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How to use multiple stores in Dynamics AX 2012 R2 VM?

When trying the Point-of-Sale (POS) scenario’s from Microsoft I noticed that multiple stores are created in Dynamics AX 2012 R2 VM and some of these stores are connected to a stand-alone Dynamic AX 2012 POS. The relations are created with the stores:

  • Seattle, POS register 1 and 2
  • New York, POS register 1
  • Boston, POS register 1

When user “Emma Harris” logs in to the VM, she will find 4 shortcuts available on her desktop.

Using these shortcuts will end-up to the login to the specific POS register.

We are using the VM where we setup scenario’s to multiple POS registers in multiple stores. In real life the POS is installed on a dedicated desktop, or launched via Citrix or Remote Desktop. This means that each instance has its preconfigured settings available. In this VM Microsoft is using a trick for that. The POS is installed on the C-drive of server AX2012R2A and is started by using its configuration file. Therefore open path: c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Retail POS. Select the file POS.exe (configuration file) and open this file with edit.

In this folder also a few configuration files are created for Boston-1, NewYork-1, Seattle-1 and Seattle-2. These files are copies from the master file and only the storeId, terminalId and DataareaId are different.

Furthermore you can notice that there are several windows batch files created.

These batch files are copying the content of the separate configuration files to the Pos.exe configuration file and start the POS register immediately.

So it is no surprise that the shortcuts on the desktop of “Emma Harris” are shortcuts to these windows batch files and each time she starts the POS terminal the configuration file is overwritten with the settings of the specific terminal. Be aware that if you are not login in with user “Emma Harris” the POS can be started from the start menu and this shortcut will use the latest selected configuration of the POS selected by one of its users.

Best way to solve this for other users is to copy the desktop shortcuts from user Emma to your personal desktop. If you want to add multiple store’s to the desktop its easily to create copies of the configuration file and the windows batch jobs. Be noticed that the distribution schedule in Dynamics AX 2012 R2 can be used to the locations Seattle, NewYork and Boston!

Microsoft launched a new demo environment for Dynamics AX 2012 R2

This week Microsoft launched the first drop of the new demo virtual machine for Dynamics AX 2012 R2. Together with this new virtual machine they announced that the Contoso demo data is completely rebuild and to support demo’s they released a couple of  demo scenario’s to guide you through the demo processes. Besides this, Microsoft announced that the next drop (2) will contain more globalized data, enhanced demo data for Process Industry and new out-of-the-box demo scripts.

This blog “unboxes” the content of this new demo environment.

The new virtual machines can be downloaded via Partnersource and Connect. Therefore you need a partner or customer login to get there. After download you receive the images A, B, C and D which can be deployed in parallel. Image A contains the Microsoft Dynamics AX software environment and related items. Image B contains the integration to Exchange Server 2010, image C contains the Lync server 2010 and image D the e-Commerce solution. To setup all these environments together and in parallel you need a powerfull VM to get there.

I deployed and started the A image (Dynamics AX 2012 R2). When I logged in with the common known administrator credentials, I noticed that the following items where available and installed out-of-the-box:

First Partition (called Initial) containing:

  • Discrete and Process Manufacturing scenario’s in company USMF
  • Inter-company Distribution scenario’s in company USMF and DEMF
  • Retail scenario’s in company USRT and components for POS (30 stores)
  • Service Industry scenario’s in company USSI
  • Consolidation and Management Reporting scenario’s in company GLMF and USMF
  • Several Legal Entities in United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France
  • Several Legal Entities with accounting currencies USD, GBP and EUR
  • Several Legal entities with reporting currency USD, GBP and EUR

Second Partition (called PS – Public Sector) containing:

  • Public Sector scenario’s in company PSUS

General parts containing:

  • SQL Server 2012 (with Power View for Multidimensional Models CTP)
  • One Single Global demo instance
  • Demo data for calendar years FY 2011, FY 2012 and FY 2013
  • Enterprise Portal (SharePoint 2010)
  • Reporting Services (SharePoint 2010)
  • Project Server 2010
  • Analysis Services (16 default cubes for both partitions)
  • Management Reporter 2012
  • Download and Upload to MS Excel 2010 and download to MS Word 2010
  • Support of Power View in List Pages (Analyze data Query)
  • Support of Power View in Role Centers
  • Role Centers (45 role centers in SharePoint 2010)
  • 45 End-to-end demo scenario’s in all mentioned verticals

Expected scenario’s in the next demo environment (around February 2013)

  • Chemical Industry in company USPI
  • B2B Manufacturing to Distribution between companies USMF and DEMF
  • Retail and E-commerce between companies USMF and USRT
  • Retail companies for consolidation (GLRT) and France (FRRT with 10 stores)
  • Service Industry companies for consolidation (GLSI), France (FRSI) and United Kingdom (UKSI)
  • Additional Public Sector scenario’s in company PSGB
  • New legal entities in Japan (JPMF), India (INMF), Brazil (BRMF), Russia (RUMF) and China (CNMF)
  • Several Legal Entities in the accounting currencies CNY, RUB, INR, JPY and BRL

Overall I think Microsoft did a great job in creating this new demo environment, the new Contoso demo data together with the end-to-end scenario’s. The next two months we can work to build and share knowledge in “What’s new in Dynamics AX 2012 R2″. I noticed that there are differences between the new feature list and the what’s new elements presented during the Technical Conference in Bellevue last October. Hope that the new virtual machines contains the new Office 15 and Sharepoint 2013 versions.