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Monitor Field Change in Business Central

Field Monitoring is one of great help for superusers in Business Central. You can now configure a list of fields that contain high-risk and business-critical data that you want to be notified about when they are changed.

Changes to high-risk settings in Business Central can be tracked using the Change Log functionality. But sometime only tracking changes is not sufficient and you expect more like you should be notified of changes in fields that contain high-risk and business-critical data, such as bank account numbers, company name, and addresses.

Now setting a list of fields that contain high-risk and business-critical data is possible and you can be notified about when they are changed.

To start with this feature, Look for Assist Setup, I am using BC18 demo database for below steps.

Although it is not necessary to follow Assist Setup, you can do setup from individual pages. But this will ensure you don’t miss any steps.

Click on Next to start with setup. And follow the steps in leading wizard pages.

If you wish to use Data Classification and already have performed data classification you can enable or continue with individual fields using Monitored Fields Worksheet, in upcoming Wizard pages.

It is necessary to have the Sending and user e-mail setup is completed. Here you can select the email ids as required.

You need to add Fields for monitoring enable and click finish, or you can open the Page later and configure. This will Start the Monitoring and Notification service.

In Next step or you can open this page Monitored Fields Worksheet from Tell Me.

Add your table & fields that you wish to Monitor.

If notify is enabled you will receive the mail, else you can view in Monitored Field Log page. You can use Field Monitoring Setup Page from Action bar, or you can separately open this page from Tell Me.

You need to Start the Field Monitoring Setup, if not already done. If you have used Assist setup it will be Started, in case you are doing Manually from each Page, you will need to visit this Page, Setup your Emails and Start the Service.

Before we Start with Testing, it is strongly recommended you Log Off and Login again to Business Central. As logging starts and ends on Login & Logout of user.

Open the Customer Page and make changes to Name, as above we have setup to log Name field of Customer.

If your all setup is OK you should Receive a mail as below.

Some Pages helpful for Field Monitored Service are:

You can Monitor the Mails Status from your Role Centre Cues:

What else you can do for monitoring your data and notifications:

  • If there is a problem sending the email, you can check the detailed information on Email Outbox page.
  • You can view the mail sending record on Sent Emails page.
  • You can view the log of Field Monitoring Setup and Monitoring Fields on Monitored Field Log Entries page.

Hope you enjoyed the information. Will come with more similar information in my next posts. Till then keep exploring, learning and sharing your knowledge with others.

Remain safe, take care of your loved ones, put your mask, maintain safe distance and don’t forget to get vaccinated.

Corfu Navision 2016, Functional Tips

Unit Cost Field, Item Table

Contains the cost per unit of the item.


Depending on what you selected in the Costing Method field, the Unit Cost field is filled as follows:

  • If the costing method is Standard, then the field is grayed and non-editable.
  • If the costing method is FIFO, LIFO, Specific, or Average, then the unit cost is calculated as follows: Unit cost = inventory value of items on hand (expected cost + invoiced cost) / quantity on hand

If the costing method is FIFO, LIFO, Specific, or Average, then the Unit Cost field is updated in the following cases:

  • When the item is cost-adjusted, automatically or by the Adjust Cost – Item Entries batch job.
  • During the posting of purchase invoices, output, or positive adjustment if one of the following conditions is true:
    • The net invoiced quantity of the item changes from negative or zero to positive.
    • The current unit cost is zero.

If one of these conditions is true, then the Unit Cost field is updated with the value in the Last Direct Cost field on the item card.

Note The Unit Cost field is not updated if the current unit cost is higher than zero and the new unit cost is zero. A unit cost of zero is considered an exception from regular business. Therefore, the current unit cost is retained to provide the last known, relevant value. This exception applies even if the existing inventory has been revalued to zero.

If the item uses the costing method Average, then you can choose the field to open the Average Cost Calc. Overview window, which shows all the source value entries that are used to calculate the average cost, grouped and summarized by average cost period.



Data Model, Development Tips, Excel, How To, PowerPivot

Create a calculated field in PowerPivot

Open the Excel workbook which we used in our previous post on this topic. Olympics Excel Work book.

Select PowerPivot -> Manage

PowerPivot Window will open, If Calculation area not visible below table data as shown in below screen. Click Calculation Area button in Top Right Corner.


In the Calculation Area, select the cell directly below the Edition column. From the ribbon, select AutoSum > Distinct Count, as shown in the following screen.

Power Pivot automatically created the following DAX formula: Distinct Count of Edition:=DISTINCTCOUNT([Edition])

Additional calculations in AutoSum are just as easy, such as Sum, Average, Min, Max, and others.

Let’s calculate the percentage of all medals. In the formula bar, type the following DAX formula. IntelliSense provides available commands based on what you type, and you can press Tab to select the highlighted IntelliSense option. Percentage of All Medals:=[Count of Medal]/CALCULATE([Count of Medal],ALL(Medals))

When we return to Excel Sheet we can find these fields available in Medal Table. Shown in the right side of the screen above.

Let’s create a PivotTable from Medal Table. Our Pivot Table will be designed as below screen.

I will come up with more details inn my upcoming posts. Till then stay tuned, keep Learning and keep practicing.