverage functionality. You can access the various windows and activities in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client or the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client that you want users with this permission set to access. You must carry out the tasks that you want to record permissions for. Then, you can apply the new permission set to a group of users.

Events in C/AL

By implementing events in C/AL code, you can design applications to react to specific actions or behaviour that occur. Events enable you to separate customized functionality from the application business logic. By using events in the application where customizations are typically made, you can lower the cost of code modifications and upgrades to the original application.

Event Channels on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Events

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 introduces event channels on events that occur on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instances.

  • In addition to the Windows Application log, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server events are recorded in specific Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server logs in the Applications and Services Logs of Windows.
  • You can use Event Viewer to view trace events.
  • You can use FilterXpath parameter of the Get-WinEvent Windows PowerShell cmdlet to filter events for a specific Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance.

Multiple Namespaces on XMLports

You can define multiple namespaces on XMLports that import or export data as XML. This improves the ability to create XMLports that are compatible with the XML schemas that are used by the systems that consume or provide the Microsoft Dynamics NAV data.

Updating Custom Report Layouts by Using Upgrade Codeunits

You can update custom report layouts by creating upgrade codeunits to handle changes in report datasets that affect the report layouts. Upgrade codeunits enable you to programmatically update multiple custom report layouts in the database to changes in report datasets

Filter Pages for Filtering Tables

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 includes the new C/AL data type FILTERPAGEBUILDER. You can use the FILTERPAGEBUILDER data type and its functions to create a filter page that enables users to set filters on one or more tables.

C/AL Try Functions for Handling Errors

Try functions enable you to catch and handle errors that occur when running the application. You can use try functions to catch errors and exceptions that are thrown by Microsoft Dynamics NAV or .NET Framework interoperability operations.

HyperlinkHandler Function Type in Test Codeunits

You can write HyperlinkHandler functions in test codeunits to test hyperlink URLs that are passed to the HYPERLINK function.

Object Metadata Virtual Tables

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 includes the following virtual tables that contain metadata about Microsoft Dynamics NAV objects.

  • Codeunit Metadata virtual table
  • Page Metadata virtual table
  • Report Metadata virtual table
  • Table Metadata virtual table

New CLIENTTYPE Options Added

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV the CLIENTTYPE function has been expanded to support Microsoft Dynamics NAV Tablet client, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Phone client and running the app in Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client, which is Desktop mode.

Column Layout on Role Centers

It is still possible to define groups as previously, and thereby keep the design of existing Role Centers. But when these Role Centers are displayed on larger screens, there is an automatic switch to a 4 column layout. When developing new Role Centers, it is now possible to not define any groups and let the dynamic layout handle the switch from 1 to 2 to 3 column layout, depending on the screen size.

Camera and Location

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV an API for integrating to a camera and getting GPS coordinates is available. The camera option is implemented in the application as functionality available when using Incoming Documents on, which you can see on, for example, the Accounting Manager profile.

Sizing Settings for Control Add-ins

To control that the sizing of the control add-ins is always optimal on all display targets a number of new settings are available to you when writing the manifest code.

Structure for Resource Files in Manifest

Microsoft Dynamics NAV supports resource files to be described in the manifest file with or without a relative path allowing you to organize and maintain resource files the way you prefer.

Tooltips on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client

The ToolTip Property and the ToolTipML Property have been added on ActivityButtons and ActionContainers of the subtype HomeItems to support displaying descriptions in the navigation pane.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Integration

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 introduces a new and improved integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 includes a default integration setup that is supported by several objects, including tables, pages, and codeunits. You can customize these objects to extend the integration to other Microsoft Dynamics CRM entities and change processes like synchronization.

Additional Numeric Data Types Supported in Aggregations by Queries, FlowFields, and SIFT

In earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, data aggregations (such as sum and average) on tables by Query objects, FlowFields, and SumIndexField Technology could only be done on Decimal data type fields. With Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 you can use Decimal, Integer, BigInteger, and Duration data types in aggregations.

Timestamp Field Available in Tables

Each table in Microsoft Dynamics NAV includes a hidden timestamp field. The timestamp field contains row version numbers for records as maintained in SQL Server. In earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the timestamp field could not be used in tables. In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016, you can expose the timestamp field in tables, write code against it, add filters, and so on, similar to any other field in a table.

SQL Server Authentication

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 supports SQL Server authentication between the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance and the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database in SQL Server. Previously only Windows authentication was supported.

Microsoft Azure SQL Database Support

You can deploy a Microsoft Dynamics NAV database to Azure SQL Database. Azure SQL Database is a cloud service for data storage that is a part of the Azure Services Platform.

Automatic Deployment of Add-ins From the Database

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 now makes it possible to automatically deploy add-in assemblies (including client control add-ins, .NET Framework interoperability, and language resources) directly from Microsoft Dynamics NAV database to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance or client as required.

Running NAS Services with Administrator Rights

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016, you can set up NAS services to run with administrator rights, which grants the NAS service the same permissions as the SUPER permission set without having to add the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server service account as a user in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Tenant Configurations Stored in Application Database

In a multitenant Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server deployment, the configuration information about the tenants that are mounted on a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance is now stored in the application database (table dbo.$ndo$tenants) instead of a tenant.config file for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance.

When you want to mount or dismount a tenant, you only have to mount or dismount the tenant on one of the server instances for an application database because other server instances will automatically detect and apply the changes.

