The Install Demo option is available on the first page after you accept the Microsoft Software License Terms in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Setup. When you choose Install Demo, Setup installs all three tiers of the Product and Architecture Overview on the local computer.
The Demo Install is intended for users who want to try the features of Dynamics NAV. We do not recommend this as the foundation for an actual production environment.
You must install the Demo on a computer that uses a 64-bit Windows operating system.
Demo Install Option Notes
When you choose Demo Install, Setup begins to copy files. After this, you have no additional interaction with Setup. Choose Close to exit Setup when it is finished copying files.
Setup installs SQL Server 2016 Express, creates a SQL Server instance, NAVDEMO, and installs the Demo Database NAV (10-0) in this instance. Previous versions of Dynamics NAV installed the Demo database in the default SQL Server instance.
The first time that you install Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018, the new SQL Server instance and Demo database are created automatically. If you subsequently delete Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 and then run Setup to install the Demo version again, Setup prompts you to replace the existing database:
The SQL Server Instance “NAVDEMO” already has an instanced named ‘Demo Database NAV (10-0)’. Would you like to replace this database?
You can choose OK or Cancel.
Setup cannot install the data file for a database, an .mdf file, to the local computer if the destination folder or drive is compressed.
When you choose the Demo Install option, Setup installs the following components:
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.
For more information, see Client Types.
Microsoft Office Excel Add-In.
SQL Server Express, a smaller-scale version of SQL Server. If a valid version of SQL Server is already present on the computer where you are installing the Demo version, Setup does not install SQL Server Express.
CRONUS International Ltd. demonstration database, with a demo license. For information about what you can do with this license, see Properties of the Demo License.
By default, the Install Demo option does not install the Dynamics NAV Help Server or the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Server components. If you want these options, you can run the installation program again, choose the Custom option, and then choose the option that you want.
Starting with Dynamics NAV 2018 cumulative update 41 and Dynamics NAV 2017cumulative update 54, the prerequisite SQL Server Native Client is no longer installed by Setup or included on the installation media (DVD). This change doesn't affect the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment installation if you upgrading from an earlier version, because the prerequisite should already have been installed. However, for a clean installation of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment, you'll have to manually install the SQL Server Native Client; otherwise, you may experience problems connecting the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment to the database. For more information about how to install this prerequisite, see Installation Notes.