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Guide to the Services and AIF Documentation [AX 2012]

Updated: January 10, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

This topic provides a guide to the Microsoft Dynamics AX Services and Application Integration Framework (AIF) documentation. The linked documents are recommended starting points grouped according to specific interests and levels of expertise.

Use the information in the following sections if you are:

If you are new to using Services and AIF in Microsoft Dynamics AX and you want an introduction to the basics, see the following topics.

If you are new to using Services and AIF and you want to see a catalog of walkthroughs using services and AIF, see Services and AIF Walkthroughs.

If you are new to programming with Services and AIF and you want to see samples that work, see the following topics.

Implementing data transfers has changed significantly in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. For more information about these changes, see the following topics.

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, proprietary Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) and BizTalk Server adapters used in the previous releases of Microsoft Dynamics AX are no longer available. For information about how to use Message Queuing and BizTalk Server with AIF in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the following topics:

Upgrading from an earlier version

For information about how to upgrade from an earlier version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, see the following topics.

Planning, installation, and deployment

To learn about how to plan, installing, and deploying services and AIF in MSDAX6, see the following topics.

Configuring services and AIF

In AIF, you set up and configure integration ports to manage message exchanges. For more information, see the following topics.

Monitoring and troubleshooting services and AIF

Microsoft Dynamics AX lets you manage your document exchanges throughout their life cycle and troubleshoot any issues that affect data transfers.

For a list of walkthroughs that show you how to work with services and AIF, see Services and AIF Walkthroughs.

For an introduction to developing with the different types of services in Microsoft Dynamics AX, see Developing with Services and AIF.

Document Services

The following topics contain information about document services:

System Services

You can use the AIF system services to enable clients to interact with and retrieve system information, including metadata, data returned in a query, and user session data. For an introduction to the AIF system services, see AIF System Services.

The following topics introduce the capabilities of the AIF system services and provide walkthroughs of common scenarios.

Custom Services

The following topic contains a walkthrough for creating a custom service.

Consuming External Web Services

The following topic contains a walkthrough for how to consume an external web service:

For information about how to troubleshoot issues with services and AIF, see Troubleshoot services and AIF.

When you move from a test environment into production, you can export and import your integration port configurations. For more information, see Exporting and importing AIF integration port configurations.

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