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Import .fbk undocumented feature

Recently I was giving training about the upgrade toolkit and the developer's toolkit and I noticed that not many people know about this undocumented feature of Dynamics NAV.

Sometimes, especially when doing upgrades in Dynamics NAV, you need to import a lot of objects into a database. Normally you then first export the objects into a .fob or .txt file and then you import them into the new database.

Did you know that there's another way to do this?

If you have an .fbk file of a database (backup file), then you can also use this .fbk file to import into another database.

If you import a .fbk file (File – Import, while the object designer is opened), then Dynamics NAV will look for all of the objects that are in the .fbk file, and will try to import those objects. Next Dynamics NAV will open the Import Worksheet, showing the objects in the .fbk file. Here you can decide what needs to happen with the objects during import (skip, replace, merge…) and when you click on OK the objects are imported, just as if you import a .fob file.

Nice, isn't it!


It's nice,thanks.I found it now.

This is very cool! :) I'm learning new every day :) Thanks!

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