Add-ins Downloaded and Installed with NAV C/AL

I was watching Vjeko’s lecture in NAVTechDays 2013.  He gave me an idea on the add-in installation.  Thank you Vjeko.

It is now finished and time to share this with you all.  The basic function Codeunit is used to handle the downloading and installing of the add-in.  In the Add-on Setup Page I put an action to trigger the Add-ins validation.

CheckAddIns

This function will call the CheckAddins trigger on the Setup Table.  There I have a simple code

[code]
IF NOT CANLOADTYPE(HardwareHubProxy) THEN
AddinMgt.DownloadAnInstallServerAddIn(
‘HardwareHubProxy.dll’,
‘https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33900811/NAV/Add-Ins/Server/Advania/HardwareHubProxy.dll’,
Text002);[/code]

That will check if the add-in is installed and if not call a trigger in the add-ins function Codeunit to install the add-in.  This works both for the client and server.

In this example I am installing the HardwareHubProxy.dll that is required on the server to use the Hardware Hub.  Text002 is ‘ENU=Connection to the Advania Hardware Hub;ISL=Tenging við vélbúnaðargátt Advania’.

When installing the add-in I begin by downloading it into a Base64 string.  This is always done on the server.  The add-in is then saved to a temporary file, on the server for a server add-in and on the client for a client add-in.

Next I create a command file that is used to copy the temporary file to the add-ins folder.  This command file is then executed.  Before execution there is a check to see if the current user is able to write to the add-in directly.  If so, then the add-in is copied to the add-ins folder and the process finishes.

If the service user is not able to write to the server add-ins folder the user will get a save-as dialog and is asked to copy the file to the server add-ins folder.  In all my tests the server has been able to save the add-in without problems.

By default the running client will not be able to write the add-in to the client add-ins folder.  If this is the case then a confirmation dialog will be prompted as the copy function is running in an elevated access mode.

AddInFunctions

9 Replies to “Add-ins Downloaded and Installed with NAV C/AL”

  1. Hi Gunnar,

    I think that tool is great and a step into the right direction! But I see the never ending story of the user permissions as a problem here as well. In the most cases the user cant write to his own add-in directory and he gets an error/information (since Windows 7). Is that a problem here too? or must the user be the admin (with low security setup)?

    kind regards,
    Matthias König

    1. Hi Matthias

      If the user is a local admin then he will be prompted with a security confirmation and will be able to install the addin. If not then I would try to create a subfolder in the add-ins directory with special permissions and change the code to install into that directory. You should be able to automatically create that subfolder with powershell or a group policy script.

  2. Hi,

    thanks for the nice post. I try to implement a similar function, but have some problems.

    For me it seems, that CANLOADYTPE is just checking the add-ins folder on the NAV Server.

    My test results:
    Assembly is stored on:

    SERVER | CLIENT
    NO | NO -> CANLOADTYPE == FALSE
    NO | YES -> CANLOADTYPE == FALSE
    YES | NO -> CANLOADTYPE == TRUE
    YES | YES -> CANLOADTYPE == TRUE

    I also changed the “RunOnClient”-property of the DotNet-variable, but i seems to have no influence.

    I need method like this, as i want to check if a client-addin should be visible or not. Do you have any idea?

    Version 7.00.34194.

    kind regards,

    David

    1. Hi David

      I have not tested on 2013 but it seems that the RunOnClient along with CANLOADTYPE is working on my R2 version. For example I am adding a dotnet timer on the client side and that DLL is not available on the server.

  3. Hi
    Actually when I compile I am getting “TableData 10000200 does not exist” in CU 50207. Could you please tell me what is the table and what are the required fields ?

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