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#reIMAGINE2015 – Day 3

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The final day of reIMAGINE 2015 combined breakfast with another Rapid Fire Partner Solution session. Then we had a Closing session which included a great keynote by one of the fathers of Dexterity (the language behind Dynamics GP), Tim Brookins.

Tim discussed the Internet Of Things (IOT) and how gathering data can help make smarter decisions. For example, understanding the driving habits of different demographic groups allows insurance companies to offer policies and premiums appropriately so they can still run a profitable business. He mentioned that some insurance companies now offer lower premiums to “safe” drivers if they are willing to install a dongle into their car which monitors car usage and metrics such as hard acceleration and braking. If you decide to protect your privacy and not use the dongle, you will be left in the “risky” drivers group. Over time the premium for the safe group will drop and rise for the risky group. Even if you are a safe driver, protecting your privacy will cost you.

Tim’s final example related to email and whether you are paying for your email service. If you are not paying and are using a “free” service, you will have to accept that your privacy will be diminished as the service provider is going to either serve up adverts or is expecting you to also use other paid services.

In summary, you will need to pay in one way or another if you want to protect your privacy. The service providers have to make their money somewhere. An Australian TV show about advertising called “The Gruen Factor“, summed it up as “If you are getting a service without paying for it, then you not the customer, you are the product”.

The Closing Session finished with the details of when the next conference will be, mark your calendars now for reIMAGINE 2016. It will be back in Fargo, September 19-21, 2016. More details will be available later this year, but it will be at the Hilton Garden Inn again.

Insert great photo here of David with Tim Brookins. :-(

The conference was not over yet with the last sessions still to come.

I actually was able to attend my first breakout session that I was not directly involved with. I sat in on Brian Roney’s “Tried and True Practices for Developing SBA Operations”. This was a great session which covered Service Based Architecture, .Net objects and .Net Interop as well as window linked and decoupled service enabled procedures.

Now, it was time for another new (and experimental) session presented by Mariano and myself. The “Developing in Dexterity” session was designed to be a bit of an introduction into Dexterity development while still having some advanced topics covered. Mariano and I have covered Dexterity before we have usually skipped over some of the steps involved or used macros to speed them up.

This time I decided to raise the bar and challenge myself. With Mariano’s help, I would code an example customisation live in a 60 minute session. To prove it was live, we got the audience to select the window (from a list of 3 suggestions) and to provide the names for a string field and a drop down list field. This fields would be added to the window as user defined fields and stored in a parallel table. The default value for the string and the contents (3 items) of the drop down list were also chosen by the audience.

After creating the fields and the table and adding the fields to the window, I used previously exported scripts to drive the windows. To make them work, I had to perform a number of find and replace steps to rename all the objects as required. I then created and deployed the chunk and showed it working in a live application.

The next step was to create a set of Service Based Architecture services to allow the additional fields to created, updated, deleted and retrieved. While I messed up one of the find and replace steps, I was able to get the code compiled and deployed into the live system. Hopefully, the attendees enjoyed the session seeing me put under pressure and almost screwing up.

Insert photo of session attendees here. Sorry guys can’t make you famous.

After the Dexterity session was over, we had a quick boxed lunch and then I had a couple of meetings with the Dynamics GP development team and Dynamics GP product managers. These meetings were very productive, but I can’t tell you any details. If I did, then I would have to get someone else to shoot you…. I don’t own a gun.

After the meetings, we assembled at Sheila JR and Leslie’s room at the Home2 Suites for some pre-dinner drinks before we all headed over to Passage to India for what has become an annual tradition. Yummy Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh and Garlic Naan.

DinnerClockwise: Mariano Gomez, John Lowther, Sheila Jefferson-Ross, David Musgrave, Belinda Allen, Jen Kuntz, Leslie Vaile, Sheila Ochoa, & Emily Halverson.

This brought the conference to a close with most of the attendees flying out the next day (except for the locals). You have already heard of some of my exploits on the next day with the destruction of all my photos.

Conference Wrap Up in the next post…


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It’s official, say hello to David Musgrave MVP!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have been involved with the Great Plains / Microsoft Dynamics GP Community for many years and for much of that time I have been friends with some of the most knowledgeable and helpful people in the community.

