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One of our clients wants to see if they can use the read only secondary database in D365FO for reporting. They want to create and run ad-hoc SSRS reports without having to wait for developers to create and deploy new SSRS reports. From what I have learnt, this is currently not possible.
Someone mentioned a BYOD option. Conceivably, there will be a copy of the operations DB (not entity store), that is automatically synchronized with the original on a regular cadence (with no manual involvement). In an ideal scenario, the BYOD will mimic the operational DB, that enables SSRS developers to read from and create their own set of reports, without relying on AX developers.
Has anyone come across an implementation of this use case? Are there any other ideas/options that you can think of?
You can use it for SSRS ad-hoc reports but need to consider that to populate BYOD you have to use data management, so ultimately you can create an entity for each table in D365FO, but it's a huge task for a developer. Also entity combines different tables, so data structure would be different to operational DB.
Anyway you need a developer either to expose data or develop a report.
With BYODB option you need to create entity for each and every custom table of you want to expose them so as ievgen mentioned you need a developer to create these entities. Time required to create entity is going to be less than time required to create SSRS report but again it depends on difficulty of your report.
Thanks folks. I probably should have been more specific.
While entity store is an option they are aware of, they'd like to get access to a synchronized copy of the OLTP database. This will allow them to create all the SSRS and Power BI reports they want, without having to leverage AX/FinOps development resources.
Perhaps, there is a way to set up SQL Data Sync, to create a replica of the production db. Did anyone explore this? Does it seem feasible?
You don't have any access to SQL in prod, so how are you going to setup it ?
Valid point. That is basically my question. :-)
Documentation suggests that these is an optional secondary read-only copy of the OLTP db. I was wondering if anyone has explored tapping into that or creating a synchronized copy of that.
Currently it seems a little far fetched, but there is a related idea out there that you can vote on. Please take a moment to vote on it, if you can. :-)
Provide customers with a real time read only copy of the Dynamics 365 for operations database.
HI Manny ,
That's just an idea . It might not be implemented yet.
Hello , I am one of these clients with the same requirement.
We are planning to upgrade to D365 on cloud and we have developed plenty of reports in SSRS using a replicated database ( transactions in real time).
Can you confirm with BYOD this can be achieved?
BYOD is not a replicated copy of a business data database. In D365 to BYOD only entities can be exported (docs.microsoft.com/.../data-entities).
In your case, you could be interested in "Tables in Azure Data lake" feature (docs.microsoft.com/.../tables-customers-adls-gen2-data-lake).
Please, note that it's not available for Production use yet and GA is April 2020.
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