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#GPUG Vote for your GPUG All-Stars for 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have been meaning to post this for a little while and now there is only one week left to vote for your GPUG All-Stars for 2016 as the voting closes on Friday 26th August 2016.

So here is the follow up to the previous #GPUG Nominate your GPUG All-Stars for 2016 post….

The GPUG All-Star Award program recognizes three GPUG Members who have a passion for Microsoft Dynamics GP and have made significant contributions of their time and expertise to educate and connect the greater GPUG community.

GPUG All-Star Award candidates are determined by criteria associated to participating, volunteering, and sharing across all areas of GPUG:

  • Courage – The strength to persevere, hold the talent to teach fellow Dynamics GP users.
  • Passion – For those who share their Dynamics GP and technology passion with others.
  • Resolve – Willing to take the time to help others with challenges they face.
  • Advancement – The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development.

The winners will be announced at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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And the nominees are …

Customer Nominees

  • Anne Provost, TNR Technical Inc
  • Bert Green, Berger Transfer & Storage, Inc.
  • Brian Lambertz, Connexus Energy
  • David Zamora, American Innovations
  • Frank Heslin, ExamWorks, Inc.
  • Jessica Raciborski, Tenacious Holdings, Inc
  • Kathy Kim, Donor Network of Arizona
  • Richard Ward, Storm Industries, Inc.
  • Rick Zich, Coopers DIY dba Mr Beer

Partner Nominees

  • Amber Bell, Training Dynamo LLC
  • Barbara Gavron, S2 Technology
  • Chris Hadden, Greenshades
  • Derek Krebs, MSX Group
  • Jeannette Coty Bachellor, Coty Consulting
  • Jen Kuntz, Kuntz Consulting Inc.
  • Kim Peterson, InterDyn BMI
  • Leslie Vail, Accounting Systems Consulting, Inc.
  • Lucas Miller, Microsoft
  • Mariano Gomez, Mekorma
  • Nick Sercer, MSX Group
  • Nicole Albertson, eOne Solutions
  • Noah Moseley, MSX Group
  • Rod O’Connor, Briware Solutions
  • Sherlene Sorenson, InterDyn BMI
  • Steve Endow, Precipio Services
  • Windi Epperson, Advanced Integrators, Inc

So, go vote for one customer nominee, one partner nominee and one additional (customer or partner) nominee.

See you in Tampa

David

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Filed under: GPUG, News Tagged: GPUG, GPUG Summit 2016, News

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#GPPT Stopping the subscription expiry warning message

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe first build of GP Power Tools (Build 20) was released at the start of August 2015 and so we are now into the second year of its release.

This means that the early adopters of GP Power Tools are approaching their subscription expiry dates and some customers are now receiving warning messages about their subscription.

This article explains what the messages are for and how they behave.

The behaviour of the subscription expiry message was changed in Build 20 (Last Modified: 11-Sep-2015). Check the About GP Power Tools window to see if you are on an earlier build (look at both number and date).

If you are on a build before the changes were made, the administrator will get 60 days warning prior to expiry and users get 30 days warning prior to expiry. This original behaviour was based on the idea that the keys would be created with an additional 30 days, but this did not happen so the messages start 30 days earlier than desired. There is also no grace period after expiry.

If you are on a build after the changes were made, the administrator will get 30 days warning prior to expiry. Once expired, both administrators and users will be notified that they are in a 30 day grace period. The warnings can be dismissed for 1, 7 or 14 days. If your users dismiss the warnings for 14 days, they will only see the message twice.

To stop the messages showing:

  1. Administrators, please don’t ignore the messages for longer than 30 days.
  2. If your build is before Build 20 (Last Modified: 11-Sep-2015), please upgrade.
  3. Get your subscription renewed and update the registration key in the system.

If you are still using Build 20, please upgrade to Build 21 as it has many new features and lots of fixes. However, the quickest solution is to get the keys renewed and entered for your current build.

Note: If upgrading from Build 20 to Build 21 or later, GP Power Tools is broken down into modules and so uses 4 registration keys instead of 1.

So you might ask why are the messages there at all?

The reason is simple, GP Power Tools is sold with a subscription license rather than the more traditional Purchase and Annual Enhancement model. Unlike the traditional model, when the subscription expires, the code becomes disabled. It is important that Administrators are made aware of the impending subscription expiry, so they can renew to avoid any disruption of service.

Thanks for your support.

David

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Using Forums Effectively by Jen Kuntz

David Meego - Click for blog homepageForums are fantastic. They provide a free community based support platform with contributions from a wide range of users and professionals.

Many Microsoft employees, Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals), GPUG All Stars and experienced users donate their time to help the community. There only reward being thanked and having their responses marked as answers.

There are three primary forums for the Microsoft Dynamics GP product and these are the ones that I try to monitor and help out with.

The links are also on the right hand pane of the blog in the Forum Links section.

