Definition groups (form) [AX 2012]

Updated: February 24, 2011

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

Click System administration > Common > Data export/import > Definition groups.

Use this form to create and maintain definition groups when importing or exporting data. Definition groups identify groups of tables that can be imported or exported when you are using Microsoft Dynamics AX data import/export. Definition groups are required when you export data, but not when you import data.

The following tables provide descriptions for the controls in this form.




Opens the Create table definition group form, where you can create and name a table definition group.


Delete the selected table definition group.

Select tables

Open the Select tables form, where you can select tables to import data from or export data to. If you are defining tables for export, you can also determine whether you will include document references, set criteria for export, or include related tables.

Export to

Export data from the tables listed in the selected definition group into a .dat file.


Be sure to save exported files in a folder that has appropriately restricted permissions. For example, allowing access to the data from the following tables can potentially expose confidential information: SysConfig, SysUserInfo, and UserInfo.

If unsecured data from these tables is modified and then imported, you run the risk of potentially providing increased access to the Microsoft Dynamics AX system.


Import files from the selected definition group. The files that you import must have been created by exporting from Microsoft Dynamics AX.


Copy the selected definition group, which includes all tables and export criteria.



Definition group

The name of the definition group. Enter letters or numbers up to 10 characters.


The description of the definition group. Enter letters or numbers up to 30 characters.

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