Setting Up the Tracing Tools

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

Microsoft Dynamics AX tracing tools monitor or diagnose the state of the system.

Tracing tools are provided for development and testing, and to monitor client/server traffic in production environments.

To enable tracing for development:

  • Click Tools > Options, and then click the SQL tab. A check box on the top of the tab makes it easy to enable or disable a complete set of trace settings. After this box is selected, all other options on the form are made available.

Kinds of Trace

Four different kinds of traces can be set up: Multiple SQL statements, Long queries, Warnings, and Deadlocks.

The Long queries trace is not enabled until a positive value is entered in the Threshold field. The unit of measure is milliseconds.

Traces can be directed to four output media:

  • Message window: Used for quick and instant display. This is typically used for simple tracing during development.

  • Infolog: Enables information to be accumulated and provides an interface to the SQL Diagnostics tools.

  • Table (database): Used to store large amounts of trace information. If you select this option, trace data is written to the SysTraceTableSQL table, and can be viewed in the SQL statement trace log form.

  • Write to file: Used to store large amounts of trace information.

For more information about each type of trace, see Tracing with the Tools Menu.

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