To make it easier for you to demonstrate the newest versions of Dime.Scheduler, we have created different Hyper-V environments. This way you don't have to go through the entire installation process, you just fire up the virtual machine and you're good to go.
Hyper-V is Microsoft's virtualization platform. In simple terms, technologies like these allow you to run "multiple computers in a computer". With technologies such as Hyper-V we are able to create a plug-and-play experience for Dime.Scheduler, where all the necessary setup and configuration has already been done beforehand by Dime. All you need to do is prepare your own computer to host Hyper-V.
❗ The Hyper-V environments are for internal use only and may not be distributed to other partners and customers.
The Hyper-V environments can be downloaded from Dime's FTP server. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to get access.
There are multiple environments to choose from:
The first environment is identified by the following technologies:
- Windows Server 2019 (STD)
- SQL Server Express 2017
Hence the naming of the files:
WS2019 BC150 SQLEXP2017.
You can install Dime.Scheduler on this environment and test your skills before installation at a customer. Alternatively, you can use it to prepare yourself for the monthly partner training.
The other environments include all components from image (1) plus an operational Dime.Scheduler 2019. The difference between them can be found in the version of Business Central and how Dime.Scheduler is installed on it. For example, there's an image for BC 150 with extensions (identified by the E suffix) and there's one for BC 140 with objects (identified by the O suffix).
You can use these images to present Dime.Scheduler 2019 or use it for testing purposes.
These Hyper-V environments are updated from time to time. It will include Windows updates.
Install Hyper-V Manager
To use the Hyper-V environments, you need to install Hyper-V on your computer. You can install it on Windows 10 Pro or Windows Server. If you are using older versions please check if your computer is compatible.
Go to Server Management Dashboard and select
Manage -> Add Roles and Features.
Follow step by step the advices and activate
Hyper-V for Server Roles.
After the installation you will find a new program
Hyper-V Manager in your "Windows Administration Tools".
Prepare the Hyper-V computer and virtual hard disk
Unzip the file you downloaded in the first step, and check if you get a
VHDX file. This file is a hard disk for a Hyper-V computer. The next step is to setup the virtual computer.
Create the virtual computer
Setting up the virtual machine is a doddle. It's merely a matter of following the installation wizard that Microsoft provides. For the sake of completeness, let's go over this together.
Start HyperV and click on Menu "Action". Select "New" and "Virtual Machine..."
Don't bother reading the text in this window and select "Next".
This window prompts you to enter the name of the virtual machine. It is possible to run multiple versions and multiple instances of the same version of Dime.Scheduler, so we recommend you to adhere to a naming convention. Something like
DimeScheduler_2019_4_1 is brief and yet descriptive. Choose whatever makes you feel happy and comfortable, that's all we ask.
When you're done, click "Next".
This screen requires some technical knowledge but for the purposes of this machine, it is not that important which option you choose. The virtual machine will work just fine with "Generation 1".
Just like your own computer, a virtualized machine also needs access to physical resources such as CPU and RAM. In this window you can define how much RAM you are willing to allocate when it is running. As you will recall, the VM will host the database, NAV BC and Dime.Scheduler so it will require some horsepower to host it, so we recommend a high number in order to have an acceptable performance.
Don't overthink this one and make a beeline for the "Default Switch" connection. If you have no network by default, it could be you have to add manually the switch.
Select the hard disk file you have downloaded from the FTP server. You should create a separate path where you can place your virtual hard disks file(s).
You will get a summary of your selections. Click "Finish" and Windows will get to work to create the virtual machine.
Setup the virtual machine
It is important to use a powerful processor and more than one core, preferably four cores. To do this, select "Settings" on the right hand side after having selected your virtual machine in the menu on the left hand side:
Select "Processor" and select the number of cores you want to have but make sure to have at least 2.
The virtual machine is now ready to work. You can connect to the computer or double click on the virtual computer line.
Log in to your virtual machine
After a while you will see the login screen.
By default there are two users: "Administrator" and "Dime Service user". The password for both users is "Training1".