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This is the first blog post of the series of two blog posts about the Test Data Transfer Tool. In this blog post I am going to discuss about the merits and demerits of the recently released Test Data Transfer Tool (Beta) for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

 

I found this tool to be quite simple and lightweight but yet a very useful tool in specific scenarios.

Benefits of the tool:

  1. Very lightweight and simple to use tool.
  2. Can be installed on any machine that has the SQL Server Client tools installed. You can find the complete installation guide at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn296450.aspx
  3. Can be handy tool in transferring the data among the different environments within a simple implantation. Like for example data transfer from production to the training environment.
  4. This tool can be when there is a requirement only the subset of the data. For example transferring only a single company data.
  5. Though the tool can be used to import and export any AX entity but I found it more useful while transferring my configuration data among the environments. Like for example module parameters tables.
  6. Fast when compare to other data migration tools for AX.

Limitations of the tool:

  1. The usage of this tool requires you to have a SQL related skillset. Since the tool is actually a wrapper on top of SQL Server Bulk Copy Program (bcp) that’s why the expert level knowledge of the AX database schema and T-SQL is a must.
  2. Since the tool works directly on SQL Server database that’s why the tool doesn’t make sure that your import produces a complete or coherent database.

In the next blog post earlier next week I am going to share with you the advance usage of this tool with some practical examples.

For the second part follow this link.

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