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Ax 2009 mainstream support extended to Oct 2018. Ask Synergy Software Systems about your options.

May 28th, 2018

The original mainstream support deadline was April 10, 2018 for those who are still using Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft has extended mainstream support for this version of Dynamics AX to October 9, 2018 when mainstream support for AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 will all end.

So for the next five months, Microsoft will still release bug fixes and patches, third party applications will remain compatible, and Microsoft will still provide tech support. In addition, AX 2009 and Ax 2012 RTM and R2 users now have more time to plan their next steps for their ERP software.

If you plan to stay with Dynamics then ask how we can help you to upgrade your business from AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Enterprise.
If you can’t move this year then consider a health check to reduce risk and improve performance, and to advise what you need tp consider with regard to upgrade.

Contact Synergy Software Systems, the Dubai based Dynamics partner, today to discuss your Dynamics AX options. You have a little more time but the planning needs to start now. 0097143365589

Embed Power Apps in Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Workspaces

May 6th, 2018

Platform update 14 of D365 for Finance & Operations – the ‘Spring release’ included this great feature to embed Power Apps into your workspaces. The feature is available only in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations version 8.0 and for targeted users who have opted in to the Continuous Auto-update Advantage Program (CAAP) for platform updates

Publish your PowerApp on web.powerapps.com to get an App ID that can be found on the details tab of the PowerApp.
Log into D365, and navigate to the form where you want to embed the PowerApp. Select the button to insert a PowerApp and enter in the App ID. The input data for the PowerApp allows the user to select the field to map to the application from the drop-down list. Click Insert
Use it!

PowerApps are purpose-built apps you can build specifically for your business. You can either save time by using the many predefined templates or build an app from through a simple, drag-and-drop user interface. No coding required!

Design and build a business app from a canvas in Microsoft PowerApps without writing code in a traditional programming language such as C#. Design the app by dragging and dropping elements onto a canvas, just as you would design a slide in PowerPoint. Create Excel-like expressions for specifying logic and working with data. Build apps that integrate business data from a wide variety of Microsoft and third-party sources. Share your app so that users can run it in a browser or on a mobile device, and embed your app so that users can run it in SharePoint, Power BI, or Teams. If you don’t need a custom design and your data is in Common Data Service (CDS) for Apps, you can automatically generate a model-driven app from your business data and processes. This type of app can model forms, views, and other components, and the default UI automatically adjusts to phones, laptops, and other devices.

To capture data in a form, perform or for look-up data records, or scan barcodes, record GPS coordinates, get driving directions, capture a signature or route a document for approval all as part of a workflow, form your mobile devices use Power Apps.

Couple PowerApps with Microsoft Flow, to trigger Dynamics applications ( 200+ solutions are available already to natively connects with Flow )

Use Flow, to create end-to-end business processes that span multiple applications, while sending email notifications or approval requests to all interested internal or external parties .

Employees can access these PowerApps from any mobile device (iOS, Android, other) or fuse a webpage front end (HTML5).

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/fin-and-ops/get-started/embed-power-apps

Microsoft to retire ACS today for Ax 2012 – last chance to ask to be whitelisted

May 1st, 2018

Microsoft announcement: “Microsoft does have a future roadmap that will migrate ACS to SAS. Application updates will be released before the support of ACS is depreciated. Until then, Azure support will continue to support new AX 2012 customers with their whitelisting process. The whitelisting process will end May 1st, 2018
Microsoft is retiring Access Control Services used in AX 2012 to configure the Azure Service bus, AD Federation Services and enable Workflow approval by email feature.

Until 7 November2018, all other ACS functionality will continue to work. This includes:
- the ACS secure token service,
- the ACS management service,
- the ACS token transformation engine.

After 7 November 2018 , all ACS service and functionality will be shut down. So by this date ensure that all traffic is migrated off Access Control Service to other technology.”

What you need to do now:

If you use this functionality you need to be whitelisted by May 1, 2018 i.e. today – and to plan on getting migrated to SAS by November 7th, 2018.

