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Integrating Dynamics Ax 2009 with TFS 2010–part 4:Installing a Dynamics Ax Instance


Before you install any of the Dynamics Ax components on any of the Development machines, there are a few things that you will need to determine first.

First, you will need to determine what your branching and release strategy is. This is the key step to getting your Dynamics Ax environment setup for ALM with TFS 2010. Some really great examples of branching strategies can be found in the Visual Studio Branching Guide 2010.

The example used in his blog series is one adapted from the branching guidance:



As can be seen above, there are 4 source branches which we will use.  Using the Branch Visualisation in Visual Studio 2010, we will end up with a branch hierarchy as shown below:



So, what we are going to end up with is 4 installs of Dynamics Ax that each correspond to a branch in the branching hierarchy. Note that this is only necessary if a development machine will be used for all branches. Typically, developers would only have a DEV and/or HOTFIX branch on their machines, as the other branches would be used by a team leader/manager to perform the merges and any release management.

The procedure outlined below will detail the install method used for the MAIN project. This is the first one that needs to be done,a s it is the main branch from which all the other branches will be created, and as such, makes it easier to manage the development setup process.

Install a Dynamics Ax Instance for the MAIN branch

  • Start the Dynamics Ax install. Select the default language then select OK


  • Select Next


  • Accept the software licence then select Next


  • Select Custom Installation then select Next


  • Select Database and Application Files then select Next


  • Enter the name for the database (e.g. LMAx5_MAIN) and then select Next


  • Enter the name for the AOS server (e.g. LMAx5_MAIN) then select Next


  • Select Next on the Application Files: Select a country or region


  • Select Install


  • Select Finish



The next post will describe installing the AOS server instance for the MAIN branch.

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