Running Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition in a Docker Windows Container

Note: This work is based on the “Official Microsoft repository for SQL Server in Docker resources” found here: https://github.com/microsoft/mssql-docker/tree/master/windows/mssql-server-windows-developer

Unfortunately this has not been updated to run Windows ServerCore 1890 and Microsoft SQL Server 2019 – so this is what this blog post is about…

Note 2: We are only taking about minor changes here – so I’m not in ANY way trying to claim credits for these scripts – all credits goes to the original author for these scripts – see the above mentioned official link!

Note 3: If you try to use the official Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition image and you get the error “The container operating system does not match the host operating system.”, it is probably because that image is not Windows Server 1809 compatible. This will also solve that as this image is based on the “mcr.microsoft.com/windows/servercore:1809” Windows Server image.

Enough notes for now :-). Let’s roll with this – first you need to create these two files:

“dockerfile”:

# 2020-05-11 GL
#
FROM mcr.microsoft.com/windows/servercore:1809

LABEL maintainer "Gert Lynge"

# Download Links:
ENV exe "https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/c/1/7c14e92e-bdcb-4f89-b7cf-93543e7112d1/SQLServer2019-DEV-x64-ENU.exe"
ENV box "https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/c/1/7c14e92e-bdcb-4f89-b7cf-93543e7112d1/SQLServer2019-DEV-x64-ENU.box"

ENV sa_password="_" \
    attach_dbs="[]" \
    ACCEPT_EULA="_" \
    sa_password_path="C:\ProgramData\Docker\secrets\sa-password"

SHELL ["powershell", "-Command", "$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; $ProgressPreference = 'SilentlyContinue';"]

# make install files accessible
COPY start.ps1 /
WORKDIR /

RUN Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $env:box -OutFile SQL.box ; \
        Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $env:exe -OutFile SQL.exe ; \
        Start-Process -Wait -FilePath .\SQL.exe -ArgumentList /qs, /x:setup ; \
        .\setup\setup.exe /q /ACTION=Install /INSTANCENAME=MSSQLSERVER /FEATURES=SQLEngine /UPDATEENABLED=1 /SQLSVCACCOUNT='NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE' /SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS='BUILTIN\ADMINISTRATORS' /TCPENABLED=1 /NPENABLED=0 /IACCEPTSQLSERVERLICENSETERMS /SQLMAXDOP=1 /SQLBACKUPDIR='C:\Server\MSSQL\Backup' /SQLUSERDBDIR='C:\Server\MSSQL\DB' /SQLUSERDBLOGDIR='C:\Server\MSSQL\DB' ; \
        Remove-Item -Recurse -Force SQL.exe, SQL.box, setup

RUN stop-service MSSQLSERVER ; \
        set-itemproperty -path 'HKLM:\software\microsoft\microsoft sql server\mssql15.MSSQLSERVER\mssqlserver\supersocketnetlib\tcp\ipall' -name tcpdynamicports -value '' ; \
        set-itemproperty -path 'HKLM:\software\microsoft\microsoft sql server\mssql15.MSSQLSERVER\mssqlserver\supersocketnetlib\tcp\ipall' -name tcpport -value 1433 ; \
        set-itemproperty -path 'HKLM:\software\microsoft\microsoft sql server\mssql15.MSSQLSERVER\mssqlserver\' -name LoginMode -value 2 ;

HEALTHCHECK CMD [ "sqlcmd", "-Q", "select 1" ]

CMD .\start -sa_password $env:sa_password -ACCEPT_EULA $env:ACCEPT_EULA -attach_dbs \"$env:attach_dbs\" -Verbose

…and “start.ps1”

# 2020-05-11 GL

# The script sets the sa password and start the SQL Service
# Also it attaches additional database from the disk
# The format for attach_dbs

param(
[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
[string]$sa_password,

[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
[string]$ACCEPT_EULA,

[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
[string]$attach_dbs
)

if($ACCEPT_EULA -ne "Y" -And $ACCEPT_EULA -ne "y")
{
	Write-Verbose "ERROR: You must accept the End User License Agreement before this container can start."
	Write-Verbose "Set the environment variable ACCEPT_EULA to 'Y' if you accept the agreement."

    exit 1
}

# start the service
Write-Verbose "Starting SQL Server"
start-service MSSQLSERVER

if($sa_password -eq "_") {
    if (Test-Path $env:sa_password_path) {
        $sa_password = Get-Content -Raw $secretPath
    }
    else {
        Write-Verbose "WARN: Using default SA password, secret file not found at: $secretPath"
    }
}

if($sa_password -ne "_")
{
    Write-Verbose "Changing SA login credentials"
    $sqlcmd = "ALTER LOGIN sa with password=" +"'" + $sa_password + "'" + ";ALTER LOGIN sa ENABLE;"
    & sqlcmd -Q $sqlcmd
}

$attach_dbs_cleaned = $attach_dbs.TrimStart('\\').TrimEnd('\\')

$dbs = $attach_dbs_cleaned | ConvertFrom-Json

if ($null -ne $dbs -And $dbs.Length -gt 0)
{
    Write-Verbose "Attaching $($dbs.Length) database(s)"
	    
    Foreach($db in $dbs) 
    {            
        $files = @();
        Foreach($file in $db.dbFiles)
        {
            $files += "(FILENAME = N'$($file)')";           
        }

        $files = $files -join ","
        $sqlcmd = "IF EXISTS (SELECT 1 FROM SYS.DATABASES WHERE NAME = '" + $($db.dbName) + "') BEGIN EXEC sp_detach_db [$($db.dbName)] END;CREATE DATABASE [$($db.dbName)] ON $($files) FOR ATTACH;"

        Write-Verbose "Invoke-Sqlcmd -Query $($sqlcmd)"
        & sqlcmd -Q $sqlcmd
	}
}

Write-Verbose "Started SQL Server."