A typical use case involving ACS is ‘Workflow Approval by Email’.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/develop/active-directory-acs-migration https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/time-to-migrate-off-access-control-service/

If you miss the deadline, services that will be dysfunctional are:
1.Workflow approval via email
2.Expense App

Raise a support ticket to alert Microsoft:

Hello there,

We have an Azure service bus with type “ACS Namespace” and it is the only way the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Workflow via Email functionality work.

Create a Support ticket on these lines:

” Microsoft has a future roadmap; that will migrate ACS to SAS but for now, we do not have another option to make the SAS Service bus work. Please whitelist my subscription, so it doesn’t get decommissioned after May 1st, 2018.

Subscription Id:

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2

April 25th, 2018

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 is released. This SP2 release includes the hotfixes from all released 2016 cumulative updates: SQL Server 2016 CU1 through SP1 CU8.

SQL Server 2016 Updates
Each update is linked to its Microsoft knowledge base article with the download and the list of hotfixes included. The dates show the end of support date

SP2 2018/04/24 13.0.5026.0 2026/07/14
CU8 2018/03/19 13.0.4474.0 2019/04/24
CU7 2018/01/04 13.0.4466.4 2019/04/24
CU6 2017/11/22 13.0.4457.0 2019/04/24
CU5 2017/09/18 13.0.4451.0 2019/04/24
CU4 (w/MDS bug) 2017/08/08 13.0.4446.0 2019/04/24
CU3 2017/05/15 13.0.4435.0 2019/04/24
CU2 2017/03/20 13.0.4422.0 2019/04/24
CU1 2017/01/18 13.0.4411.0 2019/04/24
SP1 2016/11/16 13.0.4001.0 2019/04/24
CU9 2017/11/22 13.0.2216.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU8 2017/09/18 13.0.2213.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU7 2017/08/08 13.0.2210.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU6 2017/05/15 13.0.2204.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU5 2017/03/28 13.0.2197.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU4 2017/01/18 13.0.2193.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU3 2016/11/17 13.0.2186.6 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU2 (see note 1 and note 2) 2016/09/22 13.0.2164.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU1 2016/07/25 13.0.2149.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
None (RTM) 2016/06/01 13.0.1601.5 2018/01/09 – out of support

Note 1: CU2 has a known issue with Filestream not working when SecureBoot is enabled. If you’re on Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10, and using SecureBoot (which is enabled by default with Hyper-V Gen2 VMs), and your database has Filestream, then either need disable SecureBoot, or skip CU2 for now.

Note 2: columnstore index users should consider the on-demand hotfix update 13.0.2170.0, which includes serious performance and reliability fixes.

Warnin read the bottom note about “Uninstalling SQL Server 2016 SP2 (Not recommended): there some new features which once installed may give issues if you then try to uninstall.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56836

April 9th, 2018

The newest update to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation, now version 8.0 (specifically build number 8.0.30.8020).comes with release notes fthat run to 222 pages,

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/fin-and-ops/get-started/whats-new-changed-8-0-april-2018

The Dynamics technology platform now has easier integration from Dynamics 365 Enterprise to other Dynamics products such as : Dynamics Talent, Field Service and Project Service Automation.
In addirion to the Common Data Service (CDS) for Apps which includes templates that are easily configured rgere is also a new Data Integrator tool for Dynamics 365 Enterprise provides thtat makes it easier way to work with the Common Data Service .

Microsoft is leveragign the scalaeability and data mining powers of the clud to use Telemetry acorss ts products. We will now get knowledge-base (KB) recommendations that help Microsoft support to understand how well hotfixes have solved an issue and rhen to proactively push out hotfixes to customers. This proactuve approach will allow customers to spend less timesearching for hotfixes for solutions to problems that already have a published hotfix. after all isn’t that the job of the software author – to provide code that works and for support to fix it when it doesn’t? Aggod example of how Aiis alreaqdy changign things.

