How to upgrade Dynamics NAV 2013?


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    Adrian Cohen

    How to upgrade Dynamics NAV 2013?


    Locus IT

    Hello Adrian,

    I will break down upgrade process to NAV 2013 to multiple Post

    1) Upgrading the customized Objects.
    2) Upgrading the Standard Objects.
    3) Data Migration from SQL To SQL.
    4) SQL Migration (as native database support is closed).

    Let me know if anyone requires other information other then above listed points, will include them too.

    Let’s start with NAV 2013 Upgrade Part I – Upgrading the customized objects.

    Remember I am only talking about customized objects between 50000 – 99999

    Why That cannot be done now? –

    As we all know that Forms, Data ports are no longer supported in NAV 2013 but the old version (in this case NAV 2009 SP1 /R2) Navision used to support them.

    And these objects were used in properties and code. Below are some examples of the same.

    Examples –

    In Tables, we have property LookupFormID which now changed to LookupPageID.

    In Objects, we may have used Form.Run, Dataport.Run which are no longer supported.


    If we will follow the same process we will get compile-time errors due to these references or property.


    Microsoft had come up with a tool in NAV 2013, which can be found in Product DVD inside upgrade toolkit –> Object Change Tools.

    How to use the tool?

    After the conversion of forms to pages and upgrading reports to RTC, follow below-listed steps.

    1) Export all customized objects from the base database except forms and data ports as a .txt file.
        (say oldobj.txt)
    2) Run Command Prompt as administrator and navigate to the folder where the TextFormatUpgrade2013.exe is located in my case it is (D:\Navision Softwares\Application Setup\Dynamics.NAV70.IN.1184336.DVD\UpgradeToolKit\Object Change Tools).
    3) Run the Command TextFormatUpgrade2013.exe “C:\Upgrade 1\oldobj.exe”
    where c:\Upgrade 1\ is the folder where I stored the text file from step 1.
    4) The tool will update the references and will create a folder inside the same folder named as Converted which will contain the updated text file.
    5) Now we can directly import the updated text file to the target (NAV 2013) Database.



    Hello Adrian,

    Depending on your current Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution, you can upgrade directly to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, or you must upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 first and then upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2.

    If you have an earlier version, such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 or Microsoft Dynamics NAV 4.0, you must first upgrade that version to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 or Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1.

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