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  • Blog Post: How to Create and Consume a Service – New AIF Webcast

    If you’re using Dynamics AX 2009 and are new to services, there’s a new webcast that you’ll want to check out. It’s on Channel 9, and it was done by Sanjay Jain, ISV Architect Evangelist. It gives you the nutshell version of how to: · Create a new service · Add a new service operation...
  • Blog Post: AIF File Adapter Processing Sequence

    When you use the AIF file adapter to process messages, you might think that the messages would be processed sequentially in the order they are submitted as determined by the file time stamp (even though the processing is asynchronous). But the file adapter actually uses the file name and processes the...
  • Blog Post: AIF BizTalk Adapter White Paper Updated for 2009

    The white paper that covers setting up and configuring the BizTalk adapter has been updated for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. You can find it here . I wrote the original version of this white paper for 4.0 and one of my colleagues has updated it for the latest version. This is a must-have resource if you...
  • Blog Post: AIF Services & Locale

    I was recently included on an e-mail thread in which the question as to how AIF web services handle localization was raised. For example, if you have caller in Germany invoking a service that’s hosted in France, how is localization of the data and error messages handled? The answer is that the...
  • Blog Post: Video About the AIF Services and WCF

    Normally, I don't like to blog about other blogs, but in this case I made an exception. This blog post highlights an excellent video in which Ben Riga talks with Michael Merz, the AIF PM. This video is packed with useful technical information about WCF and AIF. He shows you how to: Consume the...
  • Blog Post: Excellent Presentation on SOA & Dynamics AX

    If you're interested in finding out about how SOA is enabled in Microsoft Dynamics AX, there's an excellent video on the subject. The video is a presentation by Alex Renz, in product planning, and Michael Merz, the PM for AIF. AIF provides the integration framework in Dynamics AX. If you're investigating...
  • Blog Post: Guide to AIF Documentation Available

    After fielding many requests for AIF documentation for both 4.0 and 2009, I put together this handy-dandy reference guide for the AIF documentation. It lists the documentation resources for both versions. When it comes to AIF, there are things that end-users, administrators and developers each need...
  • Blog Post: AIF Top Ten

    AIF Top 10 in Dynamics AX 2009 You’ve probably already heard that the release of the new version – Dynamics AX 2009 – is on the horizon. For those of you who are using AIF or are planning to use it, the next version has some great features. Here is my list of the top 10 AIF features in Dynamics...
  • Blog Post: Limit Outbound Documents in 4.0 (AIF)

    In Dynamics AX 4.0, there are two AIF actions that support retrieving data from an external system: QueryEntityKeys and QueryDocument . If a request message contains the QueryEntityKeys action, AX returns one ore more entity keys that match the query criteria specified in the request. If a request messages...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX 4.0 SP2 Released

    Service Pack 2 for Dynamics AX version 4.0 has just been released. SP2 contains some long-awaited features for AIF in addition to a plethora of bug fixes in all areas of the product. SP2 is available on PartnerSource and CustomerSource . Note that you must have access to these sites in order to log...
  • Blog Post: AIF Now Supports Updating & Deleting Data

    Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 SP2 has just been released. For AIF this means two great things: The AIF framework supports updating and deleting data. There are 15 new document classes. CRUD With the release of SP2, AIF now supports CRUD (create, read, update and delete). This means...
  • Blog Post: AIF XML Samples

    I often see requests for samples of XML messages, for example, a sample message containing query criteria. There are a few resources available to help you format inbound AIF messages. AIF Samples - There are AIF samples available on PartnerSource (this requires that you have access to PartnerSource...
  • Blog Post: Configure AIF for Data Exchange White Paper - Link Correction

    In a previous post, I listed the PartnerSource and CustomerSource links to the AIF white papers. The link to the white paper about configuring AIF for data exchange was incorrect, so here are the correct links: PartnerSource: https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource /documentation/whitepapers/dax40sp1_Config...
  • Blog Post: AIF Document History With Many Records

    An issue was surfaced recently by one of our partners about how to handle the AIF Document History form when there's a large volume of messages being exchanged. For example, if you have an installation that's sending say, 20,000 messages a day, the Document History tables fill up fast. First, a little...
  • Blog Post: AIF Whitepapers Available

    If you need to set up AIF to exchange data in Dynamics AX, or if you're just thinking about it, there are now two AIF white papers available that step you through the process of configuring AIF and exchanging data. The first white paper covers configuring AIF for data exchange using the file system...
  • Blog Post: May SDK Content Released

    I'm a programmer writer at Microsoft and I write content for the Dynamics AX SDK. Specifically, I cover AIF and database content. In Dynamics AX, the online help is divided into three categories: User documentation Administrator documentation Developer documentation Unlike the other...
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