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Deploy an AX 2012 R3 or AX 2012 R3 CU8 demo environment on Azure [AX 2012]

Updated: December 13, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

This article explains how to deploy an AX 2012 R3 or AX 2012 R3 Cumulative Update 8 demo environment on Microsoft Azure. To deploy the environment, you’ll use the Cloud-hosted environments tool in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services.

Before you complete the procedures in this article, make sure that the following prerequisites are in place.

Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services provides a cloud-based collaborative workspace that customers and partners can use to manage Microsoft Dynamics AX projects. You’ll use this website to deploy AX 2012 R3 on Azure.

Lifecycle Services is available to customers and partners as part of their support plans. You can access it with your CustomerSource or PartnerSource credentials.

Log on to Lifecycle Services

After you log in to Lifecycle Services, open an existing project, or create a new project. Projects are the key organizer of your experience in Lifecycle Services. The type of project that you configure determines which checklists and tools you can use to manage the project.

Complete the following procedure to create a new project.

  1. On the organization workspace of Lifecycle Services, in the Projects section, click New project.

  2. On the New project page, complete the following steps:

    1. In the Project name field, enter a name for your project.

    2. In the Project description field, enter a description to help you identify this project.

    3. In the Project type field, select Learn or Implementation.

    4. In the Product name field, select Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

    5. In the Product version field, select Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3.

    6. In the Industry type field, select your industry.

    7. Select Import roles and users from existing LCS project if you have an existing project in Lifecycle Services, and want to use your security settings from that project.

    8. Enter the name and contact details for your partner organization (required).

      If you do not have a partner, you can select Use customer information.

  3. Click Create project.

    The home page for your project is displayed. For more information about working with projects, see Projects (Lifecycle Services, LCS).

Connect the Lifecycle Services project to your Azure subscription. This will enable Lifecycle Services to deploy an AX 2012 R3 environment to the subscription. To connect the project to your Azure subscription, complete the following procedure.

Keep in mind that a project can be connected to only one Azure subscription. If you have multiple Azure subscriptions, be sure to identify which subscription you want to use before you complete this procedure.

  1. Click Cloud-hosted environments. The Cloud-hosted environments page is displayed.

  2. The Microsoft Azure setup panel is displayed on the side of the screen. If it is not displayed, click Microsoft Azure settings.

  3. Enter your Azure subscription ID.

    If you need to find your subscription ID, complete the following steps:

    1. Open another instance of your browser.

    2. Log on to the Azure management portal.

    3. In the navigation pane on the left, click Settings. (You may have to scroll to the bottom of the navigation pane to see the Settings link.) The Settings page is displayed.

    4. Copy your subscription ID, and then paste it into the Azure subscription ID field in Lifecycle Services (which is currently displayed in another browser instance).

  4. Click Next.

  5. Click Download to download a management certificate.

    This management certificate enables Lifecycle Services to communicate with Azure on your behalf. By default, the management certificate is saved to the Downloads folder on your computer and is named LifecycleServicesDeployment.cer.

  6. Upload the management certificate to Azure. To do so, complete the following steps:

    1. Open another instance of your browser. (Or, go to the browser instance that you may have opened in step 3.)

    2. Log on to the Azure management portal.

    3. In the navigation pane on the left, click Settings. The Settings page is displayed.

    4. Click Management certificates.

    5. Click Upload at the bottom of the page.

    6. In the Upload a management certificate window, browse to the management certificate that you downloaded in step 5. Then click the check mark.

  7. Go back to the browser that displays the Microsoft Azure setup panel in Lifecycle Services. Click Next.

  8. Select the region that is closest to you. The AX 2012 R3 environment will be deployed to a datacenter in this region.

  9. Click Connect.

    The project is now connected to the Azure subscription that you specified. If you discover that you connected the project to the wrong Azure subscription (that is, assuming you have multiple Azure subscriptions), you’ll need to delete the project, create a new project, and then repeat this procedure to connect the new project to the appropriate Azure subscription.

Complete the following procedure to deploy an AX 2012 R3 or AX 2012 R3 CU8 demo environment on Azure.

  1. On the Cloud-hosted environments page, click the Add (+) icon.

  2. In the Select environment topology panel, select Demo.

  3. Click Demo AX 2012 R3 or Demo AX 2012 R3 CU8.

  4. Enter a name for the environment that you’re deploying.

  5. One virtual machine will be deployed on Azure. The default size of this virtual machine is A6 (4 cores, 28 GB memory). If you want to change the size, select a different size from the Size list.

  6. Click Software License Terms to review the licensing terms and conditions. Then select the check box to indicate that you agree to the terms.

  7. Click Next.

  8. Click Deploy to confirm that you’re ready to deploy the environment.

    The deployment may take a few hours to complete. When the deployment is done, the Deployment Status column on the Cloud-hosted environments page will display Deployed. (You may need to refresh your browser to see this.)

    If the deployment fails, you may see an error message right away. If the error occurs later in the deployment process, error details will be displayed in the details pane on the right side of the page.

Complete the following procedure to connect to the virtual machine where the AX 2012 R3 client is installed.

  1. On the Cloud-hosted environments page, select the demo environment that you just deployed.

  2. Scroll to the right side of the page to view details about the environment.

  3. Click the DEMO-<GUID> link.

  4. At the bottom of the page, click Open to open the .rdp file.

  5. When prompted for credentials, enter the user name and password found on the Cloud-hosted environments page for this environment.

  6. When the virtual machine’s desktop is displayed, click the Microsoft Dynamics AX icon to open the AX 2012 R3 client.

Announcements: To see known issues and recent fixes, use Issue search in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS).
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