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  • Blog Post: SQL Server Parameter Sniffing with Dynamics AX, just plain evil. (Redux 5-19-2014)

    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: Management Reporter 2012 CU7 Release Review

    Management Reporter 2012 CU7 is now available. This release, which has been posted for download, includes the ability to drill back to Dynamics from the Management Reporter Web Viewer, currency translation for Dynamics AX 2012 customers, plus a few more enhancements. Here’s a summary of the...
  • Blog Post: Management Reporter 2012 Introduction + CU6 Release Review

    It has come to my attention that Microsoft will be deprecating financial statement report design functionality/features from future releases of Dynamics AX and relying more on Management Reporter 2012 to replace these deprecations that currently reside in the General ledger module of Dynamics AX. ...
  • 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: Payroll for Dynamics AX: New Tax Updates available

    New tax updates for Payroll for Dynamics AX are available for download. Find the latest updates at the links below. Enjoy! Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 US Payroll The AX 2012 Payroll tax update 2013-R11 contains the updated tax engine. AX 2012 Payroll tax update 2013-R11 now available (KB2872380...
  • 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: 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: Dynamics AX Premier Field Engineering Team Is Hiring

    If you've read some of my latest posts , you already know what we look for in Premier Field Engineers, and you even know the questions you'll get asked and how to answer them. (OK - we might have to change up the questions a little bit. If I notice you reading off the answers during the interview, I...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Your Services Team in Touch

    A.K.A. Scrum Meetings for Services Groups Since it's a Friday and my team's Scrum meeting is coming up in a few minutes I thought this would be a good time to talk about how we do Scrum meetings in Services ... As I've mentioned in earlier articles, we require a team approach to deliver on any of...
  • Blog Post: Interviewing AX Candidates - Questions (Part 2)

    Please read part 1 first to see what we're looking for in candidates. Here's a list of some questions that I ask candidates who are interested in Question Intent Tell me a little about yourself Get a background on the candidate - always interesting to...
  • Blog Post: Ramping Someone Up on Dynamics AX

    What does it take to learn Dynamics AX? It's not for the faint of heart - the product takes years to master and there's still no one I've met who knows every inch of it backward and forward. First, you have to start by finding the right candidate, so you have to know what you're looking for. Let's...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Managing an AX Consulting Practice

    My name is Eric Newell and I manage the Premier Field Engineering team for Microsoft Dynamics AX. We've been bringing you many great technical articles over the past year, and I wanted to broaden the scope of the blog site a little by highlighting some key non-technical concepts that are important to...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX Trace Parser (Part 4)

    Ok, I guess this three part series just got extended to four. I just have a few last things on the AX 4.0 / 2009 Trace Parser tool that you might find useful. Soon we'll all be using the AX 2012 version right? Anyway, here it goes... Most of the time Trace Parser works the way it should, but from...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX Trace Parser (Part 3)

    In part 1 of the series I discussed the basic prerequisites for capturing an AX trace. In part 2 , I discussed how to collect a trace. In this post I’ll walk you through the process of importing a trace into Trace Parser and show you a few different things I look for when I start analyzing a trace...
  • 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: Dynamics Ax 2009 Financials : Year-End process

    Please find the Year-end closing process below: Step 1: Create a new fiscal year Path: Dynamics Ax > General Ledger > Setup > Periods > Periods Click button 'Create new fiscal year' Click 'OK' 12 monthly lines get created with open status. ...
  • Blog Post: Managing Compliance with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

    Compliance Requirements and Microsoft Dynamics AX 1. Standard Operating Procedures A Standard Operating Procedure is typically instituted within a business to help ensure that efficient, consistent actions are carried out, and it is also used as a tool to assist in the training of new people executing...
  • Blog Post: Standard Cost in AX 2009

    Using the standard cost model in AX 2009, all receipts and issues are valued at the active cost. Costs are maintained in the item price form, which is available using the Price button from the item form. A few things to note when looking at the new price/cost form: 1. Price type - 3 price types...
  • Blog Post: Currency Round-off and Maximum Penny Difference

    Knowledge Base article 923022 explains when the penny difference account is used in Dynamics AX. I was recently asked how this works in connection with the maximum penny difference setting in GL Parameters. In this post, I have used the example provided in the mentioned article to illustrate how the...
  • Blog Post: Logon Dialog Box when Launching a Reporting Services Report from AX.

    I was recently working with a Dynamics AX 2009 customer who had Enterprise Portal and SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services installed on the same server – a fairly common configuration. Everything worked great except that they were encountering a barrage of logon dialog boxes each time they launched...
  • Blog Post: Convergence Replay - Database Compression and Encryption

    Thanks to the big crowd who attended Michael DeVoe's Convergence Session on Tuesday on Leveraging Microsoft SQL Server Data Compression & Transparent Data Encryption with Microsoft Dynamics Products . Yes, the title barely fit on the opening slide :). The audience asked some great questions and Michael...
  • Blog Post: Convergence Replay - Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics

    Thanks to everyone who attended Rod Hansen's session on the Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics at Convergence. We had a great turnout and great interaction within the session. They are still compiling the survey results, but as of last night, Rod's session was the #1 rated session with more...
  • Blog Post: Video: How to collect a trace within Dynamics AX

    When trying to diagnose performance issues in Dynamics AX, two of the key tools that we use are the Performance Analyzer (for SQL activity), and the Event Trace Parser for Microsoft Dynamics ® AX (aka Trace Parser). Trace Parser is a user interface and data analyzer built on top of the Event Tracing...
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