The article helps to upgrade Microsoft Dynamics NAV by considering some of the factors like version of the package and solution. The procedure differs from one version to another. For upgrading the versions between 2015 and 2017, the steps are followed below:
- Installing The Prerequisites:
We need to install the tool and component like NAV development environment, NAV development shell, NAV server, and NAV administration shell.
- Application Object Text Files:
We need to prepare the text files based on the versions and it provides the input to the application merge process. Three ways to prepare this text files and they are: make use of the DEV environment version that matches the application version, finsql.exe to run the export objects command, and use the DEV shell version that matches the application version.
- Creating Application Text Files:
To enable this, we need to create four folders and they are: original, modified, target, and result. The original folder is used to store the application text files from the version 2016 and 2017. The modified folder is used to store the modified application files. The target folder is used to store out the application text files from 2018 version. The result folder is used to store object text files for the application merge process.
There are some of the challenges in how to upgrade Dynamics NAV versions and they are: migrating relevant data, customizations, and standard solution. On doing customization to the old version, we need to review each and every step that does not make any problems to the version. Some of the solutions to the older version are not relevant. On selecting out the new version, we are able to get more offers and features to work on it. Most of the users are not interested to take into the new version as they are not interested to learn new features.
In the new version, the data structure is different and we need to modify the data appropriately and need to transfer all the databases to start. To avoid this, users need to attend more workshops to learn the features illustrated in the new version and provided with an overview. Set-up through Step-by-step method helps users to understand better. We need to choose over the data to transfer and this is because that there may be history of data which is not useful at all.