Tutorial: How to download and setup D365 for Finance and Operations demo and dev box

Are you interested in demontrating or developing your own Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations environment? Don’t have an active billable Azure subscription? No worries!

Note! This post has been checked and updated in June 2019 🙂
Tip! You can also deploy the demo VM to your Azure subscription using this tutorial.

Of course I encourage everyone to use Azure, however I won’t deny, in some situations it would be more comfortable and cheaper to run things on-prem. Hang on, and read on while I’ll explain you how to download and run your very own demo/dev box on-prem, absolutely free of charge!

What you’ll need

  • Windows PC or Server capable of running Hyper-V
  • 16GB or more RAM
  • 4 or more logical CPU cores

Microsoft recommends to configure the VM with at least 16GB and 4 vCPU cores. You should be able to run with less, but performance experience will be impacted. Also, a SSD-based disk will power-up the SQL performance.

Step 1 – Download virtual disk files from Dynamics LCS portal

Navigate to the Microsoft Lifecycle Services portal, and log in using your Office365 (a.k.a. Work/School) account.
— Don’t have such account? Check my Office 365 trial tutorial. —

Read the agreements, select English US language and click Accept to continue to the portal.

Accept Dynamics LCS service agreement
Accept Dynamics LCS service agreement

At the top level site of LCS, find the Shared asset library tile.

Dynamics LCS Shared Asset Library button
Dynamics LCS Shared Asset Library button

Go to section Downloadable VHD and find the FinOps 10 Part XX files, which basically contains a Hyper-V VHD (virtual disk) splitted in multiple RAR archive files. Tick each part to download. This can take up some time..

Dynamics LCS download VHD
Dynamics LCS download VHD

Step 2 – Create the virtual machine

After extraction, you can use the VHD file to create the needed VM.
Fire up the Hyper-V manager and create the VM according to best practices at the top of this post.

Step 3 – Enabling access to Dynamics

  1. Next thing is logging into the server using the default Contoso credentials:

    User: Administrator
    Pass: pass@word1


  2. On the desktop you’ll find the Admin Provisioning Tool.
    Run the tool with Run as administrator privileges and enter your Office365/Azure AD username you want to use for login.

    — Don’t have an Office 365 / Azure AD account? Sign up for a free Office 365 trial here

  3. Optional:
    For best experience, I would advice to install and use Google Chrome.

  4. Go to the browser, and navigate to the following URL:

    This URL loops back to the AOS running in IIS, within in your VM.
    By the way, you can modify this URL to a public routable domain by following my other tutorial.

  5. The Dynamics 365 client should appear. Depending on your hardware and VM setup, first login could take a few seconds – minutes.

  6. You’re ready to go!

Keep in mind, D365fo will only be accessible within your VM by default.
To expose the D365fo client to your LAN or Internet, check out my other tutorial.

Happy DAXing! 😉