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How to: Import Data on Startup

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

You can import data into Microsoft Dynamics AX without user interaction by starting Microsoft Dynamics AX from the command line with an XML file as an input parameter. The XML file specifies the data to be imported. Results are written to a log file or shown in the Infolog.

Running the import process without user interaction is particularly useful in test environments.

Create an XML file

  1. On the Microsoft Dynamics AX client computer, create an XML file.

  2. Add tags to the XML file by entering the following parameters:

    • The Microsoft Dynamics AX version.

    • The name and location of the log file.

    • The data file to import, along with the appropriate attributes.


      The XML file syntax is described in the documentation for the SysAutoRun Class.

  3. Open a command prompt and type the following:

    ax32.exe -StartupCmd=AutoRun_c:\PathToFile\FileName.XML

Sample XML input file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> 
<AxaptaAutoRun exitWhenDone="true" version="6.0" logFile="D:\AX\axautodata.log">
<Company name="Demo Company" id="DMO" overwrite="true" />
<DataImport companyId="DMO" file="\\ServerName\ShareName\DemoData.dat" />

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