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Business Central in Dataverse with Virtual Tables

Business Central in Dataverse with Virtual Tables

In my session at Dataverse Summit 2022 I also introduced Business Central’s feature, the virtual tables in Dataverse. Virtual tables complement the possibilities such as Data Sync and Connectors to connect both worlds. In my opinion, virtual tables are the best way of integration. Unlike data synchronization, you do not copy the data from one system to another. Furthermore, virtual tables in Dataverse are similar to physical tables in usage and this is a clear advantage in contrast to connectors….

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Dataverse Summit 2022

Dataverse Summit 2022

Wondering how to access data in Business Central from Dataverse? There are a many ways to combine these two worlds. Join my session to learn how quickly you can connect and transfer data using either connectors or virtual tables. Join my session “Let’s connect: Dataverse & Business Central” during the Dataverse Summit 2022!

Monitoring Telemetry from Azure Data Studio

Monitoring Telemetry from Azure Data Studio

Recently, I realized that there is a very simple way to prepare and share telemetry reports. This are Jupyter Notebooks. A Jupyter notebook is ideal for combining documentation texts and telemetry queries. This means that my explanations and recommendations for action are part of my telemetry reports. I like this possibility. This helps us at COSMO CONSULT to create prepared reports for monitoring and analysis of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central in a simple way. Prerequisites Azure Data Studio Python…

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Monitoring Build Pipelines with Application Insights

Monitoring Build Pipelines with Application Insights

Any kind of automation will lead into losing information about the magic in the background. You see only the results like “Build Succeeded” or “Build Failed”. That’s fine if you manage one or two Azure DevOps build pipelines, but this is terrible if you maintain hundreds or thousands! What happens is predictable. If you don’t know what is going on in the background and what causes problems – you are in trouble. You have to investigate issues direct in each…

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Business Central – From Docker Container to SaaS

Business Central – From Docker Container to SaaS

Why should I setup a Data Migration from my Business Central Docker Container to a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS tenant: “Because I can?” Well, this might be one answer, but there are other good reasons. Let me explain. When I start a SaaS migration project for a customer I want ensure that all needed business data will be migrated and transferred in the right way. Furthermore I want to identify and remove all technical obstacles like missing apps,…

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More Badges please, I need Project Insights! – CI / CD 9

More Badges please, I need Project Insights! – CI / CD 9

My main requirements for a modern Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central project are automation, transparency and traceability! Therefore I include status badges in my documentation to give all team members an overview of the project status. In detail, you can use status badges in Azure DevOps to visualize all information that is useful for your team. Do you know badges from Azure DevOps and their possibilities? If not, let me explain. 🙂 Badges At the beginning I told you that…

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Release Management with Artifacts & Stages – CI / CD 8

Release Management with Artifacts & Stages – CI / CD 8

In my last article of the CI/CD series I explained which package types I use to upload my Artifacts. As you can imagine, this is just one piece of the puzzle in my release management workflow for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. More important for me is the correct traceability of my artifacts. In other words, this is the key to keep control over my projects. As a result, I track each of my Artifacts respective to each deployment stage….

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Repository Template for MSDyn365BC Projects

Repository Template for MSDyn365BC Projects

Sometimes it’s hard to start. Especially when everything is new. You have to deal with the new programming language Microsoft AL. You are facing the challenge to use a new Source Code Management like Git. And finally, your CI build automation in Azure DevOps expect a well structured project. I know these problems. Therefor, I provide templates for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central projects to my developers. You find my example repository for Business Central (BC15) at GitHub: https://github.com/megel/MSDyn365BC-15-Template Company…

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Package Types for Business Central Artifacts – CI / CD 7

Package Types for Business Central Artifacts – CI / CD 7

In my last CI / CD post I promised to describe: “… why I use Universal Packages for my artifacts”. To explain this, I must answer the following question: What kind of artifacts do I have in my Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central projects? Well, my answer is simple: I usually have to manage files in my CD process… 😮 Simple Files My CI build pipelines compile and create my Apps-Files. In case of Hybrid-Development, my Artifacts are also FOB-Files….

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Branching Workflow – CI / CD Part 6

Branching Workflow – CI / CD Part 6

“How to start?” … Well, I avoided answering this question a long time, until now. I found an approach which fits perfect into Azure DevOps and satisfy my CI / CD workflow. You know, Real-Life of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is development, deployment, support, and maintenance together. Therefore all of these processes need access to the right source code. Source Code Management (SCM) Some basics: Most of us know “OMA” (Object Manager Advanced). Microsoft Navision developers uses OMA since…

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