Tuesday, December 14, 2021

PowerShell and SQL scripts for Database Refreshing in a Devbox

 Say you created a new database AxDB_TEST2 and restored a test environment backup there.

Now you need to change the databases names so that D365FO would target a restored data.

First, you need to stop D365FO services, for example, with a similar PowerShell script.

function StopD365RelevantService()
    $services = "DynamicsAxBatch","Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Tools.DMF.SSISHelperService.exe","MR2012ProcessService","LCSDiagnosticClientService"
    foreach ($item in $services)
      Set-Service -Name $item -StartupType Disabled  
    Stop-Service -Name Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Tools.DMF.SSISHelperService.exe -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Stop-Service -Name DynamicsAxBatch -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Stop-Service -Name W3SVC -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Stop-Service -Name MR2012ProcessService -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Stop-Service -Name LCSDiagnosticClientService -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

    Set-Service -Name W3SVC -StartupType Automatic

Then you can use the following SQL script to 'exchange' two databases.

use master


Once it is done, get the services back to life

function StartD365RelevantService()
    #Set-Service -Name "DynamicsAxBatch","Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Tools.DMF.SSISHelperService.exe","W3SVC","MR2012ProcessService" -StartupType Automatic
    $services = "DynamicsAxBatch","Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Tools.DMF.SSISHelperService.exe","W3SVC","MR2012ProcessService","LCSDiagnosticClientService"
    foreach ($item in $services)
      Set-Service -Name $item -StartupType Automatic  
    #Set-Service -Name 'DynamicsAxBatch' -StartupType Automatic
    Start-Service -Name Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Tools.DMF.SSISHelperService.exe -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Start-Service -Name DynamicsAxBatch -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Start-Service -Name W3SVC -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Start-Service -Name MR2012ProcessService -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Stop-Service -Name LCSDiagnosticClientService -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Multiple enum values selection in forms and tables

Previously I posted three supporting functions to work with multiple enum values selection. Now, let's see how they can be used in real scenarios.

With these functions you can easily expose enum values in selection lists and then save the user selection in tables.

Enum lists in a form

Check first how to show two grids in a form; so that the user could move enum values from one to another.

public class SysPolicyTypesOneCompanyActiveOnly extends FormRun

    private Map                 policyTypes = wzhTest::createMapForEnum(enumStr(SysPolicyTypeEnum));
    private SysPolicyTypeEnum   type;
    private void resetSysPolicyTypeListPanel()
        SysPolicyTypeAvailableGrid.deleteRows(0, SysPolicyTypeAvailableGrid.rows());
        SysPolicyTypeEnabledGrid.deleteRows(0, SysPolicyTypeEnabledGrid.rows());

        var mapEnumerator = policyTypes.getEnumerator();
        while (mapEnumerator.moveNext())
            type        = mapEnumerator.currentKey();
            if (SysPolicyTypesOneCompanyActiveOnly::exist(type))
                this.addRowForTypes(SysPolicyTypeEnabledGrid, type);
                this.addRowForTypes(SysPolicyTypeAvailableGrid, type);

        SysPolicyTypeAvailableGrid.row(SysPolicyTypeAvailableGrid.rows() ? 1 : 0);
        SysPolicyTypeEnabledGrid.row(SysPolicyTypeEnabledGrid.rows() ? 1 : 0);

    private int addRowForTypes(FormTableControl _table, SysPolicyTypeEnum _type)
        int i;
        // Insert it into the data set in sorted order.
        for (i = _table.rows(); i >= 1; i--)
            SysPolicyTypeEnum typeIdTmp = _table.cell(1, i).data();
            if (strCmp(enum2Str(typeIdTmp), enum2Str(_type)) < 0)
                // We need to insert after the current item.

        // Insert the new item, i is equal to the index of the item we need to insert after.
        _table.insertRows(i, 1);
        _table.cell(1, i + 1).data(_type);

        return i + 1;

Multiple enum values in a table

In order to save user's selection of particular Enum values in a table, you can add a string type field there. 

The rest is to convert these selected values from string to a list or a container to present them in a form.

Say, we need to let the user to select particular FiscalPeriodStatus values.

First, we add a new string field FiscalPeriodStatusSelection to our table.

