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Upgrade analysis using Lifecycle Services (LCS) [AX 2012]

The nature of software is that you will have to upgrade or implement at some point. Dynamics AX is no different from any other software system out there. With Microsoft working hard on Lifecycle Services (LCS) site, doing an upgrade analysis has gotten a lot easier. Below is a diagram illustrating the process to produce your analysis report (Excel file). Below are steps on how to use LCS to produce the upgrade analysis file. 1. Go to LCS site ( ) 2. Create a new project and click on the Upgrade analysis 3. Enter the project name and select the AX version. Currently in the list there are 2009 SP1 and AX4SP2. Before you click on the Create button. Make sure to click on the Download link to download the Rapid Data Collector tool. 4. Now that you have created your project, go and install the Rapid Data Collector (do not run against your production – take a copy). 5. Install the Rapid Data Collector and it should be a simple executable that you can run.

Migrating from GP to AX using DIEF [AX 2012]

Today I found a hidden gem that I never noticed. It is actually in AX 2012 R2 CU7 and also in AX R3 (unchanged from the look of it). I was going to through some DMF classes and I stumbled across this interesting class DMFDefaultMappingGP. It has a number of select statements you can use to query GP to import into AX. Naming of the fields seem to have been done nicely, it should automatically map to the staging automaticly. I found nothing that calls these methods – only way I can think of is to copy the string and paste it into DIEF query. You will see some of the queries like InventTable and Project are empty. Either Microsoft started this and stopped after a while. I can see the vision Microsoft started off here. I will do some experimenting and see how it works out.

AX 2012 R3 License types (CAL) for security roles

Below is the list of security roles and what license type they are. Role License type Accountant Enterprise Users Accounting manager Enterprise Users Accounting supervisor Enterprise Users Accounts payable centralized payments clerk Enterprise Users Accounts payable clerk Enterprise Users Accounts payable manager Enterprise Users Accounts payable payments clerk Enterprise Users Accounts payable positive payment clerk Enterprise Users Accounts receivable centralized payments clerk Enterprise Users Accounts receivable clerk Enterprise Users Accounts receivable manager Enterprise Users Accounts receivable payments clerk Enterprise Users Budget clerk Enterprise Users Budget manager Enterprise Users Buying agent Functional Users Chief executive officer Enterprise Users Chief financial officer Enterprise Users Collections agent Enterprise Users Collections manager Enterprise Users Compensation and benefits manager Enterprise Us

Step by Step: Deploy AX 2012 R3 on Azure via Life Cycle Service

AX 2012 R3 is finally here. With that they have made the demo environment available on Azure and can be deployed using Life Cycle Service. There are a few posts out there detailing but I thought I do a quick screenshot step by step guide on how to deploy AX 2013 R3 on Azure via Life Cycle Service. 1. Log on to LCS and create 2. Create a new project and fill in the required details. 3. Once the project is created click on the “Cloud hosted environment” icon. 4. Now go to Azure portal and grab your subscription ID. You will need it for the next step. It is a GUID. 5. Back in LCS portal – you click the add button. You will need your Azure Subscription GUID. 6. Now it will give you a certificate to download. 8. In Azure portal click on Settings and upload the certificate. 9. It should show up as loaded wi