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Friday, May 19, 2017

Patch up your Dynamics 365 for Operations Servers: Immediate Maintenance required in response to WannaCrypt ransomware

I got half a dozen email since yesterday from Microsoft as I have few Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and few Dynamics 365 for Operations VM running under different subscriptions.
As most of you are aware by now about WannaCrypt virus, Microsoft suggests to patch our Dynamics 365 for Operations VM's at the earliest. Below is an extract of the email form Microsoft
Note: If you do not have any Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 environments deployed in your own Azure subscriptions, you can ignore this mail.
In response to the recent global WannaCrypt ransomware attack, we recommend all Azure customers that have Dynamics 365 for Operations or Dynamics AX 2012 environments deployed in your own Azure subscriptions, to take the steps called out in the WannaCrypt Attacks: Guidance for Azure Customers blog post. This applies to environments in your subscription like demo and dev environments. Environments managed by Microsoft are already being proactively handled by us. 
Please take the above steps immediately to run a secure infrastructure and to protect your organization from attacks like these today and in the future.
The Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations service team

Monday, May 15, 2017

How to setup and configure Dynamics 365 for Operations Mobile Workspaces


This is an update to my previous post -, where I shared a workaround on how to view the out of box mobile workspaces from System Administration > Parameters form and publish them.

This workaround is no longer needed as in this post, i will explain the steps on how to achieve the same using standard process:


As you are aware, that wiki is being deprecated, and now Microsoft is moving to a new docs site for D365FO help, so keep an eye on Dynamics 365 for Operations Mobile Workspaces as this is the page where Microsoft will publish their upcoming mobile workspaces

At the moment, we have the following workspaces for mobile

Most of the above workspaces are linked to a Hotfix which can be downloaded from LCS

Previously on wiki, We had Inventory on hand and sales order workspaces, but looks like they are not ported to the new Dynamics docs site. 

In this post, I will walk through an example of setting up mobile workspaces for sales order and inventory on hand.

Step 1:

Go to LCS > Project > Issue Search and search for the below KB or just click on this link
KB 4013633

Step 2

Download KB 4013633 (an X++ update or metadata hotfix). This contains four mobile workspaces for supply chain management. 

Step 3

Once you download the hotfix, extract it to your VM where you want to install the hotfix. Since this is a metadata hotfix, this needs to be treated bit differently, as it can't be installed from Asset Library.

Step 4

Log in to your VM and then use the SCDPBundleInstall command

SCDPBundleInstall.exe -install -packagepath=c:\temp\HotfixPackageBundle.axscdppkg -metadatastorepath= J:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory

Tip - Note in some of the later VM's you will find the SCDPBundleInstall in the Bin directory inside PackagesLocalDirectory i.e. J:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Bin

Step 5

Once the bundle installation is successful, next step is to go to Visual Studio and create a deployable package as shown below:

Step 7

Once the deployable package is created, go to Asset Library and add the deployable package in software deployable package Asset type

Step 8

Now, you should be able to go to your environment where you want to apply the deployable package and then click on Apply Updates from maintain environment and select the deployable package and start deploying.

The environment will go into Servicing state and no one will be able to use the environment at this point. This may take 1 to 2 hours to get deployed.

Once the package is deployed, you can now go to System Administration > Parameters > Mobile parameters and pubilsh the default mobile workspaces and start using them

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The new wiki or documentation link for Microsoft dynamics 365 for Operations


Microsoft is now replacing the existing wiki with this new wiki link for Dynamics 365 for Operations.

Dynamics 365 for Operations Platform Update 6


Microsoft has now released Platform Update 6 for Dynamics 365 for Operations.

To read about the latest and what's new in Update 6, and how to deploy in your environment, have a look at the below links:

Monday, April 10, 2017

How to get to the LCS Downloadable Tools Page

Quick tip - 

Recently, I was looking to download the security tools from LCS and I was not able to find the downloadable tools under the main menu of LCS

Had to type in the below url to get to the downloads page