Enhancements for customer migration tools

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Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - This feature is released. Oct 1, 2019

Business value

After enabling ISVs to bring their solutions to Business Central online, the next step is to simplify the journey for existing Dynamics SMB customers using Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises, Dynamics GP 2018 R2, and Dynamics SL 2018 CU1.

Feature details

For the 2019 release wave 2 update, migration tooling for Business Central on-premises comes first, followed later with enhancements for Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL. The existing data replication tooling is based on Azure Data Factory. This update adds additional tables that are needed for the migration to be complete. The setup process remains the same, but there will be a rebranding component and additional tables added to support a more streamlined migration. The migration tool also supports migrating data from installed extensions by default, so a customer who has customized their Business Central on-premises application with extensions can bring that data with them to Business Central online without any additional effort.

With this update, administrators can use Azure Data Factory to connect their SQL Server database to a Business Central online tenant and bring their data across. In addition, the 2019 release wave 2 adds a checklist for information needed to complete the migration.

See also

Connect to the Intelligent Cloud from On-Premises with Dynamics 365 Business Central (docs)