Axapta Manager (AxDynManagerV1.04)

I previously made a program to list, start and stop Dynamics AX Services.
But i always through that is missed a few features, so now I am starting on this new version. (Download link
This is version 1.04 see change list at the end of the post.

The program is tested for AX 2009 and AX 2012.

When you start the program this is what you will see:

On the left you will see the list of services that you have, and on the right the list of possible AX configurations.

Config menu.

Under the menu item, Tools/Config, you can change the programs settings.

Here you can add/remove computers to look for services on.

To remove a computer from the list, double click on the item.
To add a computer, input its name in the text box, and press the "Add" button, or enter.
The refresh field controls how often the service list will be refreshed.

Controlling services.

If you right click on an item in the service list, you will get this menu, where you can start, stop or restart a service.
If you select more that one Service, all those services will be affected. If you choose to restart, all services will first stop, and only start again when all services has stopped.

You can also control a service by double clicking on it, double clicking on a started service will stop it, and on a stopped service it will start it.

Changing AX Config list.

If you right click on an item in the Config list, you will get this menu.

Edit an existing configuration.

Deletes the selected configuration.

Import from Registry:
Imports all AX configurations from the registry.

Import from Config file:
Imports one configuration from an AX configuration file.

Starting AX.

If you double click on an item in the Configs list, that Dynamics AX will be started.
This function requires that the right version of AX is installed on the machine.

Planned changes.


Service list:
Optimize program start so the loading of services list runs faster and the form shows up with no
        delay, perhaps using threading.
Add a counter of online users on the AOS.
Setup witch strings to search for to show the service list.
Make it possible to change service startup type.
Config list:
        Add check of AOS running before starting AX. (How?)
Document Edit Config.
Check if anything needs to be documented.
Move all Documentation to Word document


1.04 : Add "Command to run at kernel startup" to Configuration
           Add "Command to run at applikation startup" to Configuration
           Add column to show the Startup type of the service
           Add Error handeling on Start/Stop services. (UAC Problem)
           Settings now saved in AppData/Local folder
           Changed update of Service Status, services having their status changed are updated
           more frequently, but the entire list is only updated on the refresh interval from
           the configuration. (Default 5 min)
           Changed to .Net Framework 4.6.1
           Add AutoUpdate
           Check .Net version on Startup
           Added options to disable AutoUpdate from Config
           Added options to disable Service Start Mode field from Config (Does not work with .Net versions from before 4.6.1 )
1.03  : Added splitter to form, should make it easyer to resize the form to show the right stuff.
           Added menu item "Reset Window", this sets default values for window size.
           Save some settings to file AxDynManager.settings in program folder.
           Rewrite code for handeling the service list to give it better structure.
           Enabled multi select in Service list, this means that you can now start/stop and restart
           more than one service in one go.
           When selecting restart on more than one service, alle services are stopped first,
           and then started only when all services are stopped.
           Fixed error with double backslash read from Registry.
           Fixes error with vertical bar in config file.
1.02  : Fixed error with parmBinDir not beeing read from AXConfig file.
           Added parmBinDir to EditAXConfig form.
           Fixed error when there are no AX Configs anywhere.
           Fixed error with BinDir not being read from AXConfig file.
           Fixed EditAxConfig form, field TabIndex, and the position of the OpenFile buttons.
           Added Class UtilLogging.
           Added logging in AXStartup.cs
           Added check if the paths in ParmBinDir and ParmLog exists before starting AX.
           Added check for double backslash in filePaths when importing configfile.
           Added handeling of multible AOS servers for parmAOS2.
           Added handeling of space in parmStartupMsg (Replace with Acsii 255)

1.01  : Save and Load AX Configuration list to file. (Done on start of program, and changes of list)
           Added for to Edit AX Configurations.
           Import of AX Configuration from .axc files.
           Made it possible to delete an AX Configuration from the list.
           Function to check last program version and do config cleanup.

THANKS TO : Florian and Sigvelli, for comments and suggestions.


  1. It's been a while, but AxDynManager continued to be a valuable tool in my daily work. Unfortunately, when I started it up this morning, only the Services part of the form was visible. The Configs part was not shown anymore. I tried the Reset Window function, but only after I deleted the settings in the AppData/Local folder the Configs part was shown again. Unfortunately, all Services were gone, but it only takes a few minutes to add them again. Just thought I leave this here in case anyone else encounters this issue.

    1. I will put it on my list of stuff to look at, seems I need to rework the Reset Window funktion, and perhaps also do some kind of check on form settings before i save them.

    2. Thanks for the fast response. If I may, there is also a feature that could be useful: Since you changed the update of the service status, I found myself in situations where it would have been useful to trigger a one-time update of the service status. Maybe you could add a button or menu function to that effect?

    3. Ohh yes the Manual update service status button is also on my list.
      Hopfylly i will get out a new version soon.


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