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Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing

Today, Microsoft continue to show why it is at the forefront of the computing and technology world. A company that was once joined by the hip to the personal computer (PC) is now able to move with the times with a vision centered on mobile computing – to think, a few years ago the company was scrambling to catch up with Apple and Google.

Just 10 weeks ago, Microsoft begun rolling out Windows 10 and now boasts 110 million users and 8 million business PCs. Once more, Microsoft surprises the computing world with a host of new computing devices designed specifically for Windows 10.

Windows 10 Devices Briefing

Microsoft Devices: Do Great Things.

The New Microsoft Band

The New Microsoft Band: Live Healthier and Achieve More

The New Microsoft Surface Book

The New Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The New Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL

Tell you the truth, I moved from a Windows phone (Samsung ATIV S Neo) on the Sprint network to a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on the same network, which runs Android. While I have been able to adapt to the Android platform, I still don’t quite get the fuzzy feeling I did with my Windows phone. Maybe if Sprint decides to take on the new Lumia phones, I will switch back in a heartbeat, but that’s wishfull thinking. At this point, I will sign up for a new Microsoft Band as today I have the first iteration of that device which has been quite surprising so far (less the barometer feature now available in the second iteration). I will also be looking to upgrade my Xbox One to Windows 10 as soon as release becomes available. And speaking of Xbox One, here’s one of the coolest commercials they have.

My son has been enjoying Forza 6, which I got when I went to Fargo for reIMAGINE 2015. This game has been awesome to play so far, but I find it challenging without a driving wheel. Maybe it’s time to consider that Logitech G920 Driving Force.

I will also be looking forward to jump on a Surface Pro 4 as soon as I can, but for now it’s all a matter of enjoying Windows 10 all around on my laptops.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP

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October 7, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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GP2015 R2 Upgrade – “ASI_MSTR_Explorer_Favorites: Number of results columns doesn’t match table definition”

There were couple of exceptions related to GP2015 R2 that I wished to share here. One would be discussed here and other one on the next post.

After upgrading to GP2015 R2, while doing a routine testing, following error message was thrown while trying to open Smartlist:

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Full message as follows:

Unhandled database exception:
A get/change operation on table ‘ASI_MSTR_Explorer_Favorites’ failed accessing SQL data.

Number of results columns doesnt match table definition.

Number of results columns doesnt match table definition.


Debugging this error took me to the table Smartlist Favorites Master (ASIEXP81). Strange, however, that number of columns indeed matched.

I remembered this issue happening in GP 10 and GP 2010. Suggested solutions were to run GRANT.SQL on all databases and changing ODBC provider to SQL Native Client. However, in my case, both were already done and confirmed.

To avoid any further delay or issue(s), I decided to backup the records from ASIEXP81, recreate the table using GP SQL Maintenance and push the records back from the backup table.

Resolution: Drop and create the table Smartlist Favorites Master (ASI_MSTR_Explorer_Favorites, ASIEXP81) using GP SQL Maintenance.

Only that, I did not have to reinsert the records. When I opened the Smartlist after recreating the table, it automatically populated all records. Strange, again. But it worked.

Word of caution: Always take backup before you do anything with the data.


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GP2015 R2 Upgrade – “ASI_MSTR_Explorer_Favorites: Number of results columns doesn’t match table definition”

August 2, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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Dynamics GP – Cashbook Bank Management (CBM) vs. Electronic Bank Management (EBM) vs. Bank Reconciliation (BR)

I have been doing a fair bit of explanation around Cashbook Management and Bank Reconciliation modules in GP over the past few weeks. I found the explanation from Brian Wick below was pretty good. To add on to his excellent explanation – here are a few additional items –

Cashbook Management –

  • Cashbook has support for more Multicurrency transactions. They can do bank transfers in as many as four currencies at the same time for instance whereas Bank Rec allows just two
  • Easier to track Tax with Bank Transactions (However, you should typically be using AR/AP modules in GP and let tax flow from there) . I’ve heard the argument from some customers that they have been told that this is the only way to track tax when accounting for GST or VAT. That is NOT correct! 
  • Support for more transaction types such as GL Checks and RM Checks with don’t really have a counterpart in the Ban Rec product
  • No eConnect Import Interface

Bank Reconciliation

  • More commonly Used, better and easier to support 
  • Works well and meets most requirements other than the 4 currency bank transfer requirement discussed above.
  • Has eConnect Import Interface

Cashbook Bank Management (CBM) vs. Electronic Bank Management (EBM) vs. Bank Reconciliation (BR)

(Bank Management (BM) refers to both CBM and EBM)

The major difference between Bank Management and the Bank Reconciliation is that the Bank Reconciliation receives most of it transactions from other modules. Debtors and creditors cash transactions are captured in RM and PM and Bank Reconciliation is updated accordingly.

