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Microsoft Virtual Conference Sessions–May 14 & 15

As part of the MVP Virtual Conference – there are a range of sessions from Azure, to BI that you can attend for free. Register here –

Here are some I am keen on attending –

Detecting Facial Expressions with Azure Machine Learning and Kinect for Windows

Speaker: Dwight Goins

Moderator: Gian Paolo Santopaolo

This session is about learning how to use Microsoft Azure Machine Learning with the Kinect for Windows in order to detect Facial expressions. This session will cover an introduction to Machine Learning, and different algorithms used to detect data patterns. The algorithms discussed will be nearest neighbor, probabilistic learning, decision trees, and neural networks. It will also cover an introduction to the Kinect for Windows device, such as explaining the features and capabilities of the device and SDK. The session will show basic demos and data coming from the device. The session will then drill down into HD Face and describe the data which is generated from Face and HD Face tracking. Lastly the session will show a demo and provide steps on how to incorporate Azure Machine Learning features into a Windows 8.1 Kinect enabled application to detect facial expressions in real time.

Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Automation with PowerShell

Speaker: Trevor Sullivan

Moderator: Anil Desai

Many IT Pros in the industry have begun their virtualization training with VMware, but as the market shifts in other directions, a lot of administrators are finding themselves managing multi-hypervisor environments. Many businesses are now in the process of migrating some or all of their virtual workloads to the Microsoft Hyper-V platform for a number of reasons including, cost savings, scalability, and ease of management. While managing a Hyper-V cluster is somewhat similar in concept to ESXi, there are some fundamental differences. This session will cover Hyper-V clustering, management differences, and the migration of VMs from ESXi to Hyper-V. The entire session will be geared towards VMware administrators who are looking to broaden their horizons by adding Hyper-V know-how to their toolbox.

10 New Things for Developers on Windows 10

Speaker: Colin Melia

Moderator: Mark Schramm

It’s in the title. If you didn’t have time for Build or you just want to get a summary of 10 new features for developers from the new and/or updates APIs, tools SKUs and/or languages, from devices to the cloud, this is your chance to get on board.

Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Occasionally Connected Mobile Apps

Speaker: Michael Perry

Moderator: Bryan Hunter

In collaborative apps, a change made on one device appears on another. Data flows seamlessly across devices. But those devices aren’t always connected. And even when they are, users don’t want to wait for a network connection before they can see or work with their data. So data needs to be stored locally, and synchronized in the background.

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April 7, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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[Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0][SQL Server]A.NET Framework error occurred during execution of user-defined routine or aggregate…


Yesterday I have upgraded one of my customers SQL Server from SQL 2008 R2 to SQL 2012, the upgrade went smoothly with now issues, however this morning one of the user reported that they are getting an issue upon using the Requisitions module, below the error:


Few researches over the internet returned this community discussion and this one as well about several errors finally turned to be an issue with the SQL Assemblies and in my case was “outdated” assemblies, answered by Jonathan Fear to use the command below against DYNAMICS database and it worked:

exec wfDeployClrAssemblies

Hope that helps other users!


Mohammad R. Daoud MVP – MCT
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How to enable the Projection button in the Depreciation Projection window for Fixed Assets

Hi Guys..
Found a very important KB article on enabling Fixed Asset projections button in the Depreciation Projection window..
Check it out..

To make the Projection button available in the Depreciation Projection window for Fixed Assets, follow these step.

Note  The following steps require you to run delete scripts by using the Microsoft SQL Query Analyzer tool. We recommend that you create a backup of your data before you follow these steps.

  1. Make sure that all users exit Microsoft Dynamics GP.
  2. Use one of the following methods to start the Support Administrator Console, Microsoft SQL Query Analyzer, or SQL Server Management Studio depending on the program that you use:
    • Method 1: SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE2000)

      Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Administrator Console, and then click Support Administrator Console.

    • Method 2: SQL Server 2000

      Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server, and then click Query Analyzer.

    • Method 3: SQL Server 2005

      Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and then click SQL Server Management Studio.

    • Method 4: SQL Server 2008Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2008, and then click SQL Server Management Studio.
    • Method 5: SQL Server 2008 R2
      Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, and then click SQL Server Management Studio.
    • Method 6: SQL Server 2012
      Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and then click SQL Server Management Studio.
  3. Run the following commands against the Company database:

    DELETE FA40203
    DELETE FA41900


    • FA40203 is the Fixed Assets Depreciation Book Setup table (used for tracking projections and depreciation).
    • FA41900 is the Projection Report Master table.
  4. Start Microsoft Dynamics GP.
  5. Verify that the Projection button is available. To do this, follow one of these steps, depending on the program that you are running:
    • For Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and later versions:

      On the Microsoft Dynamics GP menu, point to Tools, point to Routines, point to Fixed Assets, click Projection, and then verify that the Projection button is available.

