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Install Microsoft Dynamics AX in Silent Mode

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When you run the Setup wizard, Setup is running in interactive mode. This means a graphical user interface (GUI) prompts you for required information.
Alternatively, you can run Setup in silent mode, with no GUI displaying. In this mode, required information is supplied at the command prompt or in a parameter file. You can install any Microsoft Dynamics AX component in silent mode.
NOTE: A silent installation is especially useful when deploying multiple clients at one time.

Deploy Multiple Clients
To deploy multiple Microsoft Dynamics AX Windows clients at one time, it is recommended that you use the following process.
1. Copy the contents of the Microsoft Dynamics AX DVD to a shared directory on the network.
2. Create a common configuration file in a shared directory on the AOS computer that clients will connect to.
3. Create a batch file to install clients with a shared configuration. The file must be located in a shared directory in  the Microsoft Dynamics AX DVD shared folder, at the same level as Setup.exe.
4. Test the batch file on a local computer.
5. Use a mass deployment tool such as Group Policy or Microsoft Systems Management Server to run the batch file from a logon script.

For more information about using Group Policy to deploy software, refer to: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=92736.
For more information about using Systems Management Server to deploy software, refer to: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=115327.
The following procedures contain more detailed information about creating a shared configuration file and creating a command file.

 

Determine Which Parameters to Use
The same parameters are available whether you enter them at the command prompt or create a parameter file. For information about individual parameters, refer to the Setup parameters reference (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=191476) on TechNet.
To determine which parameters to use, it is recommended that you install a client on a single computer and then review the Setup log file, which is located at <Drive>Program FilesMicrosoft Dynamics AXDynamics AX60Setup
logsDate TimeDynamicsSetupLog.txt. The log lists the parameters used in the installation.

Specify Installation Parameters at the Command Prompt
Use the following procedure to run the installation by entering parameters at the command prompt.
1. Open a Command Prompt window.
2. At the command prompt, type the following information: <Path to DVD or shared directory>Setup.exe parameter1=”value” parameter2=”value”. When using multiple parameters, insert a single space between parameters.
WARNING: If you enter duplicate parameters, Setup will fail silently.
3. After you have listed all parameters, press Enter.

Specify Installation Parameters Using a Parameter File
Use the following procedure to run the installation by specifying a parameter file at the command prompt.
1. Create a text file that lists the appropriate installation parameters and their values. In the parameter file, the Name=Value combination for each parameter must be on a separate line.
WARNING: If you enter duplicate parameters, Setup will fail silently.
2. Do not include double quotation marks in parameter files. Because a line return is used as a delimiter in a parameter file, values that otherwise require the use of double quotation marks do not require them here. To prevent a line in a parameter file from being read, type a number sign (#) before the line. The line will be treated as a
comment rather than a command or parameter.
3. Open a Command Prompt window.

4. At the command prompt, type the following information: <Path to DVD or shared directory>Setup.exe ParmFile=<path to fileFileName.txt>. The path can be fully qualified or relative to the location of the Setup.exe file. Relative paths can include upward qualifiers such as “….”.
5. Press Enter.

NOTE: To set up clients to use a shared configuration file, set the ClientConfigFile path parameter to the file in the shared directory. ClientConfigFile=”X:<name of configuration file>.axc”

Sample Parameter File
The following is an example of a parameter file that can be used to install the databases and the Application Object Server (AOS). Your parameter file will vary, based on the components that you are installing.
HideUI=1
AcceptLicenseTerms=1
DbSqlServer=SQLServerName
DbSqlDatabaseName=DatabaseName
InstallApplication=1
ApplicationInstanceName=ApplicationInstanceName
InstallAos=1
AosInstanceName=AOSInstanceName
AosApplicationPath=”C:Program FilesMicrosoft Dynamics AX60″
AosReportErrors=0

Procedure: Create a Group Policy Logon Script
To install clients using Group Policy, follow these steps:
1. Open Start > Administrative Tools > Group Policy Management.
2. Expand Group Policy: Management > Forest: Contoso.com > Domains > Contoso.com.
3. Right click Contoso.com, and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.

