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< ![CDATA[Hello Abu Mohammed Ali, Windows – With this credential type, users are authenticated using their Windows credentials. You can only specify Windows as the credential type if the corresponding user exists in Windows (Active Directory, local workgroup, or the local computer’s users). Because they are authenticated through Windows, Windows users are not prompted for credentials when they access Dynamics NAV.
UserName – With this setting, the user is prompted for username/password credentials when they access Dynamics NAV. These credentials are then validated against Windows authentication by Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server. There must already be a corresponding user in Windows. Security certificates are required to protect the passing of credentials across a wide-area network. Typically, this setting should be used when the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server computer is part of an authenticating Active Directory domain, but the computer where the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client is installed is not part of the domain.
NavUserPassword – With this setting, authentication is managed by Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server but is not based on Windows users or Active Directory. The user is prompted for username/password credentials when they start the client. The credentials are then validated by an external mechanism. Security certificates are required to protect the passing of credentials. This mode is intended for hosted environments, for example, where Dynamics NAV is implemented in Azure.
AccessControlService – With this setting, Dynamics NAV relies on Microsoft Azure Access Control service (ACS) or Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for user authentication services.
ACS is a cloud service that provides user authentication and authorization for web applications and services. ACS integrates with standards-based identity providers, including enterprise directories such as Active.
Azure AD is a cloud service that provides identity and access capabilities, such as for applications on Azure, in Microsoft Office 365, and for applications that install on-premises. If the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance is configured to use AccessControlService authentication, you can specify an Azure AD account for each user in the Office 365 Authentication field so that they can access both the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client and their Office 365 site.
Configuring the Credential Type
To edit the configuration for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance, you can use either the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Administration tool or the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Administration Shell. In the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Administration tool, you configure the credential type in the Credential Type field on the General tab. Alternatively, you can edit the CustomSettings.config file.
For each Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client user, you must modify the ClientUserSettings.config file. The default location for this file is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\100, where <username> is the name of the user. For the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client users, you must modify the configuration file for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Server components. In the relevant configuration file, find the ClientServicesCredentialType parameter and change the value to one of the options listed earlier.
When you change the credential type for a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance and the relevant client configurations, the changes take effect when you restart the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instance and users connect to the instance again.
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