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Lifecycle Services has a nifty feature that allows you to estimate your hardware requirements based on your business process flows and also your expected transactional usage within the system. This …

Lifecycle Services has a nifty feature that allows you to estimate your hardware requirements based on your business process flows and also your expected transactional usage within the system. This is a great way to get the official sizing's for your Dynamics AX system directly from the source – Microsoft.
This will ensure that you don’t create a system that is either under or over powered.

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  • 1. 1 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com MURRAY FIFE DYNAMICS AX 2012 TIPS & TRICKS ESTIMATING HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS USING THE LIFECYCLE SERVICES USAGE PROFILER
  • 2. © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com
  • 3. © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com ESTIMATING HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS USING THE LIFECYCLE SERVICES USAGE PROFILER BY MURRAY FIFE
  • 4. © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Copyright© 2014 Murray Fife All RightsReserved
  • 5. © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com What You Need For This Guide All the examples shown in this blueprintwere done with the MicrosoftDynamics AX 2012 virtual machineimagethat was downloaded from the MicrosoftCustomerSource or PartnerSource site.If you don't have your own installation of MicrosoftDynamics AX 2012,you can also usethe images found on the MicrosoftLearningDownload Center or deployed through LifecycleServices. The followinglistof softwarefrom the virtual imagewas leveraged within this guide: • MicrosoftDynamics AX 2012 R3 Even though all thepreceding software was used duringthe development and testing of the recipes in this book, they may also work on earlier versionsof the software with minor tweaks and adjustments, and should also work on later versions withoutany changes. Errata Although we have taken every careto ensure the accuracy of our content, mistakes do happen. If you find a mistakein 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 doingso, you can saveother readers from frustration and help us improve subsequent versions of this book. If you find any errata, please report them by emailing editor@dynamicsaxcompanions.com. Piracy Piracy of copyrightmaterial on the Internet is an ongoingproblem across all media. If you come across any illegal copies of our works,in any form, on the Internet, pleaseprovideus with the location address or websitename immediately so that we can pursuea remedy. Pleasecontactus at legal@dynamicsaxcompanions.com with a link to the suspected pirated material. We appreciateyour help in protecting our authors,and our ability to bringyou valuable content. Questions You can contact us at help@dynamicsaxcompanions.com if you arehavinga problem with any aspectof the book, and we will do our best to address it. Preface
  • 6. 6 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com
  • 7. 7 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler Lifecycle Serviceshasaniftyfeature thatallowsyoutoestimateyourhardware requirementsbasedonyourbusinessprocessflowsandalsoyourexpected transactional usage withinthe system. Thisisagreat wayto getthe official sizing'sfor yourDynamicsAXsystemdirectlyfromthe source – Microsoft. Thiswill ensure thatyoudon’tcreate asystemthatis eitherunderoroverpowered.
  • 8. 8 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Start off by opening up your projectwithin Lifecycle Services and clickingon the Usage Profiler tile. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 9. 9 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com When the Usage Profiler workspaceis displayed,if you have existingBusiness Processes within your project, click on the Import from BPM tile. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 10. 10 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com This will grab all of your existingBusinessProcess models and integratethem in with the usage data. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 11. 11 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com After the importis complete then you will seethe areas that you will beusingwithin the Business Process column. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 12. 12 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Now click on the Download Excel Template tileand savethe Excel workbook that it creates for you. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 13. 13 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com When you open up the workbook, click on the Enable Editing button to enablethe content. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 14. 14 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Now switch to the Deployment Details and you will seethat there are a number of questions for you to answer based on your expected deployment profile. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 15. 15 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com All you need to do is click on the dropdown and selectthe appropriateanswer. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 16. 16 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Now justAnswer as many of the questions as you can. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 17. 17 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com If you imported any Business Process Models,then you will also noticethat there are tabs for all of the other functional areas likeSales etc. If you want to update those details with the transaction volumes,then this will help LCS sizeyour hardwareappropriately. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 18. 18 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com If you really wantto get detailed then you can also enter in all of your organizational profiles as well within the Operating Sites tabs. After you have updated as much as you can, justsaveand closethe Workbook. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 19. 19 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Now return to LifecycleServices and click on the Upload Completed Template tile. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 20. 20 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Find the completed spreadsheet and then click on the Open button. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 21. 21 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com LifecycleServices will then take all of your profiledata and process for a littlebit. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 22. 22 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Now you will seethat the Environment Details and the Business Processes columns will be updated with different statuses. If you have questions that have not been completed, then just click on the tile. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 23. 23 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com This will allowyou to update all of the information that was on the spreadsheet on-line. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 24. 24 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Once you have completed as much as you can within the Usage Profile,justclick on the Infrastructure Estimation tile. Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 25. 25 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com LifecycleServices will giveyou a breakdown of all the hardwareand configuration profiles so that you can startestimating your hardwareand hostingcosts. How easy is that! Estimating Hardware Requirements Using The Lifecycle Services Usage Profiler
  • 26. 26 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com
  • 27. 27 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com The Tips & Tricks series isa compilation of all thecool things that I have found that you can do within Dynamics AX, and are also the basisfor my Tips & Tricks presentations thatI have been givingfor the AXUG, and online. Unfortunately book page sizerestrictions mean that I can only fit50 tips & tricks per book, but I will createnew 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
  • 28. 28 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com
  • 29. 29 TIP & TRICKSFOR DYNAMICSAX 2012 © 2014 Murray Fife, AllRights Reserved www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com Murray Fife is a MicrosoftDynamics AX MVP, and 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 workingwith companies solvingtheir problems with the Microsoftsuiteof products,specializingin the Dynamics® AX solutions. EMAIL murray@dynamicsaxcompanions.com TWITTER @murrayfife SKYPE murrayfife AMAZON www.amazon.com/author/murrayfife WEB www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com About the Author