Comparing AX 2012 hotfix model lists

When Microsoft started releasing hotfixes for the Dynamics AX 2012 R3 release they made our lives a little harder. If you had just one or two hotfixes load it wasn’t too bad but as eventually you find yourself loading a hotfix that has hundreds of dependant hotfixes and suddenly your model store has a list of models a mile long in it. So, when you’re promoting code from your Development system through to Test and Production you need to be sure that you have all the right hotfixes loaded and with a long list of models in each model store, you can easily make a mistake and miss something.

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Microsoft Flow for AX7 integration – Part 3 – exporting data to a local file

Let’s continue our journey looking at how Microsoft Flow can be used to build integrations for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations (also known as AX7).

This latest post gives examples of how to export data from Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7) into your local file system in JSON, XML, or CSV formats using Microsoft Flow. It assumes that the Microsoft Flow on-premises data gateway is already installed and configured – if not, refer to Part 2 of the series.

Scenario

  1. Based on recurring schedule (trigger),
  2. Query all customer records from AX (action),
  3. Transform the data into required format (action),
  4. Write the data into a file in the local file system (action).

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Consume an AX7 custom web service by SOAP endpoint

Dynamics 365 for Operations (a.k.a. AX7) provides several endpoints for web service. In this blog post, I want to describe consuming a D365O custom web service in a C# application using the SOAP endpoint.

For a detailed description about service endpoints, you can read the official documentation at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/operations/dev-itpro/data-entities/services-home-page.

The main advantage of the SOAP protocol is its descriptive functionality through the WSDL language. SOAP endpoints provide detailed description about contracts and parameters to call each service method. Visual Studio has a great functionality that can read the service description and automatically generate proxy classes to access the service methods.

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