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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 has been released


Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009 Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains the complete set of updates that Microsoft has issued since the June 2008 RTM release of Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009, as well as a number of enhancements and new features to improve the product’s functionality and user experience.
NOTE: The majority of these fixes are specific to individual modules or workflows, and as such should not require a full re-evaluation cycle of Dynamics® AX 2009 SP1 at sites where the RTM version of the product is already under evaluation. Only incremental testing in the relevant areas may be required.

Other key highlights in this service pack release include:
SP1 includes enhancements to support future GLS releases and targeted releases, such as the Environmental Sustainability module, which will require an SP1 environment for installation.
Beginning with SP1, Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009 also provides support for Microsoft SQL Server® 2008.
The SP1 installer updates both the SYS and GLS layers of the product. This means, for example, that if you already have GLS-TR installed on your system, SP1 will update this layer during the installation process.

You can download it from the following link. Note that you need to have PartnerSource account.{0F3196F4-3ABB-4402-B43F-3F0524BE37A4}&NRORIGINALURL=/partnersource/support/selfsupport/servicepacks/dynamicsax2009sp1.htm?printpage=false&NRCACHEHINT=Guest&printpage=false&wa=wsignin1.0

Njoy Daxing ;-)

Early birds - Check this out Microsoft Dynamics AX "6" Go-Live TAP

The Microsoft Dynamics AX team is happy to announce the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for the next version of the Microsoft Dynamics AX product.
What is the Dynamics® AX Go-Live TAP?The purpose of the Microsoft Dynamics AX TAP is to build software that addresses the needs of its end users. This program is about building relationships with partners and customers and capturing feedback to improve the final product. To participate in the Go-live TAP you must be either an existing customer that is interested in implementing the most recent version or a new Dynamics AX. In either case, you must be willing and able to align with the project roadmap for TAP and go live into production on a pre-release version of AX.Benefits of Participating The Dynamics AX team will select a limited number of participants (customers, along with associated partner and any relevant ISVs) and invest considerable effort in assisting them to succeed in deployments using the improvements for the next version of the product. For customers, this means that you’ll have direct support from MS to ensure you have a successful implementation. Additional benefits are:
Early access to code drops and documentation
An opportunity to provide feedback and influence the product
A Program Manager assigned to your engagement. They will…
Address Q&A and escalation of deployment issues.
Provide an MS ‘buddy team’, which includes g development, test, usability, support and documentation specialists.
Access to MS Connect site for bug tracking, download and support
Numerous opportunities to learn about new features, to include…
Invitation to Training Events
Ad hoc meetings with experts
Training documentation
A closer relationship with Microsoft thru direct exposure to and support from the AX product group and extended team
Marketing exposure in various launch programs and case studies
For Partners, being involved in TAP is a great competitive advantage as you’ll have an early opportunity to build your organizations knowledge and skill sets for the next release of the product. Expectations for ParticipationBy participating in this program, your company agrees to:
Complete Legal Contracts
If chosen to participate in TAP, there are a number of legal agreements that need to be reviewed signed, to include Non-disclosure, TAP Framework, AX TAP Program Plan, End-user License Agreements
Commit Resources and Time
Engage and fund a qualified partner to perform the implementation of Dynamics AX
Assign a Project Manager and preferably a Test Lead to your testing efforts
Commit to the TAP project timeline outlined below to validate the next version of Dynamics AX
Download and install the pre-release versions
Participate in scheduled conference calls as needed, and provide deployment feedback
Deploy pre-release version of AX ’6’ in production prior to RTM
We expect each partner/customer team to track towards a full production deployment of the final pre-release drop of AX ’6’ prior to RTM (~ June of 2010). This is a hard requirement throughout the program and we will demote engagements out of program that are not on schedule to do so.
Upgrade to RTM version within 6 months of your pre-RTM go live. (We will provide a fully supported data upgrade path)
Dynamics AX ‘6’ Go-Live TAP TimelineProject Kick-off: ~ April of ‘09
Milestone 1 Reviews ~ April - June of ‘09
Project Plan Review
Baseline Scope
Limited code drop
Milestone 2 Reviews ~ Sept - Nov of ‘09
M2 code drop, testing, validation, feedback, Classification
Training Event (est. 1 week in Redmond WA, 1 week in Copenhagen, DK)
Review presentation by Engagement team
Milestone 3 Reviews ~ Jan - Mar of ‘10
M3 code drop + additional drops, testing, validation, feedback
Webcasts, Focus Groups
Scope and Risk Assessment
Final Review presentation by Engagement team
Target Go Live ~ April – May ‘10
Download supported Go Live drop
Final testing, bug review
Go Live!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Internal Error occurred executing stored procedure when creating session for the AOS

Recently, we had a database restore of AX and when we were trying to start the AOS Service we ran into this error:
Object Server 02: Internal Error occurred executing stored procedure when creating session for the AOS.
After some troubleshooting found that our restored database were missing tables like SYSSERVERSESSIONS, SYSCLIENTSESSIONS & also some system stored procedures were missing.

DAX 2009 Upgrade Project

Recently, I was involved in RTM Upgrade of DAX 2009 from a Pre-Release (i.e. CTP 3 version). As part of the upgrade checklist, we have to detect upgrade conflicts and a project would be created for objects which are having conflicts.
Now, the conflicts and resolving the conflicts has been made more simpler in AX 2009. When we open the Upgrade project, we get a red arrow sort of symbol tagged left to the object which indicates that it has code conflicts

And, we can resolve the same by using the Mark as Resolved option shown below:

Saves time as we Need not taverse through all the objects in the Compare window.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Testing Guidance WhitePaper

This whitepaper talks about different testing scenarios with Dynamics AX 2009. It also talks about whether to go for automation or not, functional testing, unit testing, performance testing etc. A good read.