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Microsoft Dynamics AX from the Premier Field Engineering team at Microsoft.

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Podcast: Leveraging SQL Compression with Microsoft Dynamics Products

    We are podcast crazy this week on the Premier Field Engineering for Dynamics team. The PFE team will have a podcast a day going this week to get everyone jazzed up for Convergence next week. Our Dynamics AX focused podcast centers around using the compression capability available in Microsoft SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Intercompany Financial Statements in standard Ax 2009?

    We can generate intercompany financial statements, invoice accounts reports (ledger), payment account reports (ledger), and bank account (ledger) reports in standard Ax 2009. It really depends on the design of Chart of Accounts. Please find the following details of navigation and overview of information...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX Tracing (Part 2)

    In part 1 of this series, we covered the basic prerequisites of taking a trace. In this post I'm going to cover some best practices around capturing trace data and how to troubleshoot some common issues that may prevent trace files from being created. The steps below apply to both Dynamics AX 2009 and...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX Event IDs

    Recently a fellow PFE compiled a list of the AX Event IDs with their description and a possible action. This post is intended to give end users a better idea of the messages generated by the AOS service within the Application Event Log within the Windows Event Viewer. If you are receiving messages...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX Tracing (Part 1)

    Dynamics AX has a tracing feature that allows you to generate ETW traces of the client and server activity on your system. The information collected in these traces includes a call tree, SQL statements, and durations for all of the different code that executes. This kind of trace data can be extremely...
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