How to Set Up The New Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest name of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV. And how do you get it for testing purposes? You can follow the steps below:

Step 1 – Register on Collaborate Portal

If you are already registered, you can skip this step. If not, you should go to https://aka.ms/collaborate and register. Just follow up https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/collaborate/registration link step by step to register.

Step 2 – Register on Ready to Go Program

If you are already registered, you can skip this step. If not, please write an e-mail to dyn365BEP@microsoft.com providing the following information for your users:

Publisher Display Name Name Email Role
Chosen during registration, should be the same for all users User 1 Email 1 Power user (can access content and add new users to engagements)
User 2 Email 2 Participant (can access content)
etc. etc. etc.

The registration process should take 1-2 business days. After successful registration you’ll be able to see the pre-release version of the new Dynamics 365 Business Central at the Collaborate Portal’s Packages list.

If you click on it a 2 kb .txt file will open with the instructions of how to get it via Docker. You can download and read it.

Step 3 – Install Docker

If you don’t already have Docker, you’ll need to download and install it. You can either download a full docker client or only a module.

To download and install Docker as a module (Community Edition), you can execute these codes in PowerShell (Don’t forget to run the PowerShell as Administrator):

invoke-webrequest -UseBasicparsing -Outfile docker-17.09.0-ce.zip https://download.docker.com/win/static/stable/x86_64/docker-17.09.0-ce.zip

# Extract the archive.
Expand-Archive docker-17.09.0-ce.zip -DestinationPath $Env:ProgramFiles

# Clean up the zip file.
Remove-Item -Force docker-17.09.0-ce.zip

# Run this to make sure ServerManager module is imported.
import-module server manager

# Install Docker. This requires rebooting.
$null = Install-WindowsFeature Containers

#or depending on the OS version you are using
Enable-WindowsOptional Feature -Online -FeatureName containers -All

# Add Docker to the path for the current session.
$env:path += ";$env:ProgramFiles\docker"

# Optionally, modify PATH to persist across sessions.
$newPath = "$env:ProgramFiles\docker;" +
[Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable("PATH",
[EnvironmentVariableTarget]::Machine)
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("PATH", $newPath,
[EnvironmentVariableTarget]::Machine)

# Register the Docker daemon as a service.
dockerd --register-service

# Start the Docker service.
Start-Service docker

#Next steps are optional!
#Run test container, to check that Docker is alive
docker container run hello-world:nanoserver

# Check what containers do you have
docker ps

Step 4 – Install Navcontainerhelper

Run this script in PowerShell:

Install-Module -Name navcontainerhelper -Verbose

If you are running it on Windows 10, check that your policy allows you to install modules:

If you are running it on Windows 10, check that your policy allows you to install modules:

 

Step 5 – Create new D365 Business Central container

Login to Azure container register, to be able to pull (download) D365BE Image:

docker login "navinsider.azurecr.io" -u "insert-user-id-here-from-Build-21063.txt-file" -p " insert-password-here-from-Build-21063.txt-file “

Choose what version of Business Central you want among various versions and W1. Create new container (the following example is for W1 version):

New-NavContainer -accept_eula -alwaysPull -imageName "navinsider.azurecr.io/dynamics-nav:11.0.21063.0" -containerName D365BC-W1

and after a while (depending on your Internet speed) and about two minutes of initialization you have it:

Dynamics 365 Business Central successful installation screenshot.

D365BC successfully installed.

Congratulations. Now your Dynamics 365 Business Central is ready to use. If you want a different look and feel try to [?aid=fin] to the end of the URL.

There you go.

Happy testing!

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