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Playing around with models in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations (D365FO)

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Have you ever wonder that you can’t Import/Export/Delete Models in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations? The answer is that you can import, export and even delete models in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations (D365FO). But first understand what is a model?

Here, I can say that the model is the combination of metadata and source files. Model files contain a model descriptor file, metadata, source code, and referenced .NET assemblies (when applicable). A model constitutes a distributable software solution and includes the customization of an existing solution. It is a design-time concept. It is always belongs to a package.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Package name: Moeen_TestingModel
  • Model name: Moeen_TestingModel
  • Package path: C:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Moeen_TestingModel
  • Model path: C:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Moeen_TestingModel\Moeen_TestingModel
  • Axmodel file name: Moeen_TestingModel-Moeen Ahmed Sultan.axmodel
  • Temp folder path: C:\Moeen_SaveModelsFolder

Start playing with the models in D365FO:

  1. Run command prompt as Administrator
  2. Go to the path where ModelUtil.exe is stored i.e. C:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Bin

Note: AOSService and PackagesLocalDirectory can be installed in other drive. So, make sure before running commands. It is in C drive in D365FO VM.

Export model in D365FO:

Command: ModelUtil -export -metadatastorepath=<path of package where the model exists> -modelname=<name of model> -outputpath=<path where you want to save model>

Import model in D365FO:

Command: ModelUtil -import -metadatastorepath=<path of package where the model exists> -file=<path of exported model where you have saved it along with extension>

Delete model in D365FO:

Command: ModelUtil -delete -metadatastorepath=<path of package local directory> -modelname=<name of model>

Read the instruction carefully. Also see the attached pictures for further reference.

If you found any ambiguity or better solution, feel free to correct and comment.

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