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Friday, March 16, 2012

How to open a form in a running AX client from an external application

You can call the various startup commands in AX from an url like "dynamics://0/?".

Check this article for an overview of how to do it, and to get startup command code to open a specific form:
http://axcoder.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-open-form-in-running-ax-from.html

I have tried to create another pipe in order to make my own implementation of the pipe handling, but it seems like anything else than the pipe name for Events is ignored.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Preventing users from opening new workspaces

In AX 2009, before hotfix roll-up 6, AX has some issues when users open multiple workspaces with different company accounts.

I have seen issues where voucher numbers were pulled from the wrong company account and I have seen a data import going totally awry.

You can't completely prevent users from opening new workspaces through the security model, but you can add code that immediately closes these aging. Add the the following code to \Classes\Info\workspaceWindowCreated:

void workspaceWindowCreated(int _hWnd)
{
;
    // Put workspace window specific initialization here.
    // Begin -->
    if(xInfo::currentWorkspaceNum()>1)
    {
        Infolog.shutDown(true);
    }
    // End <--
}

Report Developer Resources

TJ Vassar has made a great list over report developer resources, that I'd like to share:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dynamicsaxbi/archive/2012/03/09/collections-report-developer-resources.aspx

Friday, March 9, 2012

AX 2012 "Doh" upgrade experience

When preparing to upgrade your code by importing an old layer from the previous version, make sure that you don't import any changes to the SysCheckList classes.

If one of these won't compile on AX 2012 you're kind of stuck, unable to start AX properly until you uninstall the new model again.

Monday, March 5, 2012

AX 2012 upgrade tip for lazy idiots like me

I didn't read the upgrade material carefully enough, and imported the upgrade framework to my AX 2009 application, before activating multisite in all companies. Now there's an issue with one of the tables of the framework, preventing me from activating multisite.

At this point I could of course uninstall the upgrade framework again, but my laziness is in the way of that solution.

Adding the table to the list of tables the multisite activation wizard shouldn't concern itself with seems to fix the problem:


Use this tip at your own risk.

I'd however like to consider myself a bit excused, when the upgrade guide contains the following statement: