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Exam MB6-872

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Installation and Configuration

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  • Published: 16 September 2011
  • Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
  • Audiences: IT professionals
  • Technology: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
  • Credit towards certification: MCTS

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Skills measured

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  • Set up the server

    • Minimum server setup; complete server setup; other servers in the environment; Kerberos authentication; firewall settings

  • Plan domain accounts

    • Identify necessary service accounts; service account requirements

  • Manage pre-installation tasks

    • Pre-installation checklists; plan system topology; plan hardware and software; manage the RAID system; disaster recovery; review staff skills

  • Plan components

    • Prerequisites; databases; Application Object Server (AOS); Help Server; clients; .NET Business Connector; Debugger; Trace Parser; Visual Studio tools; Office add-ins; management utilities; Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012; business intelligence components

  • Identify organisational model concepts

    • Legal entities; operating units; hierarchy purposes

  • Manage organisational hierarchies

    • Create organisations; create hierarchies; assign a hierarchy purpose; add organisations to a hierarchy

  • Work with the setup utility

    • Use the Microsoft Dynamics AX Setup Wizard; automatic update installer; validation prerequisites; install an environment; post-installation configuration steps; simplify single-computer deployments; troubleshoot

  • Work with configuration utilities

    • Servers; clients

  • Work with Office add-ins

    • Configure add-ins; use add-ins

  • Deploy clients

    • Create a Group Policy logon script; deploy multiple clients; create a shared configuration file; create a batch file to install clients

  • Work with the initialisation checklist

    • Prepare initialisation; synchronise the database; initialise the system

  • Manage security

    • Default and sample security definitions; compliance, auditing and reporting; custom authentication; integrate security with the organisational model

  • Manage authentication, users and Active Directory user groups

    • Active Directory users; Active Directory groups; claims users for Enterprise Portal; manually create users; import users from Active Directory; manually create Active Directory user groups

  • Manage role-based security

    • Align application security with business needs; reusable permissions; role-based security concepts; roles, duties and process cycles; privileges and permissions; role design principles; goals for security changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012; assign roles to users; assign users to roles; assign roles based on an organisational model

  • Manage the extensible data security framework

    • Apply the extensible data security framework to a user; record-level security

  • Customise security

    • Add a role; modify a role; add duties to a role; remove duties from a role; edit a duty

  • Manage administration and integration

    • Metadata service; query service; service groups; integration ports; inbound versus outbound ports; basic versus enhanced ports; websites; support for non-XML files

  • Manage infrastructure and deployment

    • Improve performance; the data model; system services; services and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) runtime; host services on the AOS; Internet Information Services (IIS) service hosting with the .NET Business Connector; deploy services on a web farm; debug services by using Visual Studio .NET; view logs

  • Work with the architecture

    • Organisation model integration; host workflow on the AOS; identify workflow types and uses

  • Work with the graphical workflow editor

    • Add approvals; add conditional decisions; add manual decisions; add parallel activities; add and work with sub-workflows; work with line-level workflows; add tasks and automated tasks

  • Manage enquiries and reports

    • Performance analysis reports; view workflow history

  • Work with cubes

    • Types of cubes; cube features; Date dimension and Gregorian calendar

  • Deploy analytics

    • Setup Wizard; SQL Server Analysis Services Project Wizard

  • Configure analytics

    • Fixed schemas; configure default cubes; analysis servers; exchange rate information; time periods; maintenance plans

  • Manage batch support and deployment

    • Report architecture; report services; Windows PowerShell report deployment

  • Manage report servers

    • Create a new Report Server; validate settings

  • Install Enterprise Portals

    • Prerequisites; installation tasks; search

  • Deploy Enterprise Portals

    • Simplified deployment; deploy from the Application Object Tree (AOT); deploy changes to the Enterprise Portal

  • Configure Enterprise Portals

    • Enterprise Portal parameters; publish images; websites; collaboration workspace settings; configure search; update the search crawler role

  • Manage models

    • Models and model files; SQL Server–based model store; model store uses; baseline model store; manage label files

  • Manage system administration

    • Management packs; Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer; server configuration; cluster configuration; Help system parameters; client performance options; system service accounts; licence configuration and information; system parameters

  • Set up and manage email

    • Email parameters and retry schedules; email batch jobs; email enquiries; email broadcasts

  • Set up batches

    • Batch groups; batch jobs; batch processing; batch job history

  • Manage alerts

    • Alert parameters; alert rules; create alerts; process alerts; notification lists; notification cleanup

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Who should take this exam?

This exam is designed for individuals who plan to install, implement, configure, consult on or support Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. They are typically administrators, implementers, developers and technical consultants who need to understand the technical aspects and administrative functionality of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Candidates should also have a general working knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, including all required deployment platforms; Windows 7; Windows Server 2008; Active Directory, including the security model; IIS; and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, including SQL Server Reporting Services and SQL Server Analysis Services.

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