Running Dynamics AX as an alternative User – Quick Tip

Problem / Symptoms: Users need to test Dynamics AX setups as different users.

Description: Quite frequently we are finding the need to test/run Dynamics AX as a different user from our default login user but do not want to run multiple remote desktop sessions or have to log in and out of our current session. We may need to do this for a number of reasons e.g. Testing a workflow approval process i.e. login to approver as the relevant user, Testing security permissions, Testing SSRS permissions, getting screenshots of AX for documentation with a different profile etc…

Solution: There are a number of ways to do this, I have been using CMD/DOS scripts to do this for years (more on this below). But I just found the simplest trick in the book:
1. Locate a shortcut (won’t work for config files) to Dynamics AX,
2. Right click, if you’re lucky (depending on operating system) you will see a “run as a different user”. Select this option, enter your user details and AX will run as this alternative user
3. If there isn’t a “run as different user” option, simply hold in shift and then right click, you should now see the “Run as different user option”

Run as different User

 

Alternate Solution:
If you are running via config files this solution will not work, you will need to first create an AX32.exe shortcut that takes the config file as a parameter E.G.

You can also create a .bat file with the following code:

Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/911363

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