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Microsoft Windows 10 is almost here

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt is already the 29th July 2015 in Australia and Windows 10 is almost here.

I know that because it is already downloading into a hidden C:$Windows.~BT folder onto my machines.

Now one question that many people are asking is “Can I do the free upgrade as a clean install if I have downloaded the ISO image?

The short answer is No.

The long answer is ….

Can I perform a clean install using the Free upgrade?

No, it will require that you are running a previous qualifying version and start the upgrade from within the qualifying version. You can initiate a clean install after completing the Upgrade.

Please be aware that you cannot use the free upgrade offer to perform a clean install on first attempt. You must first upgrade from the qualifying version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 (whether you do it through Windows Update or using the .ISO file). Ensure the upgrade is completed successfully and then ensure that it is activated. You can then proceed to do a clean install by using recovery media or using the Reset function in Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC (Get Started).

For more information on all your Windows 10 questions, please see the following article:



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Microsoft Windows 10 is almost here

July 28, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Developing using Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, I was contacted by a fellow Dexterity developer who was having trouble getting Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 to run Dynamics.dic in Test Mode.

In this article, I will take you through the errors you could get and how to resolve them. Some of these you might know from previous versions, others are new to GP 2015.

For this article I am using Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 and Dexterity 14.00.0084 which comes on the DVD image. I have copied a clean Dynamics.dic from the application folder into a subfolder in the Dexterity folder. I opened the dictionary with Dexterity and selected Debug >> Test Mode (Ctrl-T).

The first error I get is “You need to run Dynamics.dic Utilities before you can run Dynamics.dic. Do you want to launch Dynamics.dic Utilities now?“.


Note: The name of the dictionary (in this case Dynamics.dic) will be whatever your development dictionary file is called.

This issue is has been around since the beginning and is because the Dynamics code is looking at the Dex.ini file for the settings INITIAL and SYNCHRONIZE and unless it can find those set to FALSE, it will think that it is the first time Dynamics GP is being launched and ask to go to the Utilities to set up the databases and synchronize the dictionary to the account framework.

Solution: The easiest solution is to copy the Dex.ini file from the Application’s Data subfolder to the Dexterity’s Data subfolder. However, be sure to make the couple of changes below:

  • Change DexHelpPath to point to the Dexterity folder.
  • Add ShowResids=TRUE (for pre GP 2015, GP 2015 now shows Resource IDs as default)

Launching into Test Mode again and I get “Unhandled script exception: SCRIPTS – data area EXCEPTION_CLASS_SCRIPT_MEMORY SCRIPT_CMD_EXTERN


 Clicking OK and the Login window opens, but it is not fully drawn.


The problem here is that script that reads the ODBC Data Sources for the Server drop down list is trying to call an external library. This library is part of Dynamics GP, but not actually part of Dexterity and so is not installed.

Solution: Copy the GPDWIN32.dll from the Application folder to the Dexterity folder. This issue started from Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 onwards.

Launching Test Mode again and I can login, but get another error just after login. The error is “Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.BusinessIntelligence.Homepage’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.“.


This issue was introduced with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 when the homepage was changed.

Solution: Copy the following files from the Application folder to the Dexterity folder:

  • Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.BusinessIntelligence.Homepage.dll
  • Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.BusinessIntelligence.Homepage.Framework.dll

However, the error will still occur as GP 2015 now also requires the following file to be copied:

  • GPIcons.dll

Finally, you will also need to copy the following file to the folder where your development dictionary resides to avoid warnings when compiling:

  • Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.BusinessObjects.dll

Depending on your scripts you might also need the following files copied to the development dictionary folder to allow compilation without errors:

  • Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.ManagementReporterServices.dll
  • Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Svc.Application.dll

Now you should be good to go. Good luck.


For more information, see these previous articles from my old blog:


Hope this article helps make your life easier.


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July 24, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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#GPPT Updates for the GP Power Tools Public Beta

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, I am releasing an update to the GP Power Tools Public Beta.

If you have installed a previous version, please download and install this updated code as it contains a number of cosmetic and performance changes that have been identified by beta testers and during the documentation process.

The Beta 3 (Last Modified: 13-Jul-2015) build includes the following changes:

  • The About GP Power Tools window now shows the versions of the Visual C# and Visual Basic.Net Extension Addins if they are installed.
  • The Database Validation window fixes a couple of fields which had incorrect resizing properties and did not move correctly when the window was resized.
  • The Security Log window does not refresh multiple times when changing Display Modes, it will now only refresh once.
  • The GP 2013 build has better compatibility with GP 2013 R2. The Addins were causing errors.
  • The documentation is almost completed (except for Database Validation). The User Guide Manual PDF is now 238 pages long.

