Tag Archives: odbc

DMF – DMF Service is unavailable

I got this message in the Beta 2 version of the Data Migration Framework in Dynamics AX 2012.

This link is an important piece of information that you will need to understand some of the errors you get while trying to set up some of the new functionality in BETA 2, such as ODBC connection as a source data format.


I got this message when I was trying to validate the connection string to an ODBC database. The reason for this was that the original installation had failed because of some unknown reason.

DMF Service is unavailable

It´s important to know that we, in this case, have the installation of the server integration services on the same server as the AOS.

In Beta 1 the installation resulted in one new folder under program files, in Beta 2 there should be three folders.

1. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Data Migration Framework Server Components(Beta)
2. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Data Migration Framework Client Components(Beta)
3. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Data Migration Framework Service (Beta)

In our case the Service folder and it´s content was missing. Knowing this, the error message I got started to make a lot more sense.

This is how you test if your service is up and running. Log in to your AOS server and open a browser, then enter this URL in your web browser:


Of course you have to change the “DMF-Service-ComputerName” part to your server name first.

When we tried this, the service was not up and running. What we did was to turn of the AOS service and then run the installation process again for the service part of the DMF installation. After it was finished our “Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Data Migration Framework Service (Beta)” folder was where is should have been all along, under Program files.

We then started the AOS service and tried again. This time we could both access the service using the URL in a browser and validate the connection string to the database on the odbc source data format.

On to the next challenge.