Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Import Contoso Demo Data to Dynamics AX 2012

For AX 2012 demo data is available at partner source Link (Partner or customer source login required).

Now, demo data is available in executable file DynamicsAX2012R3DemoData.exe.

To import demo data,
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Test Data Transfer Tool is required Link (Partner or customer source login required).

If above link does not work to download tool, login to Dynamics LCS & look for Downloadable tools as below.


If above both is available follow steps below to import data.
It is recommended that you follow below process on DB Server.

Step 1:
Extract the demo data files from DynamicsAX2012R3DemoData.exe to a specific location.
It is suggested that extract it to database server local drive – for better performance.
Also make sure that at least 40GB Space is available.

The output folder will contain the files of following extension types:
1.                  .OUT - data file that contains metadata for AX transactional database
2.                  .OutModel - data file that contain metadata for AX model database
3.                  .XML - data file that contains AX table data.

Step 2:
 Run the Test Data Transfer Tool.exe file to install the utility. Note path where this tool gets installed. 

After successful installation, the folder will look like as shown below:

Step 3:
Open AX client and import the .XPO named (MetaDataXMLGenerator.Xpo) from the path you have installed Test Data Transfer Tool.

On successful import a job will be created as shown below:

Step 4:
Run the job <MetadataXMLGenerator(usr)>, a  meta data file will be generated. Path will be displayed in the infolog after job execution completes as shown in the snapshot below:
If you lost Infolog, open Run and type %temp%, there you get Metadata.xml

Step 5:
Copy the metadata file from the above path and paste it in [lists] folder (where Test Data Transfer Tool has been installed- Step 2). Overwrite the file already exists.

Step 6:
Stop MS Dynamics AX service.

Step 7:
Open command prompt using administrator and navigate to the path where the Test Data Transfer Tool is installed. This must be installed on Database server to avoid errors.

Step 8:
Run the following command:
Dp.exe Import “C:\R3DemoData\DynamicsAXR3DemoData” DAX2012R3 “Contoso\SQL2012”
C:\R3DemoData\DynamicsAXR3DemoData: update the path (Demo Data extracted path)
DAX2012R3: update the database name. (AX Business Database Name)
Contoso\SQL2012: SQL Server Instance name, where database is attached.

If you do not specify [Server], it will always looking for current machine.

In case of standalone you will get the following screen after execution of above command.

If we enter ‘Y’, then following screen will open up describing the count for importing the table data and Error (if they come up)

The process may take time depending upon machine configuration.
At the end,
On successful import, Open AX client and data will show up.
Also, you may notice some errors count, you can review that error from DPLog file from installation folder as below.


Troubleshoot the issue related to this tool: (Good comments are posted with errors and resolutions).

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dynamics AX Demo Solutions and License files.

Are you searching for Demo Solutions for Dynamics AX.

Below mentioned link can help you.

AX Demo solution and license file - Link  (requires partner source login).

Demo license file is being updated by MS team yearly, which will be used for Dynamics AX AOS.