My friend Jen Kuntz from Kuntz Consulting has written a great article that explains how to get the most out of the forums and what some of the best etiquette is when using the forums. Please have a read:

Enjoy

David

PS: I am very glad she mentioned not to cross post on multiple forums. It is very frustrating to have to duplicate responses multiple times. Just post on one forum, if nothing happens after a few days, then try another if you must.

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Filed under: Dynamics, GP, GPUG, Microsoft, News Tagged: Blogosphere, General, News

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Handy Developer and Administrator Tools

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI want to make everyone’s life easier.

I should clarify that this is life in respect to my work life. As a Developer, IT Professional and Microsoft Dynamics GP Consultant I love anything that makes my job easier.

That’s why I created GP Power Tools (formerly the Support Debugging Tool) in the first place.

This article highlights some of the Windows tools that I use. These tools are ones that I have found myself or have been suggested to me by others.

Poor Man’s T-SQL Formatter

This is a must for any SQL Server Developer or Administrator. This tool formats Transact-SQL (T-SQL) code into a nice readable and standard format. It has a plugin version which installs directly into SQL Server Management Studio (or Visual Studio).

If you have ever opened a view or stored procedure created by Microsoft Dynamics GP you will have noticed that the white space and formatting has been stripped and the script is all on one line. So with this tool, you select Tools >> Format T-SQL Code and voila.

PoorManSQL

Website: Poor Man’s T-SQL Formatter

PicPick

While writing the section above, I needed to capture a screenshot of the menu and crop it to just part of the screen I wanted and finally save it as a png (better quality than jpg). Enter the next tool in this collection. I found out about PicPick when doing a screen sharing session with my friend and fellow Microsoft MVP, Beat Bucher, who uses it.

This tool, which sits in your system tray, is excellent for helping with screen layouts with its Magnifier and Pixel Ruler. It is also great for web design and checking RGB colour values with the Color Picker and Color Palette tools. Finally, it makes screen captures a breeze by using a number of options, it even triggers on the PrintScreen button.

PicPick

Website: PicPick by NGWIN

ShellFolderFix

This next tool was also discovered by me when doing a screen share with developer friend, Jeff Southworth from PureLogic. During the session, he clicked on something and suddenly a number of Windows Explorer windows opened to specific positions, sizes and folder paths.

When I am developing each of my products, I work on the current four versions at the same time so that the same features are available on all versions (where supported). My code base is the same for all products with conditional code and conditional compilation handling the version differences. So with ShellFolderFix, I can set up workspaces with the Windows Explorer windows in the positions I want for the folders I want and it will remember them. One click and I can restore the Workspace. It also has many other options that allow you to remember settings for specific folders.

ShellFolderFix

Website: ShellFolderFix

Notepad++

If you need to edit plain text documents, then good old Windows notepad.exe used to be the tool of choice. However, with Notepad++ you get the same functionality but on steroids. You can edit multiple documents in tabs and it has Syntax Highlighting for many common languages.

It even let’s you know if a file has been updated and will refresh the contents in the editor.  This is really useful when looking at log or ini files.

notepad4ever

Website: Notepad++

Sidebar Diagnostics

Do you remember the Windows Vista and Windows 7 gadgets? It was always cool to get statistics from your system such as CPU Usage and GPU Usage. Well, my son Aaron showed me there is a really nice way to get this functionality without the overhead of the gadget system or running lots of separate tools.

Sidebar Diagnostics provides a toolbar that you can pin to the edge of the screen which displays CPU, RAM, GPU, Drive and Network statistics. It is fully customisable in how it looks and what information it shows. So on my Surface Book, I can easily tell if the GPU is available or how busy the CPU is.

SidebarDiagnostics

Website: Sidebar Diagnostics

Ninite

If you are like me (and my son Aaron), as a technical person (Geek), you end up being the unofficial computer support person for all your friends and family. Every time they want a new machine bought and setup or an upgrade done or when something goes wrong, they are on the phone to you. I don’t mind helping out as a well set up computer is less likely to have issues and will run smoothly. I enjoy working with computers and if a machine works well it can be a joy to use. So I am trying to spread joy and happiness.

Aaron introduced me to Ninite. This tool helps with the spreading of joy and happiness. It is a “Meta” installer. You can just specify the products you want to install from a list of common products on the web site and it will allow you to download your custom installer. When you use the installer, it will download the latest versions of the products you have selected and install them for you. Here is where it gets clever, it will also automatically decline all the special offers and toolbars and other spy junk software that is sometimes included in installers. It is a huge time saver.

Ninite

Website: Ninite

Camtasia

You might have seen that I recently released some GP Power Tools Videos. To create these videos I recorded each section of the presentation deck and each section of the product demonstrations separately using the Camtasia Recorder and then in the Camtasia Studio I pulled everything together to produce what I hope you think are pretty professional videos.

While this tool is not free, it does have a free trial and I would highly recommend having a look at it if you have any requirements to produce videos.

Camtasia-Capture

Website: Camtasia

 

Hope you find all these tools as useful as I do.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Development, Microsoft, SQL Server, Windows Tagged: Development, SQL, Windows

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PSA: The No More Ransom! Project

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on my previous Public Service Announcements (PSA) about scammers and user credential hacks, today I have one on ransomware.

