System Requirements for Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Release Wave 1

The following sections list the minimum hardware and software requirements to use or connect to Business Central online, and to install and run Business Central on-premises (version 16). Minimum means that later versions (such as SP1, SP2, or R2 versions) of a required software product are also supported.

Note

Business Central Setup installs some software if it's not already present in the target computer. For more information, see the "Additional Information" section for each component.

Client Components

Web Client Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central Web client on-premises.

Specification Requirement
Supported browsers Recommended browsers:
  • New Microsoft Edge for Windows
  • Google Chrome for Windows (81.0 or later)
  • Mozilla Firefox for Windows (75.0 or later)
  • Safari for macOS (75.0 or later)
Other supported browsers:
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge Legacy
Cookies and JavaScript must be enabled in the browser.
Business inbox in Outlook
  • Microsoft 365, Microsoft Office 2019, or Microsoft Office 2016.
Sending data to Excel
  • Microsoft 365, Microsoft Office 2019, or Microsoft Office 2016.
Editing in Excel using the Excel Add-in
SharePoint Online links
  • Microsoft Office 2019, Microsoft Office 2016, or Microsoft 365.
Printing reports to Excel or Word
  • Microsoft Office 2019, Microsoft Office 2016, or Microsoft 365.
Additional information If you experience problems using the Business Central Web client, you can try to turn off browser tools, such as translator tools that may run in the background.

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central tablet client and Business Central phone client running in a desktop browser when used for development and testing purposes.

Specification Requirement
Server component Identical to the Business Central Web client.
Supported browsers Identical to the Business Central Web client.

Business Central Mobile App Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central Mobile App.

For the latest information, see the app in the Windows Store, App Store, or Google Play.
Windows Store App Store Google Play

Specification Requirement
Supported operating systems
  • Windows 10 S, Home, Pro, Enterprise, or Education (32-bit and 64-bit editions).
  • Android (tablet and phone): The latest three major versions and their updates.
  • iOS (iPad and iPhone): The latest three major versions and their updates.
Additional hardware
  • 1-GB RAM for Android and Windows.
Additional software
  • A third-party telephony or VoIP app such as Skype is required for placing calls from Business Central.
  • A third-party email program such as Outlook is required for sending emails from Business Central.
  • Microsoft Office 2019, Office 2016, or Microsoft 365 is required for sending data to Microsoft Excel or to Microsoft Word.
Additional information
  • Device diagonal screen size 7" for tablets.
  • Screen resolution 960 × 510 for tablets.
  • Device diagonal screen size 4" for phones.
  • Screen resolution 854 x 480 for phones.

AL Development Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for customizing or extending Business Central using the AL language in Visual Studio Code.

Specification Requirement
Supported operating systems
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server, version 1809 or later
  • Window Server 2016.
  • Windows 10 - supported versions.
Required software
Hardware resources
  • Hard disk space: 500 MB.
  • CPU: four cores minimum
  • Memory:
    16 GB for development only.
    16 GB for developing and locally deploying small extensions (<1000 objects>).
    32-64 GB for developing and locally deploying large extensions (>1000 objects).
Reports

For more information, see Getting Started with AL.

Server Components

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for Business Central Server.

Specification Requirement
Supported operating systems
  • Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (64-bit edition).
  • Windows Server 2019 (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server, version 1809 or later (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard, Essentials, or Datacenter.
.
Hardware resources
  • Hard disk space: 500 MB.
  • Memory: 2 GB.
Dynamics 365 Sales integration
Additional software
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
  • Windows PowerShell 4.0.
Additional information
  • Business Central Setup installs the following software if it's not already present on the target computer:
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
    • Windows Identity Framework.

Business Central Web Server Components Requirements

Specification Requirement
Supported operating systems
  • Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (64-bit edition).
  • Windows Server 2019 (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server, version 1809 or later (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard, Essentials, or Datacenter.
.
Web server
  • Internet Information Server 10, Internet Information Server 8.5, or Internet Information Server 8.0.
Additional software
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
  • Windows PowerShell 4.0.
Additional information
  • Business Central Setup installs the following software if it's not already present on the target computer.
    • Microsoft .NET Core 1.0 Windows Server Hosting. This software is installed by Business Central Setup if not already present.
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
    • Internet Information Server 10, Internet Information Server 8.5, or Internet Information Server 8.0. The version depends on the operating system. Internet Information Server is installed with the required features enabled.
  • For more information about configuring IIS, see Configuring IIS

Business Central Database Components for SQL Server Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for Business Central database components for SQL Server.

Specification Requirement
Supported operating systems
  • Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (64-bit edition).
  • Windows Server 2019 (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server, version 1809 or later (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard, Essentials, or Datacenter.
Hardware resources For more information, see Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server. From this page, you can also access requirements for other versions of SQL Server.
SQL Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Express, Standard, or Enterprise.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express, Standard, or Enterprise.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express, Standard, or Enterprise (Service Pack 1 or later).
  • Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, Elastic Pool, or Single Database.
Service Packs and Cumulative Updates Unless explicitly stated, all released Service Packs and Cumulative Updates of the above Microsoft SQL Server versions are supported. it's recommended to always be on the latest released Service Pack and Cumulative Update.
Additional information Business Central Setup installs the following software if it's not already present on the target computer:
  • SQL Server 2016 Express (64-bit edition).
    If the operating system on the target computer doesn't support SQL Server 2016 Express, Setup displays a pre-requisite warning. In this case, you should exit Setup. Then, update the operating system on the computer to one that does support SQL Server 2016 Express and run Setup again.

