Time periods (form) [AX 2012]

Updated: November 13, 2010

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

Click System administration > Setup > Business intelligence > Analysis Services > Time periods.

Use this form to create time periods for the Business Overview Web part when you use Role Centers in Enterprise Portal.

The following tables provide descriptions for the controls in this form.




View details about a selected time period or time period template.




Import the default time periods from the AOT, or import an XML file that contains the time periods that you created.


Export created time periods into the AOT, or export an XML file of created time periods to a specified location.



Period ID

Create a unique numeric identification for the time period.


Enter a description for the time period.

Display name

Enter the name that you want to display in the Business Overview Web part.

Display rank

Enter the order in which you want the time periods to be displayed in the Business Overview Web part.


Select this check box to display the time period in the Business Overview Web part.

Current period MDX

Enter the Multi-Dimensional Expression (MDX) that defines the current period value to display in the Business Overview Web part.

Previous period MDX

Enter the MDX that defines the previous period value to display in the Business Overview Web part.


Select this check box to use this time period as a template. Template MDX expressions can be used in other time periods by entering the name of the time period instead of the whole MDX expression. This lets you reuse the common MDX expressions.

Template MDX

Enter the MDX for the template.

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