How to Manually Configure a NAV Demo Virtual Machine in the New Azure Portal

There are different ways to set up a NAV demo virtual machine. What’s outlined below are detailed instructions on how to manually configure a NAV demo machine in the new Azure portal.

For a more automated process check out David Worthington’s video. For information about the pluses and minuses between the method outlined below and the automated process, read my other blog, Two Ways to Create a NAV Demo Environment.

The only prerequisite to these instructions is that you must have an Azure subscription.

Creating the New Azure Virtual Machine in NAV:

  1. From the Microsoft Azure Dashboard, click on the New button.
  2. Type Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 in the search box.
  3. Click on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 option and scroll to the right so you can see the new window that opened.

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  1. Click on the Create button and again scroll to the right.

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  1. Under the Create virtual machine window’s Basic configuration options, specify a Name for your virtual machine — I’ve named my new virtual machine “Boyer101.”
  2. Specify a User Name — this is the user account you’ll use to remote log onto the virtual machine.
  3. Specify a Password — this is the password you’ll use to remote log onto the virtual machine.
  4. If this is the first Azure virtual machine you’ve set up, specify a new Resource Group.
  5. Specify a Location — pick a location that is close to where this virtual machine will be used.
  6. Click on the OK button to continue onto the Size configurations.

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  1. Click on the server size you want for your virtual machine — I’ve chosen the D1 server configuration. Get information about Azure server size pricing.
  2. Click on the Select button to continue onto the Settings configurations.

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If you want to accept all of the default settings, you can skip the following and just click the OK button of the Settings section. If you want to make any changes, like renaming the storage account, you can do that with the following method:

  1. Click on the setting you want to modify.
  2. Change the desired setting — in this case I’m changing the name of the storage account from :boyernewgroup869” to “boyernewgroup.”
  3. Click on the OK button to register your changes.
  4. When you’re done configuring the settings, click on the OK button.

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  1. If everything is configured appropriately, you’ll see a Validation passed note at the top of the Summary section.
  2. Click OK to finish configuring your virtual machine.

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  1. You’ll receive some notifications that your virtual machine is being deployed — it’ll take a few minutes for the deploy process to finish.

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After your virtual machine has been set up, you’ll have a new tile on your Azure Dashboard. Click on this tile to open up the new virtual machine’s management console.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog where I will detail the steps on how to:

  • Set up the DNS Name Label
  • Add Inbound Security Rules
  • Connect to the new virtual machine
  • Initialize the new virtual machine