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#GPUGSummit Come train with me, let’s train, train away

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSorry for the out of tune singing and altered lyrics… I just changed the mode of transport. Also, apologies to Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble.

But registration for the pre-conference Academy training at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa is now open and that makes me want to sing.

Just to get you in the mood, play the following video while you read the rest of the article:

Michael Buble – Come fly with me (direct link)

 

Firstly, if you have not registered for GPUG Summit 2016, do it now as it is filling up fast and accommodation in Tampa, Florida, USA is getting harder to find.

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Secondly, register for the Pre-Conference Academy Training you want to attend.

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I would like to highlight the training classes I will be presenting:

Dexterity Fundamentals Bootcamp (5 Days)

Dexterity I (Dexterity Product Fundamentals) will teach you about the development environment used to build the Microsoft Dynamics GP family of products. This course will provide you with the foundation you need to build integrated, database-independent applications. In addition, you will learn how to provide powerful application functionality for Dynamics.

See my previous post:

Note: This training runs in the week prior to GPUG Summit 2016 (from Monday 3rd October 2016 to Friday 7th October 2016) and will be held at the Microsoft Office in Tampa. I will be staying close to the Microsoft Office at the Crowne Plaza Tampa – Westshore for the week of the training before shifting to a different hotel for GPUG Summit.

Click here for details and registration: http://sched.co/77Lx

Introduction to GP Power Tools (1/2 day, morning)

GP Power Tools (previously known as the Support Debugging Tool) is a powerful suite of tools to help you support, administer and customize your Microsoft Dynamics GP system.

This workshop introduces the user level (standard mode) features of the tools such as; identifying resources (windows, tables, fields, etc.), resolving application security issues, capturing screenshots and logs, troubleshooting the cause of an issue, controlling Dex.ini settings and even avoiding issues by color coding companies.

David Musgrave, the original developer, will guide you through the installation process and use of the tools. You will learn what the recommended configuration is and how to set up the tools to get the most out of it. This session is a must for those wanting to also attend the advanced workshop.

Click here for details and registration: http://sched.co/77M9

Advanced GP Power Tools Tricks and Tips (1/2 day, afternoon)

GP Power Tools (previously known as the Support Debugging Tool) is recognized by system administrators and consultants as a valuable tool that eases the task of administering Microsoft Dynamics GP.

In this advanced workshop, we build upon the foundation from the introduction workshop and look further into the administrator level (advanced mode) features of the tools. We will look into the scripting and programming capabilities of the tools, showing how it can be used to customize the system and fix issues. Also, we will explore the Database Validation feature to understand how this will help ensure your system is in “tip top” shape and so avoid upgrade issues.

David Musgrave, the original developer, will guide you through practical, hands-on examples using a variety of scripting languages including SQL, Dexterity and now C# and VB.Net. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience with, we can guide you through.

Click here for details and registration: http://sched.co/77Lt


While not part of the GPUG Academy Training, I will also be running Advanced Dexterity Training in the week before the Dexterity Fundamentals bootcamp in Tampa.

The training will run in the week following the reIMAGINE 2016 conference and will be located at the Axentit offices in Mexico City from Monday 26th September 2016 to Friday 30th September 2016.

Dexterity II (Dexterity Advanced Integration Techniques)

The Dexterity II course is designed to build upon the skills acquired from the Dexterity I course. It will provide advanced knowledge necessary to build applications that are tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP. The class will focus on building integrations associated with maintenance windows, transaction windows, inquiry windows and reports. In addition, topics such as creating SQL data and upgrading applications will also be discussed.

See my previous post for details:

So “Come train with me, let’s train, train away” …..

Hope to see you.

David

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#GPPT Vote for Company Color Schemes to work on the Dynamics GP Web Client

David Meego - Click for blog homepageGP Power Tools (like its predecessor, The Support Debugging Tool) has a feature where it can change the background colors of the Dynamics GP application depending on the company you are logged into.

This functionality work perfectly on the Dynamics GP desktop client, but does not work on the Web Clients (both Silverlight and HTML5 versions).

The problem is that the Web Client’s rendering code does not support the Dexterity function library commands Color_SetSystemColor() and Color_ResetSystemColor() which can be used to change system colors for various objects in the application.

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Having different colors for each company helps differentiate the companies by providing an immediate visual cue to the user. It will ensure the user knows which company they are in and will avoid data entry into a test company or into an incorrect company.

For example: using a hot pink theme like the one below should remind you that you are logged into the test company.

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So, to try and get this functionality added to the web client, I have created a Product Suggestion on MS Connect (just like I used to tell everyone when I worked for Microsoft).

The more votes the suggestion (ID: 2698747) gets, the higher the priority becomes and the better the chances of getting this change made.

So, please vote and pass this request onto anyone you know who would benefit from having the company based color themes working in the Dynamics GP Web Client.

Click on the link below:

Here is the URL for the link

Thanks

David

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

Filed under: 2016, Development, Dexterity, Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, Products Tagged: GP 2016, GP Power Tools, GPPT, Web Client

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Upgrade to Windows 10 for free before time runs out

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWindows 10 was officially released on the 29th July 2015, and when it was released users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 were offered a free upgrade to Windows 10.

The free upgrade offer lasts for one year and so will expire on 29th July 2016. So this article is a reminder for everyone out there who has not upgraded yet to get a move on.

Windows 10 gives you everything that you loved about Windows 7 with the benefits of Windows 8 and store apps and heaps more.

Windows 10 is faster, more secure and has many new great features including Cortana, Edge Browser and DirectX 12 for gamers. Also there are lots of new features coming soon in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

To get the low down on why you should upgrade (like a boss), check out this video the Fedora Man himself, Bryan Roper.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon (direct link)

 

If you are ready to upgrade your device, then visit the site below to get started. You can do an “in place” upgrade over your existing system, or if you want download the ISO image and do a clean install and use your Windows 7 or 8 license key.

Note: If your only reason for staying on Windows 7 is that you can’t adapt to a new start menu, then you can install a third party start menu (eg. Start10, ClassicShell). That way you get most of the benefits of Windows 10 but still have an old start menu.

If your device is not one of the 300 million already running Windows 10, upgrade now before it will cost you (although the cost is not that much).

David

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

Filed under: Microsoft, News, Windows Tagged: News, Windows 10

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 has released!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have just received an email from my friend Terry Heley from Microsoft letting me know that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 has now been released to general availability and can be downloaded (my download is already completed:) ).

Thanks to everyone who has made this release possible. Lots of hard work goes into getting all the new features and fixes developed and tested.

The GP 2016 release adds some great new features including:

  • A new HTML5 browser with multi-device support for Web Client
  • Key additions to the All in One Doc viewers
  • ODATA service for Power BI
  • New service based architecture entities
  • plus 35+ functionality features prioritized by customers

For the download file go to the following page:

I have also updated my page on the blog with the links for all current versions:

Also check out the following blog series on the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog:

For the GP 2016 Feature of the Day articles published on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog, use the following link to access the PDF files on the OneDrive archive.

Click here for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 What’s New PDF document.

Enjoy

David

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

Filed under: 2016, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, News Tagged: GP 2016, News

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Announcing Advanced Dexterity Training in Mexico City on 26-30 September 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast year, between reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015, I ran Dexterity Fundamentals Training in Mexico City for the Microsoft Partner, Axentit.

So, this year they have asked me to come back and run an Advanced Dexterity Training class for them between reIMAGINE 2016 and GPUG Summit 2016.

The training will run in the week following the reIMAGINE 2016 conference and will be located at the Axentit offices in Mexico City from Monday 26th September 2016 to Friday 30th September 2016.

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This gives me another excuse to show the “Exploding Head” Dexterity logo

After this course I will be running the Dexterity Fundamentals Training in Tampa, Florida in the week before GPUG Summit 2016.

Below is some draft information on the training, however, the agenda might change as I will be getting feedback on specific topics that the attendees would like covered.

Dexterity II (Dexterity Advanced Integration Techniques)

Course Synopsis:

The Dexterity II course is designed to build upon the skills acquired from the Dexterity I course. It will provide advanced knowledge necessary to build applications that are tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP. The class will focus on building integrations associated with maintenance windows, transaction windows, inquiry windows and reports. In addition, topics such as creating SQL data and upgrading applications will also be discussed.

By actively participating in this class, you will learn:

  • Advanced programming techniques used by Microsoft Dynamics GP to develop Dynamics GP modules
  • How to develop add-on applications that will interact with the Dynamics GP products to meet specific customer requests
  • How to develop add-on applications that will “look and feel” like Dynamics GP and provide a seamless interface between the applications to ensure a professional finished product

Who should attend?

Customers or Partners who will be customizing or building applications to integrate with the Dynamics GP products.

Prerequisites:

  • A basic understanding of Dynamics GP is also needed.
  • Hands on development experience with Dexterity, preferably Dexterity I training course.
  • Familiarity with the Dynamics Software Developer Kit.

Agenda

Monday to Friday (5 days) 8:30-5:30 each day

Course Topics

Day 1
Introductions and Overview
Maintenance Window Integration Project
– Using the Great Plains Note object
– Using companion tables
– Implementing triggers to synchronize data

Day 2
Installation Window
– Creating SQL Tables
– Pass through SQL
Transaction Entry Window Integration Project
– Adding fields to an existing scrolling window
– Implementing triggers for data manipulation

Day 3
Inquiry Window Integration Project
– Modify existing inquiry window
– Create a new inquiry window
– Working with temporary tables

Day 4
Reports
– Modifying existing reports to add 3rd party data
– Using calculated fields and Report Writer functions
– Building a Report Options window

Day 5
Reports
– Building a Report Options window (continued)
Upgrading
– Table Conversions
– Installation scripts – adding to a palette, setting security, and adding to the shortcut bar
Error Handling and Debugging

The above agenda is a guideline and might be re-organised to fit additional topics if time allows.

To register your interest, so you are notified once more details are available, please contact Mariano Arias via email marias at axentit dot com dot mx.

Hope to see you there.

David

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#GPPT Understanding GP Power Tools User vs Administrator features

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, a question was raised about what was required to access GP Power Tools (GPPT) Administrator level features.

