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Friday, November 23, 2012

Just 1 week to go - Please donate @ Movember for mens health...

Dear Friends,

It’s Movember and time to focus on men’s health. To show my commitment, I’m donating my face to the cause by growing a moustache for the entire month of November, and need your support. My Mo will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for prostate cancer and male mental health.

Why am I so passionate about men’s health?
*1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
*This year 20,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed
*1 in 8 men will experience depression in their lifetime

I’m asking you to support my Movember efforts by making a donation by either:
*Donating online at:
*Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember,’ referencing my Registration ID: 4299161 and mailing it to: Movember, PO Box 60, East Melbourne, VIC, 8002

Funds raised will help make a tangible difference to the lives of others. Through the Movember Foundation and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative, they are funding world class research, educational and support programs which would otherwise not be possible.

If you’d like to find out more about the type of work you’d be helping to fund by supporting Movember, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website:

Thank you in advance for supporting my efforts to change the face of men’s health. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Dilip Nair

Please donate at:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The future of Dynamics AX and Roadmap - Dynamics AX 7 aka Dynamics AX 2015

Good day Friends!! Am back with an interesting post :)

Few days ago, I had tweeted about the roadmap for next release of AX mentioned in this blog

Out of interest, I downloaded the Statement of Direction (via Partnersource) which talks about the roadmap for AX in detail.

Some of the Highlights or takeaways from this document are as follows:
  • Natural User Interface (NUI) technologies like Touch-based computing based on HTML5
  • Windows 8
  • Metro UI - This is the future for AX Client. Brandon George has some interesting posts on this topic. See below links.

  • Visual Studio 2012/Lightswitch
  • Cloud Computing Support
  • Single centralized ERP Deployment - This is an interesting topic as previously when I was working with Microsoft, our COE Head had this vision of bringing all silo applications within the Dynamics AX Umbrella. Even in my current organization, our approach is to slowly migrate all our legacy apps running on Access, InfoPath etc. to Ax thereby lowering costs and saving time managing these apps.
  • Dynamics Rapid Start Cloud based Services
  • Dynamics InformationSource Cloud based Services
  • Next major release of Microsoft Dynamics AX to be available on Windows Azure platform
RoadMap (Dates)

Below is a chart about the tentative release dates

So, all looks exciting for Dynamics AX in the near future :)

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Security Book - A sneak preview

Thanks to Velinda Kamath (from Packt Publishers) for providing me with yet another opportunity to do a review of yet another Dynamics Book - this time it is Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Security How-to book.

This is in an introductory post for the same. I will be reviewing it in a more detailed manner in the coming days.

Here's the Link to the Book
Below is the cover page for the book

About the Author:

Ahmed Mohamed Rafik Moustafa is an Egyptian professional ERP consultant/trainer for Microsoft Dynamics ERP products, specializing in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009/2012, Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains GP 9.0/10.0, and Microsoft RMS. He also has experience in technical skills such as SQL, SQL Server, SQL Reporting Services, and Crystal Report. He has led various implementations in diverse ERP Modules over the Middle East in different Arab countries to meet and exceed challenging business needs such as Financial Management, Inventory Management, Purchase Management, Sales Management, Project Accounting, Human Resource, and Customer Relationship Management.

Book Contents:

Here are some of the topics covered in the book:
  •     Security architecture in Dynamics products
  •     Application security fundamentals
  •     AX 2012 security framework
  •     Setting up User
  •     Security Roles
  •     Organization Model
My Initial Thoughts:

This is a ground level basic book which shows on how to set up security in Dynamics AX 2012. It's more hands on. I will soon come up with a detailed review of the book. Till then Ciao...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SSRS Tips and Tricks Recursive Sum of Fields

Dear All,

A while ago, I posted on Conditional Summing Group Totals in SSRS

Here's another small but useful tip if you ever want to do a recursive sum then we have an optional parameter in the SUM function

Syntax :
Sum(expression, scope, recursive)
Example :

Read more here in this msdn article

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Identifying SID's

Hello! Recently, I was doing some security troubleshooting with Kerberos Authentication, and landed on this useful Microsoft KB Article. This contains the list of SID (Security Identifiers) for common groups used across Windows OS. (includes Win 7, Windows Server 2008 R2). Hope you find it useful especially when you are dealing with security.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Join my Movember Team :)

Dear Friends,

I've registered for Movember and pledged to grow a moustache for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men's health. This year, we honour the great men who have grown before us and, as Movember and Sons, pay respect to the simple truth "Knowledge is Power, Moustache is King."
As our forefathers always knew, the moustache is the mark of a man. Today, it is a man's ribbon, a symbol to spark conversation and help change the face of men's health.
You can take part either by growing one Dirty Son of a Mo as a Mo Bro, or join as a Mo Sista to help recruit others, share knowledge and support Mo growers.
To join my team of Movember moustache merchants go to
If you'd like to find out more about the type of work you'd be helping to fund by supporting Movember, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website: