January 2016 release notes

The Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services team is happy to announce the immediate availability of the January release of Lifecycle Services.


Cloud hosted environments now supports the deployment of Dynamics AX 2012 CU10 for non-demo topologies.


LCS is now available in 40 languages. Please refer to the December release notes under “Language preferences” on how to use this new functionality.


















Configuration manager and Data deployment templates for Dynamics AX 2012

A new Configuration section has been added to the Environment page. In your LCS project, when you open a Dynamics AX environment page, you can use the Configuration tab to deploy data templates on that environment.


Deployment templates are a collection of data processing groups. Data processing groups are defined on a Dynamics AX environment and can be pulled into LCS and then grouped into a deployment template. These deployment templates are stored in the asset library of your LCS project.

From the Configuration tab on the environment’s page, you can:

Deploy an existing template on the current environment.


Create a new deployment template by pulling processing groups from the current Dynamics AX environment, and store the template in the Asset Library.

This new functionality is intended to replace the existing preview version of Configuration Manager which will be removed.

By using deployment templates instead of the configurations used by the Configuration manager:

  1. You can control the order in which data entities and data processing groups are applied.
  2. You can edit the content of data templates directly from LCS.

GER configuration

Microsoft-owned configurations for CTP8 were added under the GER configuration asset type in the Shared asset library. GER provides one common way (through the LCS Asset library) for Microsoft and partners to distribute electronic document configurations to other partners and customers. GER also makes it easier for partners and customers to customize, upgrade, and distribute electronic document formats for their specific business requirements.


LCS Administrators

With January release of LCS, all existing Office 365 administrators of your ‘AX 7’ tenant will also be LCS administrators. Previously, one specific user was assigned the role of LCS administrator.

Business process modeler

We have addressed the issue with Business process modeler (BPM) search indexing. If you have experienced issues with help content delivery in ‘AX 7’, this fix helps resolve the issues you have seen.

If you have seen the following message in your BPM library, it means that the indexing of the library is pending.


Below is a library that has been successfully indexed.


Process data package

We have made significant performance improvements to process data package creation experience.

Dynamics ‘AX 7’ solutions creators can now add database backups to a solution package.