Dynamics AX 2012 Excel Add-in – Issues and Solutions (Method not found: ‘Void Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.OfficeAddin.DataSourceContainer.UpdateRecIdVisibility(Boolean))

Purpose: The purpose of this document is to outline some issues you may encounter when using Dynamics AX 2012 Excel Add-in for import of data and provide solutions to resolve them.
 
Issue: ‘Method not found: ‘Void Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.OfficeAddin.DataSourceContainer.UpdateRecIdVisibility(Boolean)’
 
Reason: After you initially install Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Office Add-ins and then install Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU1 the old Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 DLLs related to Office Add-ins may still be present in the file system. The system uses old Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 DLLs related to Office Add-ins DLLs which causes this issue
 
Dynamics AX Error
 
For example, on the latest (as of today, April 24, 2013) Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU1 Demo VM this error occurs when you launch Excel 2013, define connection Options and then try to Add Table or Add Data  
 
Please note that Microsoft Dynamics AX 212 R2 CU1 build number is 6.2.1000.156
 
In fact if you look for UpdateRecIdVisibility method in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU1 Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.OfficeAddin.dll assembly you will be able to find it there
 
So the real problem is in the fact that the system uses old Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.OfficeAddin.dll assembly instead of new one
 
Please note that Microsoft Dynamics AX 212 R2 build number is 6.2.158.0
 
And if you check the version of Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.OfficeAddin.dll assembly
 
in C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\assembly\GAC_MSIL folder
 
You will see that it’s 6.2.158.0 which corresponds to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2
 
Solution: Please delete highlighted above Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Office.Addin folders in C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\assembly\GAC_MSIL folder to get rid of old versions of DLLs   
 
If you get a message that Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Framework.Office.Addin.dll is being used by another process when you try to delete it, please stop Microsoft Dynamics AX AOS and try again
 
Result: As the result you will be able to Add Tables and Add Data in Excel workbook
 
Options
 
Add Tables
 
Field Chooser
 
Specials Thanks is for Chris and Jason for helping to resolve this issue
Please check out Chris’ blog for more interesting articles here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chrisgarty/
 
Tags: Dynamics ERP, Dynamics AX 2012, Excel, Dynamics AX 2012 Excel Add-in, Data Import, Data Conversion, Data Migration, Application Integration Framework, Issue, Problem, Solution, Resolution.
 
Note: This document is intended for information purposes only, presented as it is with no warranties from the author. This document may be updated with more content to better outline the issues and describe the solutions.
 
Author: Alex Anikiev, PhD, MCP