Previous posts have hgihglighted of Business Productivity Improvements. Let’s recap:

Alerts – As with Ax 2012 client-based alert functionalityis now availbale for a user to define alert rules on business events, such as when master data is changed or an invoice is paid or a customer changes an address.
Optimization advisor – Uses telemetry to analyze customers’ business processes, finds optimization opportunities,and uses application data to quantify the opportunities, and then recommends solutions.
Project timesheet mobile – Employeescreate and submit project timesheets. Out-of-box mobile app for submitting timesheet. Nnow we have saved favorites. We can also copy from a previous timesheet ffir mire raOid entry rapid, accurate time entry.
Project resource managers can edit the default hours as part of the project booking fulfillment process. Thhey can also now eserve project resources past the task end date
A Person search report – to find a person and their personal data in Finance and Operations.
Data sharing for customer and vendor tables – Data can be shared across customer and vendor tables and many related tables across multiple legal entities.
One voucher deprecation – One voucher is turned off by default, through a General ledger parameter.

Supply Chain Management Updates

Vendor collaboration – RFQ process – Enhancements to tell who entered a bid (a vendor or a procurement department).
Partial shipment of a load (split load) – Allows single loads or multiple loads to be fully or partially loaded.Immediate replenishment of locations – Used during wave execution wjen allocation fails for a location directive line that has a replenishment template.
Add Reason codes to warehouse counting and adjustment – Users can add a reason code when performing counts and when making an adjustment for better control and audit
Batch balancing is enabled for advanced warehouse module processes.
New Cost administration and Cost analysis Power BI workspaces/

Power apps
Ability to embed PowerBI and PowerApps directly in forms without writing code using a host control. User select in form from the menu bar.an option to add PowerApps

There are also improvements regarding Lifecycle Services and environment management. There is also a new channel to report production outage to escalate a support issue with Microsoft should your Production environment not be available. Financial reporting enhancemtns for (Management Reporter) is alo included.

Another important change is upgrade automation- to upgrade non-production environments.

Dynamics 365 Business Applications Spring 2018

April 3rd, 2018


Take a look into new PowerApps capabilities added during Business Applications Spring 2018 Launch

February release update for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU13 – ask Synergy Software Systems

March 27th, 2018

The February release for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 version is now available in LCS on the updates tile inside your R3 project.
This update is a collection of smaller functional improvements and technical fixes.
Bugs were fixed in all areas, with enhancements found in Warehouse & Transportation, Master planning, Service Management, Procurement, Sales, Client, Server, SI, Project Accounting, Inventory, Retail, DIXF, APAC, Europe and LATAM localizations, Production, Cash and Bank, Expense, and Tax updates

This release is a cumulative package including all other fixes released in the prior CU13 update as well as the recent monthly updates.

• Primary Build: 6.3.6000.4901
• Number of Application hotfixes: 121
• Number of Binary hotfixes: 16

Details of the install process can be found here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh538446.aspx#PackageR3

for more information contact Synergy Software Systems tour Dubai based Dynamics Ax partner.

#Dyn365FO Spring 18 release

March 24th, 2018

The release is due out in April and brings many new features:

Business productivity
Alerts – Client-based alert functionality enables a user to define alert rules based on business events, such as when an invoice is paid or a customer changes an address.
Optimization advisor – Uses telemetry to analyze customers’ business processes, finds optimization opportunities, uses application data to quantify the opportunities, and then recommends solutions.
Project timesheet mobile - Employees can create and submit project timesheets. The use of saved favorites and the ability to copy from a previous timesheet facilitates rapid, accurate time entry.
Edit default project fulfillment hours – Project resource managers can edit the default hours as part of the project booking fulfillment process.
Reserve project resources past the task end date – Project resource managers can fulfill resources on tasks past the current task planned end date..
Person search report - You can find a person and their personal data in Finance and Operations.
Data sharing for customer and vendor tables –share Data across customer and vendor tables and related tables across multiple legal entities.
One voucher deprecation – One voucher is turned off by default, through a General ledger parameter.

Extensibility and customization
Customizations through extensions only - Migrating customizations from one release to the next has been simplified by moving away from over-layering to the use of extensions.
Extensibility requests - Customers can submit a request to Microsoft for extension support to be added to the product for a needed scenario. The Spring ’18 release enhances this feature by moving it to Lifecycle Services.
Extensible project work breakdown structure – Enables customization of the project work breakdown structure using extensions. This replaces the hierarchical grid control used for the project work breakdown structure with a standard grid that supports hierarchical data.
Embedding PowerApps in workspaces and forms – Use PowerApps to embed data from external sources into Finance and Operations data.
Custom fields - Organizations can add custom fields to tailor their application to their business requirements, using a no-code extensibility experience.

