Enterprise Portal Development Techniques [AX 2012]

Updated: April 26, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

You perform actions in several areas when you customize Enterprise Portal or develop new integrations. The areas that you use will depend on the type of customizations or integrations that you are creating.

Most of the basic development and customization tasks for Enterprise Portal are performed using the web-based development tools in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Server. SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013 can be used, depending on the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Tasks like creating new pages or adding Web parts to existing pages are all performed directly in SharePoint.


Enterprise Portal can be used with SharePoint Foundation or with SharePoint Server. Where this documentation refers to SharePoint, be aware that the information applies to both products.

The resources for Enterprise Portal are stored in the AOT. Some development tasks are performed directly in the AOT, such as defining data sets, business logic, security, site structure, and navigation for Enterprise Portal.

The content of several Web parts in Enterprise Portal is developed by using the Enterprise Portal framework and Visual Studio. You can use this framework and Visual Studio to customize existing controls for Enterprise Portal. You can also create new controls. The most sophisticated functionality of Enterprise Portal is created by using Visual Studio.

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