NAV Tips: IIS and Web Services for NAV

A little while back, when playing about on an old home laptop and wanting to install a bit of a sandbox NAV environment with IIS and Web Services for Web Client access, I hit a bit of a wall.

Installing Web Server Components for Dynamics NAV seems pretty simple.  Unfortunately there is the proverbial spanner in the works.  The configuration of IIS for Web Client does not work on home editions of Microsoft Windows.  E.g.  Windows 8 will not allow installation of the Web Service but Windows 8 Pro does allow this.  Why? 

Windows 8 Pro has an extra on the Windows features that is missing in the home edition: Windows Authentication – under the Internet Information Services > Security menu.

 Windows Authentication

 Microsoft has provided the following page on How to Install and Configure Internet Information Services for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client.  If you install on a Windows home edition, Windows Authentication is not in the Features list.  You can recheck installations of IIS and Web Client as much as you want but you will be running in circles and continue to get error messages like this:

….

Error: 0x800f080c

Feature name IIS-WindowsAuthentication is unknown.
A Windows feature name was not recognized.
Use the /Get-Features option to find the name of the feature in the image and try the command again.

The DISM log file can be found at C:\windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

….

Remember: Windows Authentication feature is simply not available on home editions of Windows so you will need to check the version of Windows if you find that you are missing this from the list. 

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