Development and Administration for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central is a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution for mid-sized organizations that is fast to implement, easy to configure, and simple to use. Right from the start, simplicity has guided — and continues to guide — innovations in product design, development, implementation, and usability. In this Development and Administration section, you can find information about deployment and administration, and you can find information about developing for Dynamics 365 Business Central using the AL Language extension and Visual Studio Code.

Get started with development and administration documentation

The content in this section of the Docs.microsoft.com site is intended for people who are Business Central resellers, administrators, or developers, and people who want to get started with Business Central development or administration. If you are a functional consultant or enduser of Business Central, check out the Business Functionality Help instead.

Get started as a reseller

In order to be able to service Business Central licenses and provide help and support to your customers, your company must have a Microsoft Partner ID (MPN ID), and you must enroll in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. In CSP, you can choose to enroll as an indirect reseller or a direct bill partner.

In most cases, you will enroll as an indirect reseller and then work with an indirect provider, also referred to as a distributor, who then manages all interaction with Microsoft in terms of licensing and technology, so that you can focus on sales and support. For more information, see Enroll in the Cloud Solution Provider program in the Microsoft Partner Center content.

To service customers in a specific country, your partner company's Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant and CSP account must be registered in the regional CSP market that covers that country. For more information, see Cloud Solution Provider program regional markets and currencies.

The following table outlines recommended content for you to get started:

Link Description
Resell Different Solutions Landing page for readiness for resellers.
Functional Consultant Learning Catalog Provides links to role-specific training.
Pre-Sales Learning Catalog Provides links to role-specific training.
Sales Learning Catalog Provides links to role-specific training.
Enroll in the Cloud Solution Provider program Describes the different models for selling in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program so you can determine which works best with your business.

Get started as an administrator

As a system administrator, IT professional, or superuser, you have tools available for you to configure, update, and maintain a Business Central solution. The tools and processes are somewhat different depending on whether Business Central is deployed online or on-premises. It also depends on whether you are an internal administrator, or you work for a partner.

The following table outlines recommended content for you to get started:

Link Description
Deployment of Dynamics 365 Business Central Describes the difference between making Business Central available online and on-premises.
Administration of Business Central Online as an internal administrator Learn about resources that are available to you as the system administrator, IT professional, or superuser of a Business Central customer.
Administration of Business Central Online as a partner Learn about resources that are available to you as a Business Central reselling partner.
The Business Central Administration Center Learn about the administration center and what you can do there.
Technical Support for Dynamics 365 Business Central Learn about the tools that are available to you to help you troubleshoot your customers' Business Central.
Managing Technical Support Learn about how to handle support requests.
Administration of Business Central On-Premises Learn about resources that are available to you as the system administrator, IT professional, or superuser of Business Central on-premises.
Configuring the Help Experience Learn about your options for deploying Help for Business Central.

Get started as a developer

You can extend Business Central with add-on apps, vertical or horizontal solutions, and with integration to other products and services.

The following table outlines recommended content for you to get started:

Link Description
Developer Learning Catalog Provides links to role-specific training.
Development in AL Get an understanding of the basics and terms you will encounter while working in Visual Studio Code with the AL extension.
Getting Started with AL Learn how to set up a development environment.
Development of a Vertical Solution Learn how to create an industry specific solution on top of Business Central.
Development of a Horizontal Solution Learn how to enhance the capabilities of Business Central.

See Also

Dynamics 365 Business Central Business Functionality Help
Frequently Asked Questions for Dynamics 365 Business Central Development and Administration
Resources for Help and Support for Dynamics 365 Business Central
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central on the Dynamics 365 blog
Dynamics NAV Developer and ITPro Content