Integration
Integration with Common Data Service (CDS)
Integration with Dynamics 365 for Field Service - Provides data integration to support scenarios where Field Service activities are done outside Finance and Operations, leveraging the data integrator.
Integration with Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation - Supports scenarios where project and resource management activities are done outside Finance and Operations, and the project accounting activities are done in Finance and Operations, leveraging the data integrator.
Integration with Dynamics 365 for Talent (Public Preview) – Provides data integration of the appropriate HR information into Finance and Operations.

Improved support experiences
Telemetry-based KB recommendation - Telemetry from a production environment can be used to identify the application hotfixes that apply to a tenant.
• KB recommendations when entering a support case - LCS provides telemetry-driven KB recommendations.
Report production outage – Provides a quick and effective channel to escalate issues to Microsoft Support if the services in a production environment are degraded or become unavailable.

Supply chain management
Vendor collaboration – RFQ process – Enhancements make it easy to tell who entered a bid (a vendor or a procurement department).
Partial shipment of a load (split load) - Allows single loads or multiple loads to be fully or partially loaded.
Immediate replenishment of locations – Used during wave execution if allocation fails for a location directive line that has a replenishment template.
Reason codes added to warehouse counting and adjustment – Users can add a reason code when performing counts and when making an adjustment.
Batch balancing enabled for advanced warehousing processes.
Analytical workspaces with embedded Power BI for Cost management – new Cost administration and Cost analysis workspaces

Globalization
India localization – project and upgrade – Users can manage India Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the Project management and accounting module, and AX 2012 customers can upgrade to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.
Enhanced configurability - New features include import and testing scenarios, and also broader support for configurability without coding.
Translation Service - In addition to supporting user interface translation, Dynamics Translation Service (DTS) now supports documentation translation in Microsoft Word and HTML formats (.docx, .html). DTS features can also be accessed directly from various development environments by using the DTS API.
• Regulatory service – configuration (available at the end of April) – Regulatory service targets a no-code programming approach, allowing users to configure electronic reporting formats or tax rules rather than write code for them in the underlying application.
Integration

Servicing, performance, and deployment
Improved delivery of platform and financial reporting updates – Enhancements to how software updates are provided, to improve deployment time and the reliability of servicing.
Upgrade automation – Upgrade automation makes major version upgrades a self-service operation for the customer, using LCS for non-production environments.
Service hardening – Added service monitoring and alerting for core business processes, and improved form load performance of the most commonly used forms.
Lifecycle Services sandbox self-service automation and RDP lockdown.
On-premises deployment updates. Much awaited!

Compliance
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Investments address the European privacy law’s requirements. Go to the Trust Center to learn more and find resources to help you comply. See our previous posts on the importance of this new legislation.
Accessibility enhancements – Go to the Trust Center to learn about industry-leading accessibility standards.

Finance Insights: Credit and collections

Credit and collections insights provides analytics that help organizations effectively manage their credit and collections processes. It provides:
• Aggregate views of credit and collections across all designated companies.
• Data broken down by company, customer group, and customer.
• Credit overview report.
• Collections report.
• Credit and collections details for a variety of dimensions.
• Predictive analytics to help identify trends.

Lots lots more : Retail, cds, flow, Power bi etc

For more information contact your Dynamics 365 Dubai partner Synergy Software Systems 009714 3365589

Dynamics Finance and Operations Enterprise- new ahshtag for easier search #Dyn365FO

March 24th, 2018

#Dyn365FO. All content on docs.microsoft.com now has the hashtag

Dynamics 365 FO Enterprise 7.3 Vendor collaboration

March 19th, 2018

With the Fall release (Version 7.3), Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations has much more to offer to automate vendor self-service and collaboration, specifically around the vendor user and organization onboarding aspects.

This video demonstrates the process of inviting and approving new vendors in an organization using Dynamics 365 for Operations. Additionally, you will learn how to use the vendor collaboration features.

