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Configure clients to access data in a partition [AX 2012]

Updated: May 18, 2012

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 enables data isolation by using data partitions. Data partitions provide a logical separation of data in the Microsoft Dynamics AX database. Partitions are defined in the Partitions form, where the system administrator creates the partition and provides a partition key. A partition key identifies a partition by using a unique string value that the system administrator specifies. Microsoft Dynamics AX displays the partition key in the title bar of the client application. For more information about partitions, see Data partitioning architecture.

This topic describes two ways to configure Microsoft Dynamics AX clients to access data in a specific partition.

Before you configure clients to access data in a partition, verify the following.

  1. You are an administrator in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  2. You are an administrator on the local client computer where you will create a configuration by using the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Configuration utility. This requirement is only necessary if you use the configuration file procedure later in this section.

  3. You have the partition key(s) from the System administration > Setup > Partitions form.

  4. All users who require access to a designated partition are listed on the Users form for that partition.

This procedure describes how to configure clients to access data in a partition by using a Microsoft Dynamics AX client configuration file. If your business or organization has only one partition, you can create a partition-specific configuration and then deploy the configuration by using a shared-configuration file. For more information, see Configure clients to use a shared configuration. If your business or organization has multiple partitions, you can create multiple client configurations and then deploy those configurations by using the system tools available for mass-client deployments. For more information, see Mass deployment of the Microsoft Dynamics AX Windows client. For multiple partitions, you can also configure clients to access data in a partition by creating multiple client shortcuts as described in the next procedure in this topic.

  1. Open the configuration utility. Click Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Configuration.

  2. In the Configuration target list, select Local client.

  3. Click Manage, and then click Create configuration.

  4. In the Create configuration dialog box, in the Name box, type a name.

  5. You can copy settings from either the active configuration or the original configuration, which is the default configuration. Select the configuration that you want to copy settings from, and then click OK.

  6. On the General tab, enter a partition key in the Partition field. Click OK to save your changes or save your changes to a file for shared-configuration client deployments.

  7. Open the Microsoft Dynamics AX client and verify that you see the partition key in the title bar.

You can also configure clients to access data in a specific partition by adding the –partition= key argument to the Microsoft Dynamics AX client shortcut.

  1. On a computer where the Microsoft Dynamics AX client is installed, click Start > All Programs, and then right-click the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 shortcut.

  2. Click Properties.

  3. In the Target field, add the –partition= key argument to the end of the path.

    For example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Client\Bin\Ax32.exe" -partition=test

  4. Click OK, and then double-click the shortcut to verify that the client opens in the specified partition.

  5. Repeat this procedure to create shortcuts to different partitions.

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