System Requirements for Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 Release Wave 1
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The following sections list the minimum hardware and software requirements to install and run Business Central on-premises (version 18). Minimum means that later versions (such as SP1, SP2, or R2 versions) of a required software product are also supported.
Business Central Setup installs some software if it's not already present in the target computer. For more information, see the "Additional Information" section for each component.
The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central Web client on-premises.
New Microsoft Edge, latest version
Google Chrome for Windows, latest version
Mozilla Firefox for Windows, latest version
Safari for macOS, latest version
Business Central Mobile App
The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central Mobile App.
For the latest information, see the app in the Windows Store, App Store, or Google Play.
Supported operating systems
Windows 10 S, Home, Pro, Enterprise, or Education (32-bit and 64-bit editions).
Android (tablet and phone): The latest three major versions and their updates.
iOS (iPad and iPhone): The latest three major versions and their updates.
1-GB RAM for Android and Windows.
Device diagonal screen size 7" for tablets.
Screen resolution 960 × 510 for tablets.
Device diagonal screen size 4" for phones.
Screen resolution 854 x 480 for phones.
Microsoft Office Applications
Business Central on-premises offers various features that require Office apps to be available on client devices. The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the features.
Sending data to Excel requires Excel 2019, Excel on the web, or Excel mobile app for iOS or Android™.
Editing in Excel using the Excel Add-In requires Microsoft Office 2019 or Excel on the web.
IMPORTANT: Starting with Business Central 2021 release wave 2, the Edit Add-in will only support Excel version 2012 or later.
Microsoft Office 2019, Word for the web, or Word mobile app for iOS or Android™.
Unless explicitly stated, all released Service Packs and Cumulative Updates of the above Microsoft SQL Server versions are supported. it's recommended to always be on the latest released Service Pack and Cumulative Update.
Business Central Setup installs the following software if it's not already present on the target computer:
SQL Server 2016 Express (64-bit edition). If the operating system on the target computer doesn't support SQL Server 2016 Express, Setup displays a pre-requisite warning. In this case, you should exit Setup. Then, update the operating system on the computer to one that does support SQL Server 2016 Express and run Setup again.
Report Builder for SQL Server 2016 (18.0). Report Builder 15.0 for SQL Server 2019 (update 18.1 and later)
With an update 18.1 and later installation, if Report Builder for SQL Server 2016 is already installed, it will be updated to Report Builder 15.0.
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS AND FEATURES
Automated Data Capture System
The following table shows the minimum system requirements for Automated Data Capture System (ADCS) for Business Central.
MSXML version 6.0.
Telnet or Microsoft Windows HyperTerminal.
VT100 Plug-in for each computer on which you install ADCS.
Microsoft Loopback Adapter.
VT100 Plug-in acts as a virtual Telnet server.
Starting with Business Central 2020 release wave 1, the VT100 Plug-in for ADCS is no longer included on installation media. You can use VT100 Plug-in from previous releases. However, remember to test that it works properly.
HyperTerminal is no longer included with Windows.
Business Inbox in Microsoft Outlook
The following table shows the minimum system requirements for using Business Central as your business inbox in Outlook.
Supported Outlook Applications
Outlook on the web
Outlook for iOS
Outlook for Android™.
Supported Exchange Servers
Exchange Server 2019 In deployments that use Exchange Server, the Exchange PowerShell endpoint must be accessible by Business Central Server.
The Business Central Server must be configured to run with NavUserPassword, ACS, or Microsoft Entra credentials type. Also, the Business Central Web client must be configured for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
When using Outlook on the web, your computer must be running a supported browser listed in the Business Central Web client Requirements.
Supported Operating Systems
When using Outlook for iOS or Outlook for Android™, your mobile device must use a supported operating system that's listed in the Business Central Mobile App section.
Starting with Business Central 2021 release wave 2, you will no longer be able to sign in to the Business Central add-in from Outlook versions earlier than 2012.
Microsoft Outlook Legacy Add-In
The following table shows the minimum system requirements for the Business Central legacy Add-In for Outlook for synchronization with Outlook.
Supported Outlook Applications
Supported Exchange Servers
Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Dataverse and Dynamics 365 for Sales Integration
The following table shows the product version requirements for integrating Business Central online and on premise with Microsoft Dataverse and Dynamics 365 Sales online and on premises.
Microsoft Dataverse and Dynamics 365 Sales online
One the following authentication types:
Office365 (modern, OAuth2 client secret based)2
For better security, we recommend Office365 (modern, OAuth2 client secret based) instead of OAuth.
3 AD, IFD, and OAuth types are supported with on-premises version of Dynamics 365 Sales. OAuth and Office 365 (legacy – basic) and Office 365 (modern – MFA) authentication are supported for online versions of Dynamics 365 Sales. For more information about authentication types, see Connection strings in XRM tooling to connect to Dynamics 365.
Business Central as an App for SharePoint
The following table shows the minimum system requirements for Business Central as an App for SharePoint.