Getting started with associated technologies [AX 2012]

Updated: November 15, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

To implement and administer the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution will require that you understand Microsoft infrastructure software such as Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 products. An efficient and optimized information technology infrastructure is required for Microsoft Dynamics AX. This topic lists online resources that you can use to learn about best practices for IT infrastructure deployment and management.

For up-to-date hardware and software requirements for Microsoft Dynamics AX, download Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 System Requirements from the Microsoft Download Center.

The IPD guide series provides architectural guidance for Microsoft infrastructure products. These guides help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies. Each guide addresses a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

For more information, see Introduction to the Infrastructure Planning and Design Series.

Microsoft Solution Accelerators are tools and guidance that help you solve your deployment, planning, and operational IT problems. They are free and fully supported.

For more information, see Solution Accelerators home page.

The Infrastructure Optimization Model provides a maturity framework for IT infrastructure that is useful for benchmarking technical capability and business value. The vision of infrastructure optimization is to build an efficient, secure, and optimized information technology (IT) infrastructure and services in a logical sequence.

To begin, understand the maturity levels and then determine your maturity level, when compared to model. When this level is established, the next step is to use the model to plan your progress toward the target level that is needed for maximum business benefit.

For more information, see Resource Guide Overview.

Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) delivers practical guidance for everyday IT practices and activities. MOF helps users establish and implement reliable, cost-effective IT services.

For more information, see Microsoft Operations Framework.

You must be familiar with Microsoft infrastructure software to deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX components successfully. This section lists some of the prerequisite technical knowledge.

Microsoft Dynamics AX client requires a Windows client or server operating system. Microsoft Dynamics AX server components require a server operating system.

Prerequisite knowledge


Advanced administration of Windows-based networks using Windows Server. This includes Active Directory Domain Services, domain controllers, Domain Name System (DNS), and general network administration concepts.

Windows Server home page

Windows Client TechCenter

Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX, web services on Internet Information Services (IIS), and the Microsoft Dynamics AX Help server require IIS.

Prerequisite knowledge


  • IIS administration

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4, especially ASP.NET and Windows Communication Foundation

Windows Server home page

The Official Microsoft IIS Site

Enterprise Portal requires either Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Prerequisite knowledge


Installation and administration of SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010.

Microsoft SharePoint Products page

.NET Framework is required to install Microsoft Dynamics AX. The Microsoft Dynamics AX application uses many libraries from .NET Framework such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows Communication Foundation.

Prerequisite knowledge


.NET Framework 4, especially Windows Communication foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation

Windows Server home page

Microsoft.NET site

Prerequisite knowledge


  • Database server infrastructure design

  • Database backup and recovery

  • SQL Server administration

SQL Server TechCenter

SQL Server 2008 R2 - Planning and Architecture

SQL Server 2008 R2 – Technical Articles

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is the primary reporting platform for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The default, predefined reports that are provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX run on the Reporting Services platform.

Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services provides online analytical processing (OLAP) functionality for Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can use Analysis Services to design, create, and manage cubes that contain detailed and aggregated data from multiple data sources.

Prerequisite knowledge


  • Reporting Services administration

  • Analysis Services administration

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

You must consider the availability of your infrastructure and applications carefully. Apply the concepts of availability, disaster recovery planning, load-balancing, and failover clustering to deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX components.

Prerequisite knowledge


  • Load balancing

  • Failover clustering

  • Disaster recovery planning

Windows Server 2008 documentation for Availability and Scalability

High Availability with SQL Server 2008

Prerequisite knowledge


  • Windows performance management

  • Database performance management

  • Database and application tracing

Performance and Reliability

Performance (Database Engine)

Microsoft Dynamics AX Performance Team’s Blog

Prerequisite knowledge


  • Active Directory Domain Services

  • Network administration

  • Perimeter network

  • IPsec

Security TechCenter

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Security

IPsec site on TechNet

Announcements: To see known issues and recent fixes, use Issue search in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS).