Courses are available on Wednesday January 8th, 2020

January 4, 2020

Everyone, There was a very slight delay on the courses on account of Microsoft releasing the new courses, but they will be out by January 8th.  While hard, I promise that you will be very happy with what we have in store as our courses offer something very special in the market.  More on this…

Authors: Brandon Ahmad,

Training Release Date and Unlimited Workflow Reports Lab Walkthrough in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Supply Chain

December 8, 2019

Happy Holidays everyone!  It’s that time of the year where the financial people just spend hours upon hours having to do work around the end of the year and closing.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice little report that could show you all open tasks, what those tasks are used for, and who…

Authors: Brandon Ahmad,
Dynamics 365 Workflow Reports Walkthrough

Last Dallas AXUG Dynamics Meetup of the Year This Friday, November 8th

November 5, 2019

Well.. well, well, I’m proud to say that it has been a great year so far for those of us in the Dynamics world.  I don’t think that I’ve ever had a year like this one where there were so many wonderful changes.  Seriously, MS just went out and purchased all the ISV’s and threw…

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Sorry, my Dynamics 365 Certification Training is Temporarily Sold Out

January 4, 2019

This is a tough post, but we will have to close enrollments for training right now.   The response that I got for training has simply overwhelmed our capacity.  179 people asked to register early for the course and many have been put on a waiting list. This was great but also unexpected. Unfortunately, we are…

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Fix for Sqlpackage.exe no longer running for restoring Dynamics 365 databases

December 3, 2018

Quick tip to avoid wasting time as I sit here waiting on a database to restore at midnight because of having to troubleshoot this undocumented issue. For the first time, after several restores throughout the past months, I ran into this issue in my D365 Azure hosted development environment for a client. It says that…

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Become an x++ developer in 7 days preview is finally ready

November 26, 2018

During the last year and 2 months, I’ve quietly labored for many hours working on a course.  Every little bit of code, every spacing, every capitalization, and several different concepts that I wanted to be introduced.  I wanted to introduce a very high quality sort of training and spent a lot of time doing so. …

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Case of the Slow Dynamics AX Upgrade

October 15, 2018

A company that had been using and upgrading Dynamics for a long time, since version 4.0 suddenly found themselves in the midst of upgrade slowness. See, from a performance perspective, upgrades often present very special circumstances which will ordinarily lead to slowness. Believe it or not, this isn’t too unusual and can normally be fixed…

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Introduction to Dynamics 365 for Operations Cloud Performance Tuning 1 of 3

September 20, 2018

Dynamics 365 for Operations Cloud performance tuning isn’t super easy, but knowing a few things can make your life a lot easier.  This series is for all of you looking to save some time as we explore my interpretation of the performance tuning tools and see some of the ways that I’ve learned to use…

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Time Saving Gotcha Avoiding Step on Package Installation in D365 For Operations

September 7, 2018

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of chatter on the net about bad packages when trying to install software, licenses, run builds, ect. Even the simplest processes can have a hidden gotcha that could result in you pulling your hair out. Here is the most common reason that I’ve found for that range of problems. We’ll…

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Heads Up: Dynamics 365 implementations in South Central Data Regions are down

September 4, 2018

I promise that it wasn’t my performance tuning load testing scripts that overheated the azure data center (just kidding because sometimes it is better to laugh than cry when this stuff happens).  In case anyone else got one of those lovely 2AM in the morning phone calls that all technical people seem to dread, the…

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Understanding the Most Common Cause of Poor Performance within AX and SQL

August 8, 2016

Let’s look at the most commonly misdiagnosed cause of poor SQL performance from my end. Years of experience and lots of implementations have taught me that the toughest part of being a Technical Architect is speaking up. One of the worst things you have to do as a Senior Technical Architect is warn a happy…

Authors: Brandon Ahmad,
Understanding AX and SQL

My first free course is coming out on 11-01-2012

September 23, 2012

SharePoint End User — a 2 hour course covering the core fundamentals of the product — will be released for free on 11-01-2012.

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Reminiscences of an AX Architect: My First Battle with AX Performance, Hidden Filters, and why they matter

June 11, 2015

It was my fifth implementation. Everything looked so innocent. I had been brought in to fix a performance issue. Little did I know that I was about to walk into the hardest troubleshooting case that I had encountered (at least at that time) in my AX career. Since then, I’ve faced the scenario countless times…

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Understanding your Second Largest Enemy towards Good Dynamics AX Performance

February 14, 2018

“Brandon, what the hell?” There is something about a conversation that starts out that way which pretty much tells you that it won’t be so pleasant. The lead technical architect was livid, and I mean “super mad” at me. I had been brought in to a Dynamics AX performance review, and he was reading the…

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Real-World Examples to Understand the Most Significant AX 7 Code Change towards Enterprise Code Stability

June 19, 2016

Sometimes big things happen which get little press or coverage, such as the case with the move to the file based code deployment in our newest version of AX. In this post, we’ll look at some real-world, but currently undocumented ways, to truly utilize the new changes towards efficient best practice, continuous improvement code methodology.…

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Dynamics 365 for Operations Cloud Vs OnPremise November 2017 Comparison

November 28, 2017

“The new November version of Dynamics Operations On-Prem was a big improvement.  While I still don’t consider it production ready, I believe that we are getting very close.  The purpose of this article is to provide an objective rating comparison, so as to help people make an informed decision.  Please note that these are my…

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Dynamics Certification Path Update: SQL Seniority Penalty, new MCSA, and MCSE

May 12, 2017

Some good and bad news.. So, after having blogged earlier this week and lamenting about no higher certifications for “Microsoft Dynamics AX/Operations/AX7/Operations and Financials”, I learned that Microsoft is now offering an MCSA and an MCSE for the new Dynamics Operations. This was welcome news. I had been strongly advocating this during the past 4…

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TechnoFunctional Approach to Dynamics AX Advanced Warehousing Performance Problems Part 1 – Waves

May 11, 2016

Advanced Warehouse Management in Ax is a great thing, but like any newer feature set, it has some issues that will take time to work out. Let’s put on our technofunctional Architect hats and walk through a challenging case that I recently encountered for a client. A lot of times what I find with newer…

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Tutorial: Understanding the Simple List & Details form within Dynamics AX 2012r2 Part 3

April 24, 2013

Look, there is a part 3 but why. The reason for this is because we need to go further with forms. I’ve decided to make this a 5 part series where we will jump into code and review best practices. Poor form development is a ‘No-No’. Good Form Development will make you look like a…

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Case of the Slow AX 7 Azure Dynamics AX Implementation

October 5, 2016

Uh oh.. I was recently contacted with an ‘SOS’ for a severe case of AX 7 blues. In this case, everything was extremely slow. Let’s walk through the issue and how to fix it. Case: A new AX7 implementation reported general slowness all around, not just in one form but multiple forms. Also, the slowness…

Authors: Brandon Ahmad,
Dynamics AX Performance