Dynamics AX Tracing (Part 1)

Dynamics AX has a tracing feature that allows you to generate ETW traces of the client and server activity on your system. The information collected in these traces includes a call tree, SQL statements, and durations for all of the different code that executes. This kind of trace data can be extremely useful when troubleshooting…

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Performance Analyzer for Dynamics

Our Dynamics Services team has been doing Performance services for customers over the past 10 years.  We’ve learned a lot in that time – what information to collect, what key pieces of data to focus on and how to analyze all this data.   Over the evolution of SQL Server and our products, we’ve used a…

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SQL Server Trace Flags for Dynamics AX

The purpose of this post is to list and briefly explain 4 SQL Server trace flags that we’ve found to be helpful in certain circumstances when working with our Dynamics AX customers in the field. In general, I don’t recommend enabling these trace flags unless you’re experiencing the specific issues they’re meant to address. Hopefully…

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AX 2009 and Report Builder 3.0

Have you installed one of the new Report Builders– version 2 or version 3– and can’t get AX to launch it?  This posting addresses the issue and walks you through the steps to point AX to the new version. The first step is that you will need to get Report Builder 2.0 or 3.0 installed…


Podcast – AX Intelligent Data Management Framework

Last Thursday, September 16th, we did our first podcast on Dynamics AX.  This podcast covered the topic of the Intelligent Data Management Framework (IDMF) tool.  This is a beta tool that can be used to archive and purge data in Dynamics AX, and it has many bonus features as well.  Click the link below to…

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Managing Client Versions

How do you know if you have updated all of your client machines to the correct and current AX version? For a lot of companies that have distributed clients, managing the client software can be somewhat of a headache for the IT staff.  As the roll out of new kernel builds are released, it is…


Top 10 AX Blogs on MSDN/TechNet

There are many great blogs out in the Dynamics AX space – and some of them are done by our colleagues within Microsoft.  Here’s our team’s list of the blogs we read and suggest to customers: 1.       Dynamics AX Performance Team Blog – We work together with the performance team in development on a daily…


What is AX in the Field?

We are starting a new blog on the topic of Dynamics AX to provide updates from the field-facing teams on what’s going on with AX.  Michael Posl kicked off the content this week with his post on managing users between environment and you’ll see contributions here going forward from different service teams in Microsoft including…

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Managing Dynamics AX Users Between Production, Test and Development Environments

Woohoo…First blog post for Dynamics AX in the field!   Let’s start things off with an easy one:   A common question we get from customers who are new to Dynamics AX is: What’s the best Practice for adding users to Test and Development environments as data is refreshed from production? After all, who wants…