Enhancements for customer migration tools

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Enabled for Public preview General availability
Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically October 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 who use Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises, Dynamics NAV 2018, Dynamics GP 2018 R2, and Dynamics SL 2018 CU1.

Feature details

The existing data replication tooling is based on Azure Data Factory and is updated to add additional tables that are needed for the migration to be complete. For the 2019 release wave 2 update, migration tooling for Business Central on-premises and Dynamics NAV 2018 comes first, followed later with enhancements for Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL. 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 extension by default, so a customer who has extended their Dynamics NAV 2018 or Business Central on-premises application with extensions can bring that data with them to Business Central online without any additional effort.

This tool currently allows a user to 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.