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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - System Architecture Overview

As we draw closer and closer to the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, I plan to continue and dive deeper and deeper into all area's of the new release.

With that in mind, lets take a look at what resources we have on Microsoft TechNet.: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - System Architecture

As we can see there is quite a bit of new roles, and also new ways old roles will interact, function, and what they run on.

Starting at the bottom of the diagram, we see that SQL Server of course, plays a major role in a given Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 solution. To this database point, SQL Server, when AX 2012 is released, will be the only Database Software that Microsoft Dynamics AX will run on. Bye-Bye Oracle option!

You will noticed that we have similar databases here before, like SSRS, SharePoint and SSAS. What's important to understand is that the Dynamics AX database, will take and have both the Transactional Data, as well as the model store for which all Dynamics AX Objects live in.

This is where the AOT moved from the file system, and into the database, and reason why there is a new utility for moving .axmodel files, from one instance of AX into another.

Moving up the stack, we have the AOS and .Net, and within that .Net 4.0 applications, AX Services like the Metadata Service, Query Service and more. Here a lot of changes has taking place, and really openning up Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, as was laid out in the past post I did some years back with Lachlan Cash.: WCF: The Enterprise Service Bus for Dynamics AX and the rest of the Microsoft Stack

All of these new blocks you see, mixed in, and being hosted by old one's like the AOS, help enable this vision laid out throughout the series of post, including the one mentioned above, that helped describe what the future of AX held. That future is becoming today, with the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 soon.

There is also a lot more to cover with this, and I recommend taking the time and reviewing each section of the system Architecture. Take a deep dive into the TechNet pages that already exist for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

How we plan installs, how we do modifications, how we extend AX, all is going to change is some degree or another with this release, and it's important to understand the impact of these changes, and how much they enable for a business that will be making use of them.

That's all for now, I will continue this dive next week, with looking into comparing AX 2009 and AX 2012 in this area, and talking about some of the benefits, from this move being made.

Check back soon, as more to come!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this! BTW, it would be nice to have the diagram pic resizable.

2:59 AM  

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