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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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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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 Maximum Size of a Report File in Dynamics AX

July 15, 2018

So, I was called into an implementation to quickly super charge the Reporting effort as things were stalled. I needed to get out some invoice customizations which normally doesn’t take long. Things started out well, but something really strange started happening. Almost out of nowhere, no more of my report changes would take after changing…

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[Content ReCap] and Thank You for Attending the D365 Training Webinar

April 12, 2018

He..he..he.. Some of my revered Performance Tuning Tricks for OnPrem Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations are out now, but it was well worth it. Thank you for attending everyone. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm and the conversations. The audience was mixed with a lot of very advanced Dynamics 365 Technical Architects and some new…

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April 12th, One Hour D365UG Training Webinar on Undocumented Technique for Performance Tuning D365FO(Big Update)

April 10, 2018

Five months ago, I made a promise to a group of outstanding people. In our last webinar for the AXUG, things got really crazy. The group of people watching the webinar were just as excited as me about the content. We started opening up all kinds of tools and we were about to really go…

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Support Case Files 735 Million Reasons for Warehousing Slowness

March 29, 2018

We dive into the world of advanced Dynamics AX support cases and find a company which had 755 million reasons for some extreme slowness around warehousing functionality and inventory on-hand. It’s a very common temporary obstacle for big companies to have to adjust to the demands of performance tuning high size, high volume environments. But…

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Dynamics 365 Saturday USA Launch Recap with Photos and Video

March 13, 2018

So, what do you get when a large group of people unselfishly come together for the sole purpose of learning and free training within Dynamics 365?  I’d say that this was the best experience that I have had in over a decade.  There was just so much positive energy at the first Dynamics Saturday Event for the USA.  People…

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Dynamics 365 Saturday USA Dallas is Sold Out!!!!

March 8, 2018

The community passion is contagious. Can you feel it? D365 Saturday USA Dallas has sold out! None of this happens without the passionate community that we have in the USA and in Texas. I was touched to learn that some people postponed Spring Break vacations to attend this training. People who couldn’t make it mentioned…

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Tutorial: Developing Reports with Dynamics AX and SSRS Part 1

May 11, 2013

Dynamics AX is absolutely amazing when it comes to reporting. However, there are many misconceptions. In this series, we will learn how to write reports in Dynamics AX. We’ll dispel many of the myths and see the advantages to the Dynamics AX way of reporting. We start by writing a report the old way. The…

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Dynamics AX Reporting Part 2C: Advanced Tutorial, getting that purchase order to look the way you want it to look

May 1, 2014

In part 2C, we finally get the payoff for all of our efforts. Truth be told, every one of the PO confirmation reports I write is different. That is because it depends on the individual company and what they want their vendors to see. Use this tutorial to get ideas and then consult with your…

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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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Diary of a Fixer: Top 10 Risk Issues that I see on Dynamics AX Implementation after Implementation

July 13, 2014

Having worked on many AX implementations has taught me to look for certain warning signs. One of my clients on an implementation asked me to give them a top 10 risk issues that I see on implementation after implementation. In other words, for a new implementation, are there some gotcha’s that they should look out…

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Support Case Files 735 Million Reasons for Warehousing Slowness

March 29, 2018

We dive into the world of advanced Dynamics AX support cases and find a company which had 755 million reasons for some extreme slowness around warehousing functionality and inventory on-hand. It’s a very common temporary obstacle for big companies to have to adjust to the demands of performance tuning high size, high volume environments. But…

Authors: Brandon Ahmad,

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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The Simple Way to do Advanced Dynamics AX Troubleshooting(Walkthrough)

October 26, 2014

Having returned back to blogging after the recent birth of my newborn son, I have to say that I’ve missed it. So today, I thought that I would share one of my most coveted but simple methods of troubleshooting. But don’t be fooled. The methods here basically involve little more than the push of a…

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Beginning Management Reporter Tutorials Part 4 management reporter doing what it does best with financial data

May 7, 2014

In Exercise 4, we finally see our completed report. Hold on to your horses baby.. We get to see our powerful management reporter in action with a full-blown powerful report (based on a real-world example that I developed for a company). People always ask me why I consider Management Reporter so important. Easy, there is…

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Dynamics AX Reporting Part 2B: Advanced Tutorial, getting that purchase order to look the way you want it to look

April 30, 2014

Please see the Disclaimer with Part 1: this is an advanced tutorial based upon real-life work and not just demo-ware. I’ve walked into many assignments where beginning, mid-level, and even advanced AX report developers had trouble handling the issue we are about to fix. That being said, the most rewarding and beneficial reports for our…

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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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