$lastCheck = (Get-Date).AddSeconds(-2) 
while ($true) 
{ 
    Get-EventLog -LogName Application -Source "MSSQL*" -After $lastCheck | Select-Object TimeGenerated, EntryType, Message	 
    $lastCheck = Get-Date 
    Start-Sleep -Seconds 2 
}

…and then you have to run these docker commands (replace “<path to a directory with the above mentioned two files>” with the path to the above mentioned two files: dockerfile and start.ps1 – and “<password>” with the sa-password you want):

docker build --memory 4g --tag dabbler/mssql-server-windows-developer:winsrv1809-sql2019 "<path to a directory with the above mentioned two files>" 

docker run --name SQLServer2019 -e ACCEPT_EULA=Y -e sa_password=<password> -p 1433:1433 -d dabbler/mssql-server-windows-developer:winsrv1809-sql2019

If you are lucky, you will now have a running SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition and you can connect directly to it with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio directly on the host running Docker (use “SQL Server Authentication” with host: “localhost”, login: “sa” and the password stated above).

Installing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central with AzureSQL

Dynanmics 365 Business Central logo

As described here, it can be kind of a Catch-22 to try to install Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central if you don’t have a local SQL Server, but want to use AzureSQL.

Although I know the approach in the before mentioned Kine Info blog post works, I came across a easier solution during my struggles with this issue.

Although the installer setup.exe does not have a “Postpone Server Startup” setting in the GUI, it actually support it.

You just need to create a configuration and hit Save before actually starting the installation. You can do that when you finish filling out all the settings on the setting page (the one with port numbers, database server and database name etc.). After you saved the configuration, close the setup.exe installer.

Now open the XML file you saved, locate the “PostponeServerStartup” setting and change it’s default value of “false” to “true”:

<Parameter ID="PostponeServerStartup" Value="true"/>

Now restart setup.exe and load the configuration – and start the installation. The installer will not try to start the service tier, so it won’t fail that and roll back the installation.

We can only hope that Microsoft at some point will add this option to the setup.exe GUI :-).

2020-02-28 Update: I’ve suggested it to Microsoft. It is not a high priority issue (because of the above described workaround). For anybody interested it has been logged with internal Microsoft ID 346773.

Review: Introduction to the Modern client

Introduction to the Modern client

“Introduction to the Modern client” is a comprehensive, well written and excellent book for readers wanting an introduction to the new Modern client for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Peik Bech-Andersen not only introduces the Modern client and its role centers. He also walks us through the different elements of a role center and give us an easy to understand overview of the considerations, possibilities and tasks in adjusting the role center to the different requirements of a company, a department or even for an individual user.

Throughout the book Peik gives valuable hints and describes the complete life of role center and profile adjustments – starting from a developers tasks in adding parts to a role center page, via consultants and super users possibility to add or hide parts of a profile and he finishes off with the personalization options for individual users.

In the book you get information regarding best practices and unique bonus information about various subjects including notifications and utilizing/re-using the build in Business Charts – all based on Peik’s longstanding experience as a solution architect.

Peik’s full circle on the Modern client, role centers and profiles give “Introduction to the Moderns client” a very wide target audience.

I have no problems in recommending this book to readers ranging all the way from new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central users (e.g. as course material), over experienced NAV users, super-users and consultants, to skilled NAV developers with the need to get familiar with the new Modern client and identifying when they need to add to the role centers and when to let the consultants handle it.

You can buy the two books at the Dynamics Book Store:

Introduction to the Modern client as PDF download
Introduction to the Modern client as paperback

The task cannot be run because the user account that is assigned to run the task has been altered

Microsoft Dynamics NAV logo

Have you tried to rename a company (from the Companies page or from PowerShell (Rename-NAVCompany cmdlet) in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 and you get this error: “The task cannot be run because the user account that is assigned to run the task has been altered”, you are hit by a side effect of a new Service Tier Setting.

A quick google of the error message yields a few results – especially this one: https://forum.mibuso.com/discussion/72652/job-queue-with-task-scheduler-and-user-id… which suggest that it has something to do with the Service Tier Setting “EnableUserConsistencyValidationOnTasks”.

If we look at Microsoft description of that Service Tier Setting at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/business-central/dev-itpro/administration/configure-server-instance, we see this description:

Specifies whether user consistency checks are done on tasks. Setting this to true helps guard against impersonation of users in tasks. When enabled, only the user who created the task can edit the task. If a task is edited by different user account, an error similar to the following occurs: The task cannot be run because the user account that is assigned to run the task has been altered. The task has been canceled.

Default: true

Dynamically Updatable: No

…so if this protection is not important to you – you can easily work around the error by setting this key to false. If this protection is important to you, you should off cause just set it to false while renaming the company and then set it back to true again.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2 + 2 <> 4

Microsoft Dynamics C5 logo

In the past I worked a lot with Microsoft Dynamics C5 and I just stumbled across an old quirk when you add database to a large existing database. You simply does not always get what you pay for.

Registered Microsoft Dynamics C5 partners can find this information in Danish on PartnerSource following this link: https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/denmark/pricing-ordering/pricing-ordering-news/C52012DatabaseIntervalsExplained

…but the rest of you can get part of it here :-).

For Microsoft Dynamics C5 you purchase additional database in packages of these sizes: +25MB, +125MB, +250MB, +500MB and +2,500MB. Unfortunately internally the Microsoft Dynamics C5 kernel and license codes handles additional database size like this:

Database intervalIncrementsNotes
0 – 45MB+5MB45MB is included in the initial Microsoft Dynamics C5 license
45 – 120MB+5MB
120 – 2,020MB+25MB
2,020 – 12,020MB+100MB
12,020 – 112,020MB+1,000MB

This actually means that if you have a database of 2,020MB and purchases +25MB, Microsoft Dynamics C5 will state the available space as 2,120MB, while your license states only 2,045MB.

