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#reIMAGINE2015 – Day 1

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The conference officially starts today with a breakfast hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn. Mariano and I went down for breakfast and as fairly typical found ourselves chatting with many of the other attendees as well as catching up with the Microsoft people from the Fargo campus who had come over for the opening session.

The Opening Session started with a welcome from Joe Carrol and Pam Misialek. Joe discussed Association of Dynamics Professionals and new exams and certifications offered by the association. This is an important step for the community since Microsoft stopped offering certifications for Dynamics GP and NAV. This provides the entire community a way to measure a professional’s skillset so that you will know that they have reached a certain level of knowledge.

Pam Misialek discussed how Dynamics Partners need to be trusted advisor for Dynamics products as well as for other Microsoft products, or they should at least work with non-Dynamics Microsoft Partners. This way they can be part of the process for the implementation of all Microsoft products and not just Dynamics.

Wayne Morris is the Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Marketing. He  discussed Microsoft’s direction and strategy and reaffirmed that Microsoft Dynamics both ERP and CRM are a large part of the overall Microsoft plan. He also highlighted that the midmarket solutions such as Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV are still very important to meet the future goals of Microsoft, especially in making the mission statement a reality:

Empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

He mentioned that it was important to continue building rich and deep relationships with customers and then bring in products that cater to the needs of small and medium businesses. In summary, Dynamics is core to Microsoft success. SMB (Small and Medium Businesses) is critical to where Microsoft is heading and they will continue investing.

The next speaker was Chad Sogge and he discussed where we are at this moment in time with “GP Now”. GP Now is the terminology for the current releases and what we can do with the system already.

He spoke about how the current system started as desktop client with a data server and how it is becoming more cloud and service based, including Office 365 and Dynamics CRM integration. As time goes on, more services and more Apps are coming, such as Business Analyser and self service apps.


Chad then discussed how the Web Client with Silverlight was introduced for Dynamics GP 2013 and how that empowered many companies to have a decentralised system that could be accessed from anywhere. Then we heard from Diamond Solutions on how there was minimal work required to take their local government solution and make it Web Client ready. We also heard from Martin and Andrew from eOne Solutions on their latest “Builder” offering. The Service Builder which can wrap any table from any product in Dynamics GP and make it accessible from a web service… without writing any code.

Then it was Jeff Trosen’s turn to discuss “GP Next” and the future plans. Jeff explained the roadmap and explained how the biggest technical advance for GP 2016 would be the HTML 5 based Web Client. Using objects coded in HTML 5 to reproduce the GP windows without a reliance on the now deprecated Silverlight, will open the Web Client up to work on all devices and browsers.

Below is the latest Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap (thanks Sheila JR for the photos):


Dynamics GP 2016 is planned for release in April 2016 and will have 30-35 new features as well as the HTML 5 Web Client. The cool thing is that there is nothing extra needed from developers to make their code ready for the HTML 5 version of the Web Client if they are already working on the Silverlight client. You can even have both Silverlight client for GP 2013 and GP 2015 installed on the same servers as the HTML 5 client for GP 2016.

We then were treated to some demonstrations of upcoming new features by Brian Meier and Jodi Christiansen. Followed by a demonstration of the HTML 5 Web Client by Jeff Trosen and Jennifer Ranz. After the demos, the opening session finished and the attendees split into groups based on their streams. The Developer and Consultant tracks headed or to the Microsoft campus for the breakout sessions.

I had planned to attend a couple of sessions, but after checking out the Microsoft Company Store, socialising and finally doing some preparation with Mariano for our first session, it did not happen.

So then Mariano and I presented our session: 25 Development Tricks and Hacks in 50 Minutes. This was a completely new session that was based on the 50 tips in 50 minutes format started by Mark Polino MVP. However as development is more technical and we did want to show and explain some code, we cut it down to 25 tips. The tips ranged from best practices and tricks for beginners to some seriously complex hacks to solve limitations in Dexterity. It was well received and I was happy as my friend Patrice Bremond-Gregoire said I taught him a thing or two. One of my aims when I present development sessions is to teach even the most experienced developers at least one thing they did not know.

It is very difficult to present when they is such a range of skill and experience levels in the attendees, and make everyone happy. But it helps when you give away yummy chocolates from Australia, like Caramello Koalas.


After our session Mariano and I relaxed for a while in the “Commons” area as the reIMAGINE 2015 Welcome Reception was being set up. The Welcome Reception was enjoyable with lots of socialising and catching up with my “conference” friends (people I only get to see at Microsoft Dynamics GP conferences).

It also had fun see how people reacted after eating some Cadbury Chocolate with “salted” caramel filling, only to find that the salted bit was Vegemite. While this might sound awful, it is surprisingly good and was liked by all who tried it.


We eventually got kicked out of the Microsoft office as the reception drew to a close and headed by coach back to the hotel. Time to get some sleep before day 2.


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Changing SQL Server Collation After Installation

I had a necessity to change the collation of newly created SQL server instance from CI_AS to CP1_CI_AS.

To brief you about why this was needed, I wanted to test upgrade GP from version 2010 RTM to 2010 SP3. In order to that, I created a new SQL server instance with collation SQL_Latin1_General_CI_AS. I restored GP 2010 RTM backups on to this newly created server. But later realised that GP databases that I got for 2010 RTM was of collation SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.

There were two options. Either I must change the collation of databases to CI_AS or I must change the server collation itself to CP1_CI_AS. Later seemed to be a better option (for some reason, I wanted to retain the collation on the databases). I was left with changing the collation of server instance.

That’s when I got this link: Changing SQL Server Collation After Installation

I was worried about the whole process but this post saved me loads of time and sweat. Changing the collation was a breeze.

Anybody out there who is looking for the best possible method to change server collation, above is the post you would want to read.


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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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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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Friday Funny: What’s wrong with this mathematical proof?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday’s Friday Funny is something to see if you can remember your high school algebra.

The following mathematical proof suggests that 2 = 1, which would definitely cause some issues with the accounting type people out there.

So the question is:

“What’s wrong with this mathematical proof?”

Here is the proof that 2 = 1:

  1. Let a and b be equal non-zero quantities
    a = b
  2. Multiply both sides by a
    a2 = ab
  3. Subtract b2 from both sides
    a2 – b2 = ab – b2
  4. Factor both sides
    (a – b)(a + b) = b(a – b)
  5. Divide out (ab)
    a + b = b
  6. Observing that a = b
    b + b = b
  7. Combine like terms on the left
    2b = b
  8. Divide by b
    2 = 1      QED

If you can explain what is wrong here, then you might help explain why:

  • odd <> even
  • black <> white
  • night <> day

Post your explanations in the comments.



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