How to install NAV/BC with a demo database?

Hi Experts,

I used to work on Navision 4.0, 5.0 and 2009 two years> During this time, I have been using the classic database. I left Navsion for 5 years and now I want to go back to it. I undertand the classic version is discontinued. Now I am trying to install the RTC in a demo database so that I can start learning, but I don't even find the installation file and how to install the RTC client in a demo database for learning. Can anyone help me on how to get the software and how to install it for learning purpose?

(Subject changed by admin, was: How to install RTC with a demo database?)

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  • Ok, then I would definitely recommend you to start by installing Docker. Today NAV/BC is distributed in two ways. Either the "traditional" way, where you download a big zipped DVD file including "everything" you need to install NAV yourself. Or via Docker, where NAV is distributed as a container image, which when you run it contains a full virtual machine including Windows Server, SQL and NAV ready to run and use. As a developer/technical nerd like me this is a gift from heaven! 

    Then only time I really need to download the actual DVD, is if I need to install it on-premise with a customer. But typically something I would never touch myself. Today installing an on-premise NAV/BC requires more knowledge about SQL Server, IIS, certificates and network security and other non-NAV related technologies, than the NAV related. So despite I am sure I would be able to get it up and running, then I prefer to leave that to specialized consultants.

    When you have Docker installed, then it only takes 2-3 minutes to get a NAV server up and running, if you already have downloaded the images needed. First time, when Docker needs to download all the different image layers (i.e. Windows, SQL, IIS an NAV) then it needs to download about 15-20 gb. But after that you only download changed images. You manage everything using Powershell, where you can use the NavContainerHelper scripts from Microsoft to make it very easy.

    Today Powershell is one of the most important tools for NAV developers and technical consultants. So if you are not already familiar with Powershell, then put that on the top of your list of things to learn. You will need it again and again.Then I can recommend you to read this blog post by my fellow MVP Arend-Jan Kauffmann. 

    That's the way I learned how to run Docker locally.

    AND in case you need it, then you can download and run all supported versions of NAV via Docker. That's from NAV 2015 and up.

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