Deprecated features in Ax 7


Features deprecated in Dynamics AX 7.0 releases

Source: MSDN

Ability to cancel changes to a vendor invoice

Reason for deprecation Performance enhancement
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected Accounts payable

AIF, AxD, and AxBC integrations

In Application Integration Framework (AIF), data can be exchanged with external systems through business logic that is exposed as services. Dynamics AX includes services that are based on documents and .NET Business Connector (AxBC). A document is created by using XML. The XML includes header information that is added to create a message that can be transferred into or out of Dynamics AX. Examples of documents include sales orders and purchase orders. However, almost any entity, such as a customer, can be represented by a document. Services that are based on documents use the Axd <Document> classes.

Reason for deprecation The architecture of AIF and AxDs could not be scaled to a cloud service. There were performance issues around bulk import.
Replaced by another feature? In the current version of Dynamics AX, this feature is replaced by the Data Import/Export framework, which supports recurring bulk import/export. For AxBC, we recommend that you use the actual tables.
Modules affected AxDs, AxBCs, and AIF

BOMs without BOM versions

When the BOM versions configuration key was disabled, bill of materials (BOM) versions were hidden in all forms, and the system forced a 1:1 relationship between released products and BOMs. In the current version of Dynamics AX, the BOM versions configuration key can’t be disabled.

Reason for deprecation Using a configuration key to control BOM versions doesn’t scale in a cloud environment.
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected Product information management, Inventory management

Change document date function in Invoice approval journal

Reason for deprecation Low usage
Replaced by another feature? Yes. The document date on the posted vendor transaction can be changed.
Modules affected Accounts payable

Container unit and multi dimension on-hand

Reason for deprecation Duplicate functionality
Replaced by another feature? Yes. Since AX 2012, this functionality has been replaced by the consolidated batch orders feature set. This feature set includes the consolidated on-hand view.
Modules affected Product information management, Production control, Inventory management, Sales and marketing

Desktop client

Reason for deprecation The Dynamics AX client experience has been redesigned to improve usability across multiple platforms and devices.
Replaced by another feature? The new web client is based on the desktop Form metadata and programming model that have been modified to provide a rich web platform.
Modules affected All

Direct database connection

In Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Retail Modern POS could connect directly to the Channel DB in similar fashion to Enterprise POS. This was in addition to the standard communication method of Retail Modern POS communicating through Retail Server.

Reason for deprecation Direct database connectivity required lower security protocols and was primarily used to achieve the highest levels of performance. Due to the performance and security enhancements that have occurred in Finance and Operations, this functionality now causes more issues than it solves.
Replaced by another feature? No. Only standard Retail Server communication is now supported.
Modules affected Channel DB/Retail Modern POS

Enterprise Portal client

Reason for deprecation A single client platform has been provided.
Replaced by another feature? The new web client is based on the desktop form metadata and programming model that have been modified to provide a rich web platform.
Modules affected All

Generate prenotes by using a batch

Prenote generation can’t be done by using a batch, but it can still be done by a user.

Reason for deprecation No form exists to persist and display the resulting prenote file when it’s generated by using a batch.
Replaced by another feature? Prenotes can still be generated, and the user has control over the location where the file is saved.
Modules affected Accounts payable, Accounts receivable, Cash and bank management

GL SSRS reports

Reports that include the following menu items have been removed: Summary trial balanceDetailed trial balanceChart of accountsAudit trailBalances, and Balance list.

Reason for deprecation Financial Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports have been replaced by Management Reporter capabilities and default reports.
Replaced by another feature? Management Reporter (labeled Financial reporting in the current version of Dynamics AX)
Modules affected General ledger

InfoPart and FormPart metadata

Reason for deprecation InfoPart and FormPart metadata enabled the creation of FactBoxes for two different clients.
Replaced by another feature? InfoPart metadata, which was a simplified form definition, is converted into a Form by upgrade tooling. FormPart metadata, which referenced a Form, is replaced by a more direct reference that is created by upgrade tooling.
Modules affected All

Main account list page

A list of accounts for the legal entity and related balance information

Reason for deprecation Balance information is available on the Trial balance list page by account and dimension.
Replaced by another feature? Main accounts contains the same list of accounts that the Main account list page contained. The grid view in Main accounts also shows an even smaller, grid-like view.
Modules affected General ledger

Microsoft Outlook integration

Reason for deprecation This functionality has been replaced by Microsoft Exchange Server integration.
Replaced by another feature? Yes
Modules affected Sales and marketing

Payroll information in Human Resources

Human Resources Payroll information

Reason for deprecation This functionality has been replaced by core Payroll and Human Resources pages.
Replaced by another feature? BenefitsEarnings, and other related pages that were previously in US Payroll have been reconfigured, and are now part of the core Human Resources configuration to help support external payroll processing. This functionality is accessed by using the Human Resources 1 > Payroll configuration key.
Modules affected Human Resources, Payroll

Private blocking of inventory and warehouse management journals

The inventory and warehouse journals no longer support the ability to mark a journal as private for a selected user. Only the process of blocking journals as private for user groups and blocking during editing is supported.

