Changing Configuration keys in Dynamics 365 – Maintenance mode

Going into License configuration to enable or disable a configuration key you’ll probably see the warning:

This form is read-only unless the system is in the maintenance mode. Maintenance mode can be enabled in this environment by running maintenance job from LCS, or using Deployment.Setup tool locally

Not in maintenance mode.PNG

Here’s how to work around that in all but production environments:

  • Tell the other users working on that environment, since you’ll be restarting the IIS during the process.
  • Log on to the server running the AOS service and start up a command prompt in Administrator mode
  • Run the following statement where you change K to the correct drive for your AOS service:

K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Bin\Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Deployment.Setup.exe –metadatadir K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory –bindir K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Bin –sqlserver . –sqldatabase axdb –sqluser <SQL admin user id> –sqlpwd <SQL users password> –setupmode maintenancemode –isinmaintenancemode true

  • Restart the IIS with the iisreset command

This leaves the environment in maintenance mode. This doesn’t mean non-functional; but you probably would like to leave the maintenance mode as soon as possible.

When you are done you run this script from a command prompt in Administration mode (again replace K with the appropriate drive letter):

K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Bin\Microsoft.Dynamics.AX.Deployment.Setup.exe –metadatadir K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory –bindir K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Bin –sqlserver . –sqldatabase axdb –sqluser <SQL admin user id> –sqlpwd <SQL users password> –setupmode maintenancemode –isinmaintenancemode false

Restart you IIS once more and you’re back on track.

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Company size report in Dynamics 365

In older versions of Dynamics AX we had a report showing us the size of a company. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t fast. But it was nice to have though.

In Dynamics 365 for Operations it’s no longer in the menus; but don’t worry, it’s still there. All you need to do is to utilize how you can access menu items by building your own URLs:

https://<your-environment>aos.cloudax.dynamics.com/?cmp=<company-id>&mi=Output%3ASysCompanySize

That should give you the report:Size report

 

Button grids and controls out of boundaries in the screen layout

When editing screen layouts you drag and drop controls in the (soon to be overhauled by Microsoft) editor. If you end up dragging a bit too aggressively you can actually throw the control off the grid and the visible area.

The funny part is that it’s not easily pulled back in since the editor doesn’t allow you to traverse through the active controls.

Here’s a quick description and fix. First I’ve created a simple layout with a single control:

Simple layout.PNG

Then I drag it outside the black area. Notice, that it is no longer visible but not available on the list to the left:

Dragged outside border.PNG

To get it back export the layout to an XML file:

Export layout.PNG

Edit the file in notepad. In this case the file is pretty simple. In real life you’ll be pretty pleased with the search function in Notepad.

The thing to notice here is that the left value has gone negative, since I dragged my control too much to the left:

Negative left.PNG

Change the value to a positive figure and save the document:

Fixed.PNG

Import the layout in the designer

Import layout.PNG

And now the control is visible again:

Button grid is back.PNG

If you end up with controls out of boundaries, you could close the editor without saving to prevent getting in the above situation.

Uninstall MPOS – “Mordern POS exists for other users on this computer”

While testing MPOS changes I had to do an uninstall on my laptop. But every time I tried to uninstall it told me that there was an error and it couldn’t complete the uninstall and that I should contact the administrator.

And then it reappeared in the list of installed apps.

Trying to run the Uninstall-RetailModernPOS.ps1 gave a hint of what’s wrong:

uninstall MPOS.PNG

You’ll usually find the script around here:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics 365\70\Retail Modern POS\Tools\

There might be some clever way of fixing this, but in order to move forward I did a quick’n’dirty and not recommended way of fixing it:

Remove the check …

Edit the script by commenting out this line:

Comment quick fix.PNG

This is not recommended and definitely not in a production environment and I do not take any responsibility for any undesired outcome of this. But it did the trick for getting me forward.

Please note, that this doesn’t take away the error. So when you uninstall the next time it’ll still throw the error at you until you once again remove the check.

