Microsoft Official Curriculum lines that I teach

March 24, 2013

Are you a partner looking for a Dynamics AX, .NET Development, SQL, or SharePoint MCT? Here are the subject lines that I teach. Note: I only work with partners who have good reputations when I train. I am currently certified and able to teach in the following lines: Dynamics AX (see me if you have…

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How to Troubleshoot Enterprise Portal Performance in Dynamics AX 2012R2 with Tracing: a time tested method

March 4, 2013

Few methods within the performance troubleshooting world have withstood the test of time, but when it comes to finding problems, nothing beats IIS tracing. Sometimes, Enterprise Portal and our Services are just slow. And sometimes, we have nothing in the logs to really help us out. This post is me giving away one of my…

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Brandon’s SSRS Report Builder Tutorial Video Series: Sparklines – why and how to use them with SQL Server 2012

February 21, 2013

  So sorry about taking so long. These have been busy days, and I’ve been backed up, but I’ve read every one of the comments that I’ve received via email and thank you so much. I really do appreciate the positive encouragement. It’s been hectic, but I promise that I will finish this SSRS tutorial…

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Troubleshooting Dynamics AX Performance Part 1A: Dynamics AX 2012 Table Relations

February 20, 2013

It’s time to finish this blog series on performance, and I have one month to get 8 posts out. Please forgive this instructor. Things have been a little busy lately. So, tonight, I was reading over a course and thought of writing this blog post. One thing that I love about being an instructor is…

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Dynamics AX 2012, how to create a Release Order against a Purchase Agreement with value commitments

February 5, 2013

So today, we deal with a process based question. Basically you need to create a released order against a purchase agreement. Purchase agreements are useful when you want to create several invoices against a specific vendor, or you want to make an agreement with someone with special terms – for example, they have to buy…

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Troubleshooting Dynamics AX 2012 Performance

January 27, 2013

I promised to do a series on this while answering questions on a forum. Troubleshooting Dynamics AX Performance can seem daunting at first, but it does not have to be so. There are two challenges to troubleshooting a Dynamics implementation for Performance: 1. You need to figure out the underlying load on the SQL system…

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Site being updated on 12/15/2012

November 3, 2012

So, I planned on having the initial version of the site finished by 11/01/2012.  However, due to an extreme workload, the site will be in beta until 12/15/2012.  These 80 hour work weeks are hectic!

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How to copy your labs off the virtual Machine when taking Microsoft Official Curriculum Machines, plus copy and paste.

October 27, 2012

One of the most common requests that I get when teaching development courses is how to copy and paste from the electronic pdf’s(courseware) to the labs. There is often a lot of code and lab time could be spent more efficiently by copying and pasting code than typing out hundreds of lines. This allows for…

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What is CMS!

October 21, 2012

Lol.. This should have really been called what is a Content Management System. I learned SharePoint before learning what a Content Management System was.. See, I didn’t understand the rules or the methodologies that were in place. I didn’t understand how to architect a CMS solution because my own learning had never addressed the issue.…

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Videos Released for Online SharePoint 2010 End User Course

October 21, 2012

So, the first videos have finally been released for the online SharePoint 2010 End User Course. This is a quick course which is really designed to be a lunch and learn. In other words, if someone needed to learn to how to use SharePoint quick quickly, this would be for them. In less than 2…

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Volunteer Dynamics Chapter Meeting is Tomorrow

August 22, 2018

It is rightfully packed tomorrow.  We’ve got it all.  There is a top well-known innovative manager who happens to be on one of the most famous implementations in the world (the Dallas Cowboys) sharing tips from her own experience.    Deep Power BI demonstrations from a top consultant at a top firm in Clients First…

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Undocumented Trick to See Dimensions in D365 Project Level Transaction Reports Part 1 of 3

September 4, 2018

It’s the strangest thing. I’ve written hundreds of customized reports, but it seems like the most interesting ones in terms of challenges always revolve around the project module and Inventory Value reports. What I’ve noticed is several suttle changes to the data model in Dynamics 365, which affect general ledger reports, inventory value reports, and…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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