Last week I took (and passed :P) exam MB-300: Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations. After taking other older exams I’d like to share my views on MB-300.
It looks like the time has finally come and all new LCS projects will have self-service Tier 2+ environments. If you want to know a bit more about them, I wrote this post about service fabric/self-service environments in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.
The last two projects we’ve started at Axazure are on self-service and we’ve had a customer migrated to it. So it’s about time I warn you about one scary thing…
I talked about the LCS Database Movement API in a post not long ago, and in this one I’ll show how to call the API using PowerShell from your Azure DevOps Pipelines.
Basically, automation. Right now the API only allows the refresh from one Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations environment to another, so the idea is having fresh data from production in our UAT environments daily. I don’t know which new operations the API will support in the future but another idea could be adding the DB export operation (creating a bacpac) to the pipeline and having a copy of prod ready to be restored in a Dev environment.
First 2020 post! Happy new year! Yes, I know it’s already past mid January…
When you add a field to a SysOperation Framework Data Contract the lookup that the framework creates (if the EDT has a lookup) is a simple, single select lookup. Let’s see how to create a multi select lookup in MSDyn365FO.
The SysOperation Framework and MVC
But first of all a bit of an introduction! The SysOperation Framework was introduced in Dynamics AX 2012 to replace the RunBase Framework, and is used to create processes that will be run by the batch server. The RunBase classes are still around in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. Some standard processes still use it while others use it to later call a SysOperations Framework class.
Since last October we’ve been able to try the preview of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Database Movement API which allows us to list and download DB backups and start DB refreshes using a REST API.
If you want to join the preview you first need to be part of the MSDyn365FO Insider Program where you can join the “Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Insider Community“. Once invited to the Yammer organization you can ask to join the “Self-Service Database Movement / DataALM” group where you’ll get the information to add yourself to the preview and enable it on LCS.
This post is a product of not reading the full documentation. Lesson #1: read the docs thoroughly, or at least don’t stop reading when you think you’re done.
Publishing an ISV solution
One of the steps when you want to publish an ISV solution is generating the license for your customers. This license has to be signed using an Authenticode certificate that will enable the solution, limit the number of users or set an expiration date.
As you might know MSDyn365FO’s data access layer pretty different from T-SQL. This means that if you copy a query on AX and paste it in SSMS it won’t validate in the 99% of the cases (the other 1% being a select * from table).
It’s easy to start this post, because many people can ask:
What’s a Data Lake?
Some time ago I had to create an interface between MSDyn365FO and a web service that returned data as XML. I decided to use X++’s XML classes (XmlDocument, XmlNodeList, XmlElement, etc…) to parse the XML and get the data. These classes are terrible. You get the job done but in an ugly way. There’s a better method to quickly parse XML or JSON in MSDyn365FO.