Create a channel data group

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

You can group similar channel databases into a data group. For example, you can group the databases for stores that are in the same region or stores that are of the same type. All channel databases in a data group subscribe to the same data. When you run a distribution schedule, a data package is generated for each data group. Use data groups to reduce the number of data packages that are generated from Microsoft Dynamics AX, and therefore help improve performance.


The information in this topic applies only if you are using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3.

The following illustration shows the relationships between stores, databases, data groups, and data packages.

Channel data groups

Use the following procedure to create a new channel data group.

  1. Click Retail > Setup > Retail scheduler > Channel integration > Channel data group.

  2. Enter a name and description for the channel data group.

  3. In the Retail channel schema field, select a schema based on the version of Microsoft Dynamics AX that you are using and the type of channel that is included in the data group.

  4. Select a configuration of working folders. For more information about how to specify working folders, see Specify working folders for Commerce Data Exchange.

  5. The Channel database FastTab displays the channel databases that are included in the group. You can’t change this information in this form. To change the data group that a database belongs to, use the Channel database form. For more information, see Set up a channel database profile.