Web services-based exchanges in AIF
Application Integration Framework (AIF) includes support for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Web services that allow Microsoft Dynamics AX to exchange data with external systems. Web services are programmatic interfaces that are made available to facilitate integration with external systems. In AIF, data exchanges using Web services are synchronous; that is, they do not require AIF queues and batch processing services to transfer information.
Web services do not require an adapter, nor do they require a channel to be configured. However, you must configure a Web site on the Web sites form, and you must configure the service and its operations so it can be consumed.
Microsoft Dynamics AX ships with a default endpoint but you can also set up your own endpoints. You can optionally configure a local endpoint, an endpoint, endpoint users, and endpoint operations. Additionally, you can configure pipeline components (including value lookups) and endpoint action data policies. For more information about configuring a data exchange with Web services, see Configure document exchanges with Web services in AIF.
When you use AIF to expose Web services to external trading partners and systems, you may allow them to create, read, update, delete, or query for records in the Microsoft Dynamics AX database.
It is unsafe to deploy AIF using Web services outside the intranet without installing additional middleware to ensure proper security. As installed with Microsoft Dynamics AX, AIF Web services are intended for intranet deployment only.