We can show the currently saved selection via a display method

    /// <summary>
    /// Returns Fiscal period statuses string values
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_parm">container</param>
    /// <returns>string values of selected period statuses</returns>
    public display LedgerExchAdjFiscalPeriodStatusSelection fiscalPeriodStatusSelectionDisp()
        return wzhTest::enumValuesStr2EnumStrStr(this.FiscalPeriodStatusSelection, enumName2Id(enumStr(FiscalPeriodStatus)));

And updates this field via AnotherClass which treats the user's selection (in a form, for example)

    this.FiscalPeriodStatusSelection = con2Str(AnotherClass.getFiscalPeriodStatusSelectionCont(), wzhTest::ContSeparator);

    /// <summary>
    /// Gets FiscalPeriodStatus selection as a container
    /// </summary>
    /// <returns>container</returns>
    public container getFiscalPeriodStatusSelectionCont()
        container                               cont;
        while (...)
            cont += SomeBufferOrList.FiscalPeriodStatus;
        return cont;

Supporting functions to work with multiple selection of Enum values

There a couple of custom static methods you can use to facilitate your job with Enum values in tables and forms.

class wzhTest
    public const str contSeparator = ';';
    /// <summary>
    /// Populates a map for all enum's values
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_enumName">Enum name</param>
    /// <returns>Map object</returns>
    public static Map createMapForEnum(EnumName _enumName)
        Map             map          = new Map(Types::Enum, Types::String);
        DictEnum        dictEnum = new DictEnum(enumName2Id(_enumName));
        for(int i = 0; i < dictEnum.values(); i++)
            map.insert(dictEnum.index2Value(i), dictEnum.index2Symbol(i));
        return map;
    /// <summary>
    /// Creates a container with enum values from a given string values container
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_cont">string values container</param>
    /// <param name = "_enumType">enum variable for defining its type</param>
    /// <returns>Container with enum value</returns>
    public static container enumValuesCont2EnumStrCont(container _cont, int _enumId)
        container       ret;
        str             s;
        int             idx = 0;
        int             len = conLen(_cont);
        while (idx < len)
            idx += 1;
            s           = conPeek(_cont, idx);
                ret += enum2Symbol(_enumId, conPeek(_cont, idx));
        return ret;

    /// <summary>
    /// Creates a string with enum values string
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_s">string values separated with ; sign</param>
    /// <param name = "_enumType">enum variable for defining its type</param>
    /// <returns>String with enum values separated with ; sign</returns>
    public static str enumValuesStr2EnumStrStr(str _s, int _enumId)
        container c = str2con(_s, wzhTest::contSeparator);
        c = wzhTest::enumValuesCont2EnumStrCont(c, _enumId);
        return con2Str(c, wzhTest::ContSeparator);

Let's see how they work with AccessControlledType enum type.

 static public void main(Args _args)
        AccessControlledType enumEDT;
        //AccessControlledType::MenuItemDisplay / 0
        //AccessControlledType::MenuItemOutput / 1
        //AccessControlledType::MenuItemAction /2
        //AccessControlledType::WebUrlItem /3
        //AccessControlledType::WebActionItem /4
        //AccessControlledType::WebManagedContentItem / 5
        //AccessControlledType::Table / 6
        // AccessControlledType::TableField / 7
        EnumId      id      = enumName2Id(enumStr(AccessControlledType));
        str         name    = enumId2Name(id); //enumStr(AccessControlledType)

Basically, they convert a enum values list from string and vice-versa by using standard functions.

Check the output of each static method.

        Info("Test createMapForEnum");
        Info(strFmt("%1 : %2 values", id, name));
        Map         m = wzhTest::createMapForEnum(name);
        MapIterator mi = new MapIterator(m);
        int i;
            Info(strFmt("%1 : '%2'", i, mi.value()));

        Info("Test enumValuesCont2EnumStrCont");
        container   c1 = [AccessControlledType::WebActionItem, AccessControlledType::MenuItemOutput];
        container   c2 = wzhTest::enumValuesCont2EnumStrCont(c1, id);

            Info(strFmt("%1 => '%2'", conPeek(c1,i), conPeek(c2,i)));

        Info("Test enumValuesStr2EnumStrStr");
        str         s1 = con2Str([AccessControlledType::Table, AccessControlledType::TableField], wzhTest::contSeparator);
        str         s2 = wzhTest::enumValuesStr2EnumStrStr(s1, id);
        Info(strFmt("'%1' => '%2'", s1, s2));

Friday, August 27, 2021

DMF import records for multiple companies

 Say, we need to import Bank reconciliation records from an Excel file for many target companies at once.

