How to Create a NAV 2013 R2 Multi-Tenancy Demo Environment

I have had a few people asking for this .. So I’m just going to share you my script that I always use to convert a Single Tenancy Demo Environment to a Multi Tenancy Demo Environment, with some (Empty) companies per Tenant and such.. .

And I’m going to make it easy on me .. there are no guarantees that it will work for you out-of-the-box :).

The Script

#Preparing PowerShell
Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Force
Import-Module 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\71\Service\NavAdminTool.ps1'

$ServerInstanceName = "DynamicsNAV71" #The current ServiceInstance
$DatabaseServer = "localhost" #The Database Server where the database is located
$Databasename = "NAV2013R2_BE" #The database that will be migrated to Multi-Tenancy
$DemoCompanyName = "CRONUS BELGIË NV" #This company will be renamed to "MainCompany". The data of this company will be available in the Mult-Tenancy environment.
$PathToDVD = 'C:\$installs\Dynamics.71.BE.1349272.DVD' #The path to the DVD

#The Script
$CurrentServerInstance = Get-NAVServerInstance -ServerInstance $ServerInstanceName
$MainCompanyName = "MainCompany"
$MainTenant = "MainTenant"

Write-host "Preparing Companies - Rename and delete default companies"
$CurrentServerInstance | Rename-NAVCompany -CompanyName $DemoCompanyName -NewCompanyName $MainCompanyName -Force
$DemoCompanies = $CurrentServerInstance | Get-NAVCompany
foreach ($DemoCompany in $DemoCompanies)
if (!($DemoCompany.CompanyName -like $MainCompanyName))
$CurrentServerInstance | Remove-NAVCompany -CompanyName $DemoCompany.CompanyName -Force

Write-host "Preparing Companies - Create a new company with data"
$CurrentServerInstance | Copy-NAVCompany -SourceCompanyName $MainCompanyName -DestinationCompanyName "PRS Company Default" -Force

Write-host "Preparing Companies - Creating 10 empty Waldo Companies"
for ($i = 1; $i -le 10; $i++)
$CompanyName = 'Waldo Company'+$i
$CurrentServerInstance | New-NAVCompany -CompanyName $CompanyName -Force

Write-host "Preparing Companies - Creating 3 empty PRS companies"
for ($i = 1; $i -le 3; $i++)
$CompanyName = 'PRS Company'+$i
$CurrentServerInstance | New-NAVCompany -CompanyName $CompanyName -Force

Write-host "Split the Application Database and Customer Data"
Export-NAVApplication -DatabaseServer $DatabaseServer -DatabaseName $Databasename -DestinationDatabaseName "ApplicationDB" -Force
Remove-NAVApplication -DatabaseServer $DatabaseServer -DatabaseName $Databasename -Force

Write-host "Prepare NST for MultiTenancy"
$CurrentServerInstance | Set-NAVServerInstance -stop
$CurrentServerInstance | Set-NAVServerConfiguration -KeyName MultiTenant -KeyValue "true"
$CurrentServerInstance | Set-NAVServerConfiguration -KeyName DatabaseName -KeyValue ""
$CurrentServerInstance | Set-NAVServerInstance -start

Write-host "Mount app"
$CurrentServerInstance | Mount-NAVApplication -DatabaseServer $DatabaseServer -DatabaseName "ApplicationDB"

Write-host "Create Tenants and move companies"
Mount-NAVTenant -ServerInstance DynamicsNAV71 -Id $MainTenant -DatabaseName $Databasename -AllowAppDatabaseWrite -OverwriteTenantIdInDatabase

import-module "$PathToDVD\WindowsPowerShellScripts\Multitenancy\NAVMultitenancySamples" -verbose

Write-host "Move PRS Companies"
$MoveToTenant = 'PRS Company'
Get-NAVServerINstance | Get-NAVCompany -Tenant $MainTenant | Where-Object { $_."CompanyName" -like $MoveToTenant + '*' } | HowTo-MoveCompanyToTenant -ServerInstance $CurrentServerInstance.ServerInstance -FromDatabase 'NAV2013R2_BE' -OldTenantName $MainTenant -NewTenantName $MoveToTenant.Replace(" ","") -RemoveCompanyWhenMoved

Write-host "Move Waldo Companies"
$MoveToTenant = 'Waldo Company'
Get-NAVServerINstance | Get-NAVCompany -Tenant $MainTenant | Where-Object { $_."CompanyName" -like $MoveToTenant + '*' } | HowTo-MoveCompanyToTenant -ServerInstance $CurrentServerInstance.ServerInstance -FromDatabase 'NAV2013R2_BE' -OldTenantName $MainTenant -NewTenantName $MoveToTenant.Replace(" ","") -RemoveCompanyWhenMoved

Some words of explanation

As you see, I’m usually working with a Belgian database. The “parameters” section should help you to easily change the script to your own needs.

Furtheron, I’m just going to keep 1 active company (Belgian version has 2), copy it to a PRS company, create 13 more companies and going to create multiple tenants with each tenant some companies.. . Just try it out, and see what happens :).

The Result

It creates for you a Multi-Tenancy environment with three tenants:

  • “MainTenant” will have 1 company, being “MainCompany”. Check With:

    Get-NAVServerInstance | Get-NAVCompany -tenant “MainTenant”

  • “prscompany” will have 4 companies. One with data (PRS Company). Check With:

    Get-NAVServerInstance | Get-NAVCompany -tenant “prscompany”

  • “waldocompany” will have 10 empty companies. Check with:

    Get-NAVServerInstance | Get-NAVCompany -tenant “waldocompany”

Good luck!

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  1. Thank you Waldo.
    It seems that the two of us are getting hooked on PowerShell…

      • waldo on January 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      We sure are 🙂

    • Josué Hernández on April 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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    Hello waldo, first of all thanks for your help and collaboration; you think do a demo video of this case?

      • waldo on April 15, 2014 at 6:23 am

      There actually is:

    • Pierluigi on May 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm
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    Hello waldo, I’ve a problem:
    1. I’ve a default Serverinstance DynamicsNAV71 with single tenent.
    2. from SQLServer 2012 i’ve done a backUp of Demo DB with 4 company in it and then
    3. i’ve create new DB MyDB from the backup.
    4. From NAV2013 R2 development env, I’m able to see my MYDB

    now, I need to remove, via REMOVE-NAVCompany cmdlet, all the companies from MyDB but i’m not able to force MyDB name in remove-NAVCompany cmdlet.
    have you any idea about?

      • waldo on May 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      You have to set up a service tier, before you can use any *-NAVCompany commandlet.. . So set up a service tier first, and off you go.

    • Nikhil on December 16, 2014 at 9:29 am
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    Hi Waldo, I’ve been following some of your posts and videos. My question may seem to be silly to you – I want to set up two demo DB – one is cronus international and other cronus australia. What is the procedure? Please treat me complete novice while replying.. :), thanks in advance.

    • Nikhil on December 16, 2014 at 10:01 am
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    Hi Waldo, just adding more info before your answer. I’ve installed cronus international using Nav 2013 R2, now trying to install cronus AU. I’ve developer env., powershell, admin tool, RTC & sql server mgt. studio installed on my system.

      • waldo on December 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Sorry, man .. really don’t know what you mean.
      I’d like to encourage you to go to and use the forum. Lots of people will be able to help you.

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