Running Dynamics AX R3 on Azure

To install and use Dynamics AX R3 on Azure is easy to setup is ready within 15 minutes.

All you have to do is to log into https://lcs.dynamics.com/

Then create a project, and click on the “Cloud hosted environments(Beta)”

Then click on the “plus” to deploy the image, and give it a name.

Let it run for 15 minutes, and the image is now available in the Microsoft Azure portal.

Then Click on the “Connect” button, and you will receive a RDP-file you can use to log into the image.


Here is some small tips for improving performance:

  1. Change the power plan to High Performance
  2. Set performance options in the VM to “Best performance”
  3. Run index rebuild/re-organize on both data and model database, as described here.
  4. I also “pimped-up” my VM images with 8 CPU and 56 Gb Ram, to get the best possible performance.(But it cost!)


Congratulation you are now “certified” for deploying Azure demo images for Dynamics AX 2012 R3:



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7 comments on “Running Dynamics AX R3 on Azure

  1. John Castro

    Kurt, would you be able to tell me what is the relative cost of running the demo AX 2012 R3 VM for about a week with about medium performance settings? Just looking for a range on what to expect, nothing specific.


  2. Pingback: Running Dynamics AX R3 on Azure | Brian Kinser

  3. Good job man, but one question please,
    which username/password i need to use for the RDP ? it is not working for me,


  4. Sten Baumgarten

    Hi Kurt
    I got an error when I chose Cloud hosted environments.

    Error occurred
    Error code None

    Do you have a solution so I can get “certified” 🙂

    Best regards
    Sten baumgarten


  5. You are doing superb job!


  6. Wow! AX on Azure!


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