Separating Application Data from Business Data

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 separates tables that describe the application from the tables that contain business data. Depending on your deployment scenario, you can choose to store all Microsoft Dynamics NAV tables in one database, or you can export the application tables to a dedicated database. In multitenant deployments, the application must be stored in a dedicated database.

Application Database versus Business Data Databases

The application database contains tables that describe your application. This includes a description of the objects that your application consists of, and other data that is common to all tenants. The data that users enter in your application is stored in the business data database because this data is specific to their company. Optionally, you can create multiple business data databases, such as if you want to support your customers as tenants.

When you have exported the application tables to a separate database, you can no longer access the business database from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment. This is because the metadata for the tables in the business database is stored in the application database and modified in that database.

For example, if you want to modify a report, you modify the report object in the application database. Then, when you deploy the updated application to your production environment, when a user accesses the report, they see the modified report.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV includes Windows PowerShell cmdlets that help you export application tables to a dedicated database, and other cmdlets to help you maintain a multitenant deployment. For more information, see Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows PowerShell Cmdlets.

Distribution of the System Tables in Each Database

The application tables are system tables that define the application. Other system tables remain in the business data database. The following table describes which system tables are moved to the application database when you run the Export-NAVApplication cmdlet and which tables remain in the business data database.

Application database Business data database


Access Control

Client Add-in

Active Session

Client Add-in Resources


Debugger Breakpoint


Debugger Watch

Document Service


Integration Page

Object Metadata

Object Metadata Snapshot

Object Tracking

Object Translation


Page Data Personalization

Permission Set

Printer Selection


Record Link

Profile Metadata

Report List Translation

Send-To Program

Session Event

Server Instance


Style Sheet

User Default Style Sheet

Web Service

User Metadata

User Personalization

User Property

See Also


How to: Export the Application Tables to a Dedicated Database


Migrating to Multitenancy
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows PowerShell Cmdlets