GP Power Tools features can be broken down into to levels or modes:

  • Standard Mode or User Level features
  • Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features

Standard Mode features can be used safely by all users and can be accessed once application level security is granted to the windows using the GP POWER TOOLS USER Security Role. This role should be granted to all users for all accessible companies in the system.

Standard Mode includes the following features; Manual Logging Mode, Dex.ini Settings, Resource Information, Security Profiler, Security Information, Security Log, Runtime Executer, SQL Executer, .Net Executer, Configuration Export/Import , ScreenShot, and Send Email.

Advanced Mode features are those administrator level features that could provide access to view or modify data and include scripting in multiple languages and Export/Import facilities. Advanced Mode features require the following:

  • Application level security using the GP POWER TOOLS ADMIN Security Role or POWERUSER Security Role.
  • SQL Server system administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system database and company databases.
  • The Dynamics GP System Password or the GP Power Tools Administrator Password (depending on how the system is configured).

Advanced Mode features include; Automatic Debugger Mode, Dictionary Control, XML Table Export, XML Table Import, Runtime Execute, SQL Execute, .Net Execute, Configuration Maintenance, Administrator Settings, Administrator Password Setup, Dex.ini Configuration, Database Validation, and Setup Backup and Restore.

If the user does not have the elevated privileges at the SQL Server level, they will receive the “You must be logged on as a user with SQL Server system Administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system and company databases to access this feature.” message.

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Note: The message was previously “You must logged on as a user with DBO privileges to access this feature.“, but has been updated to provide more information.

The user who will be accessing Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features does not need to be a POWERUSER, ‘sa’ or ‘DYNSA’. They just need access to the windows and to be granted elevated permissions at the SQL Server level. The permissions are required both for technical reasons and as an extra level of security to ensure that only administrator users can access Advanced Mode features.

Please note that even though the user has elevated privileges, due to their password being encrypted, they can only log in to Dynamics GP and so cannot use those privileges outside Dynamics GP.

For more information on GP Power Tools, please visit the portal:

Hope this explains everything

David

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

Filed under: GP Power Tools, Products Tagged: GP Power Tools, GPPT, SQL

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Announcing Dexterity Training at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt’s official, after discussions with Rich Beliveau from GPUG Academy, it is confirmed that GPUG Academy, with me as trainer, will be offering Dexterity Fundamentals training in the week prior to GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

The training will run from Monday 3rd October 2016 to Friday 7th October 2016 and will be held at the Microsoft Office in Tampa. GPUG Summit 2016 will follow on 11th to 14th October 2016.

The details and links to register will be published as soon as they are available in mid 2016. This announcement is so you can start the planning process and book the time into your schedules.

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I know it is the old logo, but I have always liked this one.

Below is details of the Dexterity Fundamentals training class:

Dexterity I (Dexterity Product Fundamentals)

Course Synopsis:

Dexterity I will teach you about the development environment used to build the Microsoft Dynamics GP family of products. This course will provide you with the foundation you need to build integrated, database-independent applications. In addition, you will learn how to provide powerful application functionality for Dynamics.

By actively participating in this class, you will learn:

  • Basic programming techniques used by Microsoft Dynamics GP to develop their core modules
  • How to modify existing Dynamics GP forms and reports in order to make customizations for customers
  • How to develop add-on applications that will interact with the Dynamics GP products to meet specific requests by customers
  • How to package and ship your dictionary allowing Microsoft Dynamics GP to make updates to Dynamics GP without affecting the developer’s dictionary
  • How to register your product with Microsoft Dynamics GP using a unique Product ID to ensure no duplication of add-on applications with the same name
  • How to develop add-on applications that will “look and feel” like Dynamics GP and provide seamless interface between the applications to ensure a professional finished product
  • How to use object triggers, which are scripts in your applications that are invoked by events in Dynamics GP, allowing several developers to deliver enhancements to the same Dynamics GP form

Who should attend?

Customers or Partners who will be customizing or building add-on or standalone applications to integrate with the Dynamics GP products.

Special Instructions

Prior to attending the course, it is highly recommended that students prepare for the course by going through the Dexterity Quick Start reference manual and working through the lessons in this manual. The Quick Start manual is installed with Dexterity and can be found under the Help-Online Manuals option from within Dexterity. Dexterity is located in the tools folder in the Dynamics GP DVD image.

Agenda

Monday to Friday (5 days) 8:30-5:30 each day

Course Topics

Day 1
Introductions and Overview
Dexterity Resources and Components
Create Basic Data Entry Project

Day 2
Complete Basic Data Entry Project
Script Debugger
Create Basic Lookup Project
Create Multi-user Data Entry Project

Day 3
Complete Multi-user Data Entry Project
Create Transaction Entry Project

Day 4
Complete Transaction Entry Project
Dexterity Utilities
Dynamics Integration Project

Day 5
Object Triggers
Additional Resources and Topics
Report Writer

The above agenda is a guideline and might be re-organised to fit additional topics if time allows.

To register your interest, so you are notified once more details are available, please email Rich dot Beliveau at dynamiccommunities dot com.

Hope to see you there.

David

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