Lately I’ve been asked to check issues regarding the relation between the license and the objects contained within the system where the license is installed.
This can happen for many reasons, let it be because the client has been working with a partner’s license while the client’s license was being prepared, or let it be because there is a mandatory update that needs to be applied and the client’s license has not been updated.
Be as it may, since I’ve been asked many times the last few weeks, I wanted to write about it.
So yeah. A few days ago Microsoft decided to post on their official blog the development guidelines that they use for the development of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and also they take the opportunity to solve some of the questions a lot of us had.
As all of you might be aware of, Microsoft published the cmdlets that were destined to speed up the merging of objects. But if you have tried them you will agree that they can be definetly not user-friendly.
Due to this, it fills me with pride to be able to publish this utility with user interface based on these tools, and also adding some other features that allow for greated speed and to create a hub for all the tasks in a single application.
This is Merging!, TIM from now on, offers several options to speed up our merges.
Info and downloads here: http://msnav.es/merging-information-download/
Up to NAV2009 we had at our disposal the option of closing sessions from the same form we could see the sessions on. But unfortunately this option disappeared in NAV2013.
The page where we can see the same info is now the debugger, and does not have a “Kill session” option we are looking for.
What can we do in this version then?
A new function was introduced called “STOPSESSION”. It enables us to do the same thing we could do before.
After having had time to play with the new merge cmdlets and having understood the way they work I must say I am quite happy with them.
The issue I’ve had with the new tools is the “feel” when using them. They are not “user-friendly” and I know that it is meant for developers and devs should be used to the powershell environment. Regardless of that I have built a completely free NAV module you can download here that gives that NAV feel we are all used to Let me know if you like it.
My opinion is that using these tools is really fast for the tasks they do, and they do them surprisingly well (I’ll confess, I was quite sceptical at first).
Today the official NAV team has published in their official blog the new Cumulative Update 9 for NAV2013R2.
In this CU9 we can find new cmdlets for Powershell and speed up the merge between versions or products. These utilities are prepared for different versions and not just NAV2013R2 but it is not compatible with dataports, forms oR section-based reports.