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Perform a single-computer installation [AX 2012]

Updated: May 9, 2014

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

Use the information in this topic to perform a single-computer installation of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Use this type of installation to install a complete Microsoft Dynamics AX system on a single computer for development, demonstration, or testing.

If you install by using the Single-computer installation option in Setup, default settings are used to configure all components. User names and passwords are the only input that is required. For more information about the components that are included in the single-computer installation option, see Installation types. For more information about individual components, see the corresponding topics in this guide.


We do not recommend that you perform a single-computer installation in a production environment. Use this type of installation only for development and testing.

Prerequisites for all components that are included in the single-server installation must be installed before you can use this type of installation. On the computer where you plan to perform the installation, run the prerequisite validation utility to verify that system requirements have been met. For information about how to run the prerequisite validation utility, see Check prerequisites. For more information about the hardware and software requirements for Microsoft Dynamics AX, see the system requirements.

If you add Retail components to a single-computer installation, and the computer is a primary domain controller, the operating system must be Windows Server 2008 R2 or a later release.


Reports and online analytical processing (OLAP) cubes may display errors if the computer is not connected to a domain.

This procedure describes how to install Microsoft Dynamics AX for demonstration or development by using the Single-computer installation option in Setup.

  1. Start Microsoft Dynamics AX Setup. Under Install, select Microsoft Dynamics AX components.

  2. Advance through the first wizard pages.

  3. If the Setup Support files have not yet been installed on this computer, the Select a file location page is displayed. The Setup Support files are required for installation. Provide a file location or accept the default location, and then click Next. On the Ready to install page, click Install.

  4. If you’re installing AX 2012 R3, in the Select an installation option page, click Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  5. On the Select installation type page, click Single-computer installation, and then click Next.

  6. On the Prerequisite validation results page, resolve any errors. For more information about how to resolve prerequisite errors, see Check prerequisites. When no errors remain, click Next.

  7. On the Specify an AOS account page, select whether you want to use the Network Service account of the local computer or a domain account to run the Application Object Server (AOS) service. Click Next.

  8. On the Specify Business Connector proxy account information page, enter the name and password for the proxy account that is used for .NET Business Connector. Click Next.

  9. On the Prerequisite validation results page, resolve any errors. When no errors remain, click Next.

  10. On the Ready to install page, click Install.

  11. After the installation is completed, click Finish to close the wizard.


If you install Help Server at the same time as other Microsoft Dynamics AX components, the Help Server installation may fail. In the Setup log, you see the following error: “Component installation task stopped due to an error.” To resolve this issue, uninstall and then reinstall the Help Server component.

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

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