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Deployment of Dynamics 365 Business Central

The topics in the Deployment section are intended to help a partner prepare a Business Central solution for a customer 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. You can also create and give powerful demos that will attract prospects in your market space. With Business Central online, data is stored in the Microsoft cloud, removing the need to install SQL Server locally, for example. So for you as a reseller, deployments of Business Central online are taken care of for you so that you can focus on your prospects and customers.

Get set up for selling Business Central online

If your organization has a background as resellers of Dynamics NAV or other on-premises products, you have to get set up in the Microsoft Partner Center. For more information, see Get Started as a Reseller of Business Central Online.

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

Give powerful demos

You can create a trial environment based on the Business Central content pack in

For more information, see Preparing Demonstration Environments of Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Managing Business Central online

For more information about administering online tenants, see Administration of Business Central Online.

When to choose on-premises deployment

There can be many reasons to prefer to deploy Business Central on-premises rather than using online deployments.

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.

Managing Business Central on-premises

For more information about administering on-premises deployments, see Administration of Business Central On-Premises.

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

Administration of Business Central Online
Get Started as a Reseller of Business Central Online
Upgrading to Business Central
Product and Architecture Overview
System Requirements 2019 release wave 2
System Requirements April '19