NAV Techdays : NAV on Azure

Mark already blogged (http://dynamicsuser.net/blogs/mark_brummel/archive/2012/09/28/dynamics-nav-2013-to-azure-or-not-to-azure.aspx, http://dynamicsuser.net/blogs/mark_brummel/archive/2012/09/29/cfmd-amp-repeatablitiy.aspx, http://dynamicsuser.net/blogs/mark_brummel/archive/2012/09/29/azure-vs-azure-amp-multi-tenacy.aspx) about it and I was as disappointed as he was. I thought we would see something about SQL Azure (a SQL Server in the cloud) and not just Windows Azure (a VM in the cloud).

But later I talked with Jens Møller-Pedersen about Azure and I think the Azure-session deserves some small revaluation.

Jens told me that NAV is ready for SQL Azure but (after reading Marks posts) not all of it. But the session didn’t talk about it because they wanted to start with the easy things (like Mark already stated: Partners are not yet ready for it because I think it is a game-changer).

Some Azure prove of NAV2013:

-when installing, you can also install "Cloud tools". Sounds like Azure doesn’t it?

-And after installing it, you have a powershell commandlets:

Cmdlet Add-NAVPlatform Add-NAVPlatform [-StorageAcc…

Cmdlet Add-NAVSolution Add-NAVSolution [-StorageAcc…

Cmdlet New-NAVDeployment New-NAVDeployment [-Slot] <D…

=>And an example with get-help New-NAVDeployment

NAME

New-NAVDeployment

SYNOPSIS

Use this cmdlet to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 on Azure.

I have to admit that I didn’t test it yet. It is on my (LONG) list of things to do.

Back to the session itself:

They did talk about the different login methods for NAV 2013 though and that was interesting. You can login using Windows login (the only way that works for NAV 2009). But you can also login using Windows login but you are ASKED at the moment NAV is started which Windows-login you want to use. Another way is DB logins and the last way is using your Live-id, Facebook account, Google account (!) and others to log into NAV.

But you can’t mix the login-types on the same Dynamics server. But you can make different Dynamics servers all pointing to the same Database and each of them using a different login-type.

Personally I think they also wanted to promote a little there Windows Azure VM role that is still in beta and should go RTM the first quarter of 2013 (last that I read). I have been testing/playing (for free!) with it some time and once it will be RTM, I think it is a valid alternative for hosting a Windows server. I definitely like it!

In a later blog I will write about my experiences with the Azure VM role.

If you have MSDN, you can create an account for Windows Azure and even if you don’t have MSDN you can get a free 3-month account for it.

A teaser or 2 about the Azure VM’s I want to leave in this blog:

There are different default templates (Windows 2012 , Windows 2008R2, Windows 2008R2+SQL 2012, some Linux implementations (!),…) you can chose from (or you can create your own [64-bit only if I remember correctly!] Hyper-V VM and upload it in Azure). I used the default templates and had a new VM up and running takes only about 15 minutes!

I remembered this video on how to install your server into the cloud:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AXk25TUSRQ

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