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  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX 2009 & Communicator – Better Together

    I just discovered that you can enable integration of AX and communicator such that you can see a contact's status right from within AX. To me this was so cool I couldn't wait to check it out and share the goodness. You can see Communicator presence for any party type person in AX so it will work for...
  • Blog Post: The Help Guy – Who Knew?!

    Not me! Within our very own company we have someone that blogs regularly about help files and formats. If you write or integrate content with Dynamics AX help, this could be a handy resource. You can find his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/thehelpguy/ . In particular, the Help Guy's latest post about...
  • Blog Post: AX 2009 Training in the Pacific Northwest

    I know many companies are on the lookout for AX training. So I thought I'd share this information that I recently received about some training classes that are being offered by Fine Solutions, a Microsoft partner. To register or find out more information, you can contact them at engage@fine.com or...
  • Blog Post: Automate the AX Checklist

    Sometimes you stumble upon something that has been around for a long time but you never knew about, so when you do find out about it, it’s like making a whole new discovery. This is how I felt when I found out you could automate the checklist that must be completed after you install Dynamics AX. ...
  • Blog Post: AIF Queries & Schemas: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    A while back I created this graphic to show the relationship between a document query and the document schema. If you’re new to AIF, this may help you understand the format of the data that flows in and out of AIF through the document services. When using a document service in AIF, you call a service...
  • Blog Post: AIF Code Samples Available for Download

    I have posted some AIF code samples on the MSDN Code Gallery that demonstrate calling a service class from X++. AIF - Calling the Customer Service in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 This code sample demonstrates how to call the customer service from X++. This XPO contains a job that shows you how to call...
  • 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: Summer Reading - Dynamics AX Books

    Traditionally, Summer is a time to catch up on reading. Since the dog days of Summer are now upon us (here in the northern hemisphere), I'd like to draw your attention to some of the Dynamics AX books that are available. There's a full listing on the AX Developer Center at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en...
  • 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: AX How Do I Video Released

    I'm happy to announce that the first webcast for Dynamics AX is available on the developer center . This one is about linking parent and child forms using dynamic links. We are planning on posting more of these in the future so be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • 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 MSDN Search to AX Content Only (4.0)

    As you may or may not know, the documentation set for Dynamics AX 4.0 is on MSDN. That includes the user and administrator help as well as the developer help. Let’s say you're looking for AX-only information. You can use the usual MSDN search, but the results may include topics from other products...
  • 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: Feedback on DAX Developer Center

    You may have seen my post about the Dynamics AX developer center on MSDN but even more exciting news is that I have recently become responsible for its content. At first, I was drunk with power. But I’m over it now and would like to say that if you have any feedback on what you’d like to see on...
  • Blog Post: Update on the Dynamics AX SDK Team

    The Dynamics AX SDK team is responsible for the product developer documentation. Lately, I have been getting the word out about what the SDK team has been doing lately and catch up anyone who's interested on what’s new with the developer documentation. We have been up to a lot since the 4.0 release....
  • Blog Post: Yahoo Group for Dynamics AX

    I thought I knew all the resources that existed for Dynamics AX development and now I come to find out there's one heretofore unknown to me. That is the Dynamics AX dev group on Yahoo which you can get via this link: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/development-axapta/ . It's quite an active group...
  • 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: Dynamics AX Developer Center Goes Live

    The Dynamicx AX Developer Center is now live on MSDN and contains a plethora of resources for AX developers. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/ax/default.aspx The SDK team welcomes your feedback on any general or specific comments you have about the developer documentation.
  • 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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