Issues connecting new Project “Madeira” Users to Power BI?

Homepage_metal_large_2If you’ve just added a new O365 user to Project Madeira and the new user is having trouble getting PowerBI.com working with the content pack, just try again the next day or so. It looks like the NAV User name and/or Web Service Access Key need some time to propagate.

I’ve had this happen with a couple users now, and at first I thought I was doing something wrong, only to find it working when I tried again with the same user credentials a day or two later.

You can find detailed instructions on connecting Project Madeira to Power BI on our blog post here.

Adding New Users to Project “Madeira” Preview with O365

If you are not familiar with Project “Madeira” or would like to learn more about the Preview, please take a few minutes to read my post titled: Project “Madeira” Preview has arrived & here’s everything you need to know! 

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If you’ve been around Dynamics NAV, you’ve probably added a new user or two (or hundreds) in the system. It’s so simple, you could probably do it in your sleep.

So why do we need an article for this?! Page hits? Not exactly, but we appreciate the page hits too. 🙂

If you haven’t yet tried to add a new user in Project “Madeira” with Office 365, prepare for a “Who moved my cheese?!” moment.

When you click the “New” action in the ribbon on the Users list page, you will be greeted with the following error message:

You cannot create users manually. You must ask your administrator to create users in the Office portal, and then you can get them for Azure.
“You cannot create users manually. You must ask your administrator to create users in the Office portal, and then you can get them for Azure.”

Not sure what to do next? You’ve come to the right place for help! Keep reading for a step-by-step walkthrough and you’ll be swimming in a sea of new Madeira users in no time at all.

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Getting started with Project “Madeira” Preview & First Impressions

If you are not familiar with Project “Madeira” or would like to learn more about the Preview, please take a few minutes to read my post titled: Project “Madeira” Preview has arrived & here’s everything you need to know! 

Microsoft’s Project “Madeira” Preview is available not just for Partners and ISVs, but also for end-users. Whether you are currently using Dynamics NAV today, or you are a prospect looking for your next ERP solution, you can sign up for the preview and start taking Madeira for a test drive in minutes!

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Thanks to the new “Getting Started” product tour functionality, it will be very easy even for first time users to learn how to use Project “Madeira”. From navigation, to working with transactions and reporting, to getting the Universal App configured, it’s all covered under the Getting Started features. Furthermore, Help is also at hand, should you need it. Simply click the ? icon near the top right of the Project “Madeira” window and a new tab (or window) will open up with the help site.

Managed Services for Dynamics NAV vs. Project “Madeira”

At NAV Directions last year, Microsoft announced its Managed Services offering for Dynamics NAV, and at first glance, it isn’t a far cry from what we’re seeing with Project “Madeira”: On Azure, managed by Microsoft, in a multi-tenant architecture.

But one critical difference between the two is that Partners can build their own customized, vertical solution and offer these with Managed Services for Dynamics NAV.

In Project “Madeira”, all clients are essentially running the same out-of-the-box database, but with extensions that can be enabled or disabled to deliver customized functionality.

Since Project “Madeira” will be in use by customers of many different VARs and will be continuously updated, traditional customizations will not be allowed.

First Things First: System Requirements

You can find the detailed minimum system requirements here, but here is a brief summary:

  • Browser: Latest version of Google Chrome for Windows, Firefox for Windows, Safari on OSX, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11
  • Mobile Devices: iOS 8.4 or later for iPads and iPhones; Android 4.4.3 or higher and at least 1GB of RAM; Windows (Desktop or Phone) 8.1 or newer and at least 1GB of RAM
    • Smartphones must have a minimum screen size of 4″ and tablets must have a minimum screen size of 7″
  • Outlook: See the minimum system requirements link at the top of this section for full details on Outlook applications, browsers and platform support
  • Office 365 is not required, but I would certainly recommend it so you can get improved productivity with Microsoft Office apps like Outlook, Excel, and Word.

Now let’s get you signed up…

Step 1: Set up your Project “Madeira” login

The Project “Madeira” Preview is only available in the United States at this time.

With that out of the way, let’s go to http://madeira.microsoft.com (http://www.projectmadeira.com also works).

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Project “Madeira” Preview has arrived & here’s everything you need to know!

01-SignupWhat a morning this has been! I started my day with what was supposed to be another monthly NAV Directions webinar from Microsoft at 7:00AM Pacific. Sure, I knew that Paul White and Kristi Hofer were going to share a strategic update on Dynamics NAV, but I figured it would be “for your eyes only” type of information that we wouldn’t be able to share with anyone on social media.

The call was all shock and awe, at least as far as I was concerned. After the product demonstration and information for partners came the news: Oh, by the way, the Preview is going live TODAY at 8:30AM Pacific and will be announced to partners, clients and prospects at 9:30AM Pacific. 

Even as the announcement was being made, I decided to try my luck with the URL in the demonstration, and it worked! A good hour before it was supposed to be available, I was already set up and running the Project Madeira Preview! And if you are in the United States, you can try it too.

Simply go to http://madeira.microsoft.com and click on “Try the preview”, and follow the instructions to get started. For more detailed instructions, check out our blog post on Getting Started with Project “Madeira” Preview and First Impressions.

Overview:

Project “Madeira” is not Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and it will not replace NAV. Yes, it is similar to Dynamics NAV in many ways, but it is a separate product.

General Availability is expected in the second half of 2016 in the United States. Support for other countries will soon follow. The Preview that has rolled out today is also only available in the United States at the moment.

It is a true SaaS (Software as a Service) offering from Microsoft on Azure similar to Dynamics CRM Online or Power BI, optimized for SMBs with 10-99 employees, and it is completely managed by Microsoft.

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