Before you deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV on Windows Azure, you must prepare images that will be used to create the virtual machines for the deployment. An image is a virtual hard drive (VHD) file that you use as a template to create new virtual machines on Windows Azure.
The end-to-end scripts Example-1VM.ps1 and Example-2VM.ps1, which are part of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV provisioning tools, automatically create the virtual machines for Microsoft Dynamics NAV based on an image that you specify when you run the scripts.
Using Windows Azure Gallery Images or Custom Images
You can use images that are available in the Windows Azure Image Gallery or you can create your own custom images. Depending on the image that you use, it must meet the requirements that are described in the next section.
We recommend that you use an image Windows Azure Image Gallery, because no preparation is needed. By default, the Set-PartnerSetting.ps1 file that is used by the Example-1VM.ps1 and Example-2VM.ps1 scripts is configured to use valid Azure Gallery images.
For information about how to create your own image, see How to: Create a Windows Azure Virtual Machine Operating System Image for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
Depending on the network topology that you deploy on Windows Azure, you will need one or two images. Example-1VM.ps1 deploys Microsoft Dynamics NAV on one virtual machine and requires a single image. Example-2VM.ps1 deploys Microsoft Dynamics NAV on two virtual machines, where one virtual machine is for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Server components and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server, and the other virtual machine is for SQL Server and the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database. The Example-2VM.ps1 script requires that you specify an image for each virtual machine. Depending on the script that you use, the images must meet the requirements that are described in the following table.
|Deployment topology||Image requirements|
One virtual machine (Example-1VM.ps1)
Two virtual machines (Example-2VM.ps1)
The image for the virtual machine on which Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Server components will be installed must include the following:
The image for the virtual machine on which Microsoft Dynamics NAV database components will be installed must include the following:
For a complete list of supported operating systems and Microsoft SQL Server versions, see System Requirements for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2.