Dianne Siebold's WebLog

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    Dynamics AX 2009 Book Ships

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    The updated version of Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is now available. Check it out here .
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Services White Paper

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    At long last, a white paper about implementing new services and best practices for developers has been published. This document is chock-full of helpful tips for developers that are creating services in AX 2009. Running the AIF Document Service...
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    Dynamics AX Goes Green

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    Early this year, we released the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard (ESD). This is a module that works with Dynamics AX 2009. This tool is not my area of expertise within AX, but I thought it was really cool so I wanted to mention it. The dashboard...
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    Automate the AX Checklist

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    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...
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    Message Encoding in AIF

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    Recently, I was on a mail thread that elucidated certain aspects of how AIF messages are encoded. So I thought I would share that info here. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the default encoding is UTF-8. You can change the default in the global settings...
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    Create a File from MSDN Content

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    I recently discovered that there’s a tool that allows you to create a help file (either .chm or .hxs) from content on MSDN and TechNet. It’s called Package This and is available on CodePlex . This is great if you want to download a bunch of information...
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    Looking for Dynamics AX 2009 Doc? Look No Further

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    This week is the annual AX User Group Summit 2009 in Chicago. The Dynamics AX Content Publishing team is there, and we have created a compendium of documentation resources for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. In this document you’ll find a list of the...
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    Dynamics AX Doc Team at AXUG Summit - Stop By and See Us

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    The Microsoft Dynamics AX Content Publishing team (we write all the AX docs) is holding some roundtables at the AXUG Summit going on right now. Please come by and participate – we’d like to hear your feedback. Here’s the schedule: ...
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    AX Developer Center Extreme Makeover

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    As part of the overall MSDN redesign, the Dynamics AX Developer Center is sporting a new look. The core navigation is still there, but many of the pages have been simplified to make it easier to find what you're looking for. For more information about...
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    Dynamics AX Developer Center Goes Live

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    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...
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    AIF XML Samples

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    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 ...
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    June SDK Content Released

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    The latest SDK updates for June have just been released to MSDN. These updates (and all updates so far this year) all pertain to Dynamics AX version 4.0. The main link for MSDN is http://msdn.microsoft.com or you can go directly to the developer docs...
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    AIF Now Supports Updating & Deleting Data

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    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...
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    Dynamics AX 4.0 SP2 Released

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    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...
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    July SDK Content Released

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    The latest SDK updates for July have just been released to MSDN. These updates (and all updates so far this year) all pertain to Dynamics AX version 4.0. The main link for MSDN is http://msdn.microsoft.com or you can go directly to the developer docs...
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    May SDK Content Released

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    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...
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    AIF Whitepapers Available

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    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...
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    Dynamics AX Documentation HotFix

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    This is somewhat old news but in case you haven't heard about it, we released a documentation hotfix for Dynamics AX in Feb 2007. It contains over 1000 new help topics and updates the CHM files in your installation. The hotfix includes updates to all...
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    AIF Document History With Many Records

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    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...
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    AX How Do I Video Released

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    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...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SDK Now Online

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    Along with the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, we have made the SDK documentation available on MSDN here . If you look in the tree on the left, you'll see that the 4.0 documentation is still available on MSDN as well. The SDK documentation for...
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    Guide to AIF Documentation Available

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    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...
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    Summer Reading - Dynamics AX Books

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    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...
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    Viewing a Minidump File in XP

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    Recently, I have been experiencing hard crashes on my computer, which I have been using for over two years now. What happens is that I see a flash of blue screen and then my system reboots. After the inital shock, panic, and trying to remember what files...
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    Excellent Presentation on SOA & Dynamics AX

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    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...
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