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  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX and little Orphaned SPID Annie

    One of the top questions I am asked by customers when I am on site is what causes AX Orphaned SPIDS and what to do with them and how to identify them. As we know Orphaned SPIDS can cause blocking which lead to end user frustration. They are usually caused by users not exiting the AX application correctly...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Parameter Sniffing with Dynamics AX, just plain evil. (UPDATED with AX 2009 Info)

    I do not want to write a novel or a technical manual on Dynamics AX and SQL Server Parameter Sniffing and the problems it causes so I try and keep this as short as possible. When Dynamics AX X++ code in converted in TSQL cursors it is usually in the form of a SQL Statement usually with a WHERE clause...
  • Blog Post: We Are Hiring!

    Are you ready to be a Rock Star?? Do you enjoy supporting Microsoft technologies and sharing technical information with others? Are you a motivated individual who enjoys working in a team-oriented environment? Are you passionate about working with customers and solving complex situations? Do you enjoy...
  • Blog Post: What is my data distribution by company(PARTITON and or DATAAREAID) for a specific Dynamics AX table?

    If you have ever asked yourself the question "What is my data distribution by company(PARTITION an or DATAAREAID) for a specific Dynamics AX table?", wonder no longer. Attached is a TSQL Stored Procedure you can add to your Dynamics AX database (4.0, 2009, 2012, 2012 R2...) and then run it against any...
  • Blog Post: Database Maintenance Strategies for Dynamics AX

    Database Maintenance Strategies with Microsoft Dynamics AX AX utilizes SQL Indexes in order to speed up queries to the database. It is important that any index created is analyzed for its usage pattern; for example, will the query only be made once per day, or thousands of times in a loop? It might...
  • Blog Post: Compatibility Testing for Microsoft Dynamics AX

    [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...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Ax 2009 Retail Error Messages & Possible resolutions

    Dynamics Ax 2009 Retail Error messages & Possible resolutions: Error Code Title Error Description Possible Resolution 0 Error on sending request The distribution server for the location has not been specified in Retail...
  • Blog Post: Comparing AX and Active Directory User Accounts

    I was recently working with an AX 2009 customer who wanted to compare the user accounts configured in AX with the user accounts in Active Directory. The basic goals were: Find all AX user accounts that no longer exist in Active Directory. Find all accounts that are disabled in Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: AOS Load Balancing

    I've been questioned several times recently about AOS load balancing in Dynamics AX, and there seems to be quite a bit of confusion about how to properly configure AX for AOS load balancing, as well as high availability. Here are a few clarifications that apply to Dynamics AX version 4.0, AX 2009 and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Lock Escalation and Blocking

    Back in November 2010 I talked about four SQL Server trace flags that I found to be helpful in improving performance for Dynamics AX. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/axinthefield/archive/2010/11/04/sql-server-trace-flags-for-dynamics-ax.aspx . One of the trace flags I mentioned was 1224. This is the one...
  • Blog Post: AX 2009 - How to Transfer Security Settings to a Production Server

    Summary: If you are in a situation where you have created your AX security settings on another AX instance and you now need to move them to your production server, below are a few options for how to accomplish this. Assumptions: This is a one-time transfer from the STAGING server to the...
  • Blog Post: AIF File Adapter for AX 2009 - Security Authorization

    Summary To properly test your xml documents for use with the Application Integration Framework (AIF) in AX 2009, it is best to use the File Adapter as it is easy to set up. You can use any Adapter for when you go-live. It is important to understand how the AIF file adapter security authorization...
  • Blog Post: Choosing a Single Deployment or Multiple Deployments of AX2009

    Multiple AX 2009 Deployments versus a Single Deployment Dynamics AX2009 has the capability to run a single deployment supporting multiple companies within the same database. There are some considerations when deciding whether to have a single deployment of AX2009 or multiple deployments for each of...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing AX Batch Performance - Batch Thread Configuration

    Are you pushing a lot of transactions through the AX batch framework? Are you wondering if you've optimized the system for your workload? We recently did some testing in our lab to illustrate some of the performance and concurrency characteristics of the AX 2009 batch framework. Our goal was to show...
  • Blog Post: Financial Consolidations - Dynamics Ax 2009 (Part 2)

    Please find the Part1 here . III) Perform a Consolidation: Options to perform consolidation: From the same database using the online option From and, or to another database using the Import/Export option Before you perform a consolidation at the close of a period, ensure that the...
  • Blog Post: Financial Consolidations - Dynamics Ax 2009 (Part 1)

    Financial Consolidations process: 3 steps to perform consolidation in Microsoft Dynamics Ax 2009. I ) Consolidation company setup II) Subsidiary company setup III) Perform consolidation I) Consolidation company setup: Consolidation company creation: Consolidation designated company...
  • Blog Post: How the Database Sychronization Process works in AX 2009

    The Database Sychronization process within AX 2009 sychronizes the table information to the database by creating all the tables and indexes it needs to operate. This synchronization is necessary when there are schema changes in the Application Object Tree (AOT) and must be populated to the database....
  • Blog Post: Permission Comparision Examples between User Groups and Domains in AX 2009

    When working with customers I have encountered many scenarios where the User in which they are trying to setup security permissions belonged to multiple User groups or had different permission sets in different Domains. Permissions are compared between User groups and Domains using the least restricive...
  • Blog Post: XBRL Taxonomy (Import & Export of reports)

    XBRL : eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) (Global Financial Reporting initiative) Reporting: Financial statements, information, non-financials information and regulatory filings. Use the XBRL feature in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to: Import taxonomies Convert taxonomies into...
  • Blog Post: Automatic transactions in AX 2009: System Accounts

    Automatic transactions in AX 2009: System Accounts Systems accounts are used for automatic transactions in Dynamics Ax. In the systems account form we add various automatic accounts on the basis of posting types. The following transaction types can be posted in case setup is missing. Path: Dynamics...
  • Blog Post: The AIF processing services used by each of the AIF adapters in AX 2009

    The Application Integration Framework (AIF) uses a set of services to asynchronously process inbound and outbound documents: AifGatewayReceiveService - Communicates with the file or msmq adapter and receives messages from an inbound location (e.g., Inbound folder) and bringing them into the AIF...
  • Blog Post: How Preallocated Number Sequences are Cached in AX

    Number sequences handle automatic allocation of voucher numbers, invoice numbers, and journal numbers used by Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can set the allocation to be Continuous, or Preallocate a block of numbers. When using Continuous, gaps are not allowed, so a trip to the database is needed to get...
  • Blog Post: Convergence 2011 - Coming Very Soon

    We're less than four weeks away from Convergence 2011 - it is coming up quick. Convergence 2011 will be held in Atlanta this year at the Atlanta Convention Center from Sun, April 10- Wed, April 13. Dynamics AX will be featured in well over 70 sessions covering topics across AX 2009 and the forthcoming...
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