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With 2020 release wave 2, Business Central becomes available in four new countries or regions: Brazil, Ireland, Lithuania, and India (India is a public preview only.)

Most awaited thing for all Indian Partners, Customers & Developers… Since the Business Central launched 2.5 years ago we all are waiting in every Major release that Microsoft will launch India Localization. Now the wait comes to an end, with 2020 release wave 2 which going to released on 1st October 2020 we will have India Localization in public preview only. May be we will have General Availability in the next year 2021 release wave 1. Let’s our finger crossed until that time, but meanwhile we can create a local sandbox container and play with it.

In India, we have the latest NAV version is 2016. So how we are going to upgrade existing Indian customers?

Currently, as per Supported Upgrade Paths to Dynamics 365 Business Central Releases, we can only directly upgrade to Business Central Spring 2019 (v14) and then to Business Central 2019 Release Wave 2 (v15) or Business Central 2020 Release Wave 1 (v16). So as such not direct upgrade is available from NAV 2016 to Business Central 2020 Release Wave 2 (v17), may be later on Microsoft will come up with an intermediate version of Business Central Spring 2019 (v14)  for India Localization and offer an upgrade toolkit.

Until when we have a clear path for upgrade and General Availability release available we can start exploring it and converting all our Intellectual Property into Extensions/Apps and preparing all our customer specific customizations into Per Tenant Extensions(PTE).

How to create a sandbox for India localization using docker with artifacts images? See the below script.

Install-Module -Name bccontainerhelper -Force

$artifactUrl = Get-BCArtifactUrl -storageAccount bcpublicpreview -country in -select Latest -type Sandbox
$credential = New-Object pscredential ‘admin’, (ConvertTo-SecureString -String ‘P@ssword1’ -AsPlainText -Force)
$licenseFile = “C:\my\license.flf”

New-BcContainer `
-accept_eula `
-containerName BC-IN-PP `
-artifactUrl $artifactUrl `
-Credential $credential `
-auth UserPassword `
-updateHosts `
-licenseFile $licenseFile `
-assignPremiumPlan `

Output of above script:

Homepage of CRONUS IN

List of Installed Extensions

Start creating sandbox docker container and explore the functionality of Indian Localization. Remember that in preview not all functionality will work properly, so wait till general availability release…

Stay tuned for more update in India Localization and Business Central 2020 release wave 2 features…