Migrating a Deployment to a New Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Instance

When you have deployed Dynamics NAV, you may want to move existing client connections to a new Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance. In that case, you can move the clients that are connecting to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance to a new instance.

Moving Client Connections to a New Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Instance

You can move existing client connections to a new Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance without changing the client configuration. For example, you can set up a new Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance that is a copy of the existing configuration. By reusing the configuration on the server side, the client connections do not have to be updated because the client configuration settings are the same. The following list describes the main steps in moving client connections to a new Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance:

  1. Install the new Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance. For more information, see Server Option.

  2. Replace the CustomSettings.config file for the new server instance with the CustomSettings.config file from the original server instance.

  3. Stop the original server instance.

  4. Start the new server instance.

    Your users access the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server based on the name of the server computer, the name of the service instance, and the port. Provided that those values are the same for the original Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance and the new instance, the client connection settings are the same, and users will not know that you replaced the server instance. Also, if you do not expose physical server names to users, the client configurations do not change either. If the server name is different, you must update the ClientUserSettings.config file for each Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client user, and you must provide Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client users with a new URL.

See Also

Configuring Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server
Working with Microsoft Dynamics NAV Setup
Server Option
Deployment