Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Consider changing your password Pop Up

Currently the machines deployed through LCS runs with the Account Policy that passwords has a 42 days age. Interestingly you should not change the password for servers deployed according to this statement of guidelines.

So if you get annoyed by the reminder to change the password and do not plan to republish the box any time soon, why not go ahead and get rid of the pop up.

Click the start button and type in "local". You should find the Local Security Policy Console.

From there it is just a matter of changing the expiration of the password to something other than 42, or simply set it to 0 for "never expire".

Quick and easy.

Alternatively you can use a Command Prompt (Run as Admin) with the statement:

net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Excel Applet not loading when working with D365 Office Add-in

This post is somewhat related to the post by Ievgen (AX MVP) on the Office Word integration not working with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (Enterprise Edition).

If you try to connect Excel to an existing environment using the Microsoft Dynamics Office Add-in and all you see is the text "Load applets" after signing in, then it might very well be because the applets needs to be initiated from within the environment.

If you click the little flag at the bottom right, you will be able to open the messages and see the error "No applet registrations found".

Solution is simple. Open the D365 environment in your favorite browser (assuming your favorite browser is on the compatible list - hehe) and either search for the form (ie type in "Office") or navigate directly through System Administration, Setup and Office app parameters

If you see an emply grid, then the settings have not been initialized and that is the problem. Most likely you are missing settings for Office apps in general, so go ahead and initialize all parameters for all the grids accordingly.

Head back to Excel and try make it reload the applets (simply try add a trailing slash to the url). Hopefully you should get the expected result.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Error when installing Reporting Extensions for AX2012 R3 on SQL Server 2016

On my previous post I wrote on installing Reporting Extensions for AX2012 R3 on SQL Server 2014. In this post I want to emphasize that the same hotfix for SQL 2014 is needed for SQL 2016.
The error behaves slightly different on SQL 2016 if you do not have the patch. The setup experience simply crashes during install and while the components is ticked as "installed" next time you run setup, it is only "half-baked". You need to start over, this time with the hotfix ready.

Here is a screenshot of the installer crash with "AxSetup.exe has stopped working". Ignore that it is on the SSAS step, I simply chose to install both extensions at the same time. The error actually relates to Reporting Extensions.

And if you open the setup logs for further inspection, you will see it ends while trying to setup the SSRS bits. Here is an excerpt from the install log:

2017-07-05 11:30:56Z Setting the SQL Server Reporting Services service account to the Microsoft Dynamics AX .Net Business Connector account.
2017-07-05 11:30:56Z Generating database rights script.
2017-07-05 11:30:56Z Opening connection to the database using the connection string server=SERVER\INSTANCE;Integrated Security=SSPI.
2017-07-05 11:30:56Z Writing the database rights script to C:\Users\USERID\AppData\Local\Temp\3\tmpADC0.tmp.
2017-07-05 11:30:56Z Executing database rights script.

I got this error even though the installation was slipstreamed with CU12, which is a later version, compared to the hotfix.

So if you're planning on installing these bits for SQL 2016 (or SQL 2014), do yourself the favor of downloading the KB3216898 and slipstream your install by extracting it into your installation Update folder.

Here is the link, again:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Error when installing Reporting Extensions for AX2012 R3 on SQL 2014 SSRS


I could not really find any posts on this out there, so I decided to just share this here.

You may experience installation errors when you try to install Reporting Extensions for AX2012 R3 on SQL 2014. The setup crashes internally, rolls back the installation and fails.
In the installation log you will see the error "Version string portion was too short or too long".

The solution is available on LCS as a downloadable hotfix KB3216898 (released 10th of January 2017) here:

Unpack the content of the hotfix and slipstream it as part of your AX2012 R3 installation and run the installation again. Now it will work.

Just to make this sure people find this post if they search for the errors, I'll add the full call stack below:

An error occurred during setup of Reporting Services extensions.
Reason: Version string portion was too short or too long.
System.ArgumentException: Version string portion was too short or too long.
  at System.Version..ctor(String version)
  at Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Reporting.Shared.SrsWmi.get_ReportManagerUrl()
  at Microsoft.Dynamics.Setup.ReportsServerInstaller.GetOrCreateServerConfiguration(String instanceName, String sharePointServiceApplicationSite, Boolean& createdConfiguration)
  at Microsoft.Dynamics.Setup.Components.ReportingServicesExtensions.InstallConfigurationFiles(String instanceName, String sharePointServiceApplicationSite, Boolean& createdConfiguration)
  at Microsoft.Dynamics.Setup.Components.ReportingServicesExtensions.RunReportingSetupManagerDeploy()