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D365 FO Finance and Operations : AOT Browser

D365 FO Finance and Operations : AOT Browser

 

 In Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations the AOT is not accessible from the user interface

It is only available in a development box using Visual Studio



In Dynamics AX 2012 and earlier it was possible for power users to be able to open and browse the contents of the AOT (Application Object Tree) from the UI. This functionality was removed in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations as all development is now done in Visual Studio. This means that in order to browse the contents of the AOT, one now needs access to a development environment with Visual Studio.

AOT Browser to save the day! With the AOT Browser it is now possible to browse the objects in the AOT from the D365FO web interface.  Arbela Technologies , who is one of the top Microsoft partners, has developed an enhancement that has basically replicated the old AOT user experience right in the Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations application. Arbela is giving this out for free on GitHub which is so awesome!

How To Get The AOT Browser

The AOT Browser is available for free on GitHub here.   Click on the “Releases” link.


After you have deployed the AOT Browser you will need to run the “Populate AOT objects” job. This job will populate the list of objects in the AOT. 

To check how to D365 F&O Install a deployable packagefrom command line / Apply the latest platform update to environments

It is recommended to run this as a recurring batch job because the initial run may take a few minutes and you will want to keep the AOT up to date for any modifications you make to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations.

To do this Navigate to the AOT Browser workspace on the homepage.


From here click the “Populate AOT objects”.

Open Table Browser

1. Select the table or view you wish to browse the data for and select “Open table browser”



View Source Code

At the top of the AOT Browser form is a toggle button enabling the ability to view the source code. Enabling this button is only supported in environments that contain source code, such as Development or Demo OneBoxes.

Enabled

Disabled




View Extensions Inline

At the top of the AOT browser form is a toggle button to turn on or off the ability to view the extensions inline in the tree. The setting will be remembered in the user’s usage data once the form is closed.

When enabled, extensions will be shown in the tree where they belong. They are bolded and have the name of the extension they belong to in parenthesis after the name.

Viewing extensions as separate node

When the toggle is disabled, the extensions show up as a separate node at the bottom of the tree.














Search/Filter




Search by object name or label

Search both by the AOT node name





Search by the object label property





Filter by object type


 



Open from Form Personalization

1. Open the form in the web UI that you would like to browse



2. Right click on any element of the form and select form information



3. Click on the form name


4. At the bottom of the dialog click “Open in AOT browser”



5. The AOT browser will open for the form and select the control that was right-clicked in the calling form



Open from Data Entities Form

1. Navigate to System Administration > Workspaces > Data management





3. Select the entity you want to browse and click “Open in AOT browser” at the top



4. The AOT Browser will open and display the data entity




Ref1  arbelatech
Ref2 dynamics-tips.com




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