Move Dynamics AX database to different Domain/machine.

How to move database from Machine 1 to Machine 2, they both have different User and Domain ?

Steps are very simple:

1. Attached the database,
2. Add your AX login to the database you attached.
3. Open the “userinfo” table from sql server
4. Find the row with ‘Admin’ Id
5. Update the following columns
5.1 SID with your machine SID
5.2 NetworkDomain with your network domain,
5.3 NetworkAlias with your AX logged in user.
6. Now start the AX

First ways to get SID using registry path.
If you dont know how to get the SID, Here are the steps for this too.

The SID can be fetched from registry editor. for this open command prompt from Start manu, type “Regedit” and press enter key.

Please note in the above mentioned window (Registry Editor) in the path specified path : HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1494175365-1026638594-2087099728-XXXX.. This first big key is your user’s SID

Second ways to get SID is using the Ntdsutil command line util,

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Ntdsutil.exe is a command-line tool that provides management facilities for Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS). You can use the ntdsutil commands to perform database maintenance of AD DS, manage and control single master operations, and remove metadata left behind by domain controllers that were removed from the network without being properly uninstalled. This tool is intended for use by experienced administrators.

Ntdsutil.exe is built into Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It is available if you have the AD DS or the AD LDS server role installed. It is also available if you install the Active Directory Domain Services Tools that are part of the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT).

1. Go to Run > cmd
2. Type ntdsutil and press Enter
3. ntdsutil prompt opens (ntdsutil: )
4. Type group membership evaluation and press Enter
5. Group membership evaluation prompt opens
6. Type run DOMAIN <User> and press Enter
7. A .tsv file will be created in C:\Documents and Settings\<User> OR <User>.DOMAIN
8. Open .tsv file and copy the first SID appear in the file OR the SID associated to your User Name


8 Responses to Move Dynamics AX database to different Domain/machine.

  1. Faisal Fareed says:

    Great Sharing !

    Did you consider one thing Amir, If someone has already deployed the AX application (including customizations) and now want to update the database. In database some fields have been modified which will impact the AX customizations too. How you are going to handle this situation ?

    • Amir Nazim says:

      Thanks Faisal,

      first of all i should explain the purpose of this post, this applies to conditions where you want to move the database to new machine or you want to change the Domain.

      As far as your question is concerned, you need to copy the .aod file from your Machine 1 and copy to new machine 2. after the synchronize the database, your modification from Machine 1 will not be Lose.
      path to copy the AOD file is [Installation drive]\Microsoft Dynamics AX\50\Application\Appl\DynamicsAx1
      here you will find the AOD file for each layer.

  2. Faisal Fareed says:

    I would prefer to copy the whole DynamicsAx1 folder rather than copying the .aod files only. As it contains other files too e.g. lable files.

    • Amir Nazim says:

      Yep definately, depends on need. but this post is more specific to Database movement, your point is valid if you want complete system transition.

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  5. Mazher says:

    Salam br,

    In my case, Domain will be different.
    But will create same axadmin user in the new domain also.

    My question is:

    After restoring the database to New Domain DB Server.
    Reg. Installing AOS. Do I need to select the option that already existing DB or …


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