How to force running jobs server-side

We frequently write quick-fix jobs, or even some quite heavy ones which are bound to execute client-side by default. The workaround is to create an Action MenuItem pointing at the job, and setting RunOn to be Server. Then next time we need to use the code we forget about that, and it takes awfully lot to complete execution. We need to force running jobs server-side in X++ somehow, for which I do have a neat solution.

We could check if the job is running on a client or on the AOS. Then we can call the menu function to force open it server-side from code.

    // Place validation at the beginning of a job that is supposed to be server-bound
    if (!isRunningOnServer())
    {
        new MenuFunction(menuitemActionStr(YourJobActionMenuItem), MenuItemType::Action).run();
        return;
    }

Here is a quick example showing it in action:

Running Jobs server-side

This will guarantee faster execution times for database calls and resource-intensive processes, granting permissions required to be server-bound, or code that relies on reflection such as traversing AOT. We do not need to worry about remembering whether it should run on the client or not, or do not have to find the correct menu item manually. It just works!

By |2020-03-23T13:24:54+01:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: AX 2012|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Enable batch e-mail alerts from code

The setup of notifications for batch jobs are quite simple if you know where to look. To enable batch e-mail alerts from code all you need to do is create new records under \\Tables\BatchJobAlerts with the right flags for an AX user, who has their e-mail address set in the User Options correctly.

The following X++ Job is self-explanatory on how to enable batch e-mail alerts from code in case of Cancellation or an Error:

static void WIK_enableBatchJobAlerts(Args _args)
{
    #Batch
    Map             alertsMap;
    Map             alertsEntity;
    BatchJob        batchJob;
    BatchJobAlerts  batchJobAlerts;
    
    while select batchJob
        where (batchJob.Status      == BatchStatus::Executing
            || batchJob.Status      == BatchStatus::Waiting)
            // Optional filtering for dedicated batch service account only
            && batchJob.createdBy   == 'axbatchuserid'
        notexists join batchJobAlerts
            where  batchJobAlerts.BatchJobId    == batchJob.RecId
                // Include all batch jobs where e-mail alert is disabled for our account
                && batchJobAlerts.UserId        == batchJob.createdBy
                && batchJobAlerts.Email         == NoYes::Yes
    {
        // This can be called any number of times to alert multiple users even with different settings
        alertsMap = BatchJobAlerts::addAlertsToMap(
            batchJob.createdBy, // Whom to alert
            NoYes::No,          // Ended
            NoYes::Yes,         // Error
            NoYes::Yes,         // Canceled
            NoYes::No,          // Popup
            NoYes::Yes          // E-mail
            );
        
        BatchJobAlerts::saveAlerts(batchJob.RecId, alertsMap);
        
        alertsEntity = alertsMap.lookup(batchJob.createdBy);
        
        info(strFmt('Enabling alert (Ended=%1 Error=%2 Canceled=%3 Popup=%4 E-mail=%5) for user <%6> and batch <%7>',
            enum2Symbol(enumNum(NoYes), alertsEntity.lookup(#batchJobEnded)),
            enum2Symbol(enumNum(NoYes), alertsEntity.lookup(#batchJobError)),
            enum2Symbol(enumNum(NoYes), alertsEntity.lookup(#batchJobCanceled)),
            enum2Symbol(enumNum(NoYes), alertsEntity.lookup(#popup)),
            enum2Symbol(enumNum(NoYes), alertsEntity.lookup(#email)),
            batchJob.createdBy,
            batchJob.Caption
            ));
    }
}

The output will be something like this:

Enabling alert (Ended=No Error=Yes Canceled=Yes Popup=No E-mail=Yes) for user <sa.axbat> and batch <ADMIN – Due date alerts – every 15m>

By |2016-02-17T16:03:08+01:00February 17th, 2016|Categories: AX 2012|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment
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