Microsoft Dynamics AX Upgrade

The Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade process is designed to keep downtime to a minimum. Shorter downtime means less impact on operations and lower total cost of upgrade. But Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrades still require the expertise of a true consulting partner – not just a software reseller.

Fabco Solutions provides end-to-end Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade services that help guide clients to successful upgrades – no matter what version they are upgrading from. Defining new goals and running functional data, functional organization and functional customization analyses are critical steps to creating your upgrade project. Several factors you should consider include:

  • Benefits you’ll be attaining from upgrading to the new version
  • Volume of data you share across your subsidiaries and with your business partners
  • Degree of customization needed

Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 or 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Upgrades from Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 require two computer systems that operate in parallel:

  • The source system, which remains in production for most of the upgrade process
  • The target system with the latest Microsoft Dynamics AX version

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3
An upgrade from one version of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to another is known as an in-place upgrade. This type of upgrade requires no source-to-target workflow of the kind that is used when you upgrade from AX 4.0 or AX 2009. Instead, the upgrade operations are performed on a copy of your production system.
The recommended topology for this in-place upgrade scenario requires three Microsoft Dynamics AX systems:

  • Production – The existing system that you are upgrading.
  • Test – A copy of your production system that is used to upgrade the database architecture, test new components, and test the data upgrade.
  • Development – A copy of your test system, where you upgrade your customized code and other metadata.