Install Data Migration (Import\Export) Framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX

The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Data Import/Export Framework is an extension that helps you export data and import it into Microsoft Dynamics AX. Examples of the data that you can import include master data, open stock, and balances.



Install DMF step by step:

 1.  Download the installation package from Microsoft Information source\Partner source for the Data Import/Export Framework,, and extract it to a local folder & execute the Set up, right-click Setup.exe, and click Run as administrator.


 2. The installation process is split into 3 main components :

a)       A component must be installed on a server running MS SQL Integration Services.

b)       A component must be installed on a server running AOT.

c)       A component must be installed on a workstation having the Dynamics AX client


 3. The wizard, the installer will check if you have the minimal requirement.


  4. Specify a user account to run the Data Import/Export Framework service. Enter the user account of AOS service.


 5. Click Next & the following components will be installed


 6. After all of the components have been installed. Now Import the Model file from a command line using AXUTIL. The modal file is located inside the folder of the client component.

Note that there is a matching folder in “C:\Program Files\ Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Data Import Export Framework Client Component” for each supported version of Dynamics AX.

  • AX 2012 -> Folder 2012.
  • AX 2012 Feature Pack -> Folder 2012 FP.
  • AX 2012 R2 -> Folder 2012 R2.


 For Dynamics AX 2012 R2 execute in command prompt: axutil import /file:”C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Data Import Export   Framework Client Component\2012 R2\Model\DataImportExportFramework.axmodel”



 7. After the model files have been imported, Restart the AOS Service


 8. Start the Dynamics AX Client, a dialog box pops-up “Model store has been modified”, click Compile and synchronize and press OK.


 9. When the synchronization is completed, click Compile into .Net Framework CIL.

 10. If the dialog box does not open by itself, follow these steps:

    1. a) Compile the application from System administration > Periodic > Compile.

              b) Click System administration > Periodic > Database > SQL administration. On the Table actions menu, click Synchronize database.

 11. Compile into .NET CIL from System administration > Periodic > Compile.

 12. After the model has been compiled into .NET CIL, the Data Import/Export Framework button is added to the navigation pane.



Written By: Neha Gupta (Dynamics AX Team, Cipher Dynamics)