Technical diagrams for upgrade scenarios [AX 2012]

Updated: November 21, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

These technical diagrams represent recommended solutions for Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade scenarios. The diagrams are available as PDF files that are appropriate for printing as posters. The diagrams can also be viewed online at



Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2: How to upgrade from an earlier release of AX 2012

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This diagram illustrates the recommended procedure for “in-place” upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 from either Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack. By performing most of the development and testing tasks on non-production computers, you minimize the effect of the upgrade on your production system. You work with a total of three Microsoft Dynamics AX installations: your production system, which is the basis for the other two installations, a test system, and a development system that is used to upgrade customized code. The systems are color-coded to emphasize where you are working at any given stage of the upgrade.

If you have a plotter, you can print these posters at full size. If you don't have a plotter, use the following procedure to print on smaller paper.

  1. Open the poster in Visio.

  2. On the File menu, click Page Setup.

  3. On the Print Setup tab, in the Printer paper section, select the size of paper to print on.

  4. On the Print Setup tab, in the Print zoom section, click Fit to, and then enter 1 sheet across by 1 sheet down.

  5. On the Page Size tab, click Size to fit drawing contents, and then click OK.

  6. On the File menu, click Print.

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