    • For Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 and Microsoft Business Solutions – Great Plains 8.0:

      On the Tools menu, point to Routines, point to Fixed Assets, click Projection, and then verify that the Projection button is available.

Applies to
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0
  • Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains 8.0, when used with:
    • Fixed Asset Management

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March 23, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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Azure Machine Learning General Availability

Microsoft has announced the General Availability of the Azure Machine Learning Service.

Additional new capabilities with today’s release include:

  • The ability to create a configurable custom R module, incorporate your own train/predict R-scripts, and add python scripts using a large ecosystem of libraries such as numpy, scipy, pandas, scikit-learn etc. You can now train on terabytes of data using “Learning with Counts”, use PCA or one-class SVM for anomaly detection, and easily modify, filter, and clean data using familiar SQLite.
  • Azure ML Community Gallery that allows you to discover & learn experiments, and share through Twitter and LinkedIn. You can purchase marketplace apps through an Azure subscription and consume finished web services for Recommendation, Text Analytics, and Anomaly Detection directly from the Azure Marketplace.
  • A step-by-step guide for the Data Science journey from raw data to a consumable web service to ease the path for cloud-based data science. We have added the ability to use popular tools such as iPython Notebook and Python Tools for Visual Studio along with Azure ML.

The ML Gallery looks especially cool, and should help expand the utilization of this service extensively.



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February 19, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Identity Management

Hi everyone! It’s been hectic around here with a few projects going live in these days, in addition to preparations for Convergence 2015 here in Atlanta.

I wanted to draw your attention to two videos currently posted on the Microsoft Dynamics YouTube channel, related to the Identity Management feature.

Identity Management was introduced with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2, so is probably good to go back and review the original feature design goal with Tara Higgins with the Partner Technical Consulting team.

With Dynamics GP 2015, the feature was extended to cover authentication with organizational accounts, which provides single sign-on capabilities for Microsoft Azure AD accounts. Identity Management for organizational accounts is a web client feature only. Take a look at this video by my buddy Jason Lech with the Escalation Engineering team.

My goal is to release a video showing a real life example on how to set this up. So stay tuned.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

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February 12, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Dynamics GP 2015 – Printing Arabic Text

If you are planning to upgrade to GP 2015 and currently having Arabic text in your database need to be printed using report writer, make sure NOT TO UPGRADE to GP 2015.

Normally for printing Arabic text in report writer, if your keyboard was language the text will be displayed as rubbish data as below:

In order to get this printed properly, we used to switch the keyboard language to Arabic and the text will back to normal as below:

However for GP 2015, the system will automatically switch the keyboard language to English upon the generation of the report, and unfortunately the same switch is occurred upon hitting the print button, therefore the Arabic text will never be printed in Arabic and customers will start nagging!

Hope that Microsoft could resolve this soon!


Mohammad R. Daoud MVP – MCT
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#reIMAGINE2014 – Day 3

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Day three, the final day of the conference arrives. Looking out of the window from my room shows that the weather has not changed much, it is still cold with snow covering more of the ground.


The day started with breakfast for all the attendees at the Great Hall in the Holiday Inn and would be followed by a General Session titled “The Big Reveal”. I caught up with my friends and the presenters for the general session just before grabbing a bite to eat.

Chad Sogge, Errol Schoenfish, David Musgrave, Jeff Trosen … and Jennifer Ranz

Today is “Winthrop Wednesday”, so called because I had given Winthrop Development Consultants business shirts to my MVP friends and it was decided that they would wear them on the third day.

As breakfast was finishing Jivtesh Singh was interviewed by Jesse Byam and Jivtesh made a point of mentioning the Winthrop Development Consultants shirt. To avoid any confusion, the MVPs are not working for Winthrop Development Consultants, they are just showing their support for me and my new business. Thank you so much.

Jivtesh Singh and Jesse Byam

The general session started with Joe Carrol providing some closing thoughts on the conference and the history of Great Plains/Dynamics GP over the years.

Joe Carrol

After Joe, it was time for “The Big Reveal”, which was a great disappointment as it turned out to be Errol Schoenfish showing us that his taste in shirts had not improved since the general session on Monday and that he could now wear shirts with even larger plaid patterns.

