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Hardware and software requirements

Dynamics AX 4.0

Before installing a Microsoft Dynamics AX system, ensure that the system you are working with meets or exceeds the minimum hardware and software requirements.

The following table lists the minimum network requirements for client-Application Object Server (AOS) and AOS-database connections in a Microsoft Dynamics AX system.

Value

Client-AOS

AOS-Database

Bandwidth (b)

100 MB per second

100 MB per second

Latency (l)

Less than 5 milliseconds

Less than 5 milliseconds

The total response time for running a task in Microsoft Dynamics AX is expressed by the following formula:

(Number of calls to and from the server * l) + number of bytes sent/b

The computer running Microsoft Dynamics AX must also have access to computers in the same Active Directory directory service domain that are running Active Directory configured in native mode.

The hardware required to install and run Microsoft Dynamics AX includes:

  • Intel Pentium/Celeron family or compatible Pentium III Xeon or higher processor minimum; 1.1 GHz or higher recommended

  • 512 MB RAM or more recommended

  • 1 GB or more hard disk space. Actual requirements depend on your system configuration and the applications and features that you install.

  • Super VGA (1024x768) or higher resolution monitor

  • DVD drive (required for installation from DVD)

The following tables summarize whether a Microsoft Dynamics AX component or prerequisite technology can run in 32-bit mode on a 64-bit operating system.

Operating system support for components

Microsoft Dynamics AX Component

Runs on a 32-bit operating system

Runs in 32-bit mode on a 64-bit operating system

Runs on a 64-bit operating system

Application files

Yes

Yes

Not supported

Application Object Server (AOS)

Yes

Yes

Not supported

Client

Yes

Yes

Not supported

Enterprise Portal

Yes

Not supported

Not supported

Application Integration Framework (AIF) Web services

Yes

Not supported

Not supported

BizTalk adapter for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Yes

Not supported

Not supported

.NET Business Connector

Yes

Yes

Not supported

COM Business Connector

Yes

Yes

Not supported

Operating system support for prerequisite software

Microsoft Dynamics AX software prerequisites

Runs on a 32-bit operating system

Runs in 32-bit mode on a 64-bit operating system

Runs on a 64-bit operating system

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Yes

Yes

Yes

Microsoft SQL Server 2000

Yes

Yes

Yes

Oracle

Yes

Not supported

Not supported

SQL Server Reporting Services1

Yes

Yes

Not supported

Windows SharePoint Services version 2.0

Yes

Not supported

Not supported

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2003

Yes

Not supported

Not supported

BizTalk Server

Yes

Not supported

Not supported

 1 If you are running the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2005, you must also have the 32-bit version of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services running to provide ad hoc reporting support in Microsoft Dynamics AX. 

The following sections list the minimum operating system and software requirements for running the Microsoft Dynamics AX client from a workstation.

Operating system requirements

The Microsoft Dynamics AX client can be installed on computers running the following operating systems.

NoteNote

You can run the client on the 64-bit versions of the operating systems that are listed here only if no activity that uses the AIF or Business Connector is running on the same computer.


  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Ultimate

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Professional Edition

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Tablet PC Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software requirements

The following software must be present on a computer before the Microsoft Dynamics AX client can be installed.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

Requirements for using Business Intelligence features

The following components are required for clients that are connecting to systems running SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services. They can be installed after Microsoft Dynamics AX, but must be installed in the order they are listed.

Component

Notes

Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0

All components are available in the downloadable Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services OLE DB Provider 9.0

All components are available in the downloadable Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

Microsoft SQL Server Native Client

Required only if the client is used to create or configure cubes. All components are available in the downloadable Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Management Objects (AMO) Collection

Required only if the client is used to create or configure cubes. All components are available in the downloadable Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

Microsoft Office Web Components 11 (OWC11)

Available from this location as a download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=47538

By installing the Office Web Components tool, users can view published components and data access pages on the Web without having to install Office 2003.

Note   If you do not own an Office 2003 license, the Office Web Components are licensed to be used in static, noninteractive, client-side, view-only mode. If you do own an Office 2003 license, the Office Web Components are licensed to be used in interactive mode.

The following sections list the minimum operating system and software requirements for running an AOS instance.

Operating system requirements

An AOS instance can be installed on computers running the following operating systems.

NoteNote

You can run an AOS instance on the 64-bit versions of the operating systems that are listed here only if no activity that uses AIF is running on the same computer.


  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software requirements

The following software must be present on a computer before an AOS instance can be installed.

