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Dynamics AX 2009 adapter “Unable to log on to Microsoft Dynamics AX.”

This post is just to clarify the authentication settings required for being able to receive messages from Microsoft Dynamics AX (2009) into BizTalk using the older-style Microsoft Dynamics Adapter.  The latest version of AX uses a more generic WCF based approach, so your mileage may vary.

Firstly, there are two sets of of credentials to provide into the adapter:

  • Gateway user – These are the Domain credentials used to authenticate to the AX Server
  • Proxy user – The username, and password, of an additional Domain user, as setup in Dynamics

The Proxy User details can be determined within Dynamics from the set of credentials, that the “BizTalk” service account uses to connect to AX.


July 30, 2012 Posted by | BizTalk | , , | Leave a comment

Essential plugins for Notepad++

I really, really like Notepad++ as a drop-in replacement for the standard Windows Notepad.

It’s fast, light-weight, can open just about any file format, regardless of encoding or byte-order marks. And best of all, it’s free!

There are a couple of plug-ins that I consider almost essential when developing, especially when working with Xml and Xslt files:

  • XPatherizerNPP – Supports ad-hoc testing of xpath queries against your current document.  Also provides standardised reformatting of an Xml file for readability
  • XML Tools – A host of simple tools, including reformatting, validation against schemas, escaping/un-escaping xml to HTML encoding
  • Regex Helper – Useful for testing out Regular Expressions.  Yes, I know, now I have 2 problems, but when used, and documented, well, a single RegEx can save a lot of coding effort

Notepad++ plug-ins are now fully integrated into the application itself, and these 3 can be installed simply by selecting the master “Plugin Manager” plugin from the drop-down menu.  It’s usually the first thing I do when setting up a new development environment.


July 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment