May 19, 2023

Configuring Azure Key Vault Parameters in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations

Configuring Azure Key Vault Parameters in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations

Configuring Azure Key Vault Parameters in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations


In this blog post, I will guide you through the process of configuring Azure Key Vault parameters in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (referred to as FinOps). This configuration is particularly useful for integration scenarios where sensitive data, such as security keys or certifications, needs to be securely stored. By leveraging Azure Key Vault, we can ensure data encryption and proper management of cryptographic keys and certificates.

Prerequisite Steps:

Before we dive into the configuration, let's go through some prerequisite steps to set the stage for a seamless setup:

  1. Create a Key Vault: Begin by creating a Key Vault in the Azure portal and make a note of the Value URI, which can be found in the overview tab. This Value URI will be needed during the configuration process.
  2. Add Certificates, Secrets, and Keys: Next, add the necessary certificates, secrets, and keys to your Key Vault. These items are essential for secure data storage and retrieval.
  3. App Registration in Azure: Perform an app registration in the Azure portal and store the generated Client ID and Secret Key. This registration will enable secure communication between Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and the Azure Key Vault.

Configuration Steps:

Now that we have completed the prerequisite steps, let's proceed with the actual configuration of Azure Key Vault parameters in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations:

  1. Navigate to D365FO: Go to the D365FO application and access the System Administration module.
  2. Open Key Vault Parameters: Within the System Administration module, locate and open the "Key Vault Parameters" form.
  3. Create a New Record: Create a new record in the Key Vault Parameters form, and fill in the required details for the configuration.
  4. Certification Tab: Switch to the Certification tab within the Key Vault Parameters form. Here, you will add the necessary information for each certificate, including Name, Description, Secret, Secret Type, and Version (if applicable). The Secret field should contain a reference to the certificate in the format: vault://<KeyVaultName>/<SecretName>/(Version if any). Set the Secret Type to "Certificate."
  5. Validate Configuration: Click on the Validate button to ensure the settings are properly configured and functioning as expected.

Code Example:

To demonstrate how to access the configured certificate in your code, consider the following sample code snippet:

public class TheAxaptaAccessKeyVault
      public static void main(Args _args)
          KeyVaultCertificateTable kvcTable;
          str value;

          kvcTable = KeyVaultCertificateTable::findByName("TestKeyVault");
          value = KeyVaultCertificateHelper::getManualSecretValue(certTable.RecId);

          info(value); // This will retrieve the value stored in the certificate.


Congratulations! You have successfully configured Azure Key Vault parameters in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. Now you can securely store and access sensitive data, such as certificates and keys, ensuring the highest level of data protection. Implementing this configuration will greatly enhance your integration scenarios and data security practices within the Dynamics 365 environment.

Happy configuring and coding!

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April 30, 2023

Azure Key vault parameter setup in D365FO

Hi Folks, 

In this post, I am going to share how to configure Azure key vault parameters in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations  (Let's call it FinOps until we have a new name from Microsoft :) ).

First, let's understand what the use of this form is, This is primarily used for integration scenarios where a business needs to save sensitive data like security keys or certifications and a functionality or application working with this data must support data encryption, working with certificates, etc. As the cloud version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations doesn't support local storage of certificates, customers need to use key vault storage in this case. The Azure Key Vault provides the opportunity to import cryptographic keys, and certificates to Azure, and to manage them.

Now let's see some prerequisite steps, 

1. Create a key value on the Azure portal and note the Value URI. This is available on the overview tab.

2. Add your certificate, Secrate, and keys.
3. On the Azure portal, do an app registration and store the client Id and secret key.  
4. Now navigate to D365FO > System admin > Setup > Key Vault Parameters
5. Create a new record and fill below details

6. On the certification tab, add below for each certificate 
Secret – Enter a secret reference to the certificate in the below format
vault://<KeyVaultName>/<SecretName>/(Version if any)
Secret Type: Certificate

7. Click on Validate button to check the setting. 

That is all, now you should be able to access this certificate in your code, here is a sample code to access the certificate, 

public class TheAxaptaAccessKeyVault
    public static void main(Args _args)
        KeyVaultCertificateTable    kvcTable;
        str                                        value

         kvcTable  = KeyVaultCertificateTable::findByName("TestKeyVault");
        value         = KeyVaultCertificateHelper::getManualSecretValue(certTable.RecId);

        info(value); //This will give you stored in the certificate. 


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April 12, 2023

Unable to restore database into DEV/Tier-1 instance

Hi Folks, 

When trying to restore a DB backup (.bak file) to one of the DEV boxes I was getting a strange error (initially it was strange :) ). The backup file was the size of about 50GB and I have disc space available of about 400GB but still, system was reporting issues for size. 

Possible reason: When we create a backup from SQL management studio, it contains only the used data pages and the backup file can be compress, while the actual database can be much larger then the backup file itself.

Solution: To verify the actual size of database, you can right-click on the database (at source) and check the properties, you will get the actual size of the Database itself. Now when you have the required size details with you, just make sure you have the space available in target system. 
Now, as the dev box is hosted on your Azure subscription, you have much more control over this. You can change the disk size from Azure portal. 


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March 04, 2023

QuickFix: Set default browser in Visual studio for debugging

In the realm of Dynamics 365 development, encountering issues when debugging and finding that Visual Studio opens objects in Internet Explorer (IE) can be quite frustrating. Although Microsoft no longer officially supports IE, this peculiar behavior persists. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: changing the default browser within Visual Studio. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to configure your preferred browser, such as Chrome, for seamless debugging in Dynamics 365.

Step 1: Navigating to Visual Studio Extension
To begin, open Visual Studio and access the "Extensions" menu.

Step 2: Dynamics 365 Extension Options
Within the "Extensions" menu, locate and select the "Dynamics 365" extension. This will open the options panel specific to Dynamics 365 development.

Step 3: Debugging Configuration
Within the Dynamics 365 extension options, find and select the "Debugging" section.

Step 4: Modifying Default Browser
In the Debugging section, you will find the option to modify the default browser used for object debugging.

Step 5: Set Preferred Browser
Choose your preferred browser, such as Chrome or any other compatible browser, as the default option for object debugging.

By following these simple steps, you can easily resolve the issue of Visual Studio opening objects in Internet Explorer during debugging sessions in Dynamics 365. Take control of your debugging experience and choose a browser that aligns with your preferences and development requirements.

Happy debugging and seamless development!

#VisualStudio #Dynamics365 #Debugging #Development #BrowserConfiguration

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