Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services Asset Library

Connect.microsoft.com moved to Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services Asset Library

Most of you are aware that https://connect.microsoft.com has been retired, since early February and is now replaced by Microsoft collaborate.

What is Microsoft connect?

A portal through which we can download Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (D365FOEE), On-Premise virtual machine and set up a virtual machine on-premise, using Hyper-V or Oracle Virtual box.

Note: In this case, we are referring to connect.microsoft.com for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition (D365FOEE). 

Changes to Microsoft Connect: (Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services Asset Library)

In Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services, when we try to set up an On-Premise project with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition (D365FOEE) we had two options:

  1.  Setup the virtual machine on Microsoft Azure
  2. Download the virtual machine from Microsoft connect

Option number 2 has been deprecated because https://connect.microsoft.com has been retired.

Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (Asset Library):

Now, going forward the virtual machines are all available under the D365FOEE On-Premise project -> Asset Library section. In the Asset Library section, there is an option under Downloadable VHD.

Fig 1 – Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services Projects – > Asset Library 

The virtual machines that were now available under the Deployable VHD section under Asset Library. The administrator or the environment manager needs to import the virtual machine partitions into the Asset Library and then pick the partitions.

Fig 2 – Picking partitions to download

This deployable VHD is also available under Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services – > Shared Asset Library section.

Fig 3 – Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services Shared Asset Library

Conclusion:

  1.  Ensure that you have access to Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services.
  2.  Have environment manager rights or project owner (if using the Project asset Library) to be able to pick and add the partitions       (to be downloaded).

References:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/collaborate/connect-redirect

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Navneeth Nagrajan is a Technical Consultant at Avanade Australia focusing on implementation, pre-sales and support of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations/ Microsoft Dynamics Ax ERP. Before Avanade, Navneeth worked as a Solutions Consultant at LM WindPower focusing on implementation and support of Microsoft Dynamics Ax Enterprise Resource Planning solution. Prior to LM WindPower, he worked as a Lead Consultant for ITC Infotech India Limited focusing on Enterprise Solutions like Microsoft Dynamics AX & Microsoft Dynamics CRM. He has worked for Microsoft as a Partner Technical Consultant. His primary focus area is Microsoft Dynamics AX and he specializes on Trade & Logistics, CRM, Service Management and Project Management functionalities. His secondary focus area is Microsoft Dynamics CRM and he specializes on Sales Management, Marketing Management and Service Management sections. He has successfully assisted more than 100 Microsoft partners and customers. At Microsoft, He has successfully written and published papers on '​'​ Needs for Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the Education Sector''. Prior to Microsoft, he has worked as a Functional Consultant and has implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX in the Manufacturing and Services Segment. He has also worked as a Business Development Executive implementing Document Management Systems for Security Broking and Manufacturing Organizations.