Loading Application Assemblies When Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Instances Start

You can configure a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance to compile all the business application assemblies and load them to cache memory when the server instance is started. The assemblies are then retrieved from memory when requested by a Microsoft Dynamics NAV client. This improves the response time after restarting a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance.

Automatic Company Initialization during Data Upgrade

When upgrading data to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016, this task is automatically performed for you by the upgrade process.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows Client Available in 64-Bit Version

On a 64-bit Windows operating system, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client is available in 64-bit version and 32-bit version. By default, when you install the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client, the 64-bit version is used. The 64-bit version is better when you have to run several large reports. However, there are some components, such as COM, which are not supported on 64-bit applications. Therefore, you can also run the 32-bit version of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client if it is required.

Multilanguage Captions Compile as Unicode

When you compile application objects, Microsoft Dynamics NAV stores the objects in Unicode encoding. If the application objects contain Multilanguage captions, Microsoft Dynamics NAV uses the code pages that are relevant for the languages that you have specified.

What’s New: Application Changes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016

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Below are the details new features and functionality that are available in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 and have been added to the product since Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

Will come up with detail later in my future posts.

The following features and functionality for application users have been introduced since Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.

Workflow

You can set up and use workflows that connect business-process tasks performed by different users. System tasks, such as automatic posting, can be included as steps in workflows, preceded or followed by user tasks. Requesting and granting approval to create new records are typical workflow steps.

Imp Note

The Document Approvals feature that existed in the previous version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is removed. The standard approvals scenarios that were supported in the previous version are now supported as workflows for sales approvals and purchase approvals respectively.

The upgrade tool will recreate document approval data in previous versions as workflow data in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016.

Electronic Documents

As an alternative to e-mailing as file attachments, you can send and receive business documents electronically.

From PDF or image files representing incoming documents, you can have an external OCR service (Optical Character Recognition) create electronic documents that you can then convert to document records in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, like for electronic PEPPOL documents.

For example, when you receive an invoice in PDF format from your vendor, you can send it to the OCR service from the Incoming Documents window. After a few seconds, you receive the file back as an electronic invoice that can be converted to a purchase invoice for the vendor.

If you send the file to the OCR service by e-mail, then a new incoming document record is automatically created when you receive the electronic document back.

Incoming Documents

In the Incoming Documents window, you use different functions to review information, manage OCR tasks, and convert incoming documents to the relevant purchase and sales documents or journal lines in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

The external files can be attached to their related document in Microsoft Dynamics NAV at any process stage, including to posted documents and to the resulting vendor, customer, or general ledger entries.

Document Sending Profiles

You can set each customer up with a preferred method of sending sales documents, so that you do not have to select a sending option every time that you choose the Post and Send button.

In the Document Sending Profile window for a sending profile, you can select the Default check box to specify that the document sending profile is the default profile for all customers, except for customers where the Document Sending Profile field is filled with another sending profile.

Posting Preview

On every document and journal that can be posted, you can choose the Preview Posting button to review the different types of entries that will be created when you post the document or journal.

Deferrals

Revenues for services or goods delivered over multiple accounting periods are not necessarily recognized in the accounting period in which the sales document is posted and payment is received. To distribute revenues on the involved accounting periods, you can set up a deferral template for the resource, item, or G/L account that the revenues will be posted for. When you post the related sales document, the revenues are deferred to the involved accounting periods, according to a deferral schedule that is governed by settings in the deferral template and the posting date.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Integration

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 introduces a new and improved integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Hiding/Showing Columns on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Tablet client

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV it is possible to hide and show columns on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Tablet client, in the same way as on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.

Freeze Pane

Microsoft Dynamics NAV now supports freeze panes on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client and the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Tablet client.

Improvements on Lookups in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client

With this release the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client offers an inline lookup experience on fields as well as the ability to do cross column search as you type in the lookup and selecting data in the lookup using the keyboard.

Microsoft Social Engagement

Microsoft Dynamics NAV integrates with Microsoft Social Engagement and can be made available on customers, vendors, and items.

Cross Column Search on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client it is now possible to search across columns in a list. This search is activated by choosing the Search icon, and entering the search criteria. The search offers filter-as-you-type functionality, and will look for records that contain the search criteria. Symbols can also be used in the search criteria, and the search criteria are then interpreted exactly as you entered it.

Navigation Pane and Cues

Previously the navigation pane contained list places that were auto generated based on the available cues in the Role Center. These list places no longer get auto generated by default. Only if there is a relevant entity in the navigation pane, a list place will be created.

Entering Dates in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Tablet client you can now use the date lookup functionality on lists instead of typing dates in manually.

Control Add-ins on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Phone client

On Microsoft Dynamics NAV Phone client you tap on control add-ins to zoom

Selecting Company, Language, Region, Time Zone and Work Date in Mobile Clients

With the new My Settings page, it is now possible to dynamically switch the UI language, region, time zone, company, and work date of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Tablet client, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Phone client.

Multiple Selection of Lines in Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client

You select multiple lines in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client by activating the context menu on a line, and then choosing Select More. When you choose Select More, a checkbox for selecting all rows is placed right above all the rows.

Updating and Testing Multiple Custom Report Layouts

Instead of updating custom report layouts to dataset changes one layout at a time, you can now perform an update of all custom layouts at once.

You also have the option to test updates without applying the required changes to the custom report layouts. This enables you to see what changes will be applied to the report layout and identify possible issues in the process.

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