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  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX/SQL Maintenance Scripts

    Attached are the Maintenance Scripts I described in my EaaS Video "Microsoft Dynamics AX and SQL Server Maintenance Plans" 1. SP_STATISTICS_MAINTENANCE 2. SP_INDEX_MAINTENANCE_ENTERPRISE a. Requires parameter values be set 3. SP_INDEX_MAINTENANCE_STANDARD a. Requires parameter values...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf Deep Dive Blog Series

    Welcome to my blog series on Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics (Dynamicsperf) !! In this series of blogs, I will be covering the technical details of the DynamicsPerf toolset and how to analyze the data. Bookmark this blog entry and check back often. I will be linking to all of the blogs...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf Deep Dive – What’s the impact of running DynamicsPerf on my system?

    This is a question that I get asked a lot, and it’s a very natural one to ask. The short answer to this is almost nothing. We are simply collecting DMV data that SQL Sever already has in memory and inserting that into our DynamicsPerf database. For Dynamics AX customers, we are collecting some...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf Deep Dive – The Vision

    Before I dive into all of the things you can do with DynamicsPerf, I think it’s important that I describe its history as this will tell you a lot about the vision for the toolset. DynamicsPerf was born during the development of SQL Server 2005 which gave us Dynamic Management Views (DMVs). Mark...
  • Blog Post: How to manage Windows NLB when AOS Service stops

    Consider the following scenario where there is an AOS Cluster configured for Services' high availability by following the information published at “Configuring network load balancing for services AX2012” ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh397322.aspx ) The NLB cluster is working...
  • Blog Post: Management Reporter 2012 CU10 for Dynamics AX 2012 is now available!

    Management Reporter 2012 CU10 (version 2.1.10001.112 & w/ Hotfix 2.1.10001.126 - see below) has been formally posted and ready for customers to download. This update release for MR 2012 contains enhancements around some of the most voted on suggestions in MSConnect including export to Excel enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Convergence EMEA, November 2014

    Hi all, We are pleased to announce that Premier Field Engineer team is going to be at next EMEA Convergence event. This will take place the 4-5-6 of November in Barcelona. You can now Schedule your private agenda with the Convergence Schedule Builder . Here are two sessions that me and my colleagues...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 1.20 RTM is HERE !!

    I would like to announce that the RTM build of DynamicsPerf 1.20 has been posted to http://dynamicsperf.codeplex.com . There is an upgrade script for both 1.20 RC0 and for those running on 1.16. A big thank you to everyone that gave feedback on this version!! I will be authoring a series of blog...
  • Blog Post: Patching Strategy for Dynamics AX

    Innovation vs. Disruption One common challenge we are facing with large Dynamics AX implementation is the Patching Strategy. Our Premier Mission Critical customers have clearly reiterated the importance of delivering innovation without disrupting their critical business processes. Financial and logistics...
  • Blog Post: Management Reporter 2012 CU9 for Dynamics AX 2012 is now available!

    Management Reporter 2012 CU9 has been posted for download! This release contains enhancements to the Management Reporter Web Viewer around opening and refreshing reports along with additional troubleshooting information in the Configuration Console related to data issues in Dynamics AX. Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Management Reporter 2012 CU8 for Dynamics AX 2012 is now available

    Microsoft's vision for Management Reporter (MR) continues to mature as a powerful Corporate Performance Management (CPM) solution with greater stability and rich functionality enhancements for Dynamics AX 2012 . This new CU release is a testament that the Product Group for MR is listening and remains...
  • 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: Announcing RAP as a Service for Dynamics AX

    I am pleased to announce the General Availability of RAP as a Service for Dynamics AX . This Microsoft Premier Service takes our existing Health Check to the next level with on-demand data collection and analysis to give you the flexibility to check and re-check the state of your system whenever you...
  • 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: Severe Performance issue in SQL 2012 with Service Pack 1, Page Life Expectancy drops near 0

    If you are running Microsoft Dynamics on SQL Server 2012 with Service Pack 1 installed, we would like to make you aware of a serious performance issue that could impact you. The symptom is that your Page Life Expectancy drops close to 0 suddenly. In Performance Monitor it might look like the following...
  • Blog Post: Benchmark your Dynamics AX solution with Load Testing

    One of the most crucial time when implementing your Dynamics AX solution is the few weeks prior the Go Live. At that stage, the infrastructure has been configured with all components and all settings have been reviewed to match best practices. The functional team is running all test cases to sign off...
  • 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: Top 10 issues discovered from Dynamics AX Health Check

    The Premier Field Engineer team has been running several hundred of Dynamics AX Health Check worldwide and I thought it would be interested to share the most common issues discovered during onsite. Some of the following issues might look trivial but the reality is that despite all the literature that...
  • Blog Post: Do not assume, Benchmark your X++ code

    Some might argue Dynamics AX is an opened source ERP. With the developer license, you can see the whole stack of Microsoft code (SYS and SYP layers), and you can overwrite its core business logic to match your specific needs (VAR or CUS layers). That flexibility is maybe the number one strength of the...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX 2012 and SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups

    When setting up Microsoft SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 you may run into an issue when attempt to enable the “Partial Containment” option on the Dynamics AX production database, which is a pre-requisite for AlwaysOn. When you attempt to enable...
  • Blog Post: Lean Manufacturing in Dynamics AX 2012

    I recently spent some time digging into Lean Manufacturing in AX 2012, so I thought I’d post a few notes and some information about lean concepts in AX 2012. Overall, I think it looks great and appears to work well in mixed mode. You can use lean kanbans and production orders even within the same...
  • 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: Are your AX 2012 AOS servers load balancing?

    If you’re familiar with how AX 2009 load balancing works, you might get caught off guard when you find out that standard AX 2012 AOS clustering only load balances some of the communication to your AOS servers. The rest may only be going to a single server without you knowing about it. If that’s...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX 2012 Links & Info

    Our team has been getting lots of questions on all facets of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - we've certainly seen a ton of interest from customers and partners in the new release. There is a lot of great info available about the release, but this is my effort to try to tie some of that into one central...
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