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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015: GPPC PreGame

Hi everyone and welcome to Microsoft Convergence 2015 from the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia, my hometown. I really like that Convergence has called Atlanta home 4 out of the past 5 years – it also makes it pretty convenient for me to attend while sleeping in the best hotel in town: my home!

Microsoft Convergence 2015 welcome banner at Georgia Wold Congress Center

After not much convincing, David accepted my invitation to stay to be a guest for the duration of Convergence. As such, my jobs is to also make sure we get to and from the convention center on time for the numerous commitments we have this week.

On of those commitments involves attending the PreGame 2015 event hosted by Dynamic Partner Connections, held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. If you are familiar with this Downtown Atlanta landmark, you will remember it was severely damaged during the 2008 Atlanta tornado outbreak and having to replace over 5600 windows during the renovation process.

David Musgrave and Shanna Hensch

After registering for the event, we both caught up some good ol’ friends of ours and had a chance to exchange pleasantries.

From left to right: David Musgrave, John Lowther, Belinda Allen, Kim Peterson, Mariano Gomez, and Bob McAdam

While I had a session to present at PreGame, I took the opportunity to attend a 1:00 PM session, Using CRM, Office 365, Azure, and the cloud to turbocharge sales moderated by Errol Schoenfish.

Errol Schoenfish

In this session the panel conducted an interactive discussion and heard from partners that have accelerated their sales process to accommodate an ever changing sales environment. These partners are also delivering and deploying Microsoft Dynamics GP in a Cloud first world to both new and existing customers.

After the session was over, I quickly returned to the Congress Center to attend the Dynamics GP General Session rehearsal. It’s always exciting to catch up with my many Microsofties from Fargo, North Dakota.

Brian Mayer and Jodi Christiansen

It’s always cool to see the amount of prep work from the Audio and Video engineering technical staff to make these events and presentations go as smooth as possible. The guys are really engaging and always willing to accommodate pretty much any request as it relates to device connectivity and interfacing to the systems.

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Unfortunately, a confusion in schedules prevented me from participating in the actual rehearsal since tech check was being conducted from 3 – 4 PM, which encroached on my PreGame session at 4:00 PM. So, I left around 3:30 and back to the Westin.

My session, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Installation and Configuration began with sharp at 4:00, with 10 partners in attendance in the room. We walked through the Microsoft Dynamics GP architecture and its evolution to today’s Web Components, including web client and Service Based Architecture. We had a chance to conduct a full install of Microsoft Dynamics GP, working through the different screens, but unfortunately, ran out of time to address Web Client implementation in full. Since Service Based Architecture depends on having a domain environment, we could not install it either. Nonetheless, a good effort was made to explain the process and what can to expect during the installation.

The session went over the allotted 2 hours and ran until 6:30 PM. I really thank the attendees for gutting it out until then. However, this type of class is suited for a half-day or full-day format.

Up next was the partner reception hosted by Microsoft on the 8th floor of the Westin. After partaking and exchanging pleasantries with many fellow business partners in attendance, it was time to attend the MVP Mingle event.

Partner Reception

The MVP Mingle is a partner sponsored event. We count with the support of FastPath, which specializes in security access and segregation of duties monitoring and compliance, and Data Masons, which develops integrated EDI solutions for the Microsoft Dynamics ERP products.

MVP Mingle

The FastPath Team: Jeff Soelberg, Liz Piteo, Nate Boettcher, Trish Boccuti, and Andy Snook

The MVP Mingle was hosted at STATS Food + Drinks, which has some great appetizers and a good selection of local, national, and foreign brews.

Having a 7:30 AM GP General Session rehearsal meant that it was time to wrap up early and drive home to get some rest for the next day.
Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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March 16, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Dynamics GP hosting – a great experience with RoseASP

I recently had a great experience that I would like to share. We have a client that was on a very old version of Dynamics GP (8.0), very old version of SQL (2000) a very, very old server (going on 10 years), and outsourced IT. Long story short, their server went down, they lost 2 out of the 3 […]

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March 16, 2015 · Victoria Yudin · No Comments
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You receive "Unable to Upgrade SBA from RTM" when attempting to apply Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 January or March Hotfix

Well, this one for sure has bitten more than one person already. I’ve seen a lot of exchanges and fielded a number of calls from folks trying to install the January or March hot fixes of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. When the msp file is executed, couple seconds into the execution you receive the following error message:

Unable to upgrade SBA from RTM. Please remove the SBA feature before running this patch.

The first reaction is to try and find the feature via the Uninstall or change a program options under the Windows Control Panel. As it turns out, there’s no such option. This has led many folks to the next “obvious” option: Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components.

When you choose to uninstall the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components, you will get rid of the Web Client install, but not the SBA components.

So what’s the solution?

The keyword in the error message is the word “feature”. SBA is a Microsoft Dynamics GP feature. In order to remove, you will need to right-click on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and select the change option.

