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Cumulative update 2 vs. Feature pack [AX 2012]

It was a little confusing at first what the Feature pack contained. This was release recently on in 1st February 2012. This release is targeted at the five key industries: Manufacturing, Distribution, Services Industries, Public Sector, and Retail. This release also incorporates Microsoft Dynamics ERP RapidStart Services.
One major thing you will notice when you install the Feature pack it is the same build as Cumulative update 2.

Below are two screenshots. The first is Cumulative update 2 and the second is the Feature pack. Notice a few things here:
  1. Build is the same. 6.0.947.280
  2. Feature pack I installed the Extensions model (Build 6.0.1108.0). This installs into the FPK layer and is meant to put you in a good position to install the industry specific models (which I have not installed on this scenario).
DAX2012CU2_2012-03-28_0744

DAX2012FeaturePack_2012-03-28_0745
In this blog entry I haven’t gone into the installation disk. In brief the install disk for the Feature Pack is the latest and it comes bundled with all these in there. Including the Retail component installation which is now part of the install wizard.

Correction update:
Feature pack kernel is actually 6.0.947.862

Just an additional note regarding the Extensions model. It is not option, it must be installed.
Extensions
Microsoft Dynamics AX extensions for the following industries:
  • Process Manufacturing - Process manufacturing production and logistics for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Allows you to manage production, inventory, and costs in a process-controlled environment, such as in the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Public Sector - Addresses the special controls, rules, and regulations of Public Sector organizations.
  • Project Management – Allows you to invoice customers for various billing scenarios, such as billing per unit of delivery and billing when a milestone is completed. You can also create customer and vendor retentions, and manage workers on projects.
  • Retail - Provides mid-market and large retailers a complete head office and point of sale (POS) solution.
ImportantImportant
This model is required when you install Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack. If the model includes functionality that you do not plan to use, turn off the appropriate license codes and configuration keys. Do not uninstall this model to remove unwanted functionality. Uninstalling models that are released by Microsoft will place your system in an unsupported state. If you have uninstalled this model, you must reinstall it using the instructions found in How to: Export and Import a Model.



As Brandon mentions in his blog. Microsoft strong recommendation is you to update any clients on previous versions of AX 2012 to the feature pack. Here is the link to Microsoft page on this
The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack—Why You Should Adopt it Moving Forward 

Additional links:
List of build numbers
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/axsupport/archive/2012/03/29/overview-of-ax-build-numbers.aspx

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