This is an historical day for some people. Other people don't really look at it like this, but then again ... some of us are .
There have been quite some discussions on NAV 2009 and the NDA issue. Not being able to talk about it. Only being able to mention the stuff that was (at least) once published or mentioned by Microsoft. For cummunity-beasts as myself this was not an easy thing. I was asked to write a peace on NAV 2009 a while ago, but being under NDA ... this was a hard thing to do. No screenshots, no deep information, just stuff that was once mentioned or published ... .
Anyway ... It's over, the marketing beta is released, a big part of the NDA disappears, now everyone is able to post and talk about (almost) anything we want. I can post screenshots like this:
Or this (one of my favourites ):
... without breaking any rules. At least I hope so .
I think a big question mark today is "readiness". How do I make myself confident with NAV 2009? How to be ready for NAV 2009 when it's released? Well, ISV's and learning centers have been prepared for months now, so there's the official way to get ready. But also, I think you can expect many online postings, articles, tips, tricks, ... About NAV 2009 in the near future. And I can only recommend you to search for it, read it, ... and let it be part of your "readiness"-plan.
What can you expect from me? Well, waldo wouldn't be waldo if he didn't write a blog every once in a while. I've been told quite many times lately that I'm a geek (thanks, picasso) ... so let's use that for your benefit .
I have been upgrading our internal database to NAV 2009. This was a great experience for me, since I got to play with the product, developing new stuff, converting old stuff, dealing with matrices, reports, ... . It almost cost me my marriage ... but it was worth it . Anyway, I got stuff to tell ... so I guess waldo will be publishing stuff about NAV 2009 in the near future as well. .
What can you expect from others? A lot more! I have been in close contact with some MVP's and really, people have been busy: writing books, writing manuals, upgrading, educating, ... and are very willing to share, believe me.
Before I forget, let's say something about that Marketing beta. It's a new VPC that partners can download. Everything about NAV 2009 CTP4 is installed (a "Feature Complete pre-release version") on the VPC and can be used for marketing purposes ... . Here is the link. Check it out!
I wanted to get your attention to a new blogger: Claus Lundstrøm. OK, I hear you thinking "just another blogger - what do I care"? Well, I would like to emphasize a few things on Claus.
Claus Lundstrøm has been with Navision/Microsoft Dynamics NAV for about 10 years. Now, he's Program Manager in the Core Platform team in Denmark and is responsible for Page Designer and Reports in Dynamics NAV 2009. May be you remember Claus of one of my previous postings, when I announced he was going to be a speaker on the Belgian Dynamics Community Launch Event.
Is this an interesting blogger? It's obvious he is. He's got the tools, knowledge, access, first hand information, ... and he's willing to share .
Enough advertisement, here's the link: http://blogs.msdn.com/clausl/. I recommend that you subscribe to his RSS, comment on his blog, so that he HAS TO keep on blogging .
In his first blog he takes a dive into a new feature: a DropDown list with Field Groups. On top of that, he shares some tips about "using the keyboard" in the dropdown list (I hope he'll share more tips and tricks like that in the future). Now, one thing I wanted to take a closer look with you. I noticed this screenshot:
Don't you see something neat? No? Shall I zoom in?
Is that a blue color in the C/AL editor? Is the next C/AL editor going to work with ... colors?
Don't need to say more .
Here (finally) a new update of the current platform updates. One of the requests was to reverse the table. As you can see ... Your wish is my command . I went even a little bit further and tried to organize the "interesting links" a little bit. I hope you like it (comments are always welcome).
Downloadable from msconnect. Access required.
Some interesting version-specific links:
C/Front hangs while generating a lot of temp files
Selecting printer tray doesn't workLocking error when printing a report with code in a formLocal variable in debugger
NAV Shows unexpected results when filtering, and may crash
Certain jobs can run slower after upgrading the client
NAV can crash in certain situations: E.g. error 1247 in module 19. No official KB URL available yet. though.
Cumulative Platform Update Rollup
Error when opening 4.x db in 5.x: "You do not have permission to modify the [Tablename] Table"
All object info is unexpectedly updated after upgrade db to 5.0 (SQL Server)
Error when renaming record: "you cannot rename a record because the new value is ''"
C/FRONT API stops responding when creating connection
"Two fields below must be the same type " or "No. xxxx is not defined in the contact profile answer table"
Locks are not released as expected
Crash when processing messages from MSMQ
Slow performance when running reports after client upgrade 4 to 5
several issues when you set a filter in a list form
included in 4.0SP3!*
Update 2 – NODBC
F4 Delete function behaves inconsistently when pressing CTRL+A to select all records
NAV crashes when saving an object with large amount of text constants
NAS stops responding to events when a lock timeout occurs
NAV ignores specified printer tray selection when printing a file from second page or later
Slow performance when browsing a list in a form
Dynamics NAV client stops respoding when NAV calcs a SIFT
Error message when you open a company in NAV 4.0: "Property exceeds the buffer size"
Update 4 – NODBC
Update 2 – NODBC
Other interesting links:
A new series of MSDN and TechNet evening sessions will be organised by Microsoft Belgium. And it's looking good again. These sessions are already scheduled until the end of the year:
25/9 - Technet Evening: Hardware Recommendations for a Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation 30/10 - TechNet Evening: Virtualisation 360° with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 27/11 - MSDN Evening: Performance tuning op SQL server – a practical workshop 11/12 - TechNet Evening: Search in a Microsoft Dynamics NAV/AX environment
I got this info from my good friend Kurt Juvyns. He's the one who organizes these sessions at Microsoft. And above that, he is one of the founders of the Belgian Dynamics Community. And even above that ... he started his own blog. A community persion in "heart and kidneys" (like they say over here). I would say, check it out!
If you want more info on the sessions above, you have three options:
C U there (and yes, it will be blogged).
Two posts in one day ... It's not really my habit, but it's just too interesting (and definitely a "hot topic") to not to inform you of this. I promised in my previous post that a next one regarding compatibility would follow. I just got the necessary (official) compatibility information. Microsoft has been working hard on this, and this is that status.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 4.00 SP3 and 5.00 SP1 are compatible with Microsoft Windows Server 2008. The only updates to take into account only applies to customers with Business Notification and/or Commerce Gateway functionality. You can find more info in KB article 956161.
Compatibility with SQL Server 2008 is still in test. Just check this site for an update on the test results... . I will (try to) keep you informed as well, off course.
So, what about NAV2009? Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 will support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Server 2008 when it becomes available. And now is the million dollar question ... when does it come available? Officially: second half of calendar year 2008. A little bit vague, isn't it? (Aren't we already in second half 2008? Can we expect it tomorry then? )