Configure user relations [AX 2012]

Updated: November 15, 2013

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

Users can be internal or external. Internal users include employees, and external users include vendors, prospective vendors, customers, and prospects. After you specify user relations, a user's information, such as the employee ID or customer account ID, is automatically displayed in fields when that user opens a page in Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

For external relations, data in the vendor portal is restricted based on vendor account and legal entities identified under External relations. For example, if a user has an external relation for vendor account 1003 and legal entity 1234, the user sees data only for vendor account 1003 and any transactions with legal entity 1234 in the vendor portal.

ImportantImportant

User relations trim data based on a user's designated role and account, but they do not enforce security in Enterprise Portal. In Enterprise Portal, security is enforced through Microsoft Dynamics AX role-based security and Microsoft SharePoint permissions. For more information, see Checklist: Configure Enterprise Portal security.

This topic includes information about the following:

  • Configure a user account to have a user relation

  • Configure a user account to have multiple external user relations

  1. Click System administration > Common > Users > User relations.

  2. Click New.

  3. In the Person list, select the person, and then click OK.

    If you do not see the person's name in this list, the person has not completed the customer/partner on-boarding processes and their details are not available in the global address book.

  4. In the User ID list, select the Microsoft Dynamics AX user ID for this relation. If you do not see the user ID that you want to assign, verify that the ID was added to the list of Microsoft Dynamics AX users.

  5. If the user is external to your business or organization, such as a customer or partner, click the Add button under External relations.

    TipTip

    If the Add button is not active, press F5 to refresh the form.

    1. In the Relation type list, select the type of external relation for this user.

    2. In the Legal entity list, select the legal entity for this relation.

    3. In the Name list, select the user's business or organization.

  6. Click Close to save your changes.

This section describes three ways to configure a user account to have multiple external user relations. Multiple external relations are necessary if, for example, a user account is listed as a vendor in two companies and the user must access data from both companies in Enterprise Portal. If you do not perform the steps in this procedure and you try to, for example, add more than one external account to the external relations for a vendor, the system displays a warning: External relation for <vendor name> cannot be added. It does not relate to any of the existing external relations for this AX user.

  1. Open the User relations form in company A. Click System administration > Common > Users > User relations.

  2. Click New.

  3. In the Person list, select the person, and then click OK.

    If you do not see the person's name in this list, the person has not completed the customer/partner on-boarding processes and their details are not available in the global address book.

  4. Under External relations, click the Add button to add multiple relations.

    TipTip

    If the Add button is not active, press F5 to refresh the form.

    1. In the Relation type list, select the type of external relation for this user.

    2. In the Legal entity list, select the legal entity for this relation.

    3. In the Name list, select the user's business or organization.

  5. Click Close to save your changes.

If both vendor records already are located in the global address book, you can merge the party IDs for the vendor records. After you merge the party IDs you must specify user relations, as described in this topic. For more information about merging party IDs, see Merge party IDs for vendor accounts across multiple legal entities.

If both vendor records already are located in the global address book, you can change the party association for one of the vendor records.

  1. In company A, on the Vendor page, select the vendor record and then click the Change party association button. Note the vendor’s associated party ID.

  2. Locate the vendor’s associated party ID in company B.

  3. Determine which party ID you want to keep and which ID you want to change.

  4. Use the Change party association button to change the associated party ID that you want to change to the ID that you want to keep. To say this another way, change one record so that both vendor records use the same party ID.

  5. Specify user relations as described earlier in this topic.


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