Cost Saving Capabilities on Azure for Dynamics AX 2012 R3

How cost savings can be possible for Dynamics AX 2012  R3 VMs Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and classic deployment models (ASM) represent two different ways of deploying and managing your Azure solutions. You work with them through two different API sets, and the deployed resources can contain important differences. The two models are not compatible…


Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. Static IP Addresses?

We received many requests regarding the IP addresses used by production environments of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations in the cloud. There might be multiple reasons for those requests: configure services and devices, allow access from the company’s network or simply monitor the availability. This blog is written to demystify some wrong assumptions. Can…


AX Performance Monitor 101 – Tips and tricks to deal with performance counter files

In my previous blog post, I explained how to setup Performance Monitor (PerfMon) to proactively capture performance data while cleaning old files to keep disk space under control. This is, let’s say, our ideal scenario, but sometimes setup is not that specific and we need to deal with suboptimal files that contains the performance data…


Monitoring Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 with System Center Operation Manager 2016

Monitoring Microsoft Dynamics AX with Operations Manager enables administrators to proactively react to changes in the overall health of the AX environment and to adjust the system for optimal performance and reliability. With this management pack, operators and administrators can view information about all Application Object Server (AOS) instances in the environment, take AOS servers…


AX Performance Monitor 101 – Setup Perfmon for continuous monitoring with rolling files

  Windows Performance Monitor (PerfMon) is likely the most useful tool (together with our DynamicsPerf package) to monitor and diagnose performance problems related with your Microsoft Dynamics AX infrastructure and, in general, for any software running on Windows operating systems. Given its importance, is surprising how many people is not using it properly or, even worst, is not using…


Backup and Restore Strategy for Dynamics AX

Your organization’s deployment of Dynamics AX is going to be one of the most important applications in your enterprise (if not, it is the most important application).  It is absolutely critical to the health of your business that a sound backup and restore strategy is in place for your implementation of Dynamics AX. Ensure that…


High Availability best practices for Dynamics AX 2012

In this blog post, I would like to summarize the best practices to ensure High Availability (HA) for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3. This has been a critical subject for many customers because Dynamics AX is a mission-critical business application meaning that any downtime impacting end users will result in financial loss. Business continuity doesn’t come for…


Capacity Planning for Dynamics AX

Since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 was launched in 2011, hundreds of Premier customers engaged Premier Field Engineering team to provide guidance on new Dynamics AX 2012 infrastructure, especially when upgrade was executed from legacy versions such as Dynamics AX 2009. Today, most of our customers are live and look for optimization of their existing infrastructure, they need to better justify cost associated with IT capacity and they…


How to solve AX Data Refresh with Powershell?

The number of resources regarding PowerShell with AX, at our disposal, is so small and it is so little we can do with them, this is a topic that I would like to increase awareness starting an open discussion. I will try to bring to the blog scripts that have been helping me to optimize…