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How often should we install the NAV CU Updates

  • 1.  How often should we install the NAV CU Updates

    Posted Dec 20, 2019 03:25 PM
    We have a relatively new installation of NAV and I'm looking for some input on how often we should consider applying the monthly CU updates for our version of NAV?

    How long is it expected to take, on average, to apply and test the CU updates?

    If it takes a long time to apply and test the CU updates, then I can see it not being worth trying to keep up with the updates monthly and maybe look at quarterly or every 6 months. But if they updates are pretty quick and easy to install then it may be worth doing them more often.

    Just trying to get an idea from people that have been using NAV for awhile and how often they update their installation of NAV.

    Thanks,
    -Tom

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    Thomas Habermehl
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 2.  RE: How often should we install the NAV CU Updates

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Dec 23, 2019 11:08 AM
    are you a BC cloud version, or Local/on-premise?     I have always used the rule of "if it isnt broken, do not fix it".   CU updates should be installed when you have a problem.   Read the notes of the update and determine if you will have advantage by installing it.

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    Jamie Constantine
    Columbus Global
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  • 3.  RE: How often should we install the NAV CU Updates

    Posted Dec 26, 2019 12:46 PM
    Thanks for the reply Jamie. We are on-prem. Out of curiosity, does the BC Cloud version automatically update?

    I totally understand the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'. But since Microsoft is releasing the CU updates monthly, to me they feel similar to the monthly Windows Updates where small bug and security issues are fixed and not full fledged features or enhancements. Not updating our NAV environment for years, simply because nothing seems to be wrong doesn't seem like the best approach when it comes to security. But I also don't want to have our company spend thousands of dollars every month having our partner update NAV, simply because a new CU was released.

    Are there "service packs" released for NAV, once a year or so that is a collection of the CU's and also includes any major fixes/features? Perhaps doing that instead of worrying about the CUs may be a better approach. And then apply a CU if we have a more specific issue that the CU can fix.

    I'm assuming that Microsoft would make it relatively easy for the CU's to be installed, but perhaps not. That's why I'm asking to try and get a better understanding of how other companies are updating NAV. Be it monthly, quarterly, every 6 months, yearly ...etc... and how much of a process it is to have NAV updated. We migrated off an old ERP system that wasn't updated in any shape or form for years. I don't want to bump into the same issue where its a major undertaking and expensive process to update NAV where we have to jump multiple versions, simply because we haven't been keeping it up to date with simple updates.

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    Thomas Habermehl
    Process Retail Group, Inc.
    New Berlin WI
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  • 4.  RE: How often should we install the NAV CU Updates

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Dec 26, 2019 05:03 PM

    I would suggest like most people.

    1. Read each months update, they are accumulated.
    2. Update when a feature is really required like a SECURITY Patch.
    3. I know var's try to tell you need it ASAP. Really find out why and will it help or hurt you.
    4. Some times the updates if you don't have a lot of modifications, should be fairly simple to do.
    5. I usually only check and read the updates every 3-4 months. Then the next 3-4 months. Sometimes a year passes and I look back and say, nothing worth updating.
    6. If you have Add-on's you need to find out if the updates (Objects) are working with the Add-on. Which will need to coordinate with the VAR's to merge the Add-on-> Updates.
    Good luck.



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    Geovanny Fuentes
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  • 5.  RE: How often should we install the NAV CU Updates

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 03, 2020 03:20 PM
    Thomas,

    We did a blog series on CUs for NAV. The fourth blog has links back to the first three. I've included here for your reference: https://www.archerpoint.com/blog/Posts/dynamics-nav-cumulative-updates-part-4-regression-testing-and-deployment

    I hope this is helpful!

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    Suzanne Scanlan
    Marketing Manager
    ArcherPoint Inc.
    Crestview FL
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