Installing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central with AzureSQL

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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 du 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.

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

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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

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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?

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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.

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.

Bad Request – Error in query syntax.

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No, this is not an error in WordPress on this server – “Bad Request – Error in query syntax.” is in fact the intended subject for this Blog post :-).

If you are running OData WebServices towards you Microsoft Dynamics NAV or 365 Business Central (DBC) and you get this error – and you have a forward slash ( “/” ) in the company name in question, then this Blog post is for you :-).

You have just discovered that Excel, PowerShell.exe and/or older version of PowerShell ISE cannot work with OData URLs with a forward slash in the …/Company(‘<my company name>’)/… part of the URL.

A obvious solution is to rename the company in NAV/DBC – but that is not really a neat solution, is it?

According to this Microsoft blog post, another far superior solution exists. NAV/DBC supports two syntaxes when stating the company name.

The “classic” one you use for OData version 3 when you got the error:

https://<my hostname>:<my odata port>/<my instance>/OData/Company('<my company')/<my webservice>

…or the corresponding OData version 4 one:

https://<my hostname>:<my odata port>/<my instance>/ODataV4/Company('<my company')/<my webservice>

…and another one for working around this error:

https://<my hostname>:<my odata port>/<my instance>/OData/<my webservice>?company='<my company>'

…or the corresponding OData version 4 one:

https://<my hostname>:<my odata port>/<my instance>/ODataV4/<my webservice>?company='<my company>'

Note that you can off cause add additonal parameters (selecting tenant or setting filters etc.) to the URL using the ampersand sign ( “&” ) – just like you do when construction any URL.

Congratulations – you solved your problem 🙂

If you want to learn more about OData towards NAV/DBC, I suggest you visit these links:

“External Azure Active Directory” users and Single-Sign-On in Dynamics 365 Business Central

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If you are setting up Single-Sign-On (SSO) for Dynamics 365 Business Central (DBC) and you are only able to authenticate users local to the Azure Active Directory (i.e. non Guest or “External Azure Active Directory” users), then you might have stumbled across the same error as me.

The error manifests itself by allowing you to log in using SSO, but just when the DBC webclient is suppose to open, you get this error:

Your user name or password is incorrect, or you do not have a valid account in Dynamics 365 Business Central.

The problems is that a user with that authentication e-mails IS in fact present in DBC – so the error makes no sense.

Also you will sometimes get a warning in the Event Viewer that the SSO token was valid, but the user could not be found in DBC.

As mentioned the local domains works fine, it is only if you try to add external users and authenticate with those it does not work:

User type: Guest
Source: External Azure Active Directory

I’ve seen this error in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central 2018 fall release with cumulative update 1 and 2.

I’m aware that you – with powershell – can change a User type Guest to a User type Member. I tried it, but the result was the exact same. So “no cigar” for that solution.

After upgrading the platform to the latest Cumulative Update (which is 7 while I’m writing this), the error is completely gone. So there you have your fix :-).

Note: I’ve not tested all the CUs between 2 and 7 to figure out when it was fixed or if there is a entry in the fix list that mentions this – so if you have more knowledge about that, please share by adding a comment.

Arduino IDE v1.8.9, esp32 v1.0.2 and ulptool v2.3.0

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Are you messing with ultra low power esp32 code and have tried to setup the ulptool example from duff2013s GitHub in Arduino IDE v1.8.9 with Espressif Systems esp32 v1.0.2?

Maybe you got a lot of strange compile errors like these?

Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\esp32\tools\ulptool\src/esp32ulp_build_recipe.py", line 506, in 
 main(sys.argv[1:])
 File "C:\Users\
<your user name>\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\esp32\tools\ulptool\src/esp32ulp_build_recipe.py", line 106, in main
 build_ulp(PATHS, ulp_files, board_options, True)
 File "C:\Users\
<your user name>\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\esp32\tools\ulptool\src/esp32ulp_build_recipe.py", line 136, in build_ulp
 proc = subprocess.Popen(cmd[1],stdout=subprocess.PIPE,stderr=subprocess.PIPE,shell=False)
 File "C:\Python27\lib\subprocess.py", line 394, in init
 errread, errwrite)
 File "C:\Python27\lib\subprocess.py", line 644, in _execute_child
 startupinfo)
 WindowsError: [Error 2] The system cannot find the file specified
 exit status 1
 Error compiling for board ESP32 Dev Module.

Note: This error is also reported here: https://github.com/duff2013/ulptool/issues/35

It is quite a simple fix: The error is probably caused by Espressif Systems moving around some files in esp32 v.1.0.2 – or actually renaming a catalog.

You just need to edit a single file in ulptool v2.3.0. Simply open your platform.local.txt file and change the line:

compiler.ulp.path={runtime.tools.ulptool.path}/esp32ulp-elf-binutils/bin/

…to…

compiler.ulp.path={runtime.tools.ulptool.path}/bin/

…and you are “back in business” :-).

Broken AL in Visual Studio Code October 2018 release (1.29)

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October 2018 release (1.29) for Visual Studio Code was just released, but unfortunately it breaks the possibility to publish AL extensions to your Dynamcs NAV / 365 Business Central.

Don’t blame the guys behind Visual Studio Code, this one is probably on the AL extension guys.

Only solution i know is to downgrade Visual Studio Code to the September 2018 (1.28.2) release or earlier for now, but I’m sure it will be fixed in the next CUs for NAV/BC.

The symptoms of this error is:

  • When publishing you don’t get any output in the VSC DEBUG CONSOLE. Only the OUTPUT shows the “normal” behaviour.
  • The Web Client won’t start after the publish.
  • The extension is not published if you start Web or Windows Client manually and check.
  • Your Windows Event Viewer will have several errors from your NAV Service tier with lots of call stack for each attempt to publish. The important text to search for is errors like:
    • Message (InvalidOperationException): RootException: InvalidOperationException
      This operation cannot be performed after the response has been submitted.
    • Message Failed request — Method:GET; Url:http://localhost:7349/NAV130_GSL/dev/metadata; StatusCode:InternalServerError; ReasonPhrase:Internal Server Error; Token:
    • Message (InvalidOperationException): RootException: InvalidOperationException
      Dynamic operations can only be performed in homogenous AppDomain.

The missing AL language support for VSC October 2018 release (1.29) was mentioned very briefly at NavTechDays 2018 in one of the first sessions (forgot which one), but I’ve not been able to find it on Google, so that is why i provide this blog post.

These kind of errors is almost impossible to trouble shoot if you cannot Google them :-).

Hint: Visual Studio Code will auto-update to the newest release automatically. To disable this, go to File/Preferences/Settings and change the “update.channel” to “none”. I highly recommend that you return this setting to its original value when the AL-language guys fix this error.