Actually – according to the above mentioned information link to PartnerSource, you are NOT allowed to use more database than the license states. So you should add an extra database package when you reach 2,045MB in the above example.

If you don’t do that, this will also cause some huge confusion when you reach 2,120MB – because you might then add another +25MB and you’ll get NOTHING. The license will say 2,070MB, but Microsoft Dynamics C5 will still state it as 2,120MB…

Bonus info.: How much database storage can you purchase to a Microsoft Dynamics C5 installation? Exactly 112,020MB. After this the Microsoft Dynamics C5 kernel will stop calculating the DB size and you will not be required to purchase extra database license (but you are not likely to ever reach this limit 🙂 ).

Note: To my knowledge all of this is also true for Microsoft XAL because it was build on the same kernal as Microsoft Dynamics C5

SUPER – but with no access to the role center?

Dynanmics 365 Business Central logo

So you think you are SUPER, but you are not able to log in to your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Center using the web client? (because of some access denied error).

Well… This is not a very common error, because these needs to be true to trigger it:

  • You are trying to login using the web client
  • Your installation is using a (partner) license with an expiration date, and the expiration dates is less than a month away (so you get a warning about it on every login (in web-, windows- and development-clients)
  • Your permissions are created specific on one or more companies only – so you don’t have i.e. BASIC without a company name

Just after entering your credentials, you’ll get the warning about the expiring license:

Caution: Your program license expires in 20 days.

…and as soon as you click OK you get this (sorry about the mixup of Danish and English here – maybe that is also a part of the bug? Translation is in the image description below):

Something went wrong. You don’t have permission to use the Role Center ‘SALES ORDER PROCESSOR’. Date and time: Fri, 01 Nov 2019 14:48:45 GMT. Go back home.

Your configuration is valid and works for the windows client, but unfortunately the web client have a bug preventing this from working.

This is a platform bug I’ve found in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Center 13 with CU 7 (i.e. BC13 CU7 which is the October 2018 release with cumulative update 7). I’ve NOT tested other versions, but I believe that it is also an issue in the latest CU for BC13 and possible also a bug in BC14 and BC15.

This bug HAS been reported to Microsoft and will be fixed in later CUs of the respective BC versions. It was assigned bug ID 332507.

Workarounds while waiting for the fixed cumulative update?

  • Use Windows client. It is not affected by this bug
  • You can add your permission sets without a company name. Maybe even create a new one that does not really grant you access to companies you should not have access to – or simply just add “BASIC”. As long as it is without company name the web client will work
  • Avoid using a license that is about to expire. Re-new your license

Note: When hit by this error, you will also see these event log entries on the server (sorry – also partly in Danish):

