Monday, January 30, 2012

How to run AX 2012 HyperV on VirtualBox

In order to run the AX 2012 Beta VPC, it usually requires HyperV, or attaching the disk locally.  This is a great solution I was told about to run it locally.

The basic idea is you just create a virtual machine, mount the three *.vhd's, and start it.  This blog post highlights two important caveats that you will come across.

  1. If you use the "Create new virtual machine wizard" and check the box to use an existing disk, it defaults the VHD as a SATA controller, which will result in the attached blue screen error over and over.  You need to attach all three disks as IDE controllers
  2. Sharepoint apparently doesn't work without adding to the hosts file
This is the blue screen I kept hitting over and over...very frustrating before seeing this blog post for the solution.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How to send emails from AX without requiring Outlook

Sending emails from AX has been somewhat of a pain when it tries to use Outlook.  This post is a simple code modification to one method in \Classes\Info\reportSendMail.  I did not develop this code, I merely tweaked it.  The original poster's blog has disappeared, and I can only find non-working remnants all around the web of this, but it is just too useful not to repost.

If you have Outlook 64bit edition, you might get the "Either there is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request.  Please run Microsoft Outlook and set it as the default mail client."  Followed by an AX MAPI error.

Or sometimes you may get the "A program is trying to access e-mail address information stored in Outlook."...Allow/Deny/Hlep.

This change basically bypasses outlook.  Put it in and give it a shot.

void reportSendMail(PrintJobSettings p1)
    //SysINetMail m = new SysINetMail();
    System.Net.Mail.MailMessage mailMessage;
    System.Net.Mail.Attachment attachment;
    System.Net.Mail.AttachmentCollection attachementCollection;
    System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient myMail;
    System.Net.Mail.MailAddress mailFrom;
    System.Net.Mail.MailAddress mailTo;
    str userMailAddress;
    str receiverMailAddress;
    str mailBody;
    str smtpServer;
    fileNameOpen fileNameForEmail;
    str mail;
    FileIOPermission perm;
    userinfo userInfo;
    //end Declaration
    str fileName = 'axaptareport';

    if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::ASCII)
        fileNameForEmail = subStr(p1.fileName(),strLen(p1.fileName())-3,-999)+'TXT';
    else if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::RTF)
        fileNameForEmail = subStr(p1.fileName(),strLen(p1.fileName())-3,-999)+'RTF';
    else if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::HTML)
        fileNameForEmail = subStr(p1.fileName(),strLen(p1.fileName())-3,-999)+'HTM';
    else if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::PDF || p1.format() == PrintFormat::PDF_EMBED_FONTS)
        fileNameForEmail = subStr(p1.fileName(),strLen(p1.fileName())-3,-999)+'PDF';

    mail = subStr(fileNameforEmail,(strlen(fileNameforEmail)-8),9);

    select firstonly name from userInfo where == SysuserInfo::find().Id; // to find the user name

    if (isRunningOnServer())
        fileNameforEmail = winApiServer::getTempPath() + mail; // store attachment in a temp location
        fileNameforEmail = winApi::getTempPath() + mail; // store attachment in a temp location

    perm = new FileIOPermission(fileNameforEmail,'w');
        throw error("Cannot move attachment to temp location.");
        throw error("Cannot gain access to Temp location.");

    userMailAddress = SysUserInfo::find().Email; // find current users email address setup up in user //options
    receiverMailAddress = p1.mailTo();

    mailFrom = new System.Net.Mail.MailAddress(userMailAddress,;

    mailTo = new System.Net.Mail.MailAddress(receiverMailAddress,"");

    mailBody = "Email sent from " + CompanyInfo::name() + ", using Dynamics AX";

    smtpServer = SysEmaiLParameters::find(false).SMTPRelayServerName;// using the SMTP server ip //setup in email Parameters

    mailMessage = new System.Net.Mail.MailMessage(mailFrom,mailTo);

    //move attachment file to Temp folder, might need to create WinAPIServer::moveFile
    winapi::moveFile(p1.fileName(), fileNameforEmail);

    attachementCollection = mailMessage.get_Attachments();
    attachment = new System.Net.Mail.Attachment(fileNameforEmail);

    myMail = new System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient(smtpServer);


    if (isRunningOnServer())


void reportSendMail(PrintJobSettings p1)
    SysINetMail m = new SysINetMail();

    str fileName = 'axaptareport';

    if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::ASCII || p1.format() == PrintFormat::TEXTUTF8)
        fileName = fileName + '.txt';
    else if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::RTF)
        fileName = fileName + '.rtf';
    else if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::HTML)
        fileName = fileName + '.htm';
    else if (p1.format() == PrintFormat::PDF || p1.format() == PrintFormat::PDF_EMBED_FONTS)
        fileName = fileName + '.pdf';

    m.sendMailAttach(p1.mailTo(),p1.mailCc(), p1.mailSubject(),'Medulla Report', true, p1.fileName(), fileName);