Thursday, May 3, 2007

Service Pack 6 for Dynamics Ax 3.0


Microsoft has released the service pack 6 for Dynamics Ax 3.0. Click the link below for the downloads

Service Pack 6 for Dynamics Ax 3.0[Requires customer source Logon]

What Makes Microsoft Dynamics AX 3.0 SP6 Important?

Quality and Performance: The service pack will introduce corrections made to solve many
previously reported issues.

The fix lists contain detailed descriptions of improvements

System Requirements:

Microsoft Dynamics AX 3.0 Service Pack 3, 4 or 5 installed. Because the kernel portion of the installation is Microsoft Dynamics Ax 3.0 Kernel Rollup 3, with the base platform of SP3 or later, this affects the installation of SP6.

Installation Notes:

Before you install Microsoft Dynamics AX 3.0 Service Pack 6 it is necessary to read the enclosed readme file in the download package. If you do not follow the correct installation procedure described in the readme file the product may not work properly.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Microsoft Dynamics Ax 4.0 SP1 Help Update


The Help updates for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 SP1 is available under the Link provided below.

Dynamics Ax 4.0 SP1 Help Update[Require Partner source login]

The update contains over 1000 new help topics plus a fix for formatting errors in over 600 topics. This completes the work on all topics displayed through the table of contents as well as help topics for all forms reached through the navigation pane.

Most application and system classes now have information about syntax, run on values, and a list of the class’s methods. Approximately 79,000 reference topics have been updated.
A detailed list of changes made to the MS Dynamics AX 4.0 SP1 Help documentation since December 2006 is also available in the link given above

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Radio Frequency Identification [RFID]

We are all aware that, Dynamics Ax supports RFID. The Article below will give some basic idea about the RFID.

RFID or Radio Frequency Identification is the Auto-ID technology by which one can identify objects and track information about them wirelessly using radio waves.

In the simplest terms an RFID system consists of a TAG (transponder) and a READER (interrogator). The technology of RFID deals with the remote collection of information stored on a tag using radio frequency communications. Information stored on the tag can range from as little as an identification number, to kilo-bytes of data written to and read from the tag, to dynamic information maintained on the tag, such as temperature histories. The information from the tag/reader combination is either presented to a human operator typically using a
hand-held device or a host computer which automatically manages the information.
Critical performance variables of an RFID system determine the cost of implementation.

Read Range - Range at which communication can be maintained
Memory - Size of the information space contained on the tag
Speed - The rate at which the communication with the tag can take place
Size - The physical size of the tag
Simultaneous read - The ability of the system to "simultaneously" communication with multiple tags
Interference - The reliability of communication with respect to interference due to material in the path between the reader and the tag
Accuracy - Read success rate especially in presence of many tags
Life & Re-use - Tags should be robust to handle harsh temperatures and environments. Battery life limits life of tag.

Several factors determine the level of performance that can be achieved in these variables.
Legal/regulatory emission levels allowed in the country of use. Battery is included in the tag to assist its communication or not. Frequency of the RF carrier used to transport the information.

The main components involved are:

RFID tags - attached on objects to identified and contain information
RFID readers - generates and RF signal to identify RFID tags
Antennae - Carries the RF signal to identify tags
Aggregation Software - Collects the required data

RFID Middleware
Filter the enormous data and convert it into information.
Integration with backend business systems (ERP, CRM, WMS, SCM etc.)

RFID Components
RFID tags are attached on objects, to identify them and can store information. Tags are classified based on their characteristics.

Active and Passive tags

Active tags use a battery to power its chip, Passive tags use the energy of the RF signal from readers.


