How do I find the latest Released Cumulative Updates (Hotfixes) for Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

If you’ve ever gone looking for the latest cumulative updates for NAV on Microsoft CustomerSource (or PartnerSource), but don’t know which one it is, you’ll probably agree with me that it can be a time consuming task.

Cumulative UpdateWell, there is good news! Microsoft has “fast publish” articles that maintain a list of released Cumulative Updates for each of the following versions: NAV 2013, 2013 R2, and 2015. The Cumulative Updates are typically released at a monthly frequency.

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If you are using NAV 2015, the Platform update / hotfix directories (NST, RTC, etc.) are no longer available “out-of-the-box.” A few additional steps need to be taken to get those individual subfolders so you can patch the files on the NAV server and existing NAV client workstations. Instructions for this can be found here:

LetsTalkNAV.com will also be posting a how-to video to walk you through the steps of getting back these directories. We will update this article with a link to the walkthrough once it is posted.

Breaking News: NAV 2015 has landed!

NAV2015The wait is finally over. Unveiled earlier this week at Directions, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 has been made available for download on the PartnerSource portal today!

At this time, NAV 2015 is only available to Microsoft Partners. General availability begins on October 1, 2014 for new customers, and on October 6, 2014 for existing customers.

Head over to PartnerSource and you can download Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 right now!

NAV 2015 is available in the following localizations: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Russia, and W1 (Worldwide edition).

Update: As of 8:00PM Eastern Time on 9/18/14, it appears that Microsoft VOICE has not been updated to generate a NAV 2015 Partner license. The only options shown when NAV Perpetual License is selected are 2013 R2 and 2013.

Full review coming soon…

NAV 2015 Countdown: T minus 23 hours and strong signs of life!

DynamicsNAVinWindowsStoreThe annual NAV partner conference – Directions – kicks off tomorrow, and the most anticipated announcement this year is the unveiling of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. It’s anybody’s guess if NAV 2015 will immediately be available for new customers and/or customers looking to upgrade. There is certainly precedent for it. When NAV 2013 R2 was announced at last year’s Directions keynote session, it was immediately made available on PartnerSource for download.

In the last 24 hours, some strong ‘signs of life’ have begun appearing:

Readiness Material

As we count down the hours, it’s clear that the NAV team at Microsoft is hard at work. Yesterday, Microsoft published the NAV 2015 Readiness Library on its PartnerSource portal (login required) with lots of demos, videos, how-tos, PowerPoint slide decks and Word documents. This should allow partners to hit the ground running.

Dynamics NAV app for Tablets

At the Worldwide Partner Conference a couple months ago, some “NAV on devices” teasers were shown with shots of a tablet app running on Windows, Apple and Android devices. Today, the official Dynamics NAV app is live on all three app stores (links below):

WindowsStore AppleiTunes GooglePlay

The apps can be downloaded right now, but you won’t be able to do much with it until NAV 2015 is released since it needs to connect to a NAV service. If you are part of the NAV Crete TAP or Limited Beta program and have the Community Technical Preview version installed locally or on an accessible server, you may be able to use the app to connect to it. (Note: As of this writing, I haven’t had a chance to test and confirm this).

Update: The Windows / Apple / Android apps are available on tablets but not for phones.

Stay tuned for more information on NAV 2015 as it becomes available. Follow @LetsTalkNAV on Twitter for live updates and screenshots (if allowed) starting with tomorrow’s keynote session at 12:30PM Pacific Time.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 has landed; Microsoft accepting new orders today!

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013Yes, indeed! I’m excited to share with you that the RTM (Release-to-Manufacturing) build of NAV 2013 is now available for partner download on Microsoft PartnerSource.

The country versions available for download at this time are: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, and W1 (Worldwide edition).

It gets better: Microsoft is now accepting new orders (not upgrades) for NAV 2013 starting today!

Scrap that beta version you had, and get installing the final version of the product today! And that is exactly what I’m doing now.

Click here for the dowload link (PartnerSource login required):
https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/support/selfsupport/
productreleases/MSDYN_NAV2013RTMDownload.htm

NAV 2013 Product Readiness Library is Up and Running!

A while back, I wrote about NAV 2013 Learning Plans by Roles and Readiness Material for Partners.

I’m happy to share with you today that Microsoft now has an entire Product Readiness Library up on PartnerSource specifically dedicated to NAV 2013!

In case you are wondering about what is covered, it’s quite comprehensive: on the Application side alone, 20 feature areas are covered, including Application enhancements, Assembly Management, Queries, RapidStart, Sharepoint Client, and Web Client just to name a few. The screenshot below from PartnerSource shows the list of resources from the Application section in its entirety:

There are a lot more resources grouped under Server & Development Tools and Client Access.

What are you waiting for? Follow the link below, use your PartnerSource credentials to log in, and start getting ready for NAV 2013!

https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/marketing/campaigns/
prospect/MSDNAV2013ReadinessLibrary.htm

Note: When you click the link to PartnerSource, if you are taken to a page that says “Referring link not Secure“, simply click the Continue link and you will be taken to the Product Readiness Library page. Or, you can copy and paste the link into your web browser. You see this message because we are linking to a PartnerSource page from outside Microsoft’s Extranet.

Happy downloading!