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Monday, November 24, 2008

Migration Tool for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 - Release

Microsoft has released for public use on PartnerSource the Microsoft Dynamics AX Migration tool.

The download can be found here: Migration Tool for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 (PartnerSource Login Required)

From the release:
"The Migration Tool is a .NET application with client/server architecture. The client provides a user interface for managing data migration tasks such as configuring a project, staging data, managing exceptions, loading data, and reviewing results.

It also provides features such as comparing the schema of the current Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 database to the standard schema of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 (RTM). The client can be disconnected from the server during the execution of a pre-existing configured project.

The migration process is managed using:
- Groups of Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) packages, combined into prerequisite check, source, target, and validation adaptors.

- A staging database.

- AxMT classes. These are X++ classes that are used to validate and to migrate transactional data from the staging database to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 database."




Out of the box, not many adapters for moving data over exists, but this is very customizable:
"Out of the box the Migration tool for Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009 delivers Source adapters for Epicor iScala 5.1 SR13 SP14; however the migration tool is customizable and can be extended to handle multiple source adapters. "

I wonder why the focus on Epicor and not many others, like MAS 90, 200, etc.? Either way this tool is a long time coming, with all of us that have ever done a project writing our own import scripts, tools and processes. I am really wanting to see how well this work and how flexible it really is.

Just by looking at the documentation on it, it seems it would not take much at all to have your very own custom AS/400 adapter for that in house app your replacing. Or to write one of the Oracle or other data sources.

This is great news! Check back soon as I post more...




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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brandon,

What's your take on this tool? Do you use it? By the way, I love your posts. Keep it up.

John

5:18 PM  

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