Install retail components [AX 2012]

Updated: November 18, 2014

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


This topic includes information about features that were added or changed for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Cumulative Update 8. For more information, see the section later in this topic.

The topics in this section provide information about how to install the retail components for Microsoft Dynamics AX.


Retail components are available with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, AX 2012 R2, and AX 2012 Feature Pack.

Retail provides mid-market and large retailers a complete solution for the head office and point of sale (POS). Retail can help retailers increase financial returns, improve service, manage growth, and streamline efficiencies. Retail consists of several components that are typically distributed across multiple computers and locations.

To use the retail components in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, you must select the Extensions model file when you install the Microsoft Dynamics AX database. For more information about how to install model files, see Install the Microsoft Dynamics AX databases.

In AX 2012 R2 and AX 2012 Feature Pack, the available components differ from AX 2012 R3. Most importantly, you must install Synch Service instead of installing Async Client and Async Server. For more information, see Deployment topologies for Retail and Install Commerce Data Exchange: Synch Service (Retail Store Connect).

Retail essentials is a retail-centric configuration option for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Retail essentials provides a simplified, streamlined user experience that is optimized for organizations that use only the retail management functions of Microsoft Dynamics AX.


To install Retail essentials, you must slipstream Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Cumulative Update 8.

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