A number of these friends have been recognised by Microsoft for their contributions by being awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status.

Many people have been surprised to find out that even though I usually hang out with the Dynamics GP MVPs, I was not actually a MVP. That said, I was usually treated as an honourary MVP and invited to MVP events. Thank-you for the unofficial recognition.

The issue was that a Microsoft Employee cannot be a MVP and I had been a Microsoft Employee for 13.5 years starting not long after Microsoft acquired Great Plains.

In October 2014, I left Microsoft and restarted my consulting business as Winthrop Development Consultants.

A number of the MVPs and also people in Microsoft immediately nominated me for MVP status, however as the MVP award is based on the contribution to the community made over the previous 12 months, I was not eligible until I had been out of Microsoft for at least a year.

Today is October 2015 and 12 months have passed since I left Microsoft and I am very proud to say that it is now official. I received the email today confirming that I have been awarded MVP status.


Dear David Musgrave,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Dynamics GP technical communities during the past year.

Thank you to everyone who nominated me and to the people who approved my nomination. It is great to be recognised for the work I do and I feel very proud to now be able to say that I am part of an elite group of people….

The Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs


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#reIMAGINE2015 – Getting There

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Starting with a taxi ride at 3:00am Friday morning to the airport, my 31.5 hour journey to Fargo, North Dakota, USA for the reIMAGINE 2015 conference began.

This trip is the longest I have had in the US as I will be staying until the GPUG Summit 2015 conference in Reno.

My flights were uneventful, I watched too many movies (8 movies and 1 music concert) and did not sleep enough. I flew from Perth to Sydney (4 hours), Sydney to Dallas (15.5 hours), Dallas to Fargo (3 hours). The only downside was a long transit time in Dallas where I spent about 4 hours snoozing.

Once I got to Fargo (at 9:30pm Fargo Time), I was disappointed to find that the spread of Minions had got here was well. They seem to be taking over the world and one day they will turn on us and become our masters. :-)


Once I got to the hotel, I unpacked my stash of Australian yummy treats and Vegemite. This trip I have even more as I have 3 events to go to (the two conferences and Dexterity training in Mexico). I then went to bed to get some well deserved sleep.


The reIMAGINE 2015 conference is being held at the Convention Center attached to the Hilton Garden Inn with most of the attendees staying at Garden Inn or the Home2 Suites next door. I went out on Saturday morning to get some photos during daylight.

In the photo below, you can see the Convention Center to the left of the main building.


I am staying at the Home2 Suites next door.


The view from my room window shows the cross walk that takes you straight to the Convention Center.

Convention Centre

Looking forward with catching up with my friends as they start arriving on Saturday afternoon.

Next update from Fargo soon.


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Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Second Meeting

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOn Tuesday night, the Perth GPUG Chapter had its second meeting.

The meeting was held at the Perth Microsoft Office from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. We started with some socialising with a drink and pizza.

The number of attendees was down a little from out first meeting, but some of the people who wanted to attend were unable to due to other commitments or sickness and injury. Get well soon Michael Z and Robert G.

During the meeting we did not get through all the planned materials, but we had some great discussions about Microsoft Dynamics GP and its history as well as the best methods to sell and support the product.

Kate Sexstone presented on the benefits of GPUG Academy and the various certifications offered by the program.

Another highlight for me was to finally meet fellow blogger, Vaidy Mohan, who has just moved to Perth to work with a local partner. We have been chatting online for many years, but had not been able to meet in person until now.


Thanks to Michelle (our host) and Katherine & Robin (office admins) from Microsoft who help make the meeting happen.

The next meeting is planned for 8th December 2015 5pm to 7:30pm at the Microsoft Office.

If you are a customer in Western Australia, we would love to see you at the next meeting.

Click here to register. Also click for the Perth Chapter’s Collaborate Forum.


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Friday Funny: Thumb Wars: The story of Loke Groundrunner

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI feel a great disturbance in the Thumb. You might remember the movie Kung Pow! Enter The Fist by Steve Oedekek, a parody of B grade martial movies that is funny in its absurdity.

