Install a client

Dynamics AX 4.0

A client is the interface to Microsoft Dynamics AX data and functionality. You must be at the Microsoft Dynamics AX client computer to install the client. If you are installing multiple clients, we recommend that you install them from a file server. For details, see Install clients silently. The procedure that follows assumes that you are installing a single role on a computer. You can install multiple roles on a single computer, however, the order of the pages in the Setup Wizard will change based on your selections.

Setting up a computer as an Microsoft Dynamics AX client installs the following components:

  • The Microsoft Dynamics AX interface that connects to an Application Object Server (AOS).

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX Client Configuration Utility.

  • Components to support OLAP reporting functionality:

    • Microsoft SQL Server Native Client

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services 9.0 OLEDB Provider

    • Microsoft SQL Server Management Objects Collection

    • MSXML 6.0 Parser

Before installing clients, be sure that you have installed the database, application file server, and AOS.

You must log in with an account that is a member of the Administrators group on the computer on which you are running Setup.

If you have not done so already, insert the Microsoft Dynamics AX DVD into your drive. If the Microsoft Dynamics AX Setup Wizard does not launch automatically, double-click the Autorun.hta file in the root directory of the DVD.

If you are installing from a network location, share the installation files and connect to the location from the computer on which you want to install the program.

  1. To begin the installation process, click Microsoft Dynamics AX Client.

    On the Prerequisites check page, Setup validates that the software required to install Microsoft Dynamics AX is present. If it is not, click Install. To continue after the update completes, click Next.

  2. On the Welcome page of the Setup Wizard, click Next to continue.

  3. On the License agreement page, read the license agreement and then click I accept the terms in the license agreement to accept the licensing terms and conditions. Accepting the license agreement activates the Next button. To continue, click Next.


    To end Setup, click Cancel.

  4. On the Select display language page, select the language in which you would like to first run Microsoft Dynamics AX. If you later decide to change languages, you can modify the user language within the client.

  5. On the Select Help language page, select the Help languages you would like to have available for Microsoft Dynamics AX. We recommend that you install all the Help languages required for your system during initial installation.


    To switch between Help languages, you can change the user settings within the Microsoft Dynamics AX client. If you do not install the Help files for the languages you need during initial installation, you can install additional Help files by running the Microsoft Dynamics AX Setup program again, selecting the Client installation path, and then selecting any additional languages you require.

  6. On the Install files page, click Next to accept the default location, or click Browse to designate a different location.

  7. On the Connect to Application Object Server page, type the name of the computer running the AOS instance you would like to connect to. To specify a connection to a specific AOS instance, enter the server information in one of the following formats:









    If you do not know the name of the Application Object Server and it is running locally, you can check its name under Administrative Tools > Services. Otherwise, contact the Microsoft Dynamics AX administrator.

  8. On the Ready to install page, review the summary of roles and components for your computer. To proceed, click Next.

  9. On the Installing page, you can monitor installation progress as Setup proceeds.

  10. On the Completing Microsoft Dynamics AX Setup page, you can review the summary of roles and components for your computer. To exit the Setup wizard, click Finish.