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How to execute parallel compilation command on server side using AxBuild.exe for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 CU7 onwards

How to execute parallel compilation command on server side using AxBuild.exe for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 CU7 onwards

The AxBuild.exe utility program enables you to accomplish a full compile of all the X++ code on your system much faster than you can with the MorphX client (native way). AxBuild.exe is run at a command prompt on a computer that hosts the Application Object Server (AOS). This approach eliminates the burden of transferring metadata between the AOS machine and the client machine. It starts several parallel processes and divides pieces of the full compile among them. Each piece is called worker. One set of workers generates 6 worker windows. It depends on the system that how many set of workers system will generate to make compilation faster.

AxBuild.exe is available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 or AX 2012 R2 + cumulative update 7 or later.

How to do it:
Step1: Log on to your AOS server for which you want to start the compilation.

Step2: On AOS server go to Start on task bar and compose cmd in Run to open command prompt.

Step3: Go to the bin folder of your AOS application. By default it should be “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Server\\bin\”. In this folder you will get AxBuild.exe executable file. Make sure the file is existing here. Note that the folder path can be different based on your installation.

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Step4: Now you need to compose and execute the command. The command is AxBuild.exe xppCompileAll /s=01 “C:\Program files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Client\Bin”. First parameter is to compile the application in whole, scond parameter is to consider the service number from AOS server. You may have more than one service on your AOS server. Third parameter is referring client bin folder if anything to be considered from there. The command window looks like:

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Step5: Execute the command by pressing Enter key of your key board.

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Once compilation is over it shows the details like when completed, how much time it took, log file location, number of workers completed the compilation etc.
Dynamics AX R2 was taking 4.5 hours to complete application compilation with native way but new way of compilation using AxBuild.exe only takes few minutes, not even an hour. It may take more than one hour if there are 6 workers.

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1 comment:

  1. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Server\your application folder name\bin\