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Deploy Dynamics AX on Azure using Life Cycle Services

Azure is the open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage the applications across a global network of data centers that are managed by Microsoft. Azure enables cloud computing. Cloud computing is nothing but the delivery of computing capabilities as a service. Cloud computing makes it easy to access IT resources such as computers, networking, Deploy Dynamics and storage. As with any utility, you generally only pay for what you use with the cloud computing. By using cloud services, you can harness the power of massive datacenters without having to build, manage, or maintain costly, complex IT building blocks. With the cloud, much of the complexity of IT is abstracted away, letting you focus on the infrastructure, information, and application development that really matter to your business. You can deploy AX 2012 R3 on Azure. When you do, you may realize the below benefits:

  • Reduce the costs Since you don’t have to build out or manage the infrastructure with Azure, IT costs may be greatly reduced.
  • Save time An on-premises Axapta 2012 R3 environment may take weeks to plan, acquire necessary hardware, and deploy. By using the Cloud-hosted environments tool in the Lifecycle Services, you can deploy an AX 2012 R3 environment on Azure in hours.
  • Gain flexibility The cloud enables you to easily scale up to meet the changing needs of your business.

Azure services model

  • This offers three types of services: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Type of service Use to Description
Software as a service Consume You use the web browser to use applications that are hosted in the cloud.
Platform as a service Build You don’t manage or control the network, servers, or operating system. PaaS is more developer-oriented. It allows you to focus on the business logic of apps and quickly move applications from concept to the launch.
Infrastructure as a service Host You have control over your virtual machines and the network configuration, but you don’t have to worry about the hardware.
Architecture of AX 2012 R3 on Azure

Architecture of AX 2012 R3 on Azure

  • When you deploy, you will be using the IaaS offering. This means that Azure provides virtual machines, storage, and networking capabilities. You must manage and secure the operating systems, applications, and information installed on the virtual machines.

The Architecture of AX 2012 R3 on Azure

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  • For the deployment, you can use Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services. Lifecycle Services is the cloud-based collaborative workspace that the customers and partners can use to manage Microsoft Dynamics AX projects. The Cloud-hosted environments tool, available on the Lifecycle Services website, helps you for the deployment. When you use the Cloud-hosted environments tool to deploy, you’ll need to select the type of environment that you want to deploy on Azure, such as a demo or development/test environment. Based on your selection, Cloud-hosted environments tool provisions the appropriate number of the virtual machines on Azure. These virtual machines have Axapta 2012 R3 components and all of their prerequisites already installed on them.
  • You can deploy the following types of  environments on Azure with the Cloud-hosted environments tool:

Demo environment

Environment Description
AX 2012 R3 demo Deploy this environment to demo Axapta 2012 R3. This environment includes 1 virtual machine. This virtual machine has the Windows Server—and the software and sample information that you’ll need to demo AX 2012 R3—already installed on it.
AX 2012 R3 CU8 demo Deploy this environment to demo AX 2012 R3 Cumulative Update 8. This environment includes 1 virtual machine. This virtual machine has the Windows Server—and the software and sample information that you’ll need to demo AX 2012 R3 CU8—already installed on it.
Retail essentials demo Deploy this environment to demo the Retail essentials for Axapta 2012 R3. This environment includes 1 virtual machine, by default. This virtual machine has the Windows Server—and the software and sample information that you’ll need to demo Retail essentials—already installed on it.