  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC, 2.80.1022.3, if Microsoft SQL Server database)

    –or–

    Oracle data provider, 10.2.0.1, if Oracle database

  • Internet Explorer 6.0, Service Pack 2

    –or–

    Internet Explorer 7.0

    –or–

    Mozilla Firefox 2.0

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

The computer running the AOS instance must also have access to computers in the same domain running only one of the following:

  • SQL Server 2005, Standard or Enterprise editions, with Service Pack 2 or later

  • Oracle Database 10g, running on a Windows operating system.

To support email alerts in Microsoft Dynamics AX, you must have access to an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server.

The following sections list the database server requirements.

Software requirements

A database server for Microsoft Dynamics AX requires the following components before installation.

  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC, 2.80.1022.3, if Microsoft SQL Server database)

    –or–

    Oracle data provider, 10.2.0.1, if Oracle database

Microsoft SQL Server versions supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX supports the following editions of SQL Server, 32-bit or 64-bit versions. You can find the minimum hardware and operating system requirements for the version you choose on the SQL Server Web site. View the system requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/default.mspx

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Enterprise Edition, SP2

  • SQL Server 2005, Standard Edition, SP2

Supported collations

This version of Microsoft Dynamics AX supports Unicode collations that meet the following requirements:

  • Must be case-insensitive.

  • Must match the Microsoft Windows locale of the computers running instances of Application Object Server (AOS).

If you are setting up a new Microsoft Dynamics AX installation, we recommend that you choose a Windows collation, rather than a SQL collation. For more information about choosing a collation for a SQL Server database, see the SQL Server documentation.

Oracle Database versions supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX supports Oracle Database 10g R2, Enterprise and Standard.

Authentication requirements

Microsoft Dynamics AX requires that the database use Windows Authentication to authenticate users.

For Oracle, ensure that you have installed and configured the Windows native authentication adapter. See your Oracle documentation for details.

Other requirements

The computer running the Microsoft Dynamics AX database server must also have access to computers in the same domain that are running Active Directory configured in native mode.

To support reporting functionality, the database server must also have access to a computer in the same domain that is running SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, SP2.

To support analysis functionality, the database server must also have access to computers in the same domain that are running SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, SP2.

You can install the Microsoft Dynamics AX application files on any computer that is running Windows. There are no minimum requirements identified for the computer. The computer must be part of a domain with access to computers in the same Active Directory domain that are running Active Directory configured in native mode.

NoteNote

The share where the application files are installed cannot be configured as Distributed File System (DFS).


The following sections list the requirements for running a reporting server.

Software requirements

Microsoft Dynamics AX requires Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, Service Pack 2, which is available in the following versions of Microsoft SQL Server:

  • SQL Server 2005, Enterprise Edition, SP2

  • SQL Server 2005, Standard Edition, SP2

You can find the minimum hardware, software, and operating system requirements for the version you choose on the SQL Server Web site. View the system requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/default.mspx

NoteNote

A reporting server instance can run on a 64-bit operating system only if no client activity that uses AIF or Business Connector is running on the same computer.


If the primary database in your Microsoft Dynamics AX system is an Oracle database server, you must also have access to a SQL Server database server.

A reporting server also requires the following components before installation.

  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC, 2.80.1022.3, if Microsoft SQL Server database)

    –or–

    Oracle data provider, 10.2.0.1, if Oracle database

  • Internet Explorer 6.0, Service Pack 2

    –or–

    Internet Explorer 7.0

    –or–

    Mozilla Firefox 2.0

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

  • Microsoft Office Web Components 11 (OWC11)

Authentication requirements

Microsoft Dynamics AX requires that the reporting server use Windows Authentication to authenticate users.

The following tables list the minimum operating system and software requirements for running .NET Business Connector or COM Business Connector.

Operating system requirements

The following software must be present on a computer before a business connector can be installed.

  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Ultimate

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Professional Edition

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Tablet PC Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software requirements

The following software must be present on a computer before .NET Business Connector or COM Business Connector can be installed.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

The following sections list the Home page and Enterprise Portal server requirements.

Operating system requirements

Home page and Enterprise Portal is installed on Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services or on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. View the operating system requirements for the version of SharePoint that you select at http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/default.mspx.

NoteNote

You must run Enterprise Portal on a 32-bit operating system.


Software requirements

Home page and Enterprise Portal requires that the following components be present on the computer before installation.