Server instance: xxxxxx
 Category: Security
 ClientSessionId: 5e339103-92dd-4ba3-b4cc-874531ba692b
 ClientActivityId: 1b071e5f-13c4-4352-9a3d-a7835ca50d9a
 ServerSessionUniqueId: 759dfb07-9b76-4eeb-bf7c-8a77cb0379d1
 ServerActivityId: 585927d0-5273-43b7-9c65-cdcc612115bd
 EventTime: 11/01/2019 14:47:44
 Message (NavPermissionException): RootException: NavPermissionException
 You do not have the following permissions on TableData Profile: Read.
 To view details about your permissions, see the Effective Permissions page. To report a problem, refer to the following server session ID: '85'.
 CallerStackTrace:
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.PermissionSetBase.VerifyPermissions(NavApplicationObjectBase securableObject, PermissionMask permissionMask, LimitedUserPermissionChecker limitedUserPermissionChecker, Func2 checkTableEmpty, PermissionMask additionalIndirectPermissions, Boolean countAsLimitedUserAllowedTable)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.VerifyPermissions(PermissionMask permissionMask, Boolean checkForEmptyTable)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.IssueFindRequest(DataError errorLevel, Boolean reversed, FindType findType, Boolean useCache)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.FindFirstRecord(DataError errorLevel)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavRecord.ALFindFirst(DataError errorLevel)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.ProfileTableDataHandler.<GetAllItems>d__1.MoveNext()    at System.Linq.Enumerable.<ConcatIterator>d__591.MoveNext()
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.EagerVirtualDataProvider.TryGetByPrimaryKey(RecordIdProviderRequest request, ReadOnlyRecordBuffer& recordBuffer)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.DataAccess.InternalTryGetByPrimaryKey(RecordIdCacheRequest request, MutableRecordBuffer& recordBuffer)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.DataAccess.TryHandleAsPrimaryKeyLookup(DataCacheRequest request, Boolean cacheOnly, MutableRecordBuffer& recordBuffer)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.DataAccess.InnerFind(FindCacheRequest request, Boolean fromPosition, Func`1 onlyCurrentKeyNeededForNextRow)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.IssueFindRequest(DataError errorLevel, Boolean reversed, FindType findType, Boolean useCache)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.FindFirstRecord(DataError errorLevel)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavRecord.ALFindFirst(DataError errorLevel)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.XmlMetadata.NavConfigurationProfile.GetProfileRoleCenterId(NavProfileKey profile)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.XmlMetadata.MetadataProvider.GetHomepageID(NavProfileKey profileKey)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.XmlMetadata.MetadataProvider.GetNavigationFrame(Boolean applyPersonalization, NavProfileKey profileKey)
    at SyncInvokeGetNavigationFrame(Object , Object[] , Object[] )
    at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.SyncMethodInvoker.Invoke(Object instance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.RunInTransactionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.TransientErrorRetryCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.ErrorMappingCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.PushPopCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationTracer.TraceScopeCombinator(Category telemetryCategory, ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass9_0.b__0()
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavPerformanceCounterSetter.UpdatePerformanceCountersWithAverageServiceOperationDuration(Stopwatch stopWatch, Action action)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavPerformanceCounterSetter.UpdatePerformanceCountersWithAverageServiceOperationAction(Action action, NavSession session)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.PerformanceCounterCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.InitClientTelemetryIdsCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.TlsClearCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.Invoke(Object instance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.DispatchOperationRuntime.InvokeBegin(MessageRpc& rpc)
    at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.ImmutableDispatchRuntime.ProcessMessage5(MessageRpc& rpc)
    at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.MessageRpc.Process(Boolean isOperationContextSet)
    at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.MessageRpc.Wrapper.Resume(Boolean& alreadyResumedNoLock)
    at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.ThreadBehavior.ResumeProcessing(IResumeMessageRpc resume)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavSynchronizationContext.<>c__DisplayClass1_0.b__0(Object state)
    at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    at System.Threading.QueueUserWorkItemCallback.System.Threading.IThreadPoolWorkItem.ExecuteWorkItem()
    at System.Threading.ThreadPoolWorkQueue.Dispatch()
 ProcessId: 21660
 Tag: 00000XO
 ThreadId: 26
 CounterInformation: 
Der opstod fejl under forsøg på adgang til webstedet 
 Type: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Types.NavPermissionException
 Message: You do not have the following permissions on TableData Profile: Read.
 To view details about your permissions, see the Effective Permissions page. To report a problem, refer to the following server session ID: '85'.
 StackTrace:
    ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ConnectionStateManager.CallServer[T](BeginCallServerMethod beginCallServerMethod, EndCallServerMethod1 endCallServerMethod, ServerCallOptions options) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.ServiceConnection\ConnectionStateManager.cs:linje 145    ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection.CallServer[T](BeginCallServerMethod beginCallServerMethod, EndCallServerMethod1 endCallServerMethod) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.ServiceConnection\ServiceConnection.cs:linje 2020
    ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.MetadataHandler.GetNavigationFrame(Boolean applyPersonalization, Boolean getNavigationFrameFromServer) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.ServiceConnection\MetadataHandling\MetadataHandler.cs:linje 559
    ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.Web.NavWebBuilderSessionInitializer.NavigationServiceNavigationRootNeeded(Object sender, Object e) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\web\Prod.Client.WebCommon\NavBuilder\NavWebBuilderSessionInitializer.cs:linje 48
    ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Web.ResponseManager.<>c__DisplayClass23_0.b__3() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\web\Prod.Client.Web\Callbacks\ResponseManager.cs:linje 175
    ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.LogicalOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass21_0.b__0() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Threading\LogicalOperationInvoker\LogicalOperationInvoker.cs:linje 178
    ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.LogicalOperationInvoker.InvokeAndHandleExceptions(Func`1 action, IExceptionHandler exceptionHandler) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Threading\LogicalOperationInvoker\LogicalOperationInvoker.cs:linje 415
 Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection----------------------------------
 Type: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Types.NavPermissionException
 Message: You do not have the following permissions on TableData Profile: Read.
 To view details about your permissions, see the Effective Permissions page. To report a problem, refer to the following server session ID: '85'.
 StackTrace:
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.PermissionSetBase.VerifyPermissions(NavApplicationObjectBase securableObject, PermissionMask permissionMask, LimitedUserPermissionChecker limitedUserPermissionChecker, Func2 checkTableEmpty, PermissionMask additionalIndirectPermissions, Boolean countAsLimitedUserAllowedTable)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.VerifyPermissions(PermissionMask permissionMask, Boolean checkForEmptyTable)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.IssueFindRequest(DataError errorLevel, Boolean reversed, FindType findType, Boolean useCache)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.FindFirstRecord(DataError errorLevel)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavRecord.ALFindFirst(DataError errorLevel)    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.ProfileTableDataHandler.<GetAllItems>d__1.MoveNext()    at System.Linq.Enumerable.<ConcatIterator>d__591.MoveNext()
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.EagerVirtualDataProvider.TryGetByPrimaryKey(RecordIdProviderRequest request, ReadOnlyRecordBuffer& recordBuffer)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.DataAccess.InternalTryGetByPrimaryKey(RecordIdCacheRequest request, MutableRecordBuffer& recordBuffer)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.DataAccess.TryHandleAsPrimaryKeyLookup(DataCacheRequest request, Boolean cacheOnly, MutableRecordBuffer& recordBuffer)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.DataAccess.InnerFind(FindCacheRequest request, Boolean fromPosition, Func`1 onlyCurrentKeyNeededForNextRow)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.IssueFindRequest(DataError errorLevel, Boolean reversed, FindType findType, Boolean useCache)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.RecordImplementation.FindFirstRecord(DataError errorLevel)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavRecord.ALFindFirst(DataError errorLevel)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.XmlMetadata.NavConfigurationProfile.GetProfileRoleCenterId(NavProfileKey profile)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.XmlMetadata.MetadataProvider.GetHomepageID(NavProfileKey profileKey)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.XmlMetadata.MetadataProvider.GetNavigationFrame(Boolean applyPersonalization, NavProfileKey profileKey)
    at SyncInvokeGetNavigationFrame(Object , Object[] , Object[] )
    at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.SyncMethodInvoker.Invoke(Object instance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.RunInTransactionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.TransientErrorRetryCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass24_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.ErrorMappingCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
 Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Ncl
Error accessing Website 
 Type: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Types.NavProfileException
 Message: You don't have permission to use the Role Center 'ORDREBEHANDLER'.
 StackTrace:
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.NavRunHomepagePropertyBagInvokedAction.Validate(FormPropertyBag queryParameters, UISession uiSession, Object invocationState) in S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.UI\NavRunHomepagePropertyBagInvokedAction.cs:line 61
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.LogicalFormActivator.GeneratePropertyBagCommand(FormPropertyBag propertyBagToUse, UISession uiSession, Object invocationState) in S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\URL\LogicalFormActivator.cs:line 157
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.LogicalFormActivator.ValidateAndInvokePropertyBag(FormPropertyBag propertyBagToUse, UISession uiSession, Object invocationState) in S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\URL\LogicalFormActivator.cs:line 60
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.OpenFormInteraction.InvokeCore(OpenFormInteractionInput logicalInteractionInput) in S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Interactions\SystemInteractions\OpenFormInteraction.cs:line 0
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.InteractionInvoker.Invoke[T](String interactionName, Action1 invokeMethod, T input) in S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Interactions\InteractionInvoker.cs:line 42    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.LogicalInteraction1.Invoke(T logicalInteractionInput) in S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Interactions\LogicalInteraction.cs:line 40
    at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.InteractionManager.<>c__DisplayClass8_2.b__4() in S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Interactions\InteractionManager.cs:line 125
 Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.UI

