Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Install of AX Enterprise Portal

EP Installation with WSS 3

I have decided to install Enterprise portal once again, because I received several strange errors in event viewer. Now I'm gonna write down every step I take including fixes from the internet.

I use "Install and configure a Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal Server" -white paper as a main source. This version is dated in February, 2007. Another tool I use is a memo downloaded from Microsoft Technet: "Deploy in a simple server farm (Windows SharePoint Sservices)" I can't make basic installation bacause our Database is located in another server. So we need a server farm.

So let's begin. I have uninstalled IIS and SharePoint including all the related databases.

Installed or created prerequisites:

- Dynamics AX client

- Business connector proxy in AD

- SQL Server 2005(Security & Login settings)

1. Install IIS (, Frontpage not selected)

2. Enable ASP.NET 2.0 (\Windows\\Framework\v2.0.50727)

3. Copy Ax32.exe.config to the \Client\Bin -folder

4. Install .NET Framework 3

5. Install WSS 3

5.1 Choose Installation: Advanced

5.2 Server type: Web Front End - Install

5.3 "Run the Share...." -check box selected - Close

5.4 Configuration Wizard

5.4.1 "No, I want to create a new server farm" Next

5.4.2 Database server and database name, User name (proxy user) & psw

5.4.3 Specify Port number - empty, NTLM - next, next, Finish

5.5 IE: tools, internet options, trusted sites - add

Create new web application

5.6 Central Administrator page: Application management/SharePoint Web application management/Create or extend...

5.7 Click "Create a new web application"

5.8 Create a new IIS web site: "Sharepoint - 80", Allow anonymous - Yes, Create a new application pool: "Sharepoint - 80", Configurable: User name: (proxyuser), psw - Others default

5.9 "Iisreset /no force" in command prompt

5.10 Operations-tab/ Security Configuration/service accounts: Web Service: Choose "Windows Sharepoint..."

5.11 In Application pool, select "Sharepoint - 80"

5.12 Select configurable. User name: (domain\proxyuser), OK, "iisreset /noforce"

6. Configure ASP.NET (web.config-file) and "iisreset /noforce"

7. Add Proxy-user to the groups: Power users, IIS_WPG, WSS_WPG

8. Configure IIS for SharePoint and EP:

8.1 Open IIS manager. Right click Web sites. Choose properties

8.2 Directory security/Authentication and access control, edit: Integrated Windows authentication - OK

8.3 Expand Application pools. Choose Sharepoint - 80 and properties. Check that Proxy-user is in configurable in Identity-tab.

8.4 Expand Web sites. Choose Sharepoint - 80 and properties. Check that version v2.0... is selected in tab. Check also Sharepoint central Admin v3 -site.

9. Install EP. Choose Enterprise portal server in Select computer role page.

10. Open AX client and run EP Configuration wizard if not already done (I had earlier installation)

11. Complete Manage deployment wizard. I got error:"Cannot create Performance Category 'Microsoft Dynamics: Enterprise Portal' because it already exists." This might be because of earlier installation so I don't mind this.

12. Create EP site

12.1 In Client menu...EP/Web sites. Click Create site. Create a site collection-page opens

12.2 Fill in needed info. In template selection: Choose custom and Dynamics public

12.3 Primary & secondary administrators I chose myself and Proxy-user. Ok.

12.4 Top level site successfully created. Copy the url and click OK.

12.5 In AX-client/Web sites click Register site.

12.6 Paste the url. Type is Full, Anonymous=true and Press CTRL+S to save changes. Click View in Browser.

12.7 Delete the site from the AX when Register site-page opens in browser.

12.8 Choose the company. Click Register.

12.9 If everything goes fine the installation is completed. Now I have to add the user relations settings.


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