Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 R2 for Retail in eCommerce Stores: Installation and Configuration (80583A)

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 introduces a new suite of features that help you deploy, manage, and customize an online sales channel  that is fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX. By using this new suite of e-Commerce features, you can centrally manage products, merchandizing, and order fulfillment for all aspects of your online sales channel directly in Microsoft Dynamics AX. The runtime component enables you to deliver content and retail services in a scalable way. A new starter online store accelerates the development of a highly customized online channel. The starter online store includes the patterns and best practices that are required to support production-ready deployments, including powerful, search-driven, adaptive experiences offered by the SharePoint Server 2013. This course on Microsoft Dynamics AX® 2012 R2 for Retail in eCommerce Stores: Installation and Configuration  provides lessons and labs on how to install the Online Store using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 and SharePoint 2013. Additionally, this course also provides information on architecture , main components, deployment and best practices for maintaining the Online Store.
Students will also review the labs provided in the course to get hands on experience on installation and configuration of the Online Store using various scenarios on the Demo VM.

Audience Profile
This course is intended for all consultants of Microsoft Dynamics AX partners who want to learn how to install, deploy and configure the Retail Online Storefront built on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013  and is fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 for Retail. The course is recommended for all consultants who may be involved in implementation of the Ecommerce Storefronts using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 for Retail”

Before attending this course, students must have:
  • An understanding of implementation of Ecommerce and Online Store sites
  • A functional overview of how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 for Retail works
  • An understanding of Installation and Configuration of AX 2012 R2 for Retail
  • An understanding of the Installation and Configuration of SharePoint Server 2013
  • An understanding of Search Service Architecture and how to configure Search in SharePoint 2013

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Introduce Ecommerce solution as an integral part of Dynamics AX for Retail omni-channel vision
  • Explain the course structure and objectives
  • Define Ecommerce solution
  • Understand the Ecommerce solution architecture and its components
  • Understand Commerce Data Exchange and the services it is comprised of
  • Understand Commerce Runtime architecture and services
  • Understand the architecture of the starter site and its components
  • Understand pre-installation tasks
  • Learn how to install online channel and configure settings
  • Learn how to create and configure the online store using the PowerShell
  • Verify the online store deployment and troubleshoot online store deployment issues
  • Go through the tasks, procedures and configuration options for the online store configuration and publishing
  • Explain how Cross site publishing and search in SharePoint 2013 is used to provide:
  • Dynamic pages (through web parts and display templates)
  • Targeted content (through query rules)
  • Navigation and facets
  • Query suggestions and query spelling (‘did you mean’)
  • Recommendations (to improve the end-user relevance over time)
  • Explain Ecommerce deployment topology considerations

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Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction and Course Objectives

This module provides an introduction to the Ecommerce Installation and Configuration course, and the course objectives
  • Dynamics AX for Retail Omni Channel Vision
  • Course Objectives

Module 2: Ecommerce Architecture
This module focuses on the architecture of Microsoft Dynamics Ecommerce solution and its components.
  • Defining an AX Ecommerce Solution 
  • AX Ecommerce Architecture and Components
  • Commerce Data Exchange
  • Commerce Runtime
  • Ecommerce Starter Site

Module 3: Installing Ecommerce Components
Ecommerce solution includes a starter online store that is built using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, developer tools, administrative and runtime components that integrates the SharePoint Ecommerce site with Microsoft Dynamics AX. Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail online store can be deployed on single server in a development or evaluation environment, or in a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Server scaled-farm with multiple web front-ends for production environments. This module covers the installation process, as well as validation of deployment and troubleshooting.
  • Pre-installation Tasks
  • Deploy Retail Online Channel and Configure Settings
  • Execute PowerShell Scripts to Deploy and Configure Online Store
  • Verifying the Retail Online Store Deployment and Troubleshooting

Module 4: Online Store Set Up and Publishing
After the online storefront has been deployed on the SharePoint farm, you can set up the online store in Microsoft Dynamics AX and then publish it to the online storefront, as well as manage and publish the online store catalog.
The purpose of this module is to go through the tasks, procedures and configuration options for the online store configuration and publishing
  • Setting up Online Store Integration
  • Creating an Online Store Navigation Structure
  • Creating and Configuring an Online Store
  • Configuring Data Distribution and Publishing an Online Store
  • Managing and Publishing Online Store Products
  • Setting up Shipping Charges for an Online Store

Module 5: Managing Online Store in SharePoint
The purpose of this module is to provide specifics on how search affects the e-Commerce storefront.
  • Search Driven Sites
  • Cross Site Publishing
  • Web Parts and Display Templates
  • Query Rules
  • Refiners and Faceted Navigation
  • Query Suggestion and Query Spelling
  • Usage Analytics and Recommendations

This module discusses considerations for planning the deployment topology for Ecommerce solution, with particular focus on the online store topologies, server roles, high availability and performance considerations.