Some time back we talked about AX Data Refresh with Powershell. Today I wanted to talk about some AX Refresh changes and two new scripts AX Monitor and AX Report.

Let's go over some of the details.

AX Refresh

  • Works for AX 2009 and 2012.
  • Works with multiple AX instances on the same box.
  • It does not require AOS information on every run.
  • Compares Registry information to validate database settings. It removes services pointing to different databases.
  • Allows Help Desk to start an environment refresh even if they don't have permissions on the database.
  • Basic data scrub.
  • Runs as Task Scheduler and sends an email when it is done.
    • With a backup folder. It selects the newest backup to restore.
    • With no backup folder. It only restores previous configuration (it assumes the DBA team had restored the database).

AX Refresh Wiki and User Guide

The next two scripts I have been using on customers for some time. In particular, one of my biggest and longest DSE customer.

AX Monitor

  • The beginning, the script was sending alerts if the number of SQL blocks had exceeded the threshold. Especially after the R3 upgrade, we noticed situations where SQL had 100% CPU due to some parameter sniffing. The script monitors the database for CPU, blocking and wait time. If CPU gets above the threshold, it collects all statements running, filter by tables (pre-defined filter) and runs update statistics to generate a new sample. That approach reduced production issues due to CPU by 99% (like D365 watchdog).
  • It also collects troubleshooting data; SQL Statements and Execution Plans on every run, and Statistics changes every 30 min.
  • The alert email helps to mitigate the situation before it becomes a system outage. The email subject changes depending on the script action during high CPU.

AX Monitor

AX Report

  • In a growing AX environment, sometimes the number of servers to manage and manage can consume a great deal of time. The script manages:
    1. Perfmon Files - creates a file a day, archives files from servers to a different location, process blg files and shows values outside the best practices.
    2. Collect data from all servers (event logs, failed reports, SQL logs) and AX data (batch jobs with error, jobs running long, MRP runtime, AOS restarts, and crashes).
  • It provides an environment 'picture' daily, making it easier to find and solve problems.

AX Report

AX Report

AX Report

AX Report

AX Report

AX Report

More info can be found at DynamicsAxTools. Check the Wiki page.

To make it more intuitive and easy to use. There is a WPF form to help with environment settings and running Powershell as a job.

  1. Create Database

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  1. Create Email credential

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  1. Create Email Server settings

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  1. Create an Environment

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  1. Add Servers and Deploy perfmon templates

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  1. Check your Environment and Start/Stop services

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  1. Schedule Scripts as jobs

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Download DynamicsAxTools

 

I still have a couple more scripts to share; multi-thread silent installation and POS terminal data collector. Once I remove some possible PII data they might have I will post it here.

 

Best,

Bruno Ferreti

 


 

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