Cannot login to Microsoft Dynamics Business Central 2019 Spring release (BC14) RTM with LoginName authentication

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Have you tried to configure a Microsoft Dynamics Business Central 2019 Spring release (BC14) RTM with LoginName authentication, just to find that it did not work?

You are right.

You won’t be able to login to the Web- or Windows-client and will get errors in your event log like these:

Server instance: BC140
Category: Runtime
ClientSessionId: 1396b6cf-5cfd-4dae-b98a-9ee3a6d3d3e1
ClientActivityId: 8665e7ca-3a27-49f3-b928-4a013317be94
ServerSessionUniqueId: 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
ServerActivityId: 5d8ecef1-6d64-4d05-9031-03a0248c9138
EventTime: 08/09/2019 10:14:40
Message (NullReferenceException): RootException: NullReferenceException

Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

ExceptionStackTrace:
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.<>c__DisplayClass14_0.b__0()
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.ValidateAndCreateSession(ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, Boolean requireNavUser)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.CreateNewSessionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Boolean requireNavUser, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)

CallerStackTrace:
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.CreateNewSessionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Boolean requireNavUser, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass27_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationTracer.TraceScopeCombinator(Category telemetryCategory, ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass27_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass9_0.b__0()
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavPerformanceCounterSetter.UpdatePerformanceCountersWithAverageServiceOperationDuration(Stopwatch stopWatch, Action action)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavPerformanceCounterSetter.UpdatePerformanceCountersWithAverageServiceOperationAction(Action action, NavSession session)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.PerformanceCounterCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass27_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.InitClientTelemetryIdsCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass27_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.TlsClearCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, MethodBase syncMethod, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass27_1.b__1(NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.Invoke(Object instance, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
   at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.DispatchOperationRuntime.InvokeBegin(MessageRpc& rpc)
   at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.ImmutableDispatchRuntime.ProcessMessage5(MessageRpc& rpc)
   at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.MessageRpc.Process(Boolean isOperationContextSet)
   at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.MessageRpc.Wrapper.Resume(Boolean& alreadyResumedNoLock)
   at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.ThreadBehavior.ResumeProcessing(IResumeMessageRpc resume)
   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Runtime.NavSynchronizationContext.<>c__DisplayClass1_0.b__0(Object state)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.QueueUserWorkItemCallback.System.Threading.IThreadPoolWorkItem.ExecuteWorkItem()
   at System.Threading.ThreadPoolWorkQueue.Dispatch()
Server instance: BC140
 Tenant ID: 
 User: xxx
 Type: System.NullReferenceException
 Message: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
 StackTrace:
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.<>c__DisplayClass14_0.b__0()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.ValidateAndCreateSession(ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, Boolean requireNavUser)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.CreateNewSessionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Boolean requireNavUser, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
 Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service
 HResult: -2147467261
 StackTrace:
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.<>c__DisplayClass14_0.b__0()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.ValidateAndCreateSession(ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, Boolean requireNavUser)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.CreateNewSessionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Boolean requireNavUser, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
Type: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.NavClientClosingException
 Fatal: False
 ShowError: True
 Message: The server "BC140" was unable to process the request. The application will close.
 StackTrace:
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.ExceptionHandler.DoExecute(Func1 execute)      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.StartWinFormsClient.RunCore() Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient HResult: -2146233088 StackTrace:      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.ExceptionHandler.DoExecute(Func1 execute)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.StartWinFormsClient.RunCore()
 Type: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Types.Exceptions.NavServerSessionException
 Message: The server "BC140" was unable to process the request. The application will close.
 StackTrace:
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ConnectionEstablisher.OpenConnection[TChannel](ConnectFailedEventArgs connectFailedArgs, ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, ConnectionOptions connectionOptions, SpnSetting spnSettingToTry, Boolean allowSpnSettingsSwap, UserSettings& userSettings)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ConnectionEstablisher.OpenConnection[TChannel](ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, ConnectionOptions connectionOptions, UserSettings& userSettings)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection.OpenConnection()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection.Initialize()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.FormBuilder.BuilderSessionInitializer.OpenConnectionToServer()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.OpenServerConnectionCore()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.OpenServerConnectionWithMultipleLoginAttempts()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.InitializeUISession()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Windows.ClientSessionBase.InitCore()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.InitCore()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.ClientSessionCore.Init()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Windows.ClientSessionBase.Run()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavClientErrorHandler.ExecuteAndCatchExceptions(Func`1 execute)
 Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection
 HResult: -2146233088
 StackTrace:
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ConnectionEstablisher.OpenConnection[TChannel](ConnectFailedEventArgs connectFailedArgs, ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, ConnectionOptions connectionOptions, SpnSetting spnSettingToTry, Boolean allowSpnSettingsSwap, UserSettings& userSettings)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ConnectionEstablisher.OpenConnection[TChannel](ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, ConnectionOptions connectionOptions, UserSettings& userSettings)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection.OpenConnection()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection.Initialize()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.FormBuilder.BuilderSessionInitializer.OpenConnectionToServer()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.OpenServerConnectionCore()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.OpenServerConnectionWithMultipleLoginAttempts()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.InitializeUISession()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Windows.ClientSessionBase.InitCore()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavWinFormsClientSession.InitCore()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.ClientSessionCore.Init()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Windows.ClientSessionBase.Run()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.WinClient.NavClientErrorHandler.ExecuteAndCatchExceptions(Func`1 execute)
 Type: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Types.Exceptions.NavServerSessionException
 Message: The server "BC140" was unable to process the request. The application will close.
 HResult: -2146233088
 Type: System.NullReferenceException
 Message: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
 StackTrace:
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.<>c__DisplayClass14_0.b__0()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.ValidateAndCreateSession(ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, Boolean requireNavUser)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.CreateNewSessionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Boolean requireNavUser, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)
 Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service
 HResult: -2147467261
 StackTrace:
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.<>c__DisplayClass14_0.b__0()
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.NSServiceBase.ValidateAndCreateSession(ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, Boolean requireNavUser)
      at Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Service.ServiceOperationInvoker.CreateNewSessionCombinator(ServiceOperation innerOperation, NSServiceBase serviceInstance, Boolean requireNavUser, Object[] inputs, Object[]& outputs)

