Looking at OData in Excel

In Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations most of the data is represented in Entities which in turn are surfaced as OData feeds for used for integrations. If you need a raw look at the entity you can access the raw OData feed, unfortunately it is not easily readable for humans:

Excel to the rescue. In Excel go to Data – Get Data –  From Other Sources – From OData Feed

A lot more readable… right 🙂

That’s it for today

Problems using Excel Workbook Creator in AX “7”

We have started working with some customers who are looking into implementing The New Dynamics AX (aka AX 7) and one of the very useful features in AX are integration with the Microsoft Office. This has historically been done using an Office Addin which has been installed from the AX Install CD (of deployed by IT). In the new AX version this is done a little differently. You need to install a plugin from the Office Store (which I talk about here).

The other day one of my colleagues came to me and told me that it did work to use the Excel workbook creator… the login failed Sad smile. The login started, the user was redirected to our ADFS site and it was visible for a moment and then it was redirected to a blank place with the address: https://az689774.vo.msecnd.net/dynamicsofficeapp/v1.2.1.0/App/DynamicsApp.html#id_token


This is an issue with Office and how Office handles ADFS logins according to this article. According to Microsoft this has been fixed in the 16.0.6868.2060  build of Office 2016. This build is at the moment (2016-05-20) only available for Office Insiders which means that if you are using Office 365 your admin needs to enable you for Current Channel and you need to reinstall Office. 



Using Office Integration in Dynamics AX

Today one of my customer had trouble using the Excel Workbook Designer in Dynamics AX (“7”). He got the following error when he tried opening the workbook in Excel:


The Error is No Applet Registration found

Turns out he had not installed Microsoft Dynamics Office Add-in which can be found here: https://store.office.com/microsoft-dynamics-office-add-in-WA104379629.aspx?assetid=WA104379629&sourcecorrid=a8afb77b-cfe0-4b70-baeb-f93fa38ad77b&searchapppos=0

Once this was install it worked great Smile


Exporting to Excel in AX7

So, last week Microsoft released the RTW version of the new AX version called Microsoft Dynamics AX.

One of my colleagues was playing around with it a bit and bumped into a problem. When he tried to export to Excel he got the following:

The browser tries to connect to this address (and obviously this does not exist)

The reason for this is of course that the web app is trying to access the server on IP port 10000 and since I am not doing this logged into the server console it will not work (it does work if i am logged in to the console)

To get this working you need to do these operations:

  1. On the server edit the file C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\Storage Emulator\AzureStorageEmulator.exe.config and change the IP to the correct address (or name)
  2. Edit the file C:\CustomerServiceUnit\DOBind\Packages\Cloud\AosWebApplication\AosWebApplication.csx\roles\AosWeb\approot\web.config and change <add key=”AzureStorage.StorageConnectionString” value=”UseDevelopmentStorage=true” /> to <add key=”AzureStorage.StorageConnectionString” value=”UseDevelopmentStorage=true;DevelopmentStorageProxyUri=http://YourLocalIP” />
  3. Open the tcp ports 10000, 10001 and 10002 to the server
  4. Links:
    https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Faxforum.info%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3Fp%3D325949 (with a little help from Google Translate)