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FBourdeau asked a question on 26 Apr 2011 4:11 PM

I would like to copy a company in AX 2012. In 2009 it was under, Administration > Common Forms > Company Accounts > Duplicate.

Many thanks!

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vukis responded on 26 Apr 2011 9:51 PM

New_Changed_and_Deprecated_Features_for_Microsoft_Dynamics_AX_2012.pdf

www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

It is deprecated. Quote from depreceated features doc:

Reason for deprecation:  The underlying architecture of Microsoft Dynamic

AX 2012 was modified, and these modifications

required the duplicate company feature to be

deprecated.

Replaced by another feature:  No. The feature is no longer available, and there

is no replacement feature.  

Although there is no replacement duplicate

company feature, a company can still be used as

a template to create other companies. By using

the import and export feature, users can create

duplicate reference, setup, and master data by

copying data between two companies. For demo

data, the import and export feature can be used

to replicate a company from one environment in

another environment, or in the same

environment. Users can also make further

changes to create an appropriate demo scenario

in the new company.

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vukis responded on 26 Apr 2011 9:51 PM

New_Changed_and_Deprecated_Features_for_Microsoft_Dynamics_AX_2012.pdf

www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

It is deprecated. Quote from depreceated features doc:

Reason for deprecation:  The underlying architecture of Microsoft Dynamic

AX 2012 was modified, and these modifications

required the duplicate company feature to be

deprecated.

Replaced by another feature:  No. The feature is no longer available, and there

is no replacement feature.  

Although there is no replacement duplicate

company feature, a company can still be used as

a template to create other companies. By using

the import and export feature, users can create

duplicate reference, setup, and master data by

copying data between two companies. For demo

data, the import and export feature can be used

to replicate a company from one environment in

another environment, or in the same

environment. Users can also make further

changes to create an appropriate demo scenario

in the new company.

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Alan Flanders responded on 21 Sep 2011 11:19 AM

Something missing in the answers to this question is "What options should be used in the Import / Export functionality to properly copy a company"?  I have had difficult time trying to figure this out.  Every time I try to copy a company from another environment, I end up messing up my data and need to re-install to get it working agian.  If you don't choose the correct options, then shared table information will be missing or overwritten.  It would be nice if MS would write a white paper outlining how to do this properly.  Perhaps a definition group could be provided with all of the nessasary tables to copy a company.

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Henrik Levinson responded on 23 Nov 2011 7:49 AM

There is a suggestion how to do this in the introduction to AX 2012 training materiel chapter 5 page 20 but this is just not working with the new AX 2012 architecture. I would really appreciate that MBS prepared a whitepaper regarding this issue.

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Aaron Murch responded on 13 Dec 2012 9:47 AM

There was a blog post released yesterday that explains the process, you can access it via this link: community.dynamics.com/.../copy-company-data-in-ax-2012.aspx

Note - the area of the application referenced in the blog post is located within system administration > Common > Data Export/Import

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Alan Flanders responded on 13 Dec 2012 10:20 AM

The blog post gives a general idea of how to do the copy but does not provide specifics on eactly which parameters to choose when exporting and importing (ie. Import system tables). Be very careful using this approach to copying companies and ensure that you perform a database backup first. The process can corrupt your database entirely.

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