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4. In the Name field, type “Dynamics AX Logon Script”, then click OK.
5. Right-click “Dynamics AX Logon Script”, then click Edit.
6. Expand User Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/Logoff).
7. In the right pane right click Logon, and then click Properties.
8. Click Show Files. This will bring up a file dialog in a logon folder.
9. Right-click the folder and then click New > Text Document to create a new text document in this directory.
10. Double-click the new file to open it in Notepad.
11. Enter the following script and save the file: D:Setup.exe HideUI=1 AcceptLicenseTerms=1 InstallClientUI=1
ClientAosServer=Company1 ClientLanguage=en-US ClientHelpLanguages=en-US

NOTE: The directory path for Setup.exe should be a network path.

12. Right-click and rename “New Text Document.txt” to “AxInstallClient.cmd”, then confirm the change of the file name extension when you are prompted.
13. Close the Windows Explorer menu.
14. Click Add, then click Browse.
15. Select “AxInstallClient.cmd”, and then click Open.
16. Click OK.
17. Notice that the script has been added to logon properties, and then click OK.
18. Close Group Policy Management Editor.

NOTE: This setup can be proven by uninstalling the client, look to verify that the client has been removed, logoff the Virtual Machine (VM), logon to the VM, and verify that the client has been reinstalled. It might take several minutes after the logging on for the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to apply.

NOTE: Scripts can also be set to run on the startup and shutdown of a server.

Include cumulative updates and hotfixes in a new installation (slipstreaming) AX 2012

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Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

If you are installing Microsoft Dynamics AX components for the first time, and cumulative updates, binary hotfixes, or service packs for Microsoft Dynamics AX are available, you can incorporate the updates into the installation by using a process that is known as slipstreaming.

When updates are slipstreamed, Setup automatically detects and applies them. In this way, the time that is required to install the whole Microsoft Dynamics AX solution is reduced.

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Components that were previously installed are not updated during a later slipstream installation. For example, an instance of Application Object Server (AOS) is installed on a server. Later, you add updates to the installation source, and you also install another Microsoft Dynamics AX component on the same server. In this scenario, the existing AOS instance is not updated.

You can slipstream the following kinds of updates:

  • Cumulative updates
  • Binary hotfixes
  • Help content updates
  • Service packs

Application (database) hotfixes cannot be included in the slipstreaming process. They must be installed by using AxUpdate.exe.

The Updates folder

Before you install Microsoft Dynamics AX, you copy the DVD to a network location. This lets you modify the installation media to create a slipstream installation. Incorporate updates into the installation process by copying files to the Updates folder in the shared network location.

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For more information about how to install Microsoft Dynamics AX from a shared network folder, see Create a shared directory for installation.

In the Updates folder, create a subfolder for each update package that you download. We recommend that you use the Knowledge Base article numbers of the updates as the names of the subfolders. For example, for the update that is associated with Knowledge Base article number 123456, create a subfolder that is named KB123456.

Extract each update into the appropriate subfolder. The following illustration shows an example of the recommended folder structure:

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Any time that you apply a cumulative update package or a binary hotfix to your environment, we strongly recommend that you add the installation package to the Updates folder. This practice ensures that you can deploy new servers, clients, and other components of the correct version quickly. You should also make a copy of the updated installation media per your system recovery strategy.

The slipstreaming process

The following is a high-level overview of the slipstreaming process:

  1. To find cumulative updates, visit the hotfix pages for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 on the CustomerSource web site. Logon is required.
  2. Create a shared network location from which to install Microsoft Dynamics AX.
  3. In the Updates folder, create a subfolder for each update package that you download. Then extract each update into the appropriate subfolder.
  4. Run Setup and select the components that you want to install. Setup detects and installs the updates.

Follow the usual installation procedures to install Microsoft Dynamics AX components. For detailed installation instructions for each Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 component, see Install Microsoft Dynamics AX.

To install updates for Help content, you must select the Help Server component, and then select the updated content sets on the Language and content selection page.

CPIM OR CSCP, WHICH ONE IS FOR YOU?

Written by Ahmed Maghraby

The APICS CPIM designation demonstrates professional knowledge and understanding of production and inventory management. It focuses on an organization’s internal operations and provides an in-depth view of materials management, master scheduling, forecasting, production planning, and more.
 
The APICS CSCP designation demonstrates mastery of the extended supply chain, from organizations’ suppliers through to the end customers. It validates professional understanding of supply chain management and the integration of operations across the extended supply chain.
 
