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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Configure Dynamics AX 2012 Mobile Connector


Microsoft has published a whitepaper demonstrating how to configure an environment so that users can connect to AX 2012 using mobile application

Some of the pre-requisites required for this to work are:

a. Active Directory Federation Services
b. Azure Services
c. Dynamics Ax Mobile Connector

The setup seems to be an interesting one, When I get some time, I definitely will have a go at it. Keep watching this space for more updates.

Till then,

Happy Daxing :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dynamics AX 2012 and SQL Server 2012 SP1 compatibility announced

Dear Friends,

Sharing a quick note.

They Dynamics Sustained Engineering Team in Microsoft has published the compatibility between Dynamics AX 2012 and SQL Server 2012 SP1.

Please read on ....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

About SysListPanelRelationTable Class in Dynamics AX

Hi there!

Recently for one of my clients, I built a custom SSRS Security Maintenance form for their Financial Reporting.

The requirement was to built a custom security form wherein the users were mapped to Financial Dimensions (also known as Programs in our client's terminology)  and the security should flow into SSRS Reporting so that the programs are automatically filtered based on the user's login.

Ok, so the main point I want to highlight here is when I was developing this form, I leveraged the class SysListPanelRelationTable in AX. You can have a look in AOT/Forms/Tutorial_ListPanel to see how the class is implemented. The other example of this class implementation is Standard AX User/User Groups form in Administration menu.

So, in my implementation I used the same class, however the tables I used were different i.e my own custom table and standard Dimension Table, The key here to understand is the table and field relationships while passing them as parameters to the newForm constructor

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review - Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Services Book

Dear Friends,


A few weeks back, I had a brief overview posted about Dynamics AX 2012 Services book.

I took some time to go through the book and I would give it a rating of 4.5/5 as the chapters are structured in a logical way and the language is quite clear and lucid to understand, along with screenshots and code snippets wherever necessary. This book will definitely help any developer on understanding and using AIF Services Framework in Dynamics AX 2012

The book talks about the following key areas:

  • Services and SOA Architecture Overview and Concepts
  • Whats New (AOS WCF Service Host, WCF Adapters)
  • Type of Services (Document Services, Custom Services, System Services, Query Service, Metadata service, User session Service)
  • AxBc Classes
  • WCF Concepts, ABC's of WCF
  • Service Deployment
  • Types of Bindings
  • Document Services (Step by Step)
  • Create Custom Services
  • SysOperation Framework, SysOperation vs RunBase Batch
  • Multithreading
  • WebServices (using VS and X++ Dev tools), Consuming the webservice
  • System Services

Monday, February 11, 2013

Update - Facing Issue with Dynamics AX 2009 Enterprise Portal deployment


Finally, we figured out the issue. All The custom objects were successfully deployed but the role centers fooled us,  meaning we had to manually go to the role center page and Edit the web part zone and then attach the custom web menus

Thanks again to all of you for your helpful comments. Appreciate it.

Dear Friends,


This time it's not a solution but I'm stuck a problem which I thought to share here and get some responses. Any feedback welcome!

I'm at a customer place where they are on Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 and i'm n the process of building a TEST Instance of EP from a LIVE one.

I have performed the following:

a. Backup of Live AX Database and Restored it to TEST AX
b. Backup of Live AX Application and restored it to TEST AX
c. Setup AOS to point to TEST AX
d. Setup WSS 3.0 SP2
e. Create a new web app and site collection using Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal template
f. Run Dynamics Setup to install Role centers and enterprise portal without creating a new site i.e. by unchecking configure sharepoint and create a new site while going through the setup

All the above works, and later on I used Axupdateportalutility so that all the web customizations get deployed to TEST Instance, but this never happens, Although axupdateportal runs successfully and it writes everything in the log file which is around 300 kb and finally it says success.

But, none of the customized pages or role centers gets deployed to the test instance, The standard EP portal renders fine but the problem we have is with the custom pages. 

Initially we tried on a 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 with WSS 3.0 SP2 on it, but I found there are some issues like Manage deployment doesn't work, so we have to use axupdateportal from an elevated command prompt. I have done all the troubleshooting steps mentioned in the below blogs, but still no luck..

Lastly, we tried to replicate our LIVE Environment which is running on Windows 2003 and uses WSS 3.0, by following the steps mentioned above, but still no luck, everything works without any errors and log files seems ok. But. the custom pages and role centers just wont appear. I even tried copying the sharepoint IIS folders from LIVE to TEST (Especially the ones with control templates and layouts) but have hit a wall.

Any help on this matter much appreciated. Thanks for your patience and reading it through. Cheers