Schedule and run jobs in Retail Scheduler (Retail essentials) [AX 2012]

Updated: July 23, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

This topic describes how to schedule and run the data transfer between Retail essentials and retail channels. Commerce Data Exchange uses Retail Scheduler jobs and distribution schedules.

Jobs and subjobs contain the data distribution settings for specific tables and fields in the database. A distribution schedule associates scheduler jobs with the locations where data must be synchronized. After you have created distribution schedules, you can run them either automatically in a batch or manually.

Before you can set up a distribution schedule, you must create scheduler jobs and data groups. For more information, see Configure jobs and subjobs in Retail Scheduler and Create a channel data group.

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To create a distribution schedule, follow these steps:

  1. Click Retail essentials > Data synchronization > Distribution schedule.

  2. Click New to create a new distribution schedule, or select a distribution schedule to modify.

  3. Enter a unique name and an optional description for the distribution schedule.

  4. By default, the Active check box is selected. If this check box is cleared, the distribution schedule does not run.

  5. If you are creating a new distribution schedule, select the direction that the data flows:

    • Select Download if the jobs in the distribution schedule transfer data from Microsoft Dynamics AX to channels.

    • Select Upload if the jobs in the distribution schedule transfer data from channels to Microsoft Dynamics AX.

    The direction that you select determines the jobs that you can add to the distribution schedule. For example, you can’t add job P-0001 (POS transactions) to a distribution schedule that the Download direction is selected for.

  6. On the Data groups FastTab, click Add to add one or more data groups to the schedule. When you run the distribution schedule, a data package is generated for each data group. All channel databases in a data group receive the same data.

    To remove a data group from the schedule, select the data group, and then click Remove.

  7. On the Scheduler jobs FastTab, click Add to add one or more jobs to the schedule. To remove a job from the schedule, select the job, and then click Remove.

A batch job is a scheduled run of a job or a group of jobs. When you create a batch job, you set up the timing of the batch job in the instance of Microsoft Dynamics AX Application Object Server (AOS). The batch job is then run automatically on the server. To run batch jobs, you must configure the batch server. For more information, see Configure an AOS instance as a batch server.

To set up a batch job for a distribution schedule, follow these steps:

  1. Click Retail essentials > Data synchronization > Distribution schedule.

  2. Select a distribution schedule.

  3. On the Scheduler jobs FastTab, select the Enabled check box for each scheduler job to run in the batch job.

  4. At the top of the form, click Create batch job. In the form that is displayed, enter information about the batch job, and then click OK. For more information about the options in the form, see Submit a batch processing job from a form.

To run an individual scheduler job manually, follow these steps. The job runs for all locations that are in the distribution schedule.

  1. Click Retail essentials > Data synchronization > Distribution schedule.

  2. In the Distribution schedule form, on the Scheduler jobs FastTab, select the job to run.

  3. On the top menu, click Run now.

To view the status of a data distribution schedule, follow these steps:

  1. Click Retail essentials > Data synchronization > Distribution schedule.

  2. In the Distribution schedule form, in the left pane, select a distribution schedule, and then click History.

  3. In the Download history form, in the left pane, select a job. Then review the information for the job and the channels that sent or received data. For more information, see View history for a distribution schedule.


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