Features not implemented in on-premises deployments of Dynamics 365 Business Central

This topic lists features that are available in Business Central but not in on-premises deployments. The topic is divided into two sections:

  • The first section lists features that are available under very specific circumstances in on-premises deployments.
  • The second section lists features that are not intended for use with on-premises deployments. There are no plans to implement these features.

Features that require specific circumstances

The following features are not available in all on-premises deployments because they require specific circumstances.

Feature Description
Read/write data with Excel add-in The Excel add-in that enables update of data requires Azure Active Directory as the authentication mechanism.
Excel financial reports The Excel add-in that is used with the predefined Excel-based financial reports requires Azure Active Directory as the authentication mechanism.
Coversheets for contact management The integration with Word to create the coversheets requires Azure Active Directory as the authentication mechanism.
Built-in Power BI reports and charts The integration with Power BI requires Azure Active Directory as the authentication mechanism.
Built-in Microsoft Flow Management You can use the built-in workflows in on-premises deployments of Business Central, provided that you connect to Microsoft Flow using Azure Active Directory as the authentication mechanism. This can be done using the Azure Active Directory Assisted Setup guide in Business Central. Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Flow require Azure Active Directory authentication; however, your Business Central on-premises deployment does not have to use Azure Active Directory as the general authentication mechanism.
Built-in web services A number pages and queries are exposed as web services. However, the default endpoint must be manually updated before the web services can be consumed.
Outlook add-in The Outlook add-in requires Dynamics NAV User/Password or Azure Active Directory as the authentication mechanism.
Standard REST API Business Central contains new standard REST APIs. However, on-premises deployments cannot be reached through Microsoft Graph or the common endpoint, https://api.businesscentral.dynamics.com/v1.0/api/beta. Instead, you must connect directly to the on-premises deployment, just as when you connect to web services.
Sales and Inventory Forecast This functionality requires an Azure Machine Learning subscription.
Image Analyzer This functionality requires an Computer Vision service.
Cortana Intelligence in Cash Flow Forecast This functionality requires an Azure Machine Learning subscription.

Features not intended for use in on-premises deployments

The following features are not intended for use in on-premises deployments. There are no plans to implement these features in on-premises deployments.

Feature Description
Inviting the external accountant Integration with Dynamics 365 — Accountant Hub is not supported in on-premises deployments of Business Central.
Default Power BI reports Automatic deployment and configuration of Power BI reports is not supported in on-premises deployments of Business Central.
Bulk Invoicing from Microsoft Bookings Integration with the Bookings app in Office Business Premium is not supported.
Create workflow from Flow Microsoft Flow does not integrate with on-premises workflow functionality. You cannot create new workflows based on existing Microsoft Flow templates in on-premises deployments of Business Central.
Sandbox environments The sandbox environment that you can use to develop extensions against for the new developer experience cannot connect to an on-premises deployment. For more information, see Get started with the Container Sandbox Development Environment.
In-product search In online deployments of Business Central, Tell Me, the in-product search, also searches in content on the docs.microsoft.com site. For on-premises deployments, this is not supported.
Late Payment Prediction The Late Payment Prediction functionality is not supported in on-premises deployments of Business Central.

See Also

System Requirements
How to: Create a Sandbox Environment