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Compatibility Testing for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Compatibility Testing for Microsoft Dynamics AX

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[Updated for SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2013]

 

When reviewing the Dynamics AX environment on customer site, we are often been asked question such as: “Do you know if this version of the product is officially supported by Microsoft”?

This is quite natural because Microsoft products don’t have the exact roadmap and General Availability on the market. So for example, when Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 was released in October 2008 (RTM version Build 5.0.593.0), Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 were not yet available.

This explains why the System Requirement of the product Microsoft Dynamics AX is updated through the lifecycle of the product to include new supported version of other products.

 

The goal of Compatibility Testing conducted by the Product Group and Sustained Engineering team is to validate new version of Microsoft products against in-market releases of Dynamics AX. As of today, the current in-market releases are Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Obviously the objective is to proactively detect the potential blocking issues and provide the Hot Fixes to the customers. The Compatibility Testing is actually a complex process that requires deep understanding of the new Microsoft product impact against Dynamics AX. Functional Testing, Regression Testing, Upgrade Testing and Performance Testing are just example of what can be in scope of the Testing strategy.

Once the Sustained Engineering validates the compatibility, the announcement is being published directly on the Sustained Engineering blog and the System Requirements document is updated.

 

Another question I will like to answer here is regarding the compatibility of the product Dynamics AX with new Cumulative Update of Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Update of Microsoft Windows Server. Cumulative Update of SQL Server is typically not tested because of low risk and impact: every CU scope is proactively communicated by the Sustained Engineering team of Microsoft SQL Server to validate this. Regarding the Microsoft Windows, every Update package is tested by the Dynamics AX Sustained Engineering team every 8 weeks.

 

To improve the readiness of the all the previous Compatibility results, I have compiled the announcements in the following matrix: [Please note - these announcements only highlight those times when an additional technology has been tested for a currently-supported product.  For example, SQL 2008 R2 is supported for AX 2012, but that was the case as of AX 2012's release, so it's not listed here.]

 

Announcement

    Date

Technology

AX Version

Note

02/11/2009

SQL Server 2005 SP3

AX 4.0

  AX 2009 SP1

 

02/11/2009

SQL Server 2008

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009

KB944115 for AX 4

  KB957312 for AX 2009

06/04/2009

Internet Explorer 8.0

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009

 

06/04/2009

SQL Server 2008 SP1

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009

Report Builder 2.0
  capabilities was not tested

06/04/2009

BizTalk Server2009

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009

Including the RFID connectivity

09/17/2009

Windows 7

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

Supported as a
  client only, in 32 bits and 64 bits  mode

09/17/2009

Windows Server 2008 R2

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

Operating System
  Supported in 64 bits only.

10/12/2009

Windows Server 2008  SP2

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

Supported as a
  client only, in 32 bits and 64 bits  mode

10/12/2009

Windows Terminal  Services

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

 

10/12/2009

Office 2007 SP2

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

 

04/09/2010

SQL Server 2008 R2

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

Both 32 and 64 bits
  mode

  To manually change the version to Report Builder 3.0. Please see
  the following link.

04/09/2010

Office 2010 and  Visio 2010

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

Both 32 and 64 bits
   mode

04/09/2010

.Net 4 and Visual Studio 2010

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

Both 32 and 64 bits
  mode
  Only supported side by side with .NET 3.5  and Visual Studio 2008

06/03/2010

Windows Server R2  Remote  Desktop Services

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 RTM and SP1

 

08/12/2010

SharePoint 2010

AX 2009 SP1

KB2278963

11/04/2010

App-V 4.6

AX 2009

Client only 32-bit
  and 64-bit mode for Microsoft Operating System: Windows XP, Vista and  Windows 7

08/09/2011

Windows Server 2008 R2 P1

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 SP1

Operating System
  Supported in 64
    bits only

08/09/2011

Windows 7 SP1

AX 4.0 SP2

  AX 2009 SP1

Supported as a
  client only, in 32
    bits and 64 bits

09/22/2011

BizTalk Server 2010

AX 2009 SP1

 

