Connecting the RoleTailored Client over a Wide Area Network

This white paper describes how to implement a secure RoleTailored client connection to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server over a wide area network (WAN). The RoleTailored client and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server can be in the same or separate Active Directory domains. This white paper also discusses some performance benchmarks that you should consider before implementing a WAN connection.

For updates on this process and other information about hosting and WAN connections, see the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog and search for the terms hosting and performance.


This white paper assumes the following:

  • Remote client users do not require the Classic client. This means that reports that have not been transformed for the RoleTailored client are not available to remote RoleTailored client users.

  • User accounts are provisioned in an Active Directory domain, and SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server are installed on a computer in this domain.

  • The administrator who is implementing this configuration is a member of the domain administrator group in this domain.

  • On the computer running Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server, a DNS entry that resolves to the published server port on the computer’s firewall exists for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.

  • If the RoleTailored client or Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server is behind a firewall, then you must have opened a port for communication with Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server on the RoleTailored client computer and published the port on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server computer. The default port number is 7046.

  • The RoleTailored client and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server are configured as described in the Walkthrough: Installing the Three Tiers on Three Computers topic in the MSDN Library.

Procedural Overview

This white paper includes instructions for protecting your WAN connections with security certificates. We recommend that you do not implement remote access without security certificates.

To See

Read about the certificate security implementation that is presented in this white paper.

Using Certificates to Secure a Remote RoleTailored Client Connection

Follow a detailed demonstration of how to set up an environment for testing secure connections over a WAN by using the chain trust configuration.

Walkthrough: Implementing Security Certificates in a Test Environment

Learn how to implement security certificates in a production environment.

How to: Implement Security Certificates in a Production Environment

Determine whether your users fit the performance profile for running the RoleTailored client over a WAN.

Performance Considerations

Deployment Illustration

This illustration shows how a computer running the RoleTailored client in one Active Directory domain can connect to an instance of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server in another domain.

The RoleTailored client connects over a WAN