Lifecycle Policy Update- Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central (on-premises) October’18 and April ’19 Update software is covered by the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.

This policy requires that the customer maintain an Enhancement Plan, and that it deploy updates as noted later in this topic.

The policy involved 10 years of support, a minimum of 5 years ‘Mainstream Support’ followed by an additional 5 years of ‘Extended Support’. This support policy worked well for previous deployments of NAV and Business Central, as solutions were often purchased perpetually and organisations remained using the same version for multiple years.

Release Version Build number Availability Mainstream support ends
Dynamics 365 Business Central (on-premises) October’18 Update 24630 November 1, 2018 **
Dynamics 365 Business Central (on-premises) April ’19 Update 29537 April 1, 2019 October 10, 2023

** In order to obtain mainstream support after April 14, 2020, customers must update to the April 2019 release or a later update for the April 2019 version

Now with Microsoft’s big push on digital transformation and the extensive rise of cloud deployments, updates are available and can be applied with ease, meaning this new Modern Lifecycle Policy aligns more with the solution.

Dynamics 365 Business Central (on-premises) 2019 release wave 2 and newer updates are covered by the Modern Lifecycle Policy.

The customer is in full control of its on-premises deployments and must follow this policy. The customer is in control of installing updates in its on-premises environments. Microsoft will support the Dynamics 365 Business Central (on-premises) software as indicated on the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy for Business Central on-premises page, but only if the customer keeps the deployed software current according to this policy. In keeping current you are getting all the latest feature and bug fixes.

The following image illustrates the update schedule for Dynamics 365 Business Central.


For those who have Dynamics 365 Business Central deployed on-premises, if you’ve updated to version 15x, released in October 2019 then you will be covered by the Modern Lifecycle Policy. Any versions before still follow the Fixed Lifecycle Policy, similarly with Cloud & SaaS deployments of Business Central. The only difference with On-premises deployments is that you (or your Dynamics partner) is in control of installing updates to the environment, as it cannot be automatically applied like in other deployments.

If you have updated your Business Central tenant to release wave 2 in October 2019, version 15x for either cloud or on-premises deployments, you will be using the new Modern Lifecycle Policy.

Those planning for Upgrade – Some Important Information

As per the roadmap which Microsoft has published for Business Central, it shows that the Business Central product name will be continued for future. It means there will not be a Dynamics NAV 2019.

BC Road-map

Looking at your investment in terms of license and annual BREP, it is sense able to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, whether your solution is deployed in Cloud or on-premises.

Don’t take me wrong I don’t mean to say that Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 for finance and operations, Business edition are now obsolete.

Microsoft is not closing support to these products, it is still available to them. Only any new updates to these solutions we cannot expect any more.

One important note: New customers will still be able to purchase Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 till 31st March 2019. Same concept of concurrent user license with starter/extended pack.

From 1st April new customers will not be able to license NAV 2018, but existing NAV customers using the solution can still be able to purchase additional licenses as per their requirements if any.

If you missed earlier post do check this Link also.


What had changed in license model for Dynamics 365 Business Central


One change that a major one is now no more Concurrent licenses, new license purchased will be for named user.

One user one license, however named user will be able to access the application from multiple devices.

As earlier starter & extended pack was available now it will be Essentials and Premium.

Stander version of Business Central is termed as Essentials while with additional modules Service and Manufacturing is termed as Premium.

When comes to licensing you are not allowed to mix and match essentials & premium licenses, it should be from either of them.

Where is Limited user? Don’t worry it have been taken care as Team Member License. Read access throughout the application and write access to maximum of three tables excluding General Ledger entries.

License can be purchased as Perpetual or Subscription basis.

Licenses for Business Central differ from Dynamics NAV licenses in several ways:

  • Dynamics NAV licenses are calculated from concurrent users, where multiple users can share a license. Business Central licenses, on the other hand, are calculated from named users
  • With Business Central it is no longer necessary to have a Starter Pack. As a minimum, you need a Premium or Essentials user
  • It is only possible to have either Premium or Essentials users in your license. You can purchase Teams Members for both Premium and Essentials licenses.


What deployment options are available?

  1. Perpetual License – On premises
  2. Perpetual License – Cloud
  3. Subscription License – On premises
  4. Subscription License – Cloud
  5. Software As A Service (SaaS)


When you can upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics Business Central?


Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is now generally available worldwide for cloud, and on-premises deployments. However you can check if it is available for your country from your local partners.

Local Functionality in Dynamics 365 Business Central

You can go-ahead with upgrade planning whenever you want too. Just get in touch with your current ERP provider.

For free lancing upgrade/development tasks you can contact us too at KSD Consultancy Private Limited. We are taking new project booking till 31st March on our old price, could be fixed or hour basis, which ever suitable to you. You can save lot from your local partners cost.


What’s on offer for existing customers?


Customers up-to-date with their BREP can upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises using LMT Upgrade.

Due to change in licensing model in Business Central. Below you can see exchange rate from perpetual NAV concurrent license to Business Central named user licenses.

If you have purchased your Dynamics NAV with Perpetual Licencing before October 1, 2018, your current NAV licenses will be converted from:

  • One Full User in Extended Pack to two Premium users
  • One Full user to two Essentials users
  • One Limited user to one Team Member

In addition to the converting of licenses, the licensing setup is different. As mentioned, Dynamics NAV licenses are calculated from concurrent users, where multiple users can share a number of licenses. Business Central licenses, on the other hand, are calculated from named users. The total value of your current licenses will remain the same – even after the conversion.

For more details on Licensing please refer here, make sure you always check with latest version of documents or discuss with your partner for current effective offers.

Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises Upgrade Policy​

Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises Licensing Guide

Similar to Dynamics NAV, the functionality of the D365 Business Central is divided into two ‘packages’, Essentials and Premium. The functionality of ‘Essentials’ corresponds to NAV’s ‘Starter Pack’ and the functionality of ‘Premium’ corresponds to NAV’s ‘Extended Pack’

Brief idea as below:

D365 Business Central Essentials /
Dynamics NAV Starter Pack
D365 Business Central Premium /
Dynamics NAV Extended

Financial Management

General Ledger
Cash Management
Fixed Assets

Financial Management Extended

Inter-Company (Essentials)
Cost Accounting (Essentials)

Supply Chain Management

Sales Order processing
Purchase and procurement
Item management
Basic Warehousing

Supply Chain Management

Advanced Warehousing (Essentials)

Jobs and Resources

Job Planning, Budgets and Invoicing
Resource allocations



Management Contacts
Opportunity Management
D365 Sales Integration

Service Management

Service Contracts
Service Items
Service Order Management


Assembly Bill of Materials


Production BOMs
Works order management
Capacity and Demand planning

It will be always advised to verify before you make up your mind. However you can trust to Microsoft links provided in above post.



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