Getting started with associated technologies

Implementing and administering Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions requires an understanding of many technologies. An efficient and optimized information technology infrastructure is essential for proper functioning of Microsoft Dynamics AX. This topic lists online resources for IT infrastructure deployment and management.

Who should read this section?

This section is intended for system administrators involved in planning, designing, and implementing the infrastructure required for a Microsoft Dynamics AX deployment. This section will also be of interest to consultants, system architects, and system administrators who are responsible for managing the Microsoft Dynamics AX application.

Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD)

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the current version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique technology or scenario. If you cannot find the concept or technology you are looking for in the IPD, see the Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA) topic below.

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Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA)

The Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA) is a detailed reference architecture, tested and proven in labs, that yields valuable implementation guidance for meeting the requirements of an enterprise. You can use this guidance to build highly available, secure, scalable, manageable, and reliable enterprise infrastructure. By following the recommendations in the WSSRA documentation, you can quickly and efficiently plan, build, and operate an infrastructure to support your business needs.

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Infrastructure Optimization Model

The Infrastructure Optimization Model provides a maturity framework for IT infrastructure useful for benchmarking technical capability and business value. Microsoft developed the Infrastructure Optimization Model using industry best practices and its own experiences with enterprise customers.

The first step in using the model is to determine your maturity level within the model. Once the current maturity level is established, the next step is to use the model to plan progress toward the target level needed for maximum business benefit.

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Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)

The Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) provides operational guidance that enables organizations to achieve mission-critical system reliability, availability, supportability, and manageability of Microsoft products and technologies. With MOF guidance, you will be able to assess your current IT service management maturity, prioritize your processes of greatest concern, and apply proven principles and best practices to optimize your management of the Windows Server platform.

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Associated Technologies

You need to be familiar with Microsoft technology to deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX components successfully. This section lists some of the prerequisite technical knowledge.

Operating Systems

Microsoft Dynamics AX Windows client requires a Windows client or server operating system. Microsoft Dynamics AX server components require a Windows server operating system.

Prerequisite Knowledge


Advanced administration of Windows-based networks using Windows Server, including Active Directory, Domain Controllers, Trusts, DNS, and networking

Windows Server TechCenter on TechNet

Windows Vista TechCenter on TechNet

Internet Information Services (IIS)

Enterprise Portal, Application Integration Framework (AIF) Web Services, Report Server and Workflow require IIS.

Prerequisite Knowledge


  • Internet Information Services (IIS)

  • .NET Framework 3.5, especially ASP.NET, Windows Communication Foundation, and Windows Workflow Foundation

Windows Server TechCenter on TechNet

Windows Vista TechCenter on TechNet

Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

Enterprise Portal requires either Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Prerequisite Knowledge


Windows SharePoint Services or Office SharePoint Portal Server

Windows Server TechCenter on TechNet

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server TechCenter on TechNet

Microsoft .NET Framework

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is required to install Microsoft Dynamics AX. Many Microsoft Dynamics AX components use .NET Framework 3.5.

Prerequisite Knowledge


  • .NET framework 3.5, especially Windows Communication foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation

  • When using Web services with the Microsoft Dynamics AX application, consider installing the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5

Windows Server TechCenter on TechNet

Windows Server 2003 Technical Overviews

Microsoft.NET Site

Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5

Relational Database Administration

This documentation primarily addresses Microsoft SQL Server. For Oracle database servers, refer to Oracle documentation.

Prerequisite Knowledge


  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 credential or equivalent experience

  • Designing database server infrastructure

  • Database backup and recovery

  • SQL Server Analysis Services and SQL Server Reporting Services

SQL Server TechCenter on TechNet

Physical Database Storage Design on TechNet

Storage Top 10 Best Practices on TechNet

SQL Server 2005 - Planning and Architecture whitepapers

SQL Server 2005 - Deployment whitepapers

SQL Server 2005 - Operations whitepapers

SQL Server Best Practices whitepapers

SQL Server High Availability whitepapers

Business Intelligence and Reporting

Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting extensions requires Microsoft SQL Reporting Services. Microsoft Dynamics AX analysis extensions require Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services.

Prerequisite Knowledge


  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

  • Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services

SQL Server TechCenter on TechNet

SQL Server Developer Center on TechNet

Highly Available Systems

You need to consider availability of your infrastructure and applications carefully, applying the concepts of availability, disaster recovery planning, load balancing and clustering to deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX components in a highly available manner.

Performance Tuning and Optimization

Prerequisite Knowledge


  • Windows performance management

  • Database performance management

  • Database and application tracing

Windows Server TechCenter on TechNet

SQL Server TechCenter on TechNet

Service Management Functions: Capacity Management on TechNet


Prerequisite Knowledge


  • Windows Active Directory

  • Network administration

  • Windows security

  • Perimeter network

TechNet Security Center

Solution Accelerators on TechNet

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