You can capture all your cash transactions in Bank Management and RM, PM and GL will be updated accordingly. The windows updated in Great Plains are RM Cash Receipts, RM Transaction Entry (payments to debtors), PM Manual Payments, PM Transaction Entry (receipts from creditors) and GL General Entry.

However in the CBM transactions captured in PM transaction entry, RM transaction entry, SOP, invoicing and PM computer cheques also update CBM in the same way that Bank Reconciliation is updated.

The reconcile functions in CBM and Bank Reconciliation are very similar so the major difference between CBM and Bank Reconciliation is that Bank Reconciliation receives transactions from other modules and Bank Management is a single point of entry for all cash transactions. All other differences are in functionality: Batch processing, full multicurrency, Electronic Reconcile Management (Auto Bank Recon), Intercompany Payments and Deposits, Intercompany many to many Bank Transfers, Payments to Debtors and Receipts to Creditors ext.

The difference between the CBM/Bank Reconcile and EBM is due to the fact that in EBM you do not have any source documents (Cheque counterfoils, Deposit slips ext.) as 90% of the transactions are done via electronic transfer. So the first time we find out about a transaction is when it appears on the bank statement.

In CBM and Bank Reconciliation we capture our transactions from source documents (Cheque counterfoils and deposit slips) and then reconcile the transactions that are on the bank statement to the transactions that we have already captured.

In EBM we capture our transactions from the bank statement and then post the transactions to RM, PM and GL. As the source document is the bank statement there is no need to do a separate reconcile so the post and the reconcile is one process.

In EBM we do however allow for transaction that originate form counterfoils and deposit slips. When this happens the user will capture these transactions in RM and PM but instead of posting to the Bank Account the transactions will post to a Holding account. When the transactions appear on the Bank Statement they will be captured as normal and then matched to the original transactions in the Holding Account. Regardless of the type of the transaction (GL, AP or AR) EBM will create GL transactions moving the money from the Holding account to the Bank Account. Thus the Bank Account will only be affected by transactions that have appeared on a bank statement. By doing this the Bank Account will always have a true balance.

So the difference between CBM/Bank Reconcile and EBM is that CBM/Bank Reconcile are driven by source documents and EBM is driven by the Bank Statement.

Best regards,
Brian Wick
Partner Online Technical Community

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July 23, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Changing themes in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015

Hi Folks, Hope you have explored the new options available in CRM 2015. One of the coolest features is changing the themes and the logo. This post will help you to quickly understand how to change the themes in CRM online: Navigate to Settings – Customizations.

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June 25, 2015 · turlapativishnu · No Comments
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Kinect 2 Tutorial on Tracking Strategies

Microsoft has published a set of great tutorials for making applications with Kinect 2. These detailed hands on Lab/Tutorials for V2 were published last month.

I highly recommend the tutorial on tracking strategies – for keeping the application accurate when multiple people are in the room.

This lab will explain the following:

Tracking a user who is the first to be seen.
Tracking the user who is the closest to the Kinect 2.
Tracking a user who is the most active in the scene.
Tracking several people simultaneously.

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April 8, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Mahmoud Al Saadi – Dynamics GP MVP!!


I am proud to inform you that my colleague “Mahmoud M. Al Saadi” is now Dynamics GP MVP!

Well deserved and well expected!


Mohammad R. Daoud MVP – MCT
+962 – 79 – 999 65 85

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April 1, 2015 ·  · No Comments
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GP 2015 R2–What’s coming and GP’s roadmap

With Convergence all wrapped up – David Musgrave has started his series of posts
covering his experience at his
. A couple of slides from the general session are worth checking out if
you haven’t seen them already. One of the exciting things on the roadmap is the
HTML5 Web client on the roadmap for R3.

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March 31, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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