Skip to main content

Resolution to Cloud Migration Error - Enable Change Tracking in DB


While I was trying to upgrade BC14 On-Premise to BC22 Saas, I noticed the following error in Cloud Migration Setup.

Business Central Cloud Migration Error "Change tracking must be enabled in the source database with a recommended retention period of at least three days"

This blog provides a step-by-step guide on how to resolve this issue.

To know how to setup Cloud Migration follow the link - Cloud Migration Setup


  • Understanding of Cloud Migration
  • Business Central v14 On-Premise
  • Business Central Saas Subscription

Books & References:


1. Error scenario: While setting up the Cloud migration with BC On-premise to BC Saas, I got the error 
Change tracking must be enabled in the source database with a recommended retention period of at least three days.

I tried clearing logs and restarting the SQL Server but I kept on getting this error consistently.

2. Resolution: Upon a quick Google search it was clear that a configuration in Database had to be changed.
I ran the SQL query as follows



However, I was presented with another error from SQL DB.

Knowing that Change Tracking is enabled but probably the retention period is shorter than 3 days.
Hence, I right-clicked on DB > Properties > Change Tracking I found where we can change the configuration.

I changed the Retention period to 3 Days and tried again.
I was able to connect.


Change tracking is needed to identify the changes that happened in SQL DB.
By default Business Central Cloud Migration requires 3 Days of change tracking enabled.

I hope this helps


Popular posts from this blog

Something went wrong. An Error occurred - Error Resolution

Introduction: With the installation of NAV 2018 or BC On-premise, I have observed that when creating New Server Instance and New WebServer Instance, you will get the error 'Something went wrong. An Error occurred '. I referred to the community questions below but didn't find my resolution. Hence, I decided to write this blog. Pre-requisites: Microsoft Dynamics Business Central - On-Premise / NAV 2018 Understanding of Business Central Authentication  Books & References: Demonstration: 1. Creation of NAVServerInstance: In order to create NAVServerInstance, you can either add the Server Instance through Business Central Administration or Powershell command. Add Instance - Business Central Administration Add Insta

Universal Code Error and Resolution

Introduction: On Friday, May 12th, 2023, the Business Central On-Premise Production Environments started throwing universal code errors as follows. This occurred to every customer on a lower version of BC 19,20 and 21 irrespective of their localization, customization, and license. Pre-requisites:  Understanding of Technical Upgrade in Business Central On-Prem References: BC20 On prem. Universal Code requirement error after installing customer's license. - Dynamics 365 Business Central Forum Community Forum (40) Yammer : Dynamics 365 Business Central Development : View Conversation Root Cause: The certificate that signs Microsoft Base Application was expired. Errors started occurring if you Uninstalled, Installed Extensions, Restart Server Instances or for some even out of random started popping out. We first thought could be a license issue as we had fixed that before but this did not solve the issue. Resolution: Microsoft identified the issue and posted the following update The mi

How to update your Business Central to Latest CU

Introduction:  There are times when Microsoft releases the latest major version upgrade for Business Central Upgrade and you face many issues with it. As soon as the bugs are reported to Microsoft, they start to fix them and ask you to upgrade to a certain Cumulative Update. In this blog, I will be sharing my experience with Business Central v21 CU0 upgrade to Business Central v21 CU2. Pre-requisites:  Business Central DVD for Latest CU Basic Understanding of Business Central CU Updates Books & References:  List of Update Packages How to Update CU version Demonstration:  1. Check the current state of BC: As part of knowing the current state of your Business Central environment, I'm assuming that your Business Central Environment will have some data in the standard Base App also there will be customization with extended tables and newly created tables. Customization - TableExtension on Customer Table  Customization - Custom Table created Make a note of the data that is present i