Table browser in Dynamics 365

Normally when I need the table browser in Dynamics 365 I use a Chrome extension called “Table Browser Caller for D365FO“. Often you end up working in Incognito mode when having to access environments with a different AAD account. That requires you to make it available in Incognito mode:

Extensions

BUT … what the extension does isn’t magic. What it does however is offering a very easy approach to building an URL that I never can remember. And when working in a browser without that extension you can write the URL change yourselve. So I figured that if I wrote it here I might remember it better or at least help somebody else remember it.

Add this to the URL to get the table browser: &mi=SysTableBrowser&TableName=. This will give you something like this:

Table_browser

Notice, that the table browser is being changed in a couple of areas compared to AX 2012. This means that changing data through the table browser is not allowed in production environments for example. Nice in regards to data consistency, but missed when having to dirty-fix data. 🙂

Why my product images doesn’t show up on my eCommerce site

So here’s the scenario. We’ve got the POS running and the eCommerce site too; but somethings wrong with the product images. They’re not showing up on the eCommerce site. No matter how many times we restart the IIS and change the images on the media server. The thing is that the eCommerce site doesn’t pull the images from the media server. At least not for the products, that is.

So looking at these sunglasses we get the image of the sunglasses as expected:1 POS product image.png

Looking at the media server path here’s the image:

2 Image file on media server.png

Now we add a new image to the media server like this:

3 New image on media server.png

It’s ok to go “aaaawwww”…

Looking at the POS it picks up the change pretty fast and shows us two images:

4 New image on POS.png

If we go the the eCom site not much happens:

5 Image not shown on eCom.png

You can restart the IIS all that you want, it won’t change.

Here’s the explanation:

6_Folder_difference.png

The eCom site looks for the files in another folder than the POS. This opens up for having different levels of image resolution and so on, but that is another story.

So if we copy the image files to the Retail Storefront folder we might be out of the woods … but not quite.We still only see the old image on the site, thanks to caching.

Clear your browsers image cache and bingo: another moment of aaaawwwwww:

8 New image shown on eCom.png

This all might be documented somewhere … I just didn’t find it.

Retail operations and user rights

In this post I will do a quick explanation of the user rights setup of the retail POS operations.

Operations is referring to the different actions available in the POS. They are listed in Retail and commerce/Channel setup/POS setup/POS/Operations. Each operation has the following information:

Operation id and Operation name identifies the operation.

Permission ID 1 and Permission ID 2: These permissions can be a required level of rights needed for the operation.

Check user access: If not set the operation does not require the user to have the required access.

User operation: If not set you cannot create a button on the POS for that operation. Notice that the form by default has a filter on that field requiring the field to be set true.

Confused? Let’s have a look at an example.

We are going to focus on the void product operation using worker 000120 (Andrew Lan) and 000110 (Dan Park). Dan is allowed to void transactions:

danp-pos-permissions

Andrew is not:

andrewl-pos-permissions

Scenario 1:

Check user rights = true

Permission IDs = 0

Andrew tries to do a void:

void-transaction-not-allowed

Since Andrew has limited rights he cannot void the transaction.

 

Scenario 2:

Check user rights = false

Permission IDs = 0

In this case the POS doesn’t care what about permissions when voiding transactions so it allows Andrew to void:

void-transaction-prompt

 

Scenario 3

Check user rights = false

Permission IDs = 1001 (Allow transaction voiding)

Like in scenario 2 the POS still doesn’t care about user rights so it allows Andrew to void the transaction:

void-transaction-prompt

Scenario 4

Check user rights = true

Permission IDs = 1001 (Allow transaction voiding)

The user rights are validated again and since Andrew isn’t allowed voiding he can’t do the void. But now we have added the feature that Andrew can call in his manager or anyone else with enough rights to allow transaction voiding:

cannot-void

In this case he gets Dan to type in his id and password and this opens up for voiding the transaction:

void-transaction-prompt