NewShirtErrol Schoenfish’s Big Reveal

Seriously though, the Big Reveal was really the release of some of the details for the future direction of Microsoft Dynamics GP and the longer term vision.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Vision

Some of this vision was demonstrated by Jarrad Hall showing us how Excel refreshable reports could now work from spreadsheets stored in the cloud via Office 365. Previously, you could only refresh the report if you were directly connected to the same network as the Dynamics GP system. Now it is possible to connect to the data source remotely and refresh the data from Office 365.

Probably the most interesting part of the vision is an update to the user interface. Jennifer Ranz and Chad Sogge demonstrated some very early proof of concept code of what the future might hold.

Currently, the Web Client for Microsoft Dynamics GP uses Silverlight to render the Dexterity style controls to make the Web Client look almost identical to the Desktop Client (especially now that the Desktop Client has ribbons). The vision is to have a HTML 5 UI (User Interface) which would remove the dependence on Silverlight and browsers/devices that support Silverlight.

HTML 5 UI for Microsoft Dynamics GP

At this stage, the design of this interface is just a concept and is very likely to change before the final release. But to give you an idea on what the possibilities are here are a couple of screenshots.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP homepage rendered using HTML5

The Customer Maintenance window rendered using HTML5

The next part of the general session was an interview with two customer companies on how Microsoft Dynamics GP worked for them.

The session closed with Errol talking about how his son Tucker had matured with his basic training with the Air Force National Guard. At one stage he was becoming quite emotional, and needed some support from my friend Mariano.

Mariano Gomez lends a handkerchief to Errol Schoenfish

Errol Schoenfish dries his teary eyes

Fun aside, the message that Errol had was two fold, he discussed how his son had changed from a boy into a man and “reimaged” his life and his future. He also mentioned all of the attention to detail that the military drive into their members. Mundane things like how to make a bed, how to fold your clothes and even how to store your toiletries. This attention to detail is drilled into the soldiers every waking minute and there is a reason. Because one day, that solider will be packing a parachute, or cleaning a gun, or tightening a bolt on a vehicle, and without attention to detail, a minor mistake in the real world could cost someone their life. Maybe those “mundane” things are not so mundane anymore.

The closing session was followed by two break out sessions. The first session was:

  • Become More Dextrous at Dexterity Development: Best Practices & Expert Tips with Mark Rockwell, David Eichner, Patrice Bremond-Gregoire (standing in for Leslie Vail who was not feeling well), Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave

This session was great as it basically put a great many years of development experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP at the front of the room and opened the room to questions. We also ran through a number of tricks and tips with Dexterity development, such as keyboard shortcuts for the Script Debugger (Ctrl-F1 and Shift-Ctrl-F1) and how they can change Debugger Dictionary Context, using Source Code Control and using separate Dex.ini files for each development project, Dex.ini settings: ShowResids=TRUE, ShowAdvancedMacroMenu=TRUE, ScriptDebugger=TRUE & ScriptDebuggerProduct=0 and much more.

If you enjoyed this sort of open session with a panel of experts, please make sure you let Pam Misialek from Microsoft know, so we can have more (and maybe longer sessions) in the future.

After the Dexterity panel session, it was time for the most fun session of the conference (and I am not biased at all):

  • The Support Debugging Tool for Advanced Users with David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez

The room for the Support Debugging Tool session was packed with standing room only, with even the additional chairs I requested.

PackedRoom Standing room only

Mariano and I had to help find places for people to sit or for them to move chairs around to make some extra spots.  

MarianoandDavidMariano Gomez and David Musgrave

The session started with Mariano and I introducing each other and providing some facts about each other’s homelands. We both come from beautiful locations, just that Australia has a few more dangerous creatures than San Andres island.

Now it was my opportunity to surprise Mariano. He had no idea that this was coming….. I made reference back to my April Fool’s post for this year on the Developing for Dynamics GP blog: Bring your Bathing Costumes to Stampede in Fargo. In that post I said because the hotel in Fargo where the conference would be held had a swimming pool, that the dress code for the conference would be bathing costumes. If you forgot to bring your own, bikinis and mankinis in a variety of sizes and fluorescent colours would be provided for you. (Apologies in advance if they are still damp from the previous person who used them). So then as Mariano had forgotten to bring his bathers, I presented him with a fluorescent green mankini of his own. To make sure people knew how it should look when worn, I put up the following picture.

