Importing Updated .NET Assembly Transforms [AX 2012]

Updated: December 8, 2011

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

After you have imported a transform assembly (DLL) into Microsoft Dynamics AX, you may need to make changes to the assembly. Depending on what type of changes you make, the assembly may or may not need to be imported again. This topic covers the different types of changes you can make to an assembly and what you need to do in Microsoft Dynamics AX to be able to use the new transformation logic in the Application Integration Framework (AIF) pipeline.

NoteNote

You must be logged into Windows Server as an administrator to add a new transform.

If you change code within the Transform method of a transform class, you do not need to import the assembly again if you have already done so. However, in order for the changes to be reflected in Microsoft Dynamics AX, you will need to do the following:

  1. Copy the DLL to the server bin directory. This directory varies depending on your installation, but it may be named something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Server\MicrosoftDynamicsAX\Bin

  2. Copy the DLL to the client bin directory. This directory varies depending on your installation, but it may be named something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Client\Bin

  3. Restart the AOS to load the updated assembly.

If you change the namespace or the class name of a transform class, you do not need to import the assembly again if you have already done so. But you will need to go into the Manage transforms form and update the Class field as shown in the following steps:

  1. Copy the DLL to the server bin directory. This directory varies depending on your installation, but it may be named something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Server\MicrosoftDynamicsAX\Bin

  2. Copy the DLL to the client bin directory. This directory varies depending on your installation, but it may be named something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Client\Bin

  3. Restart the AOS to load the updated assembly.

  4. Open Microsoft Dynamics AX and type CTRL+SHIFT+W to open a new development workspace.

  5. Select Tools > Application Integration Framework > Manage transforms.

  6. Select the assembly in the grid, and in the Class field, select the new class.

  7. Type CTRL+S to save the transform.

If you add a new transform class to an assembly and you want to use that new transform in the AIF pipeline, you must re-import the assembly as shown in the following steps.

  1. Copy the DLL to the server bin directory. This directory varies depending on your installation, but it may be named something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Server\MicrosoftDynamicsAX\Bin

  2. Copy the DLL to the client bin directory. This directory varies depending on your installation, but it may be named something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Client\Bin

  3. Restart the AOS to load the updated assembly.

  4. Open Microsoft Dynamics AX and type CTRL+SHIFT+W to open a new development workspace.

  5. Select Tools > Application Integration Framework > Manage transforms.

  6. In the Manage transforms form, type CTRL+N to add a new transform.

  7. In the Name field, enter a unique name of up to 30 characters.

  8. In the Description field, enter a description of the transform of up to 1,000 characters.

  9. In the Type field, select .NET Assembly.

  10. Click Load, navigate to the assembly that you copied to the client bin directory, and click Open.

  11. In the Class field, select the new class that was added to the assembly.

  12. Type CTRL+S to save the transform.

If you rename an assembly, you must first delete any transforms that reference the assembly and then re-import them as shown in the following steps:

TipTip

You should not delete a transform that is used in the AIF pipeline for any port. You should verify that the transform that you delete is not being used in any integration ports.

  1. Open Microsoft Dynamics AX and type CTRL+SHIFT+W to open a new development workspace.

  2. Select Tools > Application Integration Framework > Manage transforms.

  3. In the Manage transforms form, select the transform you want to delete, and type ALT+F9. When the delete confirmation appears, click Yes. You must delete each transform contained in the assembly that you have re-named.

  4. Import the re-named assembly by following the steps in topic How to: Import a .NET Assembly Transform

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