Both CPIM and CSCP programs come from the APICS body of knowledge and, depending on a professional’s desired area of focus—internal operations or extended supply chain management—are a critical step in the career paths of supply chain and operations management professionals worldwide.
 

THE TABLE BELOW SUMMARIZES THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE CPIM AND THE CSCP PROGRAMS.

 
Criteria CPIM  CSCP
Focus Internal focus, Primarily manufacturing operations External focus, Encompasses entire supply chain—including suppliers and customers
Depth/Breadth Depth within specific manufacturing, service, and operations topics Breadth across many topics, including globalization, IT enablement, logistics, service industry, and more
Topics Addressed
  • Demand management & Forecasting
  • External sourcing
  • Inventory management
  • Master scheduling
  • Materials management
  • Materials requirements planning
  • Operations planning
  • Product planning
  • Quality improvement
  • Sales and operations planning
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Supply planning
  • Supply chain strategy and design
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Globalization
  • Role of IT in the supply chain 
  • Demand Management
  • Inventory planning
Number of Exams 5 Exams 1 Exam
Exam Format Multi-choice, 105 questions for the Basics exam and 75 questions for the rest Multi-choice, 175 questions
Exam Duration 3 HRs for each module 4 HRs
 Imparted from here

RAID Subsystem – Very important topics when you implement Dynamics AX

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With an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system such as Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the database server generally stores a very large amount of important data for the business. If this data is unavailable for any length of time, the business could experience significant financial losses. Using a Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) can help reduce the possibility of this loss from occurring. Another important aspect for a database server is fine tuning for optimal performance. A RAID disk subsystem can also be used to help achieve this goal.

RAID refers to a group of two or more disks managed as a single unit to store the data together with additional, or redundant, information to provide recovery if
there is a disk failure. Usually a failed disk in a RAID system can be replaced while the server is still running. This is one benefit of RAID.

NOTE: More Information on RAID can be found on the Microsoft MSDN web site.

Read/Write Performance:

Hardware RAID controllers divide read/writes of all data from Windows and applications such as Microsoft SQL Server into slices (usually 16 KB – 128 KB) that are spread across all disks participating in the
RAID array. Splitting data across physical drives distributes the read/write Input/Output (I/O) workload evenly across all physical hard disk drives participating in the RAID array. This increases disk I/O performance because the
disks participating in the RAID array are all kept equally busy, instead of some disks becoming a bottleneck because of irregular distribution of I/O requests.

Fault Tolerance: RAID provides protection from hard disk failure and accompanying data loss with two methods: mirroring and parity. There are many types of RAID configurations; each is called a RAID level, but only some RAID
levels are typically used with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

RAID 0
RAID 0, which is not recommended for use with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, is typically defined as a group of striped disk drives, without parity or data redundancy. RAID 0 arrays deliver the best data storage efficiency and
performance of any array type.

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RAID 1
RAID 1 is also known as disk mirroring. This is a pair of disk drives that store duplicate data, but appear to the computer as a single drive. All writes move to both drives of a mirrored pair so that the information on the drives is kept
identical. However, each drive can perform concurrent, independent read operations. Mirroring therefore doubles the read performance of a single nonmirrored drive, while the write performance is unchanged. RAID 1 delivers the
best performance of any redundant array type.

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RAID 5
RAID 5 is also known as a Rotating Parity Array. RAID 5 works by striping data and parity across all the drives. Typically RAID 5 arrays offer similar read performance as pure striping, although writes are slower because the parity
information is updated every time. If one hard disk fails, it must be replaced with a new one of equal or larger size and it rebuilds from the parity on the remaining drives.

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RAID 0+1
RAID 0+1, is a dual-level RAID and achieves a balance between the increased data availability of RAID 1, mirroring, and the increased read performance of RAID 0, striping. Do not to confuse RAID 0+1 with RAID 10, they work
differently and RAID 0+1 is what is recommended.

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For maximum performance configure the database server shown in the following example:
• Two disk RAID 1 for the operating system and database software
• A small, four disk RAID 0+1, or two disk RAID 1 for database logs
• A larger RAID 0+1 for the main database files
o To reduce cost, swap out the RAID 0+1 for a RAID 5. However, this will result in slower performance.

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