Reason for deprecation No use of the functionality was found.
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected Inventory management

Product builder

Product builder was used to dynamically configure items from a sales order, purchase order, production order, sales quotation, project quotation, or item requirement. Based on a product model that had modeling variables, the user could select values to meet the customer requirements and get a unique product variant that had a BOM and route.

Reason for deprecation Product builder exposed X++ code to end users and isn’t supported in the current version of Dynamics AX. It has been removed to avoid duplicate maintenance efforts on overlapping, sizeable codebases.
Replaced by another feature? Product configuration
Modules affected Product information management, Sales and marketing

Rename product dimension

This feature let you change the name of one of the three standard product dimensions (size, color, or style) to a name that better suited your business requirements. Renaming included all the labels where the product dimension name was used.

Reason for deprecation The current version of Dynamics AX doesn’t support label changes at run time.
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected Product information management

Retail Server connectivity using HTTP

In Dynamics AX 2012 R3, the Retail Server could function using HTTP communication (non-secured). This was in addition to the standard communication using HTTPS.

Reason for deprecation Due to new security requirements, only secured communication using TLS 1.2 (or above, as available) is now supported. The self-service installer will automatically configure the computer for this communication.
Replaced by another feature? No. Only standard HTTPS communication is now supported.
Modules affected Retail Server

Role Center pages

Reason for deprecation Role Center pages were built on the deprecated Enterprise Portal platform, which has been replaced by the new web client platform in the current version of Dynamics AX.
Replaced by another feature? The new Workspace form pattern provides users with a process-centered design that provides easy access to commonly used tasks within that process.
Modules affected All

Sales tax jurisdictions

Reason for deprecation Low customer usage and a limited feature set
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected US sales tax

Shipping carrier interface

Reason for deprecation Duplicate functionality
Replaced by another feature? Yes, this feature has been partially replaced by Transportation management, but hasn’t yet been replaced by basic Warehouse management (WMS I).
Modules affected Sales and marketing, Inventory management

Sites Services

Sites Services let you build websites that extend your business processes to the Internet without IT support.

Reason for deprecation The Microsoft Azure infrastructure that is used by Dynamics AX has new capabilities that can be used instead (for example, Azure sites).
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected HR recruiting, Case management, Request for quotes, Vendor registration

SSAS demand forecasting strategy

Reason for deprecation The design of the feature cannot be supported in the new cloud architecture.
Replaced by another feature? Azure Machine Learning demand forecasting strategy
Modules affected Planning

Travel requisitions

Reason for deprecation Low usage, and most functionality existed in Enterprise Portal.
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected Expense management

Vendor invoice pool excluding posting details

Reason for deprecation Low usage. This functionality has been replaced by the Invoice journal that has workflow functionality.
Replaced by another feature? Workflow capabilities of the Invoice journal.
Modules affected Accounts payable

Virtual company accounts

The virtual companies feature is no longer supported in Dynamics AX. The virtual companies feature let users set up tables that could be shared by a set of companies. For a description of the feature, see Company accounts and Virtual company accounts. The feature works by grouping tables into collections that are assigned to virtual companies, which are groups of existing “real” companies. Queries are created so that all the companies in the virtual company can access the data in the tables of the associated table collections.

Reason for deprecation ·         Virtual companies must be set up before data is stored in the tables. Retrofitting virtual companies onto an existing implementation is very difficult.

·         Because there has been so much data normalization in the current version of Dynamics AX, it has become difficult to know what to add to the table collections. For example, it’s difficult to know which tables to share. All the tables referenced from tables that are in a virtual company must also added. Because of table normalization, even simple master data that is spread across multiple tables must be part of the virtual company. Any mistake that is made here will cause functional issues.

·         When a table is part of a virtual company, it loses information about the origin of the data, and only the virtual company is recorded.

Replaced by another feature? Global tables can be used to make tables accessible from all companies. Currently, there is no replacement.
Modules affected Not applicable

Warehouse management II

Reason for deprecation The Warehouse management II solution (WMS II) that was available in the Inventory management module duplicates functionality that is in the Warehouse management module that was released in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3.
Replaced by another feature? The Warehouse management module that was released in AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8, and Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU9 replaces the Warehouse management II features. The new module has more advanced features and more flexible warehouse management processes than Warehouse management II.
Modules affected Inventory management, Sales and marketing, Procurement and sourcing

Worker reminders in Human Resources

Human Resources Payroll information

Reason for deprecation Low usage
Replaced by another feature? No
Modules affected Human resources

Workplanner

Reason for deprecation Low usage
Replaced by another feature? No, but the Profile relation page, which is opened from the Profile groups page, supports the same business scenario as the deprecated Workplanner page.
Modules affected Time and attendance

X++ financial statements

Reason for deprecation This functionality has been replaced by another feature.
Replaced by another feature? Management Reporter (labeled Financial reporting in the current version of Dynamics AX)
Modules affected General ledger

 

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