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Lifecycle Services is the one-stop-shop for you as a partner, a prospective customer, and also a fully fledged Dynamics AX user because it is chock full of tools that you can use to make your life so …

Lifecycle Services is the one-stop-shop for you as a partner, a prospective customer, and also a fully fledged Dynamics AX user because it is chock full of tools that you can use to make your life so much easier. One of these tools is the Cloud Hosted Environment feature that will create a Dynamics AX environment for you that is hosted through the Azure services within a couple of minutes – give and take 30 for the machine to be deployed. Using this tool, you can deploy out pilot systems to prospects, create training environments that you can discard at any time, or just have your own dynamics AX instance running in the cloud rather than investing in a huge workstation. This is an incredibly useful tool.

I am sure you will have a better experience in the cloud than Han Solo did when he was deployed there.

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  • 1. 1 MURRAY FIFE DYNAMICS AX 2012 TIPS & TRICKS CREATING AZURE CLOUD HOSTED ENVIRONMENTS THROUGH LIFECYCLE SERVICES
  • 2. CREATING AZURE CLOUD HOSTED ENVIRONMENTS THROUGH LIFECYCLE SERVICES BY MURRAY FIFE
  • 3. Copyright © 2014 Murray Fife All Rights Reserved
  • 4. 5 What you need for this Blueprint All the examples shown in this blueprint were done with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 virtual machine image that was downloaded from the Microsoft CustomerSource or PartnerSource site. If you don't have your own installation of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, you can also use the images found on the Microsoft Learning Download Center. The following list of software from the virtual image was leveraged within this blueprint: • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Even though all the preceding software was used during the development and testing of the recipes in this book, they may also work on earlier versions of the software with minor tweaks and adjustments, and should also work on later versions without any changes. Errata Although we have taken every care to ensure the accuracy of our content, mistakes do happen. If you find a mistake in one of our books—maybe a mistake in the text or the code—we would be grateful if you would report this to us. By doing so, you can save other readers from frustration and help us improve subsequent versions of this book. If you find any errata, please report them by emailing murray@murrayfife.me. Piracy Piracy of copyright material on the Internet is an ongoing problem across all media. If you come across any illegal copies of our works, in any form, on the Internet, please provide us with the location address or website name immediately so that we can pursue a remedy. Please contact us at murray@murrayfife.me with a link to the suspected pirated material. We appreciate your help in protecting our authors, and our ability to bring you valuable content. Questions You can contact us at murray@murrayfife.me if you are having a problem with any aspect of the book, and we will do our best to address it. Preface
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  • 6. 7 Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services Lifecycle Services is the one-stop-shop for you as a partner, a prospective customer, and also a fully fledged Dynamics AX user because it is chock full of tools that you can use to make your life so much easier. One of these tools is the Cloud Hosted Environment feature that will create a Dynamics AX environment for you that is hosted through the Azure services within a couple of minutes – give and take 30 for the machine to be deployed. Using this tool, you can deploy out pilot systems to prospects, create training environments that you can discard at any time, or just have your own dynamics AX instance running in the cloud rather than investing in a huge workstation. This is an incredibly useful tool. I am sure you will have a better experience in the cloud than Han Solo did when he was deployed there.
  • 7. 8 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 To do this, open up Lifecycle Services, and open up the project that you want to deploy the environment for. Then click on the Cloud Hosted Environment tile within the Tools group. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 8. 9 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Lifecycle Services will then ask you to specify the Azure Subscription ID that you are using to host the virtual machine in. If you don’t have one, then click on the Sign Up For Azure link. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 9. 10 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 That will take you to the Azure site where you can sign up. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 10. 11 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 If you’re lucky you may even be able to catch a promotion to test out the service. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 11. 12 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 I signed up this way and instantly got a $200 credit. You can’t complain about that. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 12. 13 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Once you have signed up, note down your Subscription ID.
  • 13. 14 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Return back to Lifecycle Services and paste in your Azure Subscription ID and click on the Next button. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 14. 15 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Then you will be asked to link Lifecycle Services with the Azure account. To do this, click the Download button to get your Management Certificate. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 15. 16 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Then save the Certificate to your desktop. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 16. 17 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Return to Azure, and select the Management Certificates tab within the Settings group and then click on the Upload button in the bottom bar. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 17. 18 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 When the Upload A Management Certificate dialog is displayed, click on the Browse For File link. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 18. 19 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 And then find the management certificate that you saved away and click the Open button. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 19. 20 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Then click the check box to upload the certificate. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 20. 21 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Now within Azure you should have a new Management Certificate record. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 21. 22 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Note: it may take a minute for the certificate to upload. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 22. 23 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Now return to Lifecycle Services and click the Next button. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 23. 24 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Specify your region, and then click the Connect button. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 24. 25 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Now you will be able to access the Cloud Hosted Environments list form. To add a new demo server, click on the + icon in the top left of the form. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 25. 26 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 You will then be given a list of possible environments. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 26. 27 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Select the version that you want to deploy and then click the Deploy button. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 27. 28 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 You will then be asked to set up your demo environment. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 28. 29 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Give your environment a Name, check the mandatory agreement box, and then click the Next button. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 29. 30 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Finally, if you are sure that you want to do this, click the Deploy button. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 30. 31 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Disclaimer: If you run this particular version of the demo without turning it off then keep in mind that it will run you about $600 a month. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 31. 32 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Now Azure needs to do a little bit of work to deploy the image. Now would be a good time to get a coffee – it will take 30 minutes or so. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 32. 33 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 After a little bit, you will find that the image has been deployed. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 33. 34 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 If you return to your Azure account you will notice that the server is now available. To access it just click on the Connect button in the footer of the form. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 34. 35 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 And you will be able to log into the demo environment. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 35. 36 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 And Dynamics AX is already configured for you with the demo data. That is super cool. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 36. 37 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Tip: So that you don’t get hit with a large bill at the end of the month, when you are not using the VM, just turn it off. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 37. 38 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 The billing for these VM’s is on a Pay-As-You-Go basis and the bulk of the cost is through the CPU usage. I ran this machine for about an hour and it cost me $2.28 which is not bad. Creating Azure Cloud Hosted Environments Through Lifecycle Services
  • 38. 39 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012
  • 39. 40 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012
  • 40. 41 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 The Tips & Tricks series is a compilation of all the cool things that I have found that you can do within Dynamics AX, and are also the basis for my Tips & Tricks presentations that I have been giving for the AXUG, and online. Unfortunately book page size restrictions mean that I can only fit 50 tips & tricks per book, but I will create new volumes every time I reach the 50 Tip mark. If you want to view all of the compilations then here are the links. 50 Tips & Tricks For Dynamics AX 2012 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1495487776/ Another 50 Tips & Tricks for Dynamics AX http://www.amazon.com/dp/1497383412/ Want More Tips & Tricks
  • 41. 42 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012
  • 42. 43 TIP & TRICKS FOR DYNAMICS AX 2012 Murray Fife is a Microsoft Dynamics AX MVP, Author with over 20 years of experience in the software industry. Like most people in this industry he has paid his dues as a developer, an implementation consultant, a trainer, and now spend most of his days working with companies solving their problems with the Microsoft suite of products, specializing in the Dynamics® AX solutions. EMAIL murray@murrayfife.me TWITTER @murrayfife SKYPE murrayfife AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/author/murrayfife BLOG http://dynamicsaxtipoftheday.com http://extendingdynamicsax.com http://atinkerersnotebook.com SLIDESHARE http://slideshare.net/murrayfife LINKEDIN http://www.linkedin.com/in/murrayfife About the Author

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