I just wanted to provide some notes about an update of the Demo VM we have recently posted to Partnersource. In January we had to apply a patch for Microsoft Word 2007 to any new downloads of the VM. Unfortunately we are restricted from distributing a version of the VM without this patch to Word 2007.
This means that the VM which is called Refresh 2 is now version 2. This means that is it different from the version we posted in June/July 2009. You can find the updated VM on the regular demo page on PartnerSource
Here are some notes :
"How does this affect me ?" If you are a partner and already have the Demo VM it doesn't affect you. You don't need to download a new version as it is not significantly changed. The only thing that is updated/changed on the VM is the patch to Word 2007.
"What should I do if I have a diff disk based on the original Refresh 2 ?" The simple thing is make sure you keep a copy of the original download files for the Refresh 2. Then you can use these with the diff disk that you have. Unfortunately we can't make these available any more.
"Should I update my diff disks ?" If you have an urgent need to share your solution with another partner then yes you should update your diff disk based on the Refresh 2 V2 or work with them to work out a temporary solution with the original download files of Refresh 2.
"Should I keep making diff disks ?" I'm am encouraging partners not to use diff disks. There are two major reasons why.
"Is there an alternative to diff disk so I don’t have this issue each time you change the base ?" Yes. If you only update the DB and Dynamics AX application then I'd recommend putting them on a new VHD disk. Then use an updated AX Server configuration and client configuration to point to the new location of the DB and application. You can follow the same model that we used for the Lean, Process and Services Industries Application Disks.
The basic steps are :
More detailed notes to follow in time once I get videos back up on the blog.
"Can I use the same procedure if I also modify applications outside Dynamics AX ?" Yes. There is a lot that you can do on the VM to configure your demos beyond Dynamics AX. If you are configuring data for other applications that have databases then you can include a database for people to attach. If you are using SharePoint then you can provide a backup of SharePoint databases. Other applications that need to be installed you can include the installer on you VHD and provide people with a silent install or command line to simplify the application setup.
That is enough for now, If you have question about this ping me.
(Original post at http://blogs.msdn.com/lcash)