Part of the story is that the same setup simply works with earlier versions, and that Windows-authentication also works without any glitches.

At least the fix is simple: Upgrade your platform to Cumulative Update 1 (or actually I recommend the latest while you are at it anyway 🙂 ).

Note, the error is also mentioned on forum.mibuso.com here!

Thanks goes to Christoph Bendixen and Jesper Dahl Fredriksen from team.blue aka ScanNet.dk for helping reporting and identifying this problem.

Playing around with the DynamicsNAV:// protocol handler

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If you have been using the Dotnet ClickOnce technology to roll out your Dynamics NAV / 365 Business Central Windows Clients, you know it have some limitations (click here to read all about the limitations).

But if you start pulling the ClickOnce technology apart, you will find that the client files are in fact present on your harddrive, but in a obscure directory – which can be hard to locate (actually you can just start the client and go to task manager. Right click the running program and select to open the directory).

What if someone could make a small program or script that would locate all installed ClickOnce Dynamics NAV / 365 Business Central Windows Client, present you with a list to choose from and the simply start the selected client with the appropriate parameters?

Maybe we can even register this small program or script as the protocol handler for the DynamicsNAV:// protocol?

Well, here is my first attempt of a PowerShell script I call NAVBCProtocolHandlerHelper.ps1 :-):

# Version: 2019-08-06

$SearchPath = "C:\Users\$($env:UserName)\AppData\Local\Apps\2.0\"

$WindowsClientFileName = "Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.exe"
$ClientUserSettingsFileName = "ClientUserSettings.config"

if(($args[0] -eq "?") -or ($args[0] -eq "-?") -or ($args[0] -eq "-h") -or ($args[0] -eq "-help")) {
  Write-Host "#######################################################################" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "# Microsoft Dynamics NAV/365 Business Central Protocol Handler Helper #" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "#######################################################################" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "#             Copyright 2019, Gert Lynge, www.dabbler.dk              #" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "#######################################################################" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "# This script is free to use, modify and distribute as long as these  #" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "# lines are kept intact. NO WARRANTY! Use at your own risk!           #" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "#######################################################################" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host ""
  Write-Host "Examples:" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host ""
  Write-Host "Install NAV/365BC Protocol Handler:" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "$($MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) -InstallProtocolHandler"
  Write-Host "Be warned: This will override any existing DynamicsNAV:// protocol handler" -ForegroundColor Red
  Write-Host ""
  Write-Host "Remove NAV/365BC Protocol Handler:" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "$($MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) -RemoveProtocolHandler"
  Write-Host "Be warned: This will remove any DynamicsNAV:// protocol handler installed" -ForegroundColor Red
  Write-Host ""
  Write-Host "Show list of NAV/365BC ClickOnce Windows Clients and let you select one to start:" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "$($MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
  Write-Host ""
  Write-Host "Show this help page:" -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Write-Host "$($MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) -help"
  exit
}
elseif(($args[0] -eq "InstallProtocolHandler") -or ($args[0] -eq "-InstallProtocolHandler")) {
  $currentPrincipal = New-Object Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal([Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent())
  if(-not $currentPrincipal.IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole]::Administrator)) {
    Throw "Installing the DynamicsNAV:// Protocol handler requires this script to be run as Administrator"
  }

  New-PSDrive -Name HKCR -PSProvider Registry -Root "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Out-Null
  New-Item -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV" -Force | Out-Null
  New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV" -Name "(Default)" -Value "Dynamics NAV Protocol" -Force | Out-Null
  New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV" -Name "URL Protocol" -Force | Out-Null

  New-Item -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\DefaultIcon" -Force | Out-Null
  New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\DefaultIcon" -Name "(Default)" | Out-Null

  New-Item -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\Shell" -Force | Out-Null
  New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\Shell" -Name "(Default)" | Out-Null

  New-Item -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\Shell\Open" -Force | Out-Null
  New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\Shell\Open" -Name "(Default)" | Out-Null

