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I am new to D365 and am working with a setup as application consultant. Where do I find the AOT in D365? Do I need Visual Studio just to watch the tables and projects?
Many thanks for any help.
Sign In Visual Studio, View->Application Explorer. You will find AOT. Please login as administrator to access AOT. There is also option there Dynamics AX tab as well for more options.
Nagendra Varma K
Yes, the AOT will be visible only in Visual Studio -> Application explorer.
Take a look at Development tools for Dynamics 365 for Operations.
and you can get further help from Dynamics Wiki and Developer Documentation from Microsoft.
Your role as an application consultant will change if you were used to going into the AOT and examining data or fixing it. That is also probably not a bad thing for a lot of consultants and customers who tinker :-)
I have signed in and run as admin, but I can't find "Application Explorer", only Solution explorer. Do I need a special version of VS? I use a freeware.
You need an Operations development environment configured for you by Microsoft. You can either deploy it from LCS to Azure, or download a VHD and set up a virtual machine. You also need a license for Visual Studio, of course.
If you have any developers, talk to them - they should be able to show you the basics.
You need to Run as admin and ensure you login VS with same tenant ID you used to login D365. You are using VM or Cloud environment?
Nagendra Varma K
You would only be able to connect to a development/test/sandbox repository, not Production.
Martin has provided step-by-step instructions here for setting it up yourself decoupled from an actual AX instance for the sake of just having access to code without it being connected to an actual running D365fO instance:
But the recommended way is that your LCS project administrator deploys a complete VM for you, where you have both application and code access.
If you have access to the correct VM and opened Visual Studio with administrator elevated rights, it would be possible that the AOT is not visible by default. In that case use the shortcut keys: CTRL+E, CTLR+E (twice) to open the AOT.
I have successfully deployed On-premises Sandbox environment D365FO and installed Visual studio 2017 in one of AOS VM. Now I need to connect to the AOT, But I am unable to find the Application explorer.
You should deploy or download a dedicated D365FFO developement VM from LCS, it contains a preconfigured Visual Studio. You can't access the AOT, or do development in the sandbox, since there is no source code.
Could you please guide me how to download the development VM, and after development how to deploy that to Sandbox on premises. Do I need to create any connection in the development VM.
You can download the virtual machine image from the Lifecycle Services Asset library.
Then your IT department can set it up on your infrastructure, or you can run it locally on your own laptop using Hyper-V manager.
You connect the dev machine to VSTS version control, and build deployable packages in your build machine.
Instructions on how to configure a local build VM can be found in my blog post: community.dynamics.com/.../setup-a-local-build-vm
Instructions on how to deploy those packages to sandbox environment can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/dev-itpro/deployment/develop-deploy-custom-models-on-premises
Your answer is very interesting. Do you know if the local VHD will have the customer database / AOT (with all the objects) or if the AOT in VS will just be a standard one ?
The downloadable VHD includes the standard system.
You can then connect it to VSTS / Azure DevOps and get the latest code, or manually import models in the system.
You can also copy customer database there if you want to.
Use the Admin provisioning tool to make yourself as the administrator of the D365FO system on the machine. You should see this tool on the desktop.
You don't need to login to D365FO to synchronize the database, instead you do it from Visual Studio. You don't need to login to VS to do it.
VS might ask you to login because it has to be activated with an account (O365 or Microsoft account) that has Visual Studio licenses associated to it. But I think you can use it 60 days for free.
If you still have issues, please share more details and some screenshots.
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