Synch Service Pack Viewer [AX 2012]

Updated: June 27, 2013

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

Commerce Data Exchange: Synch Service Pack Viewer is a tool that helps you examine the data that is contained in the packages that are sent and received by Synch Service. Use Pack Viewer as a troubleshooting resource when you experience an issue with data synchronization or replication.

Package files are available for viewing only if you specify in Synch Service Settings that the package files should be saved. Complete the following procedure to configure this option.

NoteNote

You must have administrative credentials to open the Synch Service Settings wizard.

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Microsoft Dynamics AX > Commerce Data Exchange > Synch Service > Service Settings to open the wizard.

  2. Select the instance of Synch Service to configure, and then click through the wizard to apply the following settings:

    • On the Synch Service specific properties page, in the Working Directory field, type the path of, or browse to, the folder where you want to save the packages.

    • On the Server debugging properties page, select the Keep Package Files check box, and then click Finish.

      If you do not select this check box, package files are saved only when Synch Service encounters an error during processing of a package.

      Caution noteCaution

      Although you can save all packages as a message archive, this option can consume disk space quickly. We recommend that you clear the Keep Package Files check box when you have finished troubleshooting.

For more information about the Synch Service Settings wizard, see Configure settings for Synch Service.

Pack Viewer converts package files from binary format into XML files that you can open in Notepad or another text editor. A package can contain any of the following items:

  • The database query that is used

  • The data that must be inserted

  • Both the query and the data

Use the following procedure to convert files.

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Microsoft Dynamics AX > Commerce Data Exchange > Synch Service > Pack Viewer to open Pack Viewer.

  2. In the File to convert field, type the path and name of, or browse to, the file to convert. The files are located in the directory that you specified in Synch Service Settings.

  3. In the Extract to folder field, type the path of, or browse to, the folder that will contain the XML file that is generated.

    There is one XML file for the header and one for each table that is included in the package. The files are stored in a folder that has the same name as the package.

  4. If you want the destination folder to open in Windows Explorer when the conversion is completed, select the Open Folder check box.

  5. Click Convert.

  6. In Notepad or another text editor, open the destination file.

Use the information in the following tables to help identify the files that you convert by using Pack Viewer.

JJ879323.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifSynch Service at headquarters

For the Synch Service instance that connects to Microsoft Dynamics AX, the following file formats are used for temporary files.

Job type

Message direction

File suffix

File description

A or N

Incoming

I

Database read request from Microsoft Dynamics AX

A or N

Outgoing

R

Data package sent to the channel

P

Incoming

I

Data package received from the channel

P

Outgoing

I

Data package sent to Microsoft Dynamics AX

NoteNote
Both incoming and outgoing data packages for P jobs have the same suffix. In order to view content in an outgoing data package, you must change the suffix for the corresponding file to R. If you do not change the suffix, an error will be displayed when you attempt to view the package.

JJ879323.collapse_all(en-us,AX.60).gifSynch Service at the channel

For the Synch Service instance that connects to the retail channel database, the following file formats are used for temporary files.

Job type

Message direction

File suffix

File description

A or N

Incoming

I

Data package received from headquarters

A or N

Outgoing

I

Data package sent to the channel database

NoteNote
Both incoming and outgoing data packages for A and N jobs have the same suffix. In order to view content in an outgoing data package, you must change the suffix for the corresponding file to R. If you do not change the suffix, an error will be displayed when you attempt to view the package.

P

Incoming

I

Data upload request received from headquarters

P

Outgoing

R

Data package sent to headquarters


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

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