Deprecated: Duplicate company feature [AX 2012]

Updated: September 12, 2013

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

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Company accounts form contains a Duplicate company feature that lets users duplicate the data for a company.



Reason for deprecation

Changes to the underlying architecture of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 made the Duplicate company feature obsolete.

The organization model represents a major change in AX 2012. In AX 2009, most of the application data was related to the company or DataAreaID concept, and this data could easily be duplicated by traversing all tables where the SaveDataPerCompany metadata property was set to True. Because of the new organization model, the data is not purely related to legal entities, and a company is semantically equivalent to a legal entity. The data is related either to one or more types of organization, or to no organization type (shared tables). Therefore, duplication of data based on this property is not valid.

Replaced by another feature

No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature.

Although there is no replacement for the Duplicate company feature, a company can still be used as a template to create other companies. By using the Import and export feature, users can create duplicate reference, setup, and master data by copying data between two companies. For demo data, the Import and export feature can be used to replicate a company from one environment in another environment, or in the same environment. Users can also make additional changes to create an appropriate demo scenario in the new company.

For more information, see Use DAT and DEF files to export and import data and Export data to another instance of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Modules affected

No modules are directly affected.

Changes to installation

This change does not affect application installation.

Changes to upgrade

This change does not affect application upgrade.

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