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  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 2.0 QUERY ALERTS

    In the upcoming Beta 3 of DynamicsPerf 2.0, we have implemented a new feature called QUERY ALERTS. The inspiration for the design has come from all of you. One of the big challenges that we all face with performance is that sudden slowdown of the system. In general, this happens for 2 major reasons...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 actions to troubleshoot performance of MRP

    I wanted to write this blog post after a couple of Dynamics AX Performance Review where the Targeted scenario was execution of the MRP Batch . Every situation is different but there are similarities as well, especially when it comes to troubleshooting and patterns for improving performance. The objective...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 2.0 Comparing AX schema

    With DynamicsPerf 2.0 , we made schema changes to better support multiple databases and environments. This change includes AOTEXPORT class that provides table and index schema from Dynamics AX into the DynamicsPerf database. The new AOTEXPORT class now writes data directly to DynamicsPerf. What this...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 2.0 IS HERE !!

    I have opened the downloads for DynamicsPerf 2.0 Beta 1 today Jan. 6, 2016. You can download it from here: DynamicsPerf 2.0 for SQL2008R2 and Above . The deployment guide for installation can be found here: DynamicsPerf 2.0 Deployment Guide.aspx Please post any issues you may find on the...
  • Blog Post: Setting up Windows Performance Monitor Templates

    To log valuable information about your database server such as disk, processor, memory and network, it is important to configure and schedule the performance counter logging. In the following steps, you will configure the database server for performance counter logging. This information will be logged...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 2.0 Historical Tables and Baselines

    Another one of the new features in version 2.0 is the addition of HISTORICAL TABLES : QUERY_HISTORY INDEX_HISTORY We collect query data every 5 minutes by default and index data every hour on the hour. With this increase in collection of detailed data, it was pretty apparent that the DynamicsPerf...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 2.0 Scheduling Engine

    One of the new features of DynamicsPerf 2.0 is the way tasks are now run using a scheduling engine inside of DynamicsPerf. There were 2 goals for this new design. The first being able to deliver customized data collection for different environments. A good example of this would be for collection at a...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 2.0 Deployment Guide

    INTRODUCTION The tool DynamicsPerf ( Performance Analyzer for Dynamics ) is used by Microsoft Dynamics Support team, Premier Field Engineers and Product Group team members to diagnose performance issues with Dynamics products such as Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM. IMPORTANT : The purpose of the Performance...
  • Blog Post: DynamicsPerf 2.0 Installation for Dynamics AX

    INTRODUCTION Please be sure to install the core components of Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics before completing this guide. Dynamicsperf-2-0-deployment-guide The Performance Analyzer is delivered as a SQL Server solution and consists of a number of collectors as SQL jobs, X++ classes...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 tips to prepare your Dynamics AX 2012 Go Live - Series 3/3

    Hi, This is the third and last part of "the top 10 recommendations" list to prepare a Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Go Live. 7. Prepare Windows Performance Monitoring for ETL trace We do not recommend to collect such Dynamics AX trace in production because it can generate a very large size file...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 tips to prepare your Dynamics AX 2012 Go Live - Series 2/3

    Hi, Let's now have a look at the second part of "the top 10 recommendations" list to prepare a Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Go Live. 4. Review long running queries from Dynamics AX users This is my favourite tool when it comes to performance monitoring. Other tools will give you great insight...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 tips to prepare your Dynamics AX 2012 Go Live - Series 1/3

    When customer is starting a new Dynamics AX 2012 instance, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer are often asked to support them on-site in case something goes wrong. Because of wide nature of incidents, it is always necessary to setup the right tools in production to collect the relevant data and keep...
  • 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: 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: What time is it? Another new feature in Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics ( DynamicsPerf )

    In the next release of Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics (DynamicsPerf), we will be making a schema change to the AX_SQLTRACE table. Currently, the [CREATED_DATETIME] column is stored in GMT time. Dynamics AX stores it this way to adjust for clients being in multiple time zones. So, in our...
  • Blog Post: How your history can help you improve your future? Come to Convergence 2014 for the answer !!

    HINT: It’s an 8 letter word. I will be presenting Supercharging performance with Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics at: Wednesday March 5 3:30pm – 4:30PM Thursday March 6 2:00pm – 3:00pm I will explain the following new feature coming in the next release of...
  • 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: 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: 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: Performance Analyzer Reports

    We're excited to introduce the next evolution with our Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics toolset. We'll review the concepts today at Convergence at the Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics session at 5pm in the Hilton Ballroom B on the 2nd floor. In this post, we'll list the reports...
  • Blog Post: AXUG Roundup - January in Minneapolis

    Rod Hansen and I headed south to Minneapolis (yes, everything is south of Fargo) to join the Minnesota chapter of AXUG for dinner and a discussion on the Performance Analyzer tool. The Minnesota chapter is very well attended and we had a good turnout for this meeting - about 20 folks there in total....
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Cases for Remote Service Delivery

    Our Premier Field Engineers travel a lot. When customers need assistance during deployments or need a workshop or want to make sure their team is up to speed on what we're delivering, they request us to be onsite and we come on out. The opportunity to be out working directly at the customer site greatly...
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