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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tool: Update: Automated way of setting up the Application Integration Framework

In November 2009 I have posted a blog post that presented a tool I wrote for quickly setting up AIF for testing purposes. You can find the original post here.

I have since received requests to upload a new version of that tool, that would work with AX 2012 R2.
Well, now, only 5 years later :), here is the updated tool, that works with AX 2012 R3 (Note: should also work with R2, but I have only tried it on R3).

You can download the xpo from my OneDrive.

To briefly describe the changes, as compared to the version from AX 2009:

  • There is no longer a concept of endpoints in AX 2012. Instead, there is a concept of inbound and outbound ports, so I have replaced the corresponding creation so that 1 inbound and 1 outbound ports are created, both using the File System Adapter, and dropping the files in a location on drive D. Note, that I have not done anything in terms of ensuring AOS has access to that folder, so if that is not working, ensure the right access is granted.
  • Channels are now created implicitly for each port, depending on the Adapter class you select.
  • I am not explicitly creating data policies now, which seems to mean all XML fields are enabled. If you want to restrict the schema to only certain fields, you will need to deactivate the port, and modify the data policies accordingly manually.

Note: Only services for Invent*, EcoRes* and WHS* prefixes are registered, and only their service actions are added to the ports. If you need additional actions in your tests, modify the code and add the extra prefix.

I have tested that the WHS ASN service works after executing the tool, both for inbound and outbound, and will describe the use of this service in a blog post on the SCM msdn blog shortly. If you however find stuff I have missed, let me know.