Borat in his Mankini

After the laughter eventually died down, we finished the quick overview with slides and got down to the best part of the presentation: the demonstrations with scenarios and solutions.

We brought back the style from our popular Convergence session, where Mariano described a problem that consultants and administrators of Microsoft Dynamics GP face and can relate to and then asked “Can the Support Debugging Tool help?” to which the audience respond “Yes it can!”.

We broke the demonstration down into three primary stories based around:

  1. Identifying resources, automatic logging and scripting (both SQL and Dexterity)
  2. Resolving Security issues, setting up security and providing security data to auditors
  3. Solving SQL permission and database data and table structure issues before upgrades

The last story showed off the capabilities of the yet to be released Database Validation feature which is still in beta.

After the session Mariano and I had a chance to meet with many of the session attendees as well as getting a few photos.

Mariano, you are wearing it wrong

John Lowther, Mariano Gomez, Leslie Vail and David Musgrave on Winthrop Wednesday

Lunch was a boxed lunch which allowed for those needing to start their travel home or to get to other meetings or training sessions to do so as quick as possible. Mariano and I went to a Collaborative Development meeting at the Microsoft campus where ISVs could have an open discussion with the Microsoft Dynamics GP development team about everything that the future holds for the product.

After the meeting, Emily Halvorson (who spent a year working for a partner in Perth), took Mariano and I down to Carol Widman’s Candy Company. I was on a mission to get Chippers (chocolate covered potato chips) for me and a box that John Lowther requested too. It was then that I realised that Mariano did not know what Chippers were, so that was quickly rectified by a quick taste test at the shop’s counter. Needless to say, Mariano bought a box for himself as well.

We then headed back to the Holiday Inn and sat in the bar area for a little while, gathering the group together before heading off to dinner. This is when we caught up with Belinda Allen who had lost her voice after (during?) her presentation on Business Intelligence. It was really funny to watch her struggling to communicate, eventually she starting typing on her phone to say what she wanted… which for some reason included calling me a pig a number of times. :-)

For dinner, we went to Passage To India, one of my favourite restaurants in Fargo that makes authentic Indian food (without needing to be too hot). Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh and Garlic Naan with Basmati Rice… yum.


Clockwise: Leslie Vail, Sheila Jefferson-Ross, Mariano Gomez, Rubal Kaur, John Lowther, Sheila Ochoa, Emily Halvorson, David Musgrave, Belinda Allen and Jivtesh Singh

After dinner, we returned to the Holiday Inn’s Spirits saloon bar for some light hearted chocolaty fun. I had one and half packs of Arnott’s Tim Tam (Original) biscuits/cookies left and could not take them home with me (against quarantine regulations). So, we had no choice but to consume them as Tim Tam Slams with hot chocolate.

Useless Fact: Tim Tam biscuits were named after a horse that won the Kentucky Derby! In 1958 Ross Arnott attended the race day and decided ‘Tim Tam’ was the perfect name for his new biscuit.

If you have not eaten a Tim Tam before, they are best described as a chocolate coated, chocolate cream filled cookie sandwich. The Tim Tam Slam is way fun party trick way of eating them, where you nibble off the chocolate at both ends and then use the Tim Tam as a straw to drink a hot drink. As soon as the liquid enters your mouth, you must throw the entire Tim Tam into your mouth before the chocolate melts and the cookie disintegrates. If you hesitate, you will end up wearing the chocolaty mess. If you do it right, and I apologise for the language here, it is like a chocolate orgasm in your mouth.

What I found out this trip is that John Lowther has become a connoisseur at the Tim Tam Slam and an expert instructor. To the extent that he does not share the packet of Tim Tams I give him with anyone and also eats every last Tim Tam as a Tim Tam Slam! So here is John showing us how it is done and also instructing Mekorma’s Craig Klapman how to do it right after this disastrous attempt from Convergence 2010.

WARNING: Some of the videos contain adult language.

John Lowther doing the Tim Tam Slam at reIMAGINE 2014 in Fargo (direct link)


Craig Klapman doing the Tim Tam Slam at reIMAGINE 2014 in Fargo (direct link)


For more videos from the night, check out the playlist below:

Eventually we ran out of Tim Tams and energy and called it a night. I was leaving Fargo in the morning and needed to be up, fed and packed to leave reasonably early.

Now, if anyone else would like a stylish Winthrop Development Consultants business shirt in Black or White and in Men’s and Ladies’ styles, let me know I might be able to get some more made. I had not included merchandising in my business plan, but am quite willing to be flexible. :-)


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December 1, 2014 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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