Deployment of Dynamics 365 Business Central

The topics in the Deployment section are intended to help an administrator configure a Business Central solution online or on-premises.

Take prospects and customers online

You can give prospects a quick introduction to Business Central by asking them to get a free trial, and by showing them the apps in AppSource, for example. With Business Central online, data is stored in the Microsoft cloud, removing the need to install SQL Server locally, for example.

You must enroll in the Cloud Solution Provider program in order to service Business Central online. For more information, see Cloud Solution Provider program - selling in-demand cloud solutions. In the Microsoft Partner Center documentation, you can also learn how to add a customer, assign licenses to users, and create new subscriptions. Business Central is one of the subscriptions that you can create, and there are Business Central-specific license types that you can assign to users.

For more information about reseller readiness for Business Central, see Build Your Business on Dynamics 365 Business Central.

When to choose on-premises deployment

There can be many reasons to prefer to deploy Business Central on-premises rather than using the cloud solution.

Key Features of Setup for On-Premises Deployments

With Business Central Setup, you can:

  • Install different components on different computers.

  • Choose from a selection of predefined installation options, or create your own custom list of components and options to install.

  • Preconfigure components before installation.

  • Create, save, or load Setup configuration files that capture your selection of components and configuration information.

You use Setup to install software and to create custom deployments that you can distribute to different users across a company.

Installation Notes

  • Before installing Business Central components on a computer, you must remove (uninstall) any previous versions.

  • All components must be from the same version and build of Business Central for the software to run correctly.

  • If you have either SQL Server 2000 or Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) installed on a computer where you want to install Business Central, then you must remove it before you begin installing. The presence of either of these database products causes a Setup error.

Configuring the Help Experience

Part of your configuration is to specify where to look up the Help for the solution. For on-premises deployments, you can choose to install the legacy Help Server, for example. For more information, see Configuring the Help Experience.

See Also

Upgrading to Business Central

System Requirements