Business Central Help Server Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central Help Server.

Specification Requirement
Supported operating systems
  • Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (64-bit editions).
  • Windows Server 2019 (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server, version 1809 or later (Datacenter, Standard)
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard, Essentials, or Datacenter.
Hardware resource
  • Hard disk space: 500 MB.
  • Memory: 2 GB.
Web server
  • Internet Information Server 10, Internet Information Server 8.5, or Internet Information Server 8.0.
Additional software
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
Additional information
  • Business Central Setup installs the following software if it's not already present on the target computer.
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
    • Internet Information Server 10, Internet Information Server 8.5, or Internet Information Server 8.0. The version depends on the operating system. it's installed with the required features enabled.
  • Windows Search must be enabled on the computer that you install the Business Central Help Server on.

Additional Components and Features

Automated Data Capture System Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for Automated Data Capture System (ADCS) for Business Central.

Specification Requirement
Additional software
  • MSXML version 6.0.
  • Telnet or Microsoft Windows HyperTerminal.
  • VT100 Plug-in for each computer on which you install ADCS.
  • Microsoft Loopback Adapter.
Additional information
  • HyperTerminal is no longer included with Windows. For more information, see What happened to HyperTerminal? in the Windows Help.
  • VT100 Plug-in acts as a virtual Telnet server.

Note

Starting with Business Central 2020 release wave 1, the VT100 Plug-in for ADCS is no longer included on installation media. You can use VT100 Plug-in from previous releases. However, remember to test that it works properly.

Business Inbox in Microsoft Outlook Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for using Business Central as your business inbox in Outlook.

Specification Requirement
Supported Outlook Applications
  • Outlook 2016 or later
  • Outlook Web App
  • Outlook Web App for iPad
  • Outlook Web App for iPhone
  • Outlook Web App for Android.
Supported Exchange Servers
  • Exchange Online
  • Exchange Server 2019
  • Exchange Server 2016
    In deployments that use Exchange Server, the Exchange PowerShell endpoint must be accessible by Business Central Server.
Supported Authentication
  • The Business Central Server must be configured to run with NavUserPassword, ACS, or AAD Credentials Type.
    Also, the Business Central Web client must be configured for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
Supported Browsers
  • When using the Outlook Web App (Microsoft Outlook Web App), your computer must be running a supported browser listed in the Business Central Web client Requirements.
Supported Operating Systems
  • When using Outlook Web App for iPad, iPad, or Android, your mobile device must use a supported Operating System listed in Business Central Mobile App Requirements.

Microsoft Outlook Add-In Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central Add-In for Outlook for synchronization with Outlook.

Specification Requirement
Supported Outlook Applications
  • Outlook 2019
  • Outlook 2016
Supported Exchange Servers
  • Exchange Server 2019
  • Exchange Server 2016
  • Exchange Online.

Microsoft Dataverse and Dynamics 365 for Sales Integration

The following table shows the product version requirements for integrating Business Central online and on premise with Microsoft Dataverse and Dynamics 365 Sales online and on premises.

Specification Requirement
Microsoft Dataverse and Dynamics 365 Sales online One the following authentication types:
  • Office365 (legacy)1
  • Office365 (modern, OAuth2 client secret based)2- only supported with version 16.2 and later
  • OAuth3

    For better security, we recommend Office365 (modern, OAuth2 client secret based) instead of OAuth.
Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement on-premise

Note: Not supported with Business Central online
  • Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement version 9.0.2
  • One of the following authentication types:
    • AD
    • IFD
    • OAuth3

1Effective April 2022, Office365 (legacy) authentication will no longer be supported for Dataverse/Dynamics 365 Sales environments on existing tenants. For more information, see Important changes (deprecations) coming in Power Apps, Power Automate and customer engagement apps.

2 Requires the registration of a third party application in Azure AD. For more information, see To register an application in Azure AD for connecting from Business Central to Dataverse.

3 AD, IFD, and OAuth types are supported with on-premises version of Dynamics 365 Sales. OAuth and Office 365 (legacy – basic) and Office 365 (modern – MFA) authentication are supported for online versions of Dynamics 365 Sales. For more information about authentication types, see Connection strings in XRM tooling to connect to Dynamics 365.

Business Central as an App for SharePoint Requirements

The following table shows the minimum system requirements for Business Central as an App for SharePoint.

Specification Requirement
Supported operating systems
  • Windows Server 2019 Standard, Essentials, or Datacenter.
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard, Essentials, or Datacenter.
Additional software
  • SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1.
  • SharePoint Online.

See Also

Welcome to the Developer and IT-Pro Help for Business Central
Product and Architecture Overview
Deployment