  • .NET Business Connector

  • Internet Explorer 6.0, Service Pack 2

    –or–

    Internet Explorer 7.0

    –or–

    Mozilla Firefox 2.0

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005, SP2

  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, version 3

    –or–

    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Enterprise

Authentication requirements

Microsoft Dynamics AX requires that the Web server use Windows Authentication to authenticate users.

AIF Web Services Requirements

The following sections list the requirements for installing and running Application Integration Framework (AIF) Web services.

Operating system requirements

AIF Web services is not supported on the 64-bit versions of the operating systems listed. You must run it on a 32-bit operating system.

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software Requirements

AIF Web services requires that the following components be present on the computer before installation.

  • .NET Business Connector

  • Internet Explorer 6.0, Service Pack 2

    –or–

    Internet Explorer 7.0

    –or–

    Mozilla Firefox 2.0

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

BizTalk Server Adapter Requirements

To install the BizTalk Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics AX, review the following sections.

Operating System Requirements

The BizTalk Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics AX runs on Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006. You can find the minimum operating system requirements for BizTalk Server on the BizTalk Web site. View the system requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/default.mspx

NoteNote

You must run the BizTalk adapter on a 32-bit operating system.


Hardware Requirements

The BizTalk Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics AX runs on Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006. You can find the minimum hardware requirements for BizTalk Server on the BizTalk Web site. View the system requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/default.mspx

The following table lists the software requirements for running the Analysis Services extension for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Software Requirements

Microsoft Dynamics AX supports the following versions of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services: SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, SP2.

You can find the minimum hardware and operating system requirements for the version you choose on the SQL Server Web site. View the system requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/default.mspx.

NoteNote

the Analysis Services extension for Microsoft Dynamics AX can run on a 64-bit operating system only if no client activity that uses AIF or Business Connector is run on the same computer.


The following sections list the requirements for running Microsoft Dynamics AX with workflow.

NoteNote

Before installing workflow, your environment must include a running Microsoft Dynamics AX system on which the Initialization Checklist has been completed, and the local computer must be running an instance of .NET Business Connector configured with a domain account to use as a proxy.


Operating System Requirements

Workflow can be installed on computers running the following operating systems.

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software Requirements

Workflow requires that the following components be present on the computer before installation.

  • .NET Business Connector

  • Internet Explorer 6.0, Service Pack 2

    –or–

    Internet Explorer 7.0

    –or–

    Mozilla Firefox 2.0

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

Two components are required to support synchronizing project data in Microsoft Dynamics AX with data in a Microsoft Office Project Server 2007: the synchronization service and the synchronization proxy.

Synchronization Service

The following sections list the requirements for installing and running the synchronization service.

NoteNote

Before installing the synchronization service, your environment must include a running Microsoft Dynamics AX system on which the Initialization Checklist has been completed, and the local computer must be running an instance of .NET Business Connector configured with a domain account to use as a proxy.


Operating System Requirements

The synchronization service can be installed on computers running the following operating systems.

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software Requirements

The synchronization service requires that the following components be present on the computer before installation.

  • .NET Business Connector

  • Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ)

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

Synchronization Proxy

The following sections list the requirements for installing and running the synchronization proxy.

NoteNote

Before installing the synchronization proxy, your environment must include a running Microsoft Dynamics AX system on which the Initialization Checklist has been completed, and a computer running the synchronization service.


Operating System Requirements

The synchronization proxy can be installed on computers running the following operating systems.

  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Ultimate

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Professional Edition

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Tablet PC Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software Requirements

The synchronization service requires that the following components be present on the computer before installation.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • .NET Business Connector

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

  • Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

Two additional components are required to support adds sales and operations planning functionality to Microsoft Dynamics AX --the planning service, and the planning add-in.

Planning service

The following sections list the requirements for installing and running the planning service. You must install the planning service on a computer running Home pages and Enterprise Portal.

Planning add-in for Microsoft Office Excel

The following sections list the requirements for installing and running the planning add-in for Microsoft Office Excel.

NoteNote

Before installing the planning add-in, your environment must include a running Microsoft Dynamics AX system on which the Initialization Checklist has been completed, and a computer running the planning service.


Operating system requirements

The synchronization proxy can be installed on computers running the following operating systems.

  • Windows Vista™ Business

  • Windows Vista™ Ultimate

  • Windows Vista™ Enterprise

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Professional Edition

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Tablet PC Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Web Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Premium Edition

Software requirements

The synchronization service requires that the following software be present on the computer before installation.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0

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