Implementing Master Data Management (MDM) between Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and Dynamics NAV 2013

Microsoft Dynamics R3 ships with Master Data Management (MDM), a feature to synchronize master data between AX instances and other applications. MDM module handles most business requirements concerning master data: publishing, filtering, conflict management, etc.

MDM is built on top of Microsoft SQL Server Master Data Services (SQL MDS), requiring a SQL Server Enterprise Edition to work properly. Very little effort is required to publish master data records between AX instances with MDM enabled.

The goal of this post is demonstrate an approach of managing customer information centrally in AX and publishing it to other applications, in this particularly case Dynamics NAV, since many customers have various ERP’s in their environment.

A single-master configuration has implemented, only the AX 2012 instance can write to MDS, Dynamics NAV will be a read-only subscriber. This decision will eliminate the biggest issue in MDM, the conflict management.




Set up SQL MDS

Open SQL Server Open Master Data Services Configuration Manager

Select “Create database” and fill the database name, in this case, I have choosen MDM.


Select “Web Configuration” and fill Website Name and then click “Create Application”. Associate database MDM with the created web application.



Open “Microsoft Dynamics AX Management Shell” At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, execute the  command.  “Set-AXMasterDataManagementMDSSetup –MDSServerName localhost MDSDatabase MDM”

Replace server and database parameters with your values


Set up Dynamics AX


Open “Data import export framework” -> Master data management -> Configure SQL Server Master Data Services connection.


Fill SQL Server where MDM is installed ,set database name to “MDM. In the MDS service endpoint field, enter the URL for the MDS web application, followed by /service/service.svc.



Click “Test Configuration”.If everything is correctly configured, a success message should is displayed.



Open Data import export framework -> Master data management -> Publish entities to SQL Master Data Service

Select Customer Entity and click Create schema. After the schema have been created, the checkbox  in the “In MDS” column will be checked.



Open Data import export framework -> Master data management -> Manage Synchronization

Create a new sync group. Enter name and choose the proper company.


Click Entities and then fill “customer” value in the Entity field


Select customer entity and click Settings, take note of Subscription view because will need it later. Ajust


Open Data import export framework -> Master data management -> Manage Synchronization

Click New schedule and define the recurrence according to your requirements.



Open Data import export framework -> Master data management -> Manage Synchronization

Click Synchronization History to check if the job is running properly.



Set up Dynamics NAV

Open SQL Server Enterprise Manager.
Query the SQL View DMFCustomerEntity_View in MDM database, and it should display all the customer records exported from Dynamics AX.



Create a view in NAV database with the required fields from the view DMFCustomerEntity_View


In the Dynamics NAV, create a new table with the exact same name and fields of the view DMFCustomerEntity_View. Before saving the object, select the LinkObject property to true.


Run the table object to see all the data records. Implement a custom object to import data from this virtual table to customer table of Dynamics NAV.