The standard DMF approach does not allow to do so via DMF data entities out of the box.

However, we can easily customize Data Entity copyCustomStagingToTarget method to loop through all companies encountered in an imported file lines.

/// <summary>
    /// Performs a custom copy from the staging table to the target environment.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_dmfDefinitionGroupExecution">The definition group.</param>
    /// <returns>A container of counts of [new records, updated records].</returns>
    /// <remarks>
    /// When doing set-based inserts, the full defaulting logic from LedgerJournalTrans is not
    /// run. In order to get full defaulting, row-by-row processing must be performed. Since
    /// this method is called specifically from the DIXF framework, the entity in
    /// DIXF can be marked as AllowSetBased=False in order to force row-by-row defaulting
    /// and validation. The trade off is a significant degradation in copy performance.
    /// </remarks>
    public static container copyCustomStagingToTarget(DMFDefinitionGroupExecution _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution)
        CDPBankReconStaging     staging;
        Set                     companySet;
        DMFStagingValidationLog log;

        delete_from log
            log.DefinitionGroupName == _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution.DefinitionGroup && 
            log.ExecutionId         == _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution.ExecutionId;

        update_recordset staging setting TransferStatus = DMFTransferStatus::NotStarted
            staging.TransferStatus  == DMFTransferStatus::Validated &&
                staging.DefinitionGroup == _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution.DefinitionGroup &&
                staging.ExecutionId     == _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution.ExecutionId;

        int64 updatedRecords = 0;
        int64 newRecords = 0;
        // Validating companies
        // Getting the company list to loop through
        companySet = CDPBankReconDE_Helper::getStagingCompanySet(_dmfDefinitionGroupExecution);

        // the party begins here!
        SetEnumerator se = companySet.getEnumerator();
        while (se.MoveNext())
            SelectableDataArea currCompany = se.current();

                CDPBankReconDE_Helper::validateTransactionCurrency(currCompany, _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution);
                // do any other necessary logic
                newRecords += CDPBankReconDE_Helper::createBankAccountTransactions(currCompany, _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution);
                // making DMF happy
                CDPBankReconDE_Helper::updateStagingTransferStatusToCompleted(currCompany, _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution);

                // Posting
                CDPBankReconDE_Helper::reconcileAccountStatement(currCompany, _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution);

        return [newRecords, updatedRecords];

Getting company list

/// <summary>
    /// gets a set of all legal entities present in the staging
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name = "_dmfDefinitionGroupExecution"></param>
    /// <returns></returns>
    public static Set getStagingCompanySet(DMFDefinitionGroupExecution _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution)
        CDPBankReconStaging staging;
        Set companySet = new Set(Types::String);
        while select CDPCompany from staging
            group by CDPCompany
             staging.DefinitionGroup == _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution.DefinitionGroup &&
             staging.ExecutionId     == _dmfDefinitionGroupExecution.ExecutionId &&
            (staging.TransferStatus == DMFTransferStatus::NotStarted || staging.TransferStatus == DMFTransferStatus::Validated)
        return companySet;

Monday, August 9, 2021

If cloud-hosted deployment is stuck at preparation

 If you see that your deployment process to a cloud-hosted environment hangs up at Preparation step with no failed steps and empty logs; it may be required to rotate the secrets.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Setup Business Event Endpoint with MuleSoft


When it comes to setting up a Business Event BE endpoint: D365FO just sends a basic data contract (“payload”) via POST method.

So, in fact we can use Microsoft Power Automate endpoint type to interact with your eventual MuleSoft  HTTP listener.

A simple app (a flow) in MuleSoft Design Center consisting of two steps: HTTP listener and Logger.

This basic BE data contract info to add a new type:


For you particular case you can use pre-generated scheme for your new Business Event.

After that you can add other steps to your MuleSoft app.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Some ISV/Custom labels not resolved when migrated from AX 2012 to D365FO

 After migration from AX 2012 to D365FO I noticed a strange thing with one ISV module labels.

Some of them are perfectly resolved by their old notation with @ in the reference; but none in a new style.

As suggested by Muthusamy V in this old thread https://community.dynamics.com/365/financeandoperations/f/dynamics-365-for-finance-and-operations-forum/312828/label-issues-in-sdp-deployment?pifragment-109037=2#responses

and explained by one of my colleagues, I simply need to delete these files from K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory\ApplicationSuite\ folder. (All D365FO service must be stopped)

Then it works well.