Well, I recently came across an article which highlighted some of Steve’s previous work with his series of thumb parodies of well known movies.

Follow the galactic adventures of Loke Groundrunner and Oobi Doo Scooby Dooby Banoobi and the battle between the Thumbellion and the Evil Thumbpire in Thumb Wars.


Watch the full movie below. :-)

Thumb Wars (Full Movie) (direct link)


A quick look on the Tube of You and you will find other thumb movies such as Frankenthumb, Thumbtanic, Bat Thumb, The Godthumb and The Blair Thumb. Watch them if you dare.

For more information see the post on The Verge:



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#GPPT GP Power Tools Build 20 hotfix 2 released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIf you come across the problem below, please download the GP Power Tools Build 20 hotfix 2 which is now available from the Mekorma website.

When using the Configuration Export/Import window to import a configuration settings file created with the Support Debugging Tool into GP Power Tools, it will say that there is nothing to import.

This issue was caused by the changes to make GP Power Tools work with SQL tables rather than with temporary tables written to a Debugger.xml file. It happened because the table names written into the configurations settings file was incorrectly changed so that they had a _TEMP suffix.

This hotfix now uses the correct table names when exporting and can read both sets of table names when importing, so it will be able to handle both the correct and incorrect formats.

If you already have GP Power Tools installed, please download this latest hotfix build and install it over the top of your existing instance.

This build can be identified by the Last Modified: 03-Sep-2015 date on the About GP Power Tools window. The installer versions (shown in file properties and under Control Panel >> Programs and Features once installed) are 11.00.0020.5, 12.00.0020.5 and 14.00.0020.5.

Version History

Below is a summary of the changes made for releases 11.00.0020, 12.00.0020 and 14.00.0020 hotfix 2 (Last Modified: 03-Sep-2015):

  • Fixed issue with incorrect table names for Configuration Export/Import causing imports to fail.


The download links are on the bottom of Mekorma’s GP Power Tools page.

Note: You might be warned when downloading the installer that the file “is not commonly downloaded”. This is because the security certificate for Winthrop Development Consultants is still new and will take a little time to propagate through the internet. If this happens, you might need to unblock the file using Right-Click >> Properties >> Unblock.

GP Power Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP – User Guide Manual Documentation

Note: The manual is included with the installer, but is also available as a separate download.

Support Information

Support for GP Power Tools is provided by Winthrop Development Consultants’ distribution and support partner, Mekorma.

Support cases can be logged using the link below:

Support hours are 6:00am to 5:00pm (US Pacific Time), Monday to Friday.

Pricing Information

For customers, the special introductory price for an annual subscription is US$365 per year. That’s Peace of Mind for a dollar a day, and every four years you will get an extra day for free. :)

Please place your orders via Mekorma’s Order Now page:

Partners can request Not for Resale (NFR) registration keys. Please email with the following details:

  • Contact Name
  • Company Name
  • Company Address
  • Phone Number
  • Your Microsoft Account Number

More Information

For more information, please see the GP Power Tools Portal Page:

You can also look at the GP Power Tools pages on the Winthrop Development Consultants and Mekorma sites:


Please post your feedback as comments on this article or using the GP Power Tools Feedback Survey on what you think of this build and what you would like to see in the future.


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Changing the Microsoft Edge home page on Windows 10

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is a quick bit of help for those of you new to Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser.

I have already had to help a few people through these steps, so I thought I would post them online for others to see and use.

Most people know how to change the home page(s) in Internet Explorer, but the process for Microsoft Edge is different and has a few steps.

If you want to change the home page for Microsoft Edge, follow the steps below:

  1. Click … in the top right of the Microsoft Edge window.
  2. Click Settings

Once settings is open:

  1. Select Open with A specific page or pages
  2. On drop down list select Custom
  3. Enter the web address you want
  4. Click + sign to add the address
  5. Click X to remove about:start

See the screenshot below for the steps in visual form:


You can repeat steps 3 and 4 if you want more than one home page.

That’s all folks….


PS: If you want to import your favourites, click on the 3 lines button and click on the star for favourites. Then click on Import favourites. Once imported, you can drag the folders back up to the top if that is what you prefer.

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