November 10, 2012

Designate a batch server

Designate a batch server

A batch server is an Application Object Server (AOS) instance that processes batch jobs. Batch jobs are used to run tasks, such as printing reports or posting journals, at a specified time and probably on a different computer.
The first AOS to be set up is automatically designated as a batch server. Use multiple batch servers to increase throughput and reduce the amount of time it takes to run batches.

When you set up a batch server, you can specify the times that it is available for batch processing. We recommend excluding a server from batch processing when it is busy with regular transaction processing. For example, you may have servers in different time zones. You can set server schedules so that each AOS is available for user traffic during the day and for batch traffic overnight.

For more information about batches, 
see the Applications and Business Processes Help, 
available from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Help menu. 

1. Click Administration > Setup > Server configuration.

2. Press CTRL+N to add a new batch server.

3. On the Overview tab, enter a server ID in the following format: InstanceName@ServerName.

4. Select Is Batch Server to enable batch processing on the server. 

5. On the Batch server schedule tab, enter the maximum number of batch tasks that can be run on the AOS instance at one time. The server will continue to pick up tasks from the queue until it reaches its maximum.

6. To specify when the server is available for batch processing, enter a starting time in the Start time field and an ending time in the End time field. Press CTRL+N to enter an additional time period.
Note: If the server is running a task when its batch processing availability ends, the task will continue running to completion. However, the server will not pick up any more tasks from the queue.

7. On the Batch server groups tab, use the arrow buttons to specify the batch groups that can run on the selected server. Batch groups are used to direct batch tasks to specific servers.

- Harry

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