12/14/2011

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1

AX 2009 SP1

  AX 2012

 

01/11/2012

Internet Explorer 9

AX 2009 SP1

 

01/11/2012

SQL Server 2005 SP4

AX 2009 SP1

 

03/15/2012

SQL Server 2012

AX 2012

KB2680186

  SQL 2012
  Topology

 03/15/2012

Apple Safari 5.1.2

AX 2012

On  Windows
  and Mac OS

  KB2686124

30/10/2012

SQL Server 2008 SP3

AX 2009 SP1

  AX 2012

 

30/10/2012

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2

AX 2009 SP1

  AX 2012

 

02/19/2013

SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1

AX 2012

  AX 2012 R2

 

03/01/2013

Windows 8
Office 2013
Internet Explorer 10

AX 2012

 

04/02/2013

Windows 8
Office 2013
Internet Explorer 10

AX 2009 SP1

 

04/18/2013

SQL Server 2012 and
SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1

AX 2009 SP1

KB2836535

04/19/2013

SharePoint 2013

AX 2012 R2

Details of KB on TechNet

 

  • is Ax2009 Sp1 compatible with Cumulative Update 8 for SQL Server 2008 SP3?

  • Hi Mates,

    Is AX 2009 is compatible with SQL server 2012 ?For testing purpose i have upgraded SQL 2008 to SQL 2012 with AX 2009. It is working fine without any issues, however I haven't find any official document for this compatibility,Please throw some lights on this.,

    Thanks, Sri

  • Hi Sri, SQL Server 2012 is only supported from AX 2009 Service Pack 1 with KB2836535. Please see the following post:

    blogs.technet.com/.../announcing-compatibility-certification-of-sql-server-2012-and-sql-server-2012-sp1-with-dynamics-ax-2009-sp1.aspx

    Regards,

    Bertrand

  • Is there a whitepaper for sequencing Dynamics AX 2009 with App-V.

    My package runs nicely on the sequence but fails miserably on the client.

    I see lots of missing files in the application logs.

  • thanks for this post. it's really nice to have all the information in one place!

  • Is there a change Microsoft will certify AX2009 against Windows Server 2012? An dif so, in what time frame is this to be expected?

  • Hi Ron, i can't Say much for Windows Server, but the client Windows 8 is now supported with Ax 2009 rollup 8. See following Link for Complete Compatibility matrix:

    mbs2.microsoft.com/.../KBDisplay.aspx

  • Hi Bert,

    I have a query reg the compatibility of Microsoft dynamics AX 2009 server.

    We have a Microsoft dynamics 2009 installed on Virtualized(VMware) environment and we have planned to migrate the server from virtualized VMware to Virtualized Hyper -V 2008 R2 environment.

    Can you let us know compatibility of Microsoft Dynamics 2009 in Hyper -V 2008 R2?

    Thanks,

    Sarvan.N

  • Hi there

    I've got another question regarding AX2009 Sp1, Rollup8 and i hope someone is able to help. Does anyone know which framework and VC++ Redistributable on the client is neccessary to tun AX2009? Andy does somebody know which .Net Framework 3.5 or 4 as well as which VC++ is the latest for Win7 (32 and 64), XP and Win 8 32 ? I'm sorry but microsoft has so many different releases and i don't see which one would be the best oder the with which AX2009 would be running.

    Thanks a lot

    Regards

  • Hi Sarvan,

    One pre requisite of the Windows Server 2008 R2 certification program is to get supported on Hyper-V.

    So yes AX 2009 AOS role is supported on Hyper-V.

    Regards,

    Bertrand

  • Hi Hanna,

    NET 3.5 is a pre requisite for AX 2009 see the System Requirement:

    download.microsoft.com/.../AX2009SystemRequirements.pdf

    NET 4 is only supported as side by side. It is like VS 2008 and VS 2010.

    Regards,

    Bertrand

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