The best way I can think of to get started with Dynamics AX, is to set up a demo system on Azure, using Lifecycle Services.
You’ll have to make two big steps to get started:
- Sign up for Azure. You can start with a 30 day trial: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/
- Signup with Dynamics Lifecycle Services. Start here: https://lcs.dynamics.com/Logon/Index
There are a couple of resources that will give you some direction:
This is a straight-to-the-point post by Aaron Stackpole: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/axinthefield/archive/2014/05/01/setting-dynamics-ax-2012-r3-demo-with-lcs-and-azure.aspx
If you’re new to Dynamics AX, I definitely recommend that you check out this site. Murray Fife has done a great job putting together documentation that will get you moving quickly: http://dynamicsaxcompanions.azurewebsites.net/
Here’s a post from Murray that shows screenshots of setting up the demo: http://dynamicsaxtipoftheday.com/2014/05/19/creating-azure-cloud-hosted-environments-through-lifecycle-services/
One of the key things you’ll have to find, is the login information for RDP. This is available from your Lifecycle Services project, on the Deployments page:
One last piece of advice, and this is important: Make sure you turn off your virtual machine when you’re not using it.