Servers in the Microsoft Dynamics AX environment [AX 2012]
Updated: March 12, 2014
Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
A production deployment of Microsoft Dynamics AX requires multiple servers. This topic describes the types of server that may be required in your implementation.
A minimum installation of Microsoft Dynamics AX consists of a business database, a model store, an instance of Application Object Server (AOS), and at least one client. These components can be installed on computers that are arranged in various topologies, but the system does not run unless all elements are installed.
A Microsoft SQL Server database server hosts the database that stores Microsoft Dynamics AX transaction data. The database server also hosts the model store, which is the database that stores application elements. These application elements include customizations.
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and AX 2012 R2, the model store and the business data are stored in separate databases. In earlier versions of AX 2012, the model store and business data are stored in a single database.
For some Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality, you must have one or more of the following additional servers.
A report server is a server that runs Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. Reporting Services is a server-based solution that lets users create and publish both traditional, paper-based reports and interactive, web-based reports.
For more information about how to set up a report server, see Install Reporting Services extensions for Microsoft Dynamics AX.
An analysis server enhances the reporting functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX by linking to Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. An analysis server provides enhanced support for online analytical processing (OLAP).
For more information about how to set up an analysis server, see Configure Analysis Services.
The following servers are typically found in infrastructures that run Microsoft Dynamics AX. This documentation provides information about how to use Microsoft Dynamics AX together with these servers. For information about how to install and set up these servers, see the documentation for each server.
Announcements: To see known issues and recent fixes, use Issue search in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS).