Include service packs and updates in a new installation (slipstreaming) [AX 2012]
Updated: October 27, 2011
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 service packs or updates for Microsoft Dynamics AX are available, you can incorporate the updates into the installation by using a process that is known as slipstreaming. Some customizations can also be included in the slipstreaming process. 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.
Components that were previously installed are not updated when service packs and code updates are slipstreamed. For example, an instance of Application Object Server (AOS) is installed on a server. Later, you add service packs or 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:
Help content updates
Customizations that are packaged in model files
Individual hotfixes cannot be included in the slipstreaming process.
Use the following procedure to include service packs and updates in the installation.
To find service packs and updates, visit the CustomerSource web site. Logon is required.
Browse to the shared network folder from which you install Microsoft Dynamics AX. In the Updates folder, create a subfolder for each update.
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.
If you use the Updates folder to deploy model files that contain customizations from independent software vendors (ISVs), create a subfolder for each ISV. In the folder for each ISV, create a subfolder that is named Models. For example, the folder structure might be Updates\<ISVName>\Models.
For more information about how to install Microsoft Dynamics AX from a shared network folder, see Create a shared directory for installation.
Extract each update into the appropriate subfolder.
Run Setup and select the components that you want to install.
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. To install additional model files, you must select the Databases component, and then select the additional model files on the Select additional models page.
Setup detects and installs the updates.