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HOW TO create NAV Instances with multiple builds in the same machine

The concepts described in this post are applicable to different versions/builds, for the examples I will use an installation of NAV 2013 R2 (7.1.35473) and I will create one or more instances also for the build 7.1.36703 (Cumulative Update 7 – May 2014) in the same server.

HOW TO create NAV Instances with multiple builds in the same machine?

We have to distinguish two different operations:

  1. Creation of the first instance for a different build
  2. Add more instances for this build

HOW TO create the first instance for a different build?

Prerequisites:

After you installed NAV 2013 R2 Server side’s files will be inside the following path:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71\

Copy the folder 71 in a new folder 71 – Build 36703

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\

Copy and replace all files from the NST folder, in the Cumulative Update package, to the Service folder in the following path:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\Service\

Run Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Administration Shell and execute the following PowerShell CmdLet:

New-Service 'MicrosoftDynamicsNAVServer$NewInstanceName' -BinaryPathName '"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\Service\Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Server.exe" $NewInstanceName /config "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\Service\Microsoft.Dynamics.NAV.Server.exe.config"' -DependsOn 'HTTP' -Description 'Service handling requests to Microsoft Dynamics NAV application.' -DisplayName 'Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server [NewInstanceName]' -StartupType Manual

Note: you can replace NewInstanceName with your preferred name (there are 3 references) or use another name for the folder “71 – Build 36703” (there are 2 references)

In case of error, to delete this service using the following PowerShell CmdLet:

sc.exe delete 'MicrosoftDynamicsNAVServer$NewInstanceName'

Note: don’t remove the instance using Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Administration because this is the Default instance for this build and it will be removed the Service folder from the 71 – Build 36703 folder.

HOW TO add more instances for this build?

In my example, the name will be SecondInstanceName

Method 1:
Using Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Administration tool create a new instance with the name SecondInstanceName.

Copy the SecondInstanceName folder from

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71\Service\Instances\

to

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\Service\Instances\

Note: if the subfolder Instances doesn’t exist create it.

Using Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Administration tool delete the instance with the name SecondInstanceName.

Run Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Administration Shell and execute the following PowerShell CmdLet:

New-Service 'MicrosoftDynamicsNAVServer$SecondInstanceName' -BinaryPathName '"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\Service\Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Server.exe" $SecondInstanceName /config "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\Service\Instances\SecondInstanceName\SecondInstanceName.config"' -DependsOn 'HTTP' -Description 'Service handling requests to Microsoft Dynamics NAV application.' -DisplayName 'Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server [SecondInstanceName]' -StartupType Manual

The difference with the previous command is only that now we will refer to the config file inside the Instances folder.

Note: you can replace SecondInstanceName with your preferred name (there are 5 references) or use another name for the folder “71 – Build 36703” (there are 2 references)

The last step is to correct the config files inside the SecondInstanceName folder:

  • SecondInstanceName.config – correct the paths in appsettings and tenants node replacing “71” with “71 – Build 36703”
  • CustomSettings.config – insert the correct values and ports and don’t forget to refer to the Default instance for this build in the following key:
<add key="ServerInstance" value="NewInstanceName" />

Method 2 (by ROEL BERGS):

  1. Change a registry key to the path of the new build
  2. create the SecondInstanceName using Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Administration tool or PowerShell (CmdLet New-NAVServerInstance). This method will create the Instance folder in the correct path.
  3. Changed the registry key value back to the default path.

Following an example of the PowerShell script (run Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 Administration tool as Administrator):

$nstDefaultPath = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71\Service\"
$nstPath = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71 - Build 36703\Service\"

#Switch registry to correct path
set-itemproperty -path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71\Service" -name "Path" -value $nstPath

New-NAVServerInstance "SecondInstanceName" -DatabaseName "DBNAME" -DatabaseServer "SQLSERVER" -ClientServicesPort 7046 -SOAPServicesPort 7047 -ODataServicesPort 7048 -ManagementServicesPort 7045

#Switch registry to default
set-itemproperty -path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71\Service" -name "Path" -value $nstDefaultPath

Note: don’t forget to insert set the correct values in the parameters and you can replace SecondInstanceName with your preferred name (there is 1 reference) or also use another name for the folder “71 – Build 36703” (there is 1 reference).

The last step is to correct the config file inside the SecondInstanceName folder:
CustomSettings.config – insert the correct values and ports and don’t forget to refer to the Default instance for this build in the following key:

<add key="ServerInstance" value="NewInstanceName" />

Method 3:

Download and install the Service Tier Administration Tool from the following link: https://mibuso.com/downloads/service-tier-administration-tool

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The client version does not match the server version

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV
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The client version does not match the server version. You can only connect to a server with a matching version.

Client version: {ClientVersionNumber}

Server version: {ServerVersionNumber}
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OK
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The client version does not match the server version

Cause:
I’ve installed more builds of NAV 2013 in the same pc and I receive the error message when I try to run an object from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment or activate the Debugger.
To install more builds in the same machine I created a copy of the subfolder 70 and renamed the copy in 70 – 34346.
You should receive the same error message if you install NAV 2013 R2 although it has a subfolder 71.

Solution:
To run an object you could create a different icon to run the correct version of the client before to try to run an object from the Development Environment but this workaround doesn’t work if you want to activate the Debugger.
Create a .reg file, using a text editor like Notepad, for each build or version that you’ve installed.
Each time you have to work with a particolar version or build you have to use the correct reg file to override the registry key.

NAV2013.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DYNAMICSNAV\Shell\Open\Command]
@="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\\70\\RoleTailored Client\\Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.exe -protocolhandler \"%1\""

NAV2013_34346.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DYNAMICSNAV\Shell\Open\Command]
@="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\\70 - 34346\\RoleTailored Client\\Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.exe -protocolhandler \"%1\""

NAV2013R2.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DYNAMICSNAV\Shell\Open\Command]
@="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\\71\\RoleTailored Client\\Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.exe -protocolhandler \"%1\""

NAV2009.reg
NOTE: for the version 2009 or 2009 R2 you have to remove the -protocolhandler parameter

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DYNAMICSNAV\Shell\Open\Command]
@="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\\60\\RoleTailored Client\\Microsoft.Dynamics.Nav.Client.exe \"%1\""

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