Also, have the following guidelines for a smooth installation:

  • If upgrading from the Support Debugging Tool, install Debugger.cnk and GPPTools.cnk first. Do not install any DLLs. Run as Administrator to allow Debugger.cnk to replace the Support Debugging Tool’s Debugger.dic and update the Dynamics.set to use GPPTools.dic in future. Once the changes to Dynamics.set are completed, the DLLs in the application folder and the Addins folder can be installed.
  • After copying the DLL files to the application folder and Addins folder, right click on each one and Unblock the DLL if it is blocked. The Unblock Button will show at the bottom of the General tab.


  • If the Addins cause issues, you can remove them, but you will lose the functionality they provide. Please contact me if you have any issues.
  • Login at least once as a user with ‘sa’ or similar permissions to allow the SQL tables in the Dynamics database to be created. If upgrading from the Support Debugging Tool, the Debugger.xml file be imported to populate the SQL tables.
  • Once GP Power Tools is installed, all Support Debugging Tool files (except for the Debugger.xml) will be removed.
  • If upgrading from a previous Beta build, there is no need to un-install, just copy the GPPTools.cnk and replace the DLL files in the appropriate folders.

Enjoy the beta and please provide feedback as comments on this post and via the survey built into GP Power Tools.


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#GPPT Welcome to the GP Power Tools Public Beta

Vaidhyanathan Mohan:

#MSDYNGP #GPPT David has released GP Power Tools public beta. Fun time ahead.

Originally posted on David Musgrave’s Winthrop Development Consultants Blog:

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, I am announcing a free public beta of GP Power Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP versions 11.0 (GP 2010), 12.0 (GP 2013) and 14.0 (GP 2015).

As you know, I have been working extremely hard on getting GP Power Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP ready for release and now it is time to get some feedback.

GP Power Tools is the next generation replacement for the Support Debugging Tool.

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July 7, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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Friday Funny: Best Marriage Proposal

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThere have been some amazing marriage proposals posted via social media and YouTube over the last few years, but this has got to be one of the coolest one yet.

Maybe that’s just because it is from an Australian guy ….

Watch below to see Liam Cooper’s proposal to his long time girlfriend, Amy Smith:

Aussie guy proposes to girlfriend in packed cinema. Best wedding proposal EVER! (Direct link)


Here is the full music video created for the proposal:

Rude by Magic! (Cover & Music Video for Wedding Proposal!) (Direct link)


Here are some other movie trailer proposals (in no particular order):



PS: Now, go get a tissue and dry your eyes now.

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June 19, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Welcome to the first GPUG Chapter outside of North America

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I have been involved in GPUG (Dynamics GP User Group) over the few last years, primarily because I was presenting at conferences in the US which GPUG was organising or at least had a presence at.

As I learnt more about what GPUG does for the community, I realised that I wanted to bring the benefits of an organised user group to my home town in Perth.

So, after promising Kim “Mama” Peterson for a long time that I would start a Perth chapter of GPUG, I finally bit the bullet and booked a room at the local Microsoft Office and began planning our first meeting.

Last Wednesday night we had our first meeting with eleven attendees. We had representatives from four customer companies and two of the three local partners (the third partner gave their apologies and promised to be at the next meeting).


Before the meeting got started, we had some social time to chat and eat pizza. Free food… always a great reason to attend. :-)

My long time friend (and SQL Guru) Robert Cavill from Emeco presented a member showcase. It was the best member showcase we had ever seen (also the only one), but it should be the first of many.

I also gave a demonstration of the upcoming GP Power Tools product, showing how to use it to resolve a variety of security related issues. The demo included some of the features from its predecessor (the Support Debugging Tool), but also included some functionality newly added to GP Power Tools.

Thanks to Michelle, Katherine and Fiona from the Perth Microsoft office for their assistance and to Rose, Jennifer and Kim from GPUG for working with me to make this happen. Finally thanks to the local partners and customers who took the time out of busy schedules to come and attend.

The next meeting is scheduled for September. Exact details will be published later.

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


PS: I found out that not only was this GPUG chapter meeting, the first in Australia, but also the first outside of North America.

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June 12, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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GP 2015 R2 Upgrade Issues & Possible Solutions

There is a GP community forum question that discuss about GP 2015 R2 upgrade errors. As always, contributors have poured in their thoughts and possible solutions to fix these issues.

Read the question here: GP 2015 R2 errors during update & Fixes

I recommend this post to everyone who are planning to upgrade to GP2015 R2 soon. This may save a lot of time.

Thank you GP community for being selfless, informative and helpful.


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June 4, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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