Working with Models in Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7)

By Becky Newell | December 14, 2016

In Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7) there is a new tool to use to export, import, replace or delete models called modelutil.exe. It is the replacement for Dynamics AX 2012’s axutil.exe. Modelutil.exe is located in the bin directory of your packages folder. For example, on the VM provided by Microsoft the location of the bin directory is “c:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory\bin”. If you open modelutil via a command prompt you can see the different commands it contains by running this command “modelutil.exe /?”.

Here are a couple examples of how to use it:

To delete a model in modelutil use the following command:

Modelutil.exe -delete -metdatastorepath="path to metadatastore"  -modelname="model name"
For example to delete a model named SSI:
Modelutil.exe -delete -metadatastorepath="c:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory" -modelname="SSI"

To export a model use this command:

Modelutil.exe -export -metadatastorepath="path to metadatastore" -modelname="model name" -outputpath="path to the folder where the model should be saved"
For example to export a model named SSI:
Modelutil.exe -export -metadatastorepath="c:\AOSService\PackagesLocalDirectory" -modelname="SSI" -outputpath="c:\TestDirectory"
The file saved into the TestDirectory will be named SSI.axmodel

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