How to Create and Consume a Service – New AIF Webcast

If you’re using Dynamics AX 2009 and are new to services, there’s a new webcast that you’ll want to check out. It’s on Channel 9, and it was done by Sanjay Jain, ISV Architect Evangelist.   It gives you the nutshell version of how to:   ·         Create a new service ·         Add a new…


AIF Services & Locale

I was recently included on an e-mail thread in which the question as to how AIF web services handle localization was raised. For example, if you have caller in Germany invoking a service that’s hosted in France, how is localization of the data and error messages handled?   The answer is that the services do…


AIF BizTalk Adapter White Paper Updated for 2009

The white paper that covers setting up and configuring the BizTalk adapter has been updated for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. You can find it here. I wrote the original version of this white paper for 4.0 and one of my colleagues has updated it for the latest version. This is a must-have resource if you’re…


Rec Fields Required in AIF Partial Update

I was included in an e-mail thread recently that discussed what fields are needed in a partial update. To make a long story short, you need the _DocumentHash field as well as the RecId and RecVersion fields for each entity being updated.   Partial updates were introduced in AIF in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 so…


Restart AOS When Service WSDL Contains an Enum

I recently heard about an issue in Dynamics AX 2009 when adding a service reference or even a reference to a DLL within the AOT. For instance, if you add a reference to a service, call the service and then receive an error, it may be due to problems with data contracts that contain enums. So if you…


Video About the AIF Services and WCF

Normally, I don’t like to blog about other blogs, but in this case I made an exception. This blog post highlights an excellent video in which Ben Riga talks with Michael Merz, the AIF PM. This video is packed with useful technical information about WCF and AIF. He shows you how to: Consume the sales…


Update to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.01 SDK Now Released

An update to the 4.01 SDK is now available for download here. Download and install this file to get the latest developer help content (in .chm file format) for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.01. The SDK contains all the developer documentation including conceptual content, walkthroughs, how-to’s, and class reference content. The new release fixes broken links…


Excellent Presentation on SOA & Dynamics AX

If you’re interested in finding out about how SOA is enabled in Microsoft Dynamics AX, there’s an excellent video on the subject. The video is a presentation by Alex Renz, in product planning, and Michael Merz, the PM for AIF. AIF provides the integration framework in Dynamics AX. If you’re investigating how to integrate Dynamics AX…


Viewing a Minidump File in XP

Recently, I have been experiencing hard crashes on my computer, which I have been using for over two years now. What happens is that I see a flash of blue screen and then my system reboots. After the inital shock, panic, and trying to remember what files I had saved/not saved, I shrugged it off…


AIF Whitepapers Available

If you need to set up AIF to exchange data in Dynamics AX, or if you’re just thinking about it, there are now two AIF white papers available that step you through the process of configuring AIF and exchanging data. The first white paper covers configuring AIF for data exchange using the file system adapter, the MSMQ adapter,…