Ask Synergy Software Systems – Dubai, Dynamics partner

Dynmaics 365 Finance and Operations Enterprise 7.2 platform 12 on-premise enhancements

March 19th, 2018

The much anticipated release of on-premises deployments of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition 7.2 with platform update 12 includes features that will enables you to keep your on-premises deployment up-to-date at cloud speed.

Major improvements in this release include:
• Apply Microsoft-released platform and application updates, and code customizations, to your environment post-deployment through Lifecycle Services (LCS) for on-premises customers.
• Infrastructure setup automation improvements that enable much faster setup for most common topologies.
• Optionally disable experiences that depend on internet connectivity on the client machine, even when the client is connected to the internet . To enable this via a simple configuration update from the application functionality, you must download KB 4091763 from LCS.

We also expect the release 7.3 and Data import/export framework (DIXF) for recurring integration support to be released soon.

As always, there may be some changes in the release schedule.

Ax 2009 Sp1 extended support ends April 2018 ask Synergy Software Systems for advice

March 5th, 2018

REMINDER: AS detailed on the official Microsoft Lifecycle policy page, Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 will reach end of mainstream support April 10, 2018.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043450/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2018

Extended support definition is found here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14085

With the increase in malware and rapid changes in SQL IE Office and Windows the risk of compatibility is increased

More concerning is the constant malware attacks which give additional focus to unsupported applications.

This will devalue your system worth.

It may not be feasible to upgrade immediately but you should at least understand the options and have a future plan, budget and contingency.

its likely that an Ax 2009 system is running on older versions of SQL, on old hardware etc.
If an Ax 2009 system is to last you another year or so then consider some short term action to audit, patch, retune sql, clean up logs. test back up restores, recompile code, resize the database, etc is worthwhile. Performance typically degrades over time, as operations and data volumes change original configuration settings need to be retuned, old data purged, maintenance tasks run etc.

Contact us about Dynamics Ax Performance and audit review.0097143365589

SQL 2008 Extended support ends July 2019

March 4th, 2018

A remdnder that Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 ended on July 8, 2014. – Support Lifecycle policy, found in http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.

Customers are encouraged to prepare and execute on their upgrade and/or sustained engineering plans as early as possible for these SQL versions. Remaining current on your SQL Server version ensures that your product remains supported per the Support Lifecycle policy. Additionally, your software benefits from the many enhancements, fixes, and security updates provided through the latest releases.

For both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft will continue to provide technical support which also includes security updates during the duration of extended support. See the table below for extended support end date. Non-security hotfixes for these versions will be offered only to customers who have an Extended Hotfix Support agreement.

SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Update 4

March 4th, 2018

Last month Microsoft released SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Update 4, which is Build 14.0.3022.28.

There are 55 hotfixes in the public fix list. Run the special T-SQL script in the release notes if you are using Query Store and previously ever had SQL Server 2017 CU2 installed (and you were using Query Store on any of your databases at that time). The script will look for any plans that were forced while you were running SQL Server 2017 CU2, and if it finds any, it will unforce those and then clear those from Query Store.

There are several updates both for Columnstore indexes and for Availability Groups.

There will not be any Service Packs for SQL Server 2017, so test and deploy SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Updates as they become available.

SQL Server 2017 and later versions will no longer receive SPs
The Modern Servicing Model (MSM)

Starting from SQL Server 2017:
• SPs will no longer be available. Only Cumulative Updates (CUs) and critical updates (GDRs) will be provided.
• CUs will contain localized content if it’s necessary as what SPs have done.
• CUs will be delivered more frequently at first and then less frequently: every month for the first 12 months, and then every quarter for the final four years of the five-year mainstream lifecycle.

Note The MSM only applies to SQL Server 2017 and later versions.

Earlier versions of SQL Server are not affected by this SP policy change. Service Packs (SPs) will continue to be provided for the reminder of mainstream support for SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016.

February 24th, 2018

Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Enterprise is Microsoft’s flagship cloud-based ERP system, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is optimized to deliver improved global visibility, scalability and digital intelligence.

Overview

Financial dimensions

Workflows

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