  New-Item -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\Shell\Open\Command" -Force | Out-Null
  New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCR:\DynamicsNAV\Shell\Open\Command" -Name "(Default)" -Value "PowerShell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden -File ""$($MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"" ""%1""" | Out-Null

  Write-Host "Protocol Handler DynamicsNAV:// installed" -ForegroundColor Green
  exit
}
elseif(($args[0] -eq "RemoveProtocolHandler") -or ($args[0] -eq "-RemoveProtocolHandler")) {
  $currentPrincipal = New-Object Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal([Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent())
  if(-not $currentPrincipal.IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole]::Administrator)) {
    Throw "Removing the DynamicsNAV:// Protocol handler requires this script to be run as Administrator"
  }

  New-PSDrive -Name HKCR -PSProvider Registry -Root "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Out-Null
  Remove-Item -Path "HKCR:\DYNAMICSNAV" -Recurse -Force | Out-Null

  Write-Host "Protocol Handler DynamicsNAV:// removed" -ForegroundColor Green
  exit
}


$WindowsClients = New-Object System.Data.DataTable
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Product","System.String") | Out-Null
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Server","System.String") | Out-Null
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Port","System.String") | Out-Null
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Instance","System.String") | Out-Null
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Tenant","System.String") | Out-Null
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Authentication","System.String") | Out-Null
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Version","System.Version") | Out-Null
$WindowsClients.Columns.Add("Path","System.String") | Out-Null

foreach($File in Get-ChildItem -Path "$SearchPath$WindowsClientFileName" -Recurse | Select-Object FullName) {
  $Path = (Split-Path -Path $File.FullName -Parent)

  if(Test-Path "$Path\$ClientUserSettingsFileName" -PathType Leaf) {
    [xml]$XmlDocument = Get-Content -Path "$Path\$ClientUserSettingsFileName"
    $ChildNodes = $XmlDocument.configuration.appSettings.ChildNodes

    $WindowsClient = $WindowsClients.NewRow()
    $WindowsClient.Path = $Path
    $WindowsClient.Version = [System.Version][System.Diagnostics.FileVersionInfo]::GetVersionInfo($File.FullName).FileVersion
    $WindowsClient.Server = ($ChildNodes | Where-Object {($_.key -eq "Server")}).value
    $WindowsClient.Port = ($ChildNodes | Where-Object {($_.key -eq "ClientServicesPort")}).value
    $WindowsClient.Instance = ($ChildNodes | Where-Object {($_.key -eq "ServerInstance")}).value
    $WindowsClient.Tenant = ($ChildNodes | Where-Object {($_.key -eq "TenantId")}).value
    $WindowsClient.Authentication = ($ChildNodes | Where-Object {($_.key -eq "ClientServicesCredentialType")}).value
    $WindowsClient.Product = ($ChildNodes | Where-Object {($_.key -eq "ProductName")}).value
    $WindowsClients.Rows.Add($WindowsClient)
  }
}
$WindowsClients = $WindowsClients | Group-Object -Property Server,ClientServicesPort,ServerInstance,TenantId | `
                  foreach { $_.Group | Sort-Object @{Expression="Version";Descending="$True"} | Select-Object -First 1 }

$Picked = $WindowsClients | Out-GridView -PassThru -Title "Select which Microsoft Dynamics NAV/365 Business Central ClickOnce Windows Client to run"

if(-not $Picked) {
  exit
}

$Command = "$($Picked.Path)\$WindowsClientFileName"
if($args[0]) {
  & "$Command" "-protocolhandler" $args[0]
}
else {
  & "$Command"
}

Please run NAVBCProtocolHandlerHelper.ps1 from a powershell CLI with the -help parameter and read the possibilities. It has five ways of running:

  1. Show the help:
    NAVBCProtocolHandlerHelper.ps1 -help
  2. Install itself as the DynamicsNAV:// protocol handler (OVERWRITING the existing one):
    NAVBCProtocolHandlerHelper.ps1 -InstallProtocolHandler
  3. Remove ANY DynamicsNAV:// protocol handler (also ones the script did not install itself):
    NAVBCProtocolHandlerHelper.ps1 -RemoveProtocolHandler
  4. Show list of installed ClickOnce Windows Clients for Dynamics NAV/365 Business Central and lets you choose one. The chosen one is started:
    NAVBCProtocolHandlerHelper.ps1
  5. Started through the DynamicsNAV:// protocol.
    A list of installed ClickOnce Windows Clients for Dynamics NAV/365 Business Central will be shown. When you chose one, it is started and the URL is passed as a parameter to it (just like if it was called directly from the protocol handler):
    DynamicsNAV://<your parameters>

This is still work in progress and can be improved in many ways. Feel free to send me your comments and wishes.

You can use and modify this free of charge as long as you keep the blocks shown in the help intact.
This is completely without any warranty of any kind – so use at your own risk!
Parameters and functionalities are subject to changes as this is work in progress.

Option value != OptionML value

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Do you need some way of getting the Option value instead of the OptionML value from an Option field?

It is not so straight forward as one should think, but with this simple function the work is done for you:

PROCEDURE GetOptionValue@1000000002(TableId@1000000001 : Integer;FieldId@1000000000 : Integer;Value@1000000002 : Integer) : Text;
VAR
  TableRef@1000000003 : RecordRef;
  FieldRef@1000000004 : FieldRef;
BEGIN
  //Example:
  //  MESSAGE(KMCTools.GetOptionValue(DATABASE::"Sales Line",SalesLine.FIELDNO(Type),SalesLine.Type::Item));
  TableRef.OPEN(TableId);
  FieldRef := TableRef.FIELD(FieldId);
  EXIT(SELECTSTR(Value+1,FieldRef.OPTIONSTRING));
END;

Free of charge – but use on your own risk…

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central WebClient with no Role Center

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Is your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Windows Client working, but your Web Client gets stuck with this picture just after log in?