A while back, I posted a warning about Backups and Cloud Storage and how ransomware and in particular crypto viruses could destroy your cloud backed up files if they are automatically synchronised with your local files.

You are still safest to have a back up on a drive or system that is not always connected, and avoid getting ransomware on your system.

The problem of ransomware has prompted the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and two cyber security companies – Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security to create a project to help users infected with ransomware and also help them avoid being caught in the first place.

The project has a web site which has information on prevention, including my personal favourite setting….

Every time I sit on a new machine, I always turn off the Hide extensions for known file types option in Windows Explorer. I wish that Microsoft would remove this option or default it to off as it makes it really easy to hide program and script (.exe, .scr, .com, .vbs) extensions.

For example: you will be able to tell when AngelinaJolieNude.jpg is really AngelinaJolieNude.jpg.exe.

Just open Windows Explorer (Win+E) and on the View menu/ribbon select Options and change folder and search options.

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Anyhow, back to the No More Ransom Project.

The website also has tools which can help you identify the encryption method and keys used on an infected system and also provides decryption tools. While they cannot guarantee being able to fix an infected system, they have helped many who have been caught.

Go check out the site:

The primary advice on the site is:

The general advice is not to pay the ransom. By sending your money to cybercriminals you’ll only confirm that ransomware works, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get the encryption key you need in return.

Keep Safe

David

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Friday Funny: How to play Pokémon GO on Windows and WIN

David Meego - Click for blog homepageUnless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you would have heard about Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO is an Augmented Reality (AR) game for Android and Apple devices that brings the world of Pokémon (made famous by the Nintendo games) into the real world. The game has had both positive and negative feedback in the mass media, but primarily has been responsible for getting many people out and about walking around, getting fit and interacting with others.

But if you don’t own an Android or Apple device, you have been unable to join the fun…. or have you?

I am not from the Pokémon generation, but my youngest son has a Nintendo DS and has played some of the many Pokémon games available. So for those who need a bit more information here is a summary from Wikipedia:

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Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpoʊkeɪˌmɒn, -kᵻ-/ POH-kay-MON, POH-ki-MON) is a media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon” (short for Pocket Monsters), which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport.

Here is the launch trailer for the Pokémon GO game:

Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO! (direct link)

You can even (soon) get a connected wearable Pokémon GO Plus device to help you keep track of the game without even having your smartphone or tablet out.

This is all great, but to date the users of Windows and Windows devices have been left out in the cold. In fact a petition on change.org was created to ask the developers to release a version for Windows.

But the internet being what it is and with a lot of smart people out there, a way to play Pokémon GO on Windows has been developed and it allows you to not just play the game, but to play it and win, without leaving the comfort of your home. Ok, it allows you to cheat.

The first part of the solution came from a Reddit thread and is an Android emulator for Windows PCs which has been fine tuned for playing Pokémon GO. It allows you to spoof the GPS co-ordinates fed to the game and use the W,A,S,D keys to walk around. You can also jump bigger distances, but that will result in a soft ban of an hour or so.

The second part of the solution is a mapping app created by Daniel Gary that gathers data from the Pokémon Go servers and shows you the locations of Pokémon in real time. So now you know where to look for them.

Here are the links:

Why did I write this article?

Well, I just found it really funny how my eldest son (who has never played any Pokémon games before) was sitting watching television at home while it was raining outside and was “walking” around catching Pokémon. Then to get XP (experience points) which are used in the game to buy things, or make things happen you need to walk around lots. So, he showed off his inner geek and set up a macro to hold down the W key for 30 seconds, then the A key for 30 seconds and then the S key for 30 seconds and finally the D key for 30 seconds and repeat.:)

These games are huge wasters of time because to progress you need to dedicate lots of time to playing… unless you are using Windows and can make the game play by itself while you do other more useful activities.

Gotta Catch Them All!

David

PS: No judgements on the cheating…. If the game worked on Windows devices, there would be no need for hacks.

PPS: Today is the last day to get your free Windows 10 upgrade.

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Fun, News Tagged: Friday Funny, Fun, General, News

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Go deeper into Microsoft Dynamics GP at reIMAGINE 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAre you coming to the reIMAGINE 2016 conference in Fargo, ND, USA?

If you are a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, you should be there as it is the best place to discover what’s new from Microsoft and engage with your peers during dedicated networking opportunities only available to partners.

The conference will be held on 19th – 21st September 2016 in sunny Fargo – the original home of Great Plains Software and the Dynamics GP product.

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To make sure that the Partners attending get the most value from the conference, the team responsible for the content have been working hard to incorporate the feedback from previous years and include more deep content.

There will be content for all members of Partner organisations, from Consultants and Developers to Sales and Marketing to Leadership.

For more information, please have a read of Pam Misialek’s article and provide feedback to her if you want to see specific content.

So make sure you are registered: Register Now

See you there.

David

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