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AX 2012 locking concurrency – sample code

By Laura Lake | February 10, 2014

AX 2012 locking concurrency

When we’re writing code that is updating or inserting records in the database, we need to be aware of AX 2012 locking concurrency and how the structure of our code could impact locking. It can be helpful to have some sample code and a SQL script to test out different scenarios.

AX 2012 locking concurrency - sample code

This job can be used to see the locking behavior in a really simple update, and it could be easily modified for other scenarios…

staticvoid LockExample(Args _args)


    CustTable ct;


    WhileselectforUpdate ct where ct.AccountNum == "US-004"


        ct.BankCentralBankPurposeText = "UpdatedText";


        print ct.BankCentralBankPurposeText;




Put a breakpoint on the While statement, on the Update, Print and on ttscommit.

Open SQL Server Management Studio, and run the following script at each breakpoint. Again, this script could be easily modified to include additional information from the SQL DMV’s. This is just an example.

select t1.request_session_id,t1.request_type, t1.request_status,t1.resource_type, db_name(es.database_id),es.login_time,es.program_name,es.login_name,es.nt_user_name, es.open_transaction_count from master.sys.dm_tran_locks t1
with (nolock) join master.sys.dm_exec_sessions es with (nolock) on t1.request_session_id = es.session_id where
es.program_name = 'Microsoft Dynamics AX'
and es.login_name = 'CORP\admin'
and es.open_transaction_count > 0

The locks are acquired on the Update statement but they are not released until the ttscommit. Because we specified forUpdate in our Select statement above, concurrency will default to that specified on the table. The table custTable has OCC Enabled set to Yes, so the Select uses Optimistic Concurreny. We can force the use of Pessimistic Concurrency by replacing the forUpdate like this…

While select
pessimisticLock ct where ct.AccountNum == "US-004"

Try changing the job to run this way and this time put a breakpoint right after the Select. Notice the difference in the locking behavior. Pessimistic Concurrency Control locks records as soon as they are fetched from the database for an update. AX 2012 locking concurrency

MSDN has more information on Optimistic Concurrency Control, a feature of AX 2012 locking concurrency, and discusses deciding which concurrency model to use.


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