Low Frequency (LF) – 125 KHz
High Frequency (HF) – 13.56 MHz
Ultra High Frequency (UHF) – 433 to 960 MHz – region specific
Microwave – 2.4 to 5 GHz Dual Frequency (DF) – power up at 125 KHz & Backscatter at 6.8 MHz

Read/Write capability

Read Only
Write Once Read Many
Write Many Read Many
Tag/Reader Communication Protocols

Reader talks first
Tag talks first
RFID Readers
RFID readers consist of a transmitter, receiver, antennae and a decoder. They communicate with RFID tags, identify them and retrieve data stored on the tag. Different types of RFID readers:
Fixed readers - Entry/Exit, Conveyer etc
Mobile readers - handheld readers, forklift readers etc
Dual Barcode and RFID readers

RFID Antennae

Apart from the antennae that is present in a tag an antennae is required between the reader and a tag to enable communication. The antennae can either be built in to the reader or it can be a powerful external antenna that can enhance the read range and quality of RF communication.
Most real scenarios require external antennae to direct the RF signal and provide comprehensive coverage of the area.

RFID Middleware

RFID Middleware is an intelligent toolset of software modules that transforms real-time data collected by RFID hardware into relevant operational information for instant and informed decision making.

Functions of Middleware

Filter the huge data collection and transform into relevant information
Seamless integration with existing Business Systems
Departure Control Systems
Workshop Management Systems
Specify the required information to be collected from the RFID environment
Effectively manage data network infrastructure based on defined business logic
Ease scalability of RFID application


Durable – Can withstand harsh temperatures & environments
Line of sight – Not required unlike barcode technology
Orientation – Not required unlike barcode technology
Simultaneously Read Many Tags – possible using anti-collision algorithms
Read range – Much Longer than barcodes
Tamper security – RFID tags have a Unique Permanent Serial Code that cannot be duplicated.
Reading Speed – Faster than barcodes
Memory – Can store useful data with dynamic update
Cost Effective – RFID tags maybe more expensive than barcode labels. But they have many advantages over barcode labels. Therefore RFID could be more cost effective provided it is used in the right manner and for the right application.

Microsoft Sure Step Methodology

Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step provides a complete methodology—including project management discipline and field-tested best practices—plus user-friendly tools that enable you to more successfully deploy, migrate, configure, and upgrade Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics SL.

For more information click the link below

Microsoft Sure Step[Requires partner source login]

Thursday, April 12, 2007

How to modify the behavior of dialog boxes to enable forms to appear in full-screen mode in Microsoft Dynamics AX

This article describes how to modify the behavior of dialog boxes to enable forms to open in full-screen mode. You can apply this modification to a specific dialog box or to all dialog boxes.

Click the link to download[requires partner source login]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What's New in Dynamics Ax 4.0 AOS?

The Application Object Server (AOS) provides the infrastructure to execute the business logic on the middle tier of a 3-tier Microsoft Dynamics AX installation. The AOS handles the connectivity, security, and database connection management that an Microsoft Dynamics AX system requires.

In Microsoft Axapta 3.0, the AOS was a standalone program, that is, an executable file that was started and stopped by the Microsoft Dynamics AX Server Manager, which functioned as a load-balancing application. In Microsoft Dynamics AX, the AOS is implemented as a Microsoft Windows Service to take advantage of the following:

· Windows Service applications run in the security context of a specific user account that is different from a user that is logged on or the default computer account. After installation of Microsoft Dynamics AX, the default user account has all the permissions required to access Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality.
· Eliminating the dependency on the Microsoft Dynamics AX Server Manager removes a security threat by which an attacker could send a command to the AOS to shut it down.
· A Windows Service application runs in its own Windows Session and takes advantage of the Service Control Manager (a feature of the Windows Server 2003 operating system) to maintain status information and to provide the user interface for managing the AOS.
· Windows Services can be configured to start at system startup or upon demand, and they continue to run even when no user is logged into the system.
· Server status can be reported to the Windows event log, allowing administrators to view errors and warnings that can aid in troubleshooting problems.

Upgrade from Ax 3.0 to Ax 4.0

Before doing the upgrade, Please have a look on the link below[Requires partner source login]. The link will provide the entire detail about the upgrade. The link will be updated periodically.Hope it will be useful when we are doing upgrades.{863D51CC-3127-4E83-94A7-AE95CE9E660D}&NRORIGINALURL=/partnersource/resources/support/selfsupport/hottopics/axapta/ax30to40upgrade.htm?printpage=false&NRCACHEHINT=Guest&printpage=false&wa=wsignin1.0