Dev/test environment

Environment Description
Development Deploy this environment to develop features for Axapta 2012 R3. This environment includes 2 virtual machines, by default. These virtual machines have the Windows Server—and the software that you’ll need for Axapta 2012 R3 development purposes—already installed on them.
Development with the shared SQL Server Deploy this environment to develop features for Axapta 2012 R3. The database for each development Virtual Machine instance will be deployed to a shared SQL Server instance. This environment includes 3 virtual machines, by default. These virtual machines have the Windows Server—and the software that you’ll need for Axapta 2012 R3 development purposes—already installed on them.
Test Deploy this environment to test features for Axapta 2012 R3. This environment includes 4 virtual machines, by default. These virtual machines have the Windows Server—and the software that you’ll need for Axapta 2012 R3 testing purposes—already installed on them.
Retail essentials dev/test Deploy this environment to develop or test features for Retail essentials for AX 2012 R3. This environment includes 1 virtual machine, by default. This virtual machine has the Windows Server—and the software that you’ll need for Retail essentials development and for testing purposes—already installed on it.
Retail e-commerce dev/test Deploy this environment to create and test the online sales channel that is fully integrated with AX 2012 R3. This environment includes 1 virtual machine Deploy Dynamics, by default. This virtual machine has the Windows Server—and the software that you’ll need for Retail e-commerce—already installed on it.
Retail mobility dev/test Deploy this environment to enable your sales staff to process sales transactions, enter customer orders, and perform daily operations and inventory management with mobile devices anywhere in a store. This environment includes 1 virtual machine, by default. This virtual machine has the Windows Server—and the software that you’ll need for the Retail mobility—already installed on it.

High availability environment

Environment Description
High availability Deploy this environment to use Axapta 2012 R3 in an environment that can be configured for high availability. This environment includes 14 virtual machines, by default. These virtual machines have the Windows Server—and the software that you’ll need to use Axapta 2012 R3 — already installed on them. Note: When you deploy this environment, the Axapta 2012 R3 CU8 version of this environment is deployed by default. If you want to deploy the Axapta 2012 R3 RTM version, you can choose that version during deployment.

For more information about the virtual machines, and the software installed on each virtual machine in these environments, view Plan your Microsoft Dynamics Axapta 2012 R3 deployment on Azure.

The process for deploying Dynamics AX 2012 R3 on Azure

The process for deploying Axapta 2012 R3 on Azure is complex and should be completed by system implementers who have experience with:

  • Licensing requirements You’ll need to give the license information for the software included in the Axapta 2012 R3 environment. This documentation will point you to resources Deploy Dynamics to help you complete this task, but will not provide a step-by-step procedure for completing this task.
  • Networks and the domains To enable users in your corporate network to easily access the virtual machines on Azure, you’ll need to create the site-to-site VPN connection. This documentation will point you to resources to support you create the VPN connection, but will not give a step-by-step procedure for completing this task.

To deploy Axapta 2012 R3 on Azure, see the articles that are listed in the below table.

Task More information
Plan your deployment Before you can deploy AX 2012 R3 on Azure, there are several things you must consider Deploy Dynamics and decisions you must make. For example, you must consider the licensing requirements, purchase an Azure subscription, and choose the type of Axapta 2012 R3 environment that you will deploy on Azure. For more information, see Plan your Microsoft Dynamics Axapta 2012 R3 deployment on Azure.
Deploy AX 2012 R3 on Azure Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services is the cloud-based collaborative workspace that the customers and partners can use to manage the Microsoft Dynamics Axapta projects. You’ll use the Cloud-hosted environments tool in Lifecycle Services to deploy Axapta 2012 R3 on Azure. To deploy a demo environment, see:

  • Deploy an Axapta 2012 R3 or AX 2012 R3 CU8 demo environment on Azure
  • Deploy the Retail essentials demo environment on Azure

To deploy a dev/test environment, see:

  • Deploy a development environment on Azure
  • Deploy a test environment on Azure
  • Deploy a Retail essentials dev/test environment on Azure
  • Deploy a Retail e-commerce dev/test environment on Azure
  • Deploy a Retail mobility dev/test environment on Azure

To deploy the environment that can be configured for high availability, see:

  • Deploy a high availability environment on Azure
Manage your Axapta 2012 R3 environment on Azure To support you manage your AX 2012 R3 environment on Azure, see the tips and tricks in Manage your Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 deployment on Azure.
Troubleshoot issues that may occur If you need to contact Microsoft with licensing questions or technical issues, you must first determine which support team to contact: Deploy Dynamics the Azure support team or the Microsoft Dynamics Axapta support team. For information about when and how to contact each support team, see Troubleshoot your Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 deployment on Azure.

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