Installation types


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Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Two types of installation are available from the Setup wizard: Custom installation and Single-computer installation.

Custom installation

Select Custom installation to install specific Microsoft Dynamics AX components on multiple computers. Use this type of installation in a production environment.

Single-computer installation

Select Single-computer installation to install a complete Microsoft Dynamics AX system on one computer. Setup uses default settings to configure all components, and new Microsoft Dynamics AX databases are created. User names and passwords are the only input that is required.

If you want to connect to an existing database or specify other custom settings, you must perform a custom installation.


Do not perform a single-computer installation in a production environment. Use this type of installation only for development and testing.

A single-computer installation includes the following components:

  • Databases

  • Application Object Server (AOS)

  • Enterprise Portal

  • Help server

  • Reporting Services extensions

  • Analysis Services configuration

  • Client

  • Office add-ins

  • Remote Desktop Services integration

  • Debugger

  • Visual Studio Tools

  • Trace Parser

  • .NET Business Connector

  • Management utilities

For information about how to install a Microsoft Dynamics AX system on a single computer, see Perform a single-computer installation.