WebClient - no Role Center
WebClient – stuck with no Role Center just after login.

…and do you see events like these in the Windows eventviewser on the Server? (sorry – I know it is in Danish: “fejl” translates to “error” and “undtagelse” means “exception”)

Der opstod fejl under forsøg på adgang til webstedet 
Type: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Types.NavCancelCredentialPromptException
Message: Der blev udløst en undtagelse af typen 'Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Types.NavCancelCredentialPromptException'.
StackTrace:
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ConnectionEstablisher.PromptForCredentials() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.ServiceConnection\ConnectionEstablisher.cs:linje 1041
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ConnectionEstablisher.OpenConnection[TChannel](ConnectionRequest connectionRequest, ConnectionOptions connectionOptions, UserSettings& userSettings) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.ServiceConnection\ConnectionEstablisher.cs:linje 196
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection.OpenConnection() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.ServiceConnection\ServiceConnection.cs:linje 892
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection.Initialize() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.ServiceConnection\ServiceConnection.cs:linje 561
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.FormBuilder.BuilderSessionInitializer.OpenConnectionToServer() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.Builder\BuilderSession\BuilderSessionInitializer.cs:linje 265
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.FormBuilder.BuilderSessionInitializer.InitializeCore() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.Builder\BuilderSession\BuilderSessionInitializer.cs:linje 92
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.FormBuilder.BuilderSessionInitializer.Initialize() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.Client.Builder\BuilderSession\BuilderSessionInitializer.cs:linje 76
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.UISession.Initialize() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Session\UiSession.cs:linje 1094
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.Web.NavWebUISessionInitializer.InitializeCore(UISession session) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\web\Prod.Client.WebCommon\Session\NavWebUISessionInitializer.cs:linje 94
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.WebClient.NavWebClientUISessionInitializer.InitializeCore(UISession session) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\web\Prod.Client.WebClient\Session\NavWebClientUISessionInitializer.cs:linje 65
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.Web.NavWebUISessionInitializer.Initialize(UISession session) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\web\Prod.Client.WebCommon\Session\NavWebUISessionInitializer.cs:linje 77
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Client.OpenFormExecutionStrategy.TryInitializeUiSession(UISession session) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Client\Interactions\ExecutionStrategies\OpenFormExecutionStrategy.cs:linje 67
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Web.WebOpenFormExecutionStrategy.TryInitializeUiSession(UISession session) i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\web\Prod.Client.Web\Interactions\ExecutionStrategies\WebOpenFormExecutionStrategy.cs:linje 61
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.Client.OpenFormExecutionStrategy.Execute() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Client\Interactions\ExecutionStrategies\OpenFormExecutionStrategy.cs:linje 41
   ved Microsoft.Dynamics.Framework.UI.InteractionManager.<>c__DisplayClass8_2.b__4() i S:\Depot\Platform-Core\platform\client\Shared\Prod.ClientFwk\Interactions\InteractionManager.cs:linje 125
Source: Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.ServiceConnection
Error accessing Website 
Unhandled error occurred on a browser or device client:
{
  "clientInfo": {
    "platform": "Win32",
    "userAgent": "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/70.0.3538.102 Safari/537.36 Edge/18.18362",
    "browserLanguage": "da-DK"
  },
  "message": "Unable to get property 'getElementsByClassName' of undefined or null reference",
  "pageUrl": "https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/?runinframe=1",
  "originalError": {},
  "location": {
    "name": "https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0",
    "url": "https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0",
    "lineNumber": 4562,
    "columnNumber": 58
  },
  "detailedMessage": "   at DN.LogicalFormAdapter.prototype.$105 (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:5188:1958)\r\n   at DN.LogicalFormAdapter.prototype.initializeNativeControl (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:5152:101)\r\n   at DN.LogicalControlAdapter.prototype.$27 (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:4839:1117)\r\n   at DN.LogicalControlAdapter.prototype.createContent (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:4833:6623)\r\n   at DN.LogicalControlAdapter.prototype.buildCore (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:4834:399)\r\n   at Type.prototype.callBaseMethod (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/mscorlib.js?h=D3729A20D7B95888CE98A4A7D3E48A9F0C340D80C5F72A67326464A956360F0E&_v=1.0.0:1:23528)\r\n   at DN.LogicalFormAdapter.prototype.buildCore (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:5160:156)\r\n   at DN.LogicalControlAdapter.prototype.build (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:4833:6709)\r\n   at DN.LogicalControlAdapter.prototype.buildChildAdapter (https://xxxxxxxxxx/yyyyyyyyyy/js/framework.js?h=69F05AE1092A2D30721123840E70FB027600B5F7A4BA9069BAE99A1E20C9168D&_v=1.0.0:4834:1581)\r\n",
  "requireUserToSignOut": false,
  "silent": true
}

Well – congratulations. You probably hit the same rabbit hole I just wasted 2 hours on.

Please go through you Role Center PageParts and check if you by mistake filled the InstructionalTextML property with something. I don’t want you to check the Role Center page, but check the individual PageParts pages. It is a global parameter on them.

If you did – remove it and this problem is magically gone :-)…

Note: This issue HAS off cause been reported to Microsoft (it got case ID 119071922000172 ). They have confirmed that it also seems to be present on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2019 spring release.

I’ve discovered it in 2018 fall release CU7 (running single tenant and NavUserPassword authentication – not that I think that is part of the cause). I’ll expect it to be also present in at least 2018 fall release CU9 and 2019 spring release CU1.

Microsoft confirms they are looking into fixing it and a fix will be released in a future CU.