Lean Manufacturing in Dynamics AX 2012

I recently spent some time digging into Lean Manufacturing in AX 2012, so I thought I’d post a few notes and some information about lean concepts in AX 2012. Overall, I think it looks great and appears to work well in mixed mode. You can use lean kanbans and production orders even within the same…

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Database Maintenance Strategies for Dynamics AX

Database Maintenance Strategies with Microsoft Dynamics AX AX utilizes SQL Indexes in order to speed up queries to the database. It is important that any index created is analyzed for its usage pattern; for example, will the query only be made once per day, or thousands of times in a loop? It might not be…

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The Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference 2012 is coming soon!

We’re getting close to the launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 and the opportunity to learn all about it (and AX in general) at the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference 2012.  This year’s event will be held in Bellevue (Seattle), WA where you’ll have access to the best and brightest minds on AX.  The…


Compatibility Testing for Microsoft Dynamics AX

[Updated for SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2013]   When reviewing the Dynamics AX environment on customer site, we are often been asked question such as: “Do you know if this version of the product is officially supported by Microsoft”? This is quite natural because Microsoft products don’t have the exact roadmap and General Availability…


Dynamics Ax 2009 Retail Error Messages & Possible resolutions

Dynamics Ax 2009 Retail Error messages & Possible resolutions:   Error Code Title Error Description Possible Resolution 0                  Error on sending   request The distribution server for the location has not been specified in Retail Scheduler. Modify the location by specifying the distribution server for the location (Retail scheduler >  Common forms > Locations). 4096       …


Comparing AX and Active Directory User Accounts

I was recently working with an AX 2009 customer who wanted to compare the user accounts configured in AX with the user accounts in Active Directory. The basic goals were: Find all AX user accounts that no longer exist in Active Directory. Find all accounts that are disabled in Active Directory but not in AX….

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Are your AX 2012 AOS servers load balancing?

If you’re familiar with how AX 2009 load balancing works, you might get caught off guard when you find out that standard AX 2012 AOS clustering only load balances some of the communication to your AOS servers. The rest may only be going to a single server without you knowing about it. If that’s the…

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Dynamics AX 2012 Links & Info

Our team has been getting lots of questions on all facets of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 – we’ve certainly seen a ton of interest from customers and partners in the new release.  There is a lot of great info available about the release, but this is my effort to try to tie some of that…


Performance Analyzer Reports

We’re excited to introduce the next evolution with our Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics toolset.  We’ll review the concepts today at Convergence at the Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics session at 5pm in the Hilton Ballroom B on the 2nd floor.  In this post, we’ll list the reports that are included in the attached zip…

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AXUG Roundup – January in Minneapolis

Rod Hansen and I headed south to Minneapolis (yes, everything is south of Fargo) to join the Minnesota chapter of AXUG for dinner and a discussion on the Performance Analyzer tool.  The Minnesota chapter is very well attended and we had a good turnout for this meeting – about 20 folks there in total.  Ben Syltie…

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AOS Load Balancing

I’ve been questioned several times recently about AOS load balancing in Dynamics AX, and there seems to be quite a bit of confusion about how to properly configure AX for AOS load balancing, as well as high availability. Here are a few clarifications that apply to Dynamics AX version 4.0, AX 2009 and AX 2012:…

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Update on determining Disk Latencies with Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics

In my previous blog about Determining Disk Latency with Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics, I spoke of how to determine the disk latency.  In testing, we have determined that the computed latency from sys.dm_virtual_io_file_stats does not match Windows Performance Monitor Avg. Disk Sec/Read and Avg. Disk Sec/Write. There are many technical details around why the…


New DMVs in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 and SQL 2012 (‘Denali’) and Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics

One of the new features in Performance Analyzer 1.10 for Microsoft Dynamics is support for new DMVs in SQL 2008 R2 SP1 and SQL 2012. In this blog, we’ll explain what the new DMVs are and how they are used in analysis of performance issues in Microsoft Dynamics deployments.   New DMVs: sys.dm_os_windows_info                 This…

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Performance Analyzer 1.10 for Microsoft Dynamics

We would like to announce the release of Performance Analyzer 1.10 for Microsoft Dynamics.  This new and exciting release has a long list of new features: Peformance Analyzer 1.10  NOTE: SQL Server 2008 and above only for this version. ·         An hourly capture of data that shows your transaction volume per table per hour ·        …

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