You will then click on the Add/Remove Features option in the Program Maintenance window, then scroll down until you see the Service Based Architecture option in the Select Features window. You can the proceed to click on the corresponding options button associated to the SBA prompt and select Not Available.

Select Features window

Once you click Next, the installer will proceed to remove the feature from your environment. When completed, you can re-run the hotfix msp to apply the updated code.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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March 13, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Chance to Fix a Bad Name

David Musgrave has just announced that he has completed the exclusive agreement with Microsoft to obtain the Support Debugging Tool source code.

He’s now looking at community feedback to fix the horrible name which always took a few tries to explain to people. “Why do I need a debugging tool ?” – most people I recommended the tool to asked me.

Go Vote for a new name that makes sense here – Where is the Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015?

PS – It was a good thing the tool was named the support debugging tool. With a slightly better name, and consequently even more popularity David would have had much more difficulty getting the source code !

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March 11, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Pro Power Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP

David Musgrave is looking at revamping, and recharging the amazing, but awfully named Support Debugging tools. My suggestion to David has been to name them Pro Power Tools – what do you think about the name ? Tell David Directly at Where is the Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015?

If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what the SDT is read all about it here – Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP (SDT).

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February 20, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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How to disable "Checking for newer builds" message in Rockton software products

Given the well-deserved popularity of Rockton Software’s (http://www.rocktonsoftware.com/) products, such as ‘SmartFill’ and ‘The Dynamics GP Toolbox’, it has come to my attention that it checks for newer builds each time you sign in. Kind of like the ‘Welcome to Dynamics’ trill from years ago, this can get annoying. Fortunately, Rockton has addressed this issue and published the following KB article to address it.

Jim Moore, at Wesco Valve and Manufacturing Company (www.sswesco.com) was kind enough to send me the article below: 

Issue:
Disabling the “Checking for newer builds…” message. Note: This setting is user-specific.

Option 1.

To disable this feature, go through the following steps:

  1. Click on the Help icon in the upper-right corner of GP.
  2. Select Rockton Software Support at the bottom of the list.
  3. On the menu, click Settings >> Rockton Software Preferences.*
  4. Under the User-specific settings section, bring up the individual user for whom you want to change the setting.
  5. Unmark the Enable check for newer builds at the login for each user that doesn’t want to have that process run.

Note: These settings are stored in a table in the DYNAMICS database, so you don’t need to do this at each workstation.

*Step 3, the path may vary. It may be Rockton Software Support | Preferences | Rockton Global Settings.
Note: All users will be marked by default but the check for newer builds will only appear for PowerUsers and users assigned to the Administrator role for Rockton Software products within Security. If you use Auditor, then it is based on those users you marked as Admins. in the Auditor System Settings window.
Option 2.
To do a mass update on the table that the information is stored in, you can run the following script in SQL Management Studio.  You can then view what the values are for that particular setting in the RS_Global_Setting_Value column (1 = Enabled and 0 = Disabled)**. Be sure to have a backup made prior to running the script.

USE DYNAMICS

UPDATE RSIGLOBL SET RS_Global_Setting_Value = 0 WHERE RS_Global_Setting_Key = ‘EnableNewerBuildCheck’

More Information:
When you install any Rockton product after turning this off, you will receive a prompt at the end of the install to re-enable the setting if it has been disabled. 
**It is recommended that you leave at least one person enabled, so that they are notified when a new build is available.

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February 19, 2015 · Leslie Vail · No Comments
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Microsoft Super Bowl XLIX Commercials: #Empowering

Super Bowl XLIX is now over and congratulations are in order for the now 4-time champion, the New England Patriots organization led by head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. I must also extend congrats to the Seattle Seahawks who put up quite the fight until the end, and simply could not complete the rare feat of a back-to-back championship.

You can catch the game highlights below:

And speaking of winners, how about those touchy Microsoft #Empowering Super Bowl commercials (remember Super Bowl XLVIII ones?) Microsoft came up with two real life examples showing where their technology is being applied to improve the lives of people. You be the judge of these two ads.

Braylon O’Neill’s story

Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015: Braylon O’Neill   

Braylon was born with a strong sense of determination. He was also born without the two bones that make up the lower leg: the tibia and the fibula.

At just 11 months old, Braylon was fitted with his first prosthesis. His doctors use technology to track his gait mechanics and make adjustments that maximize his strength and performance. Braylon is now an unstoppable speed demon – in races with CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation) he has taken home medals and inspires others to reach beyond their limits

Estella Pyfrom’s story

Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015: Estella’s Brilliant Bus

Estella Pyfrom could have chosen to enjoy a nice quiet retirement. Instead, she had an idea that would change her life and the lives of thousands of families.

At the age of 71, Estella decided to spend her life savings and build a bus to bring technology to underserved communities. Today, Estella’s Brilliant Bus has helped more than 60,000 children gain access to technology and envision a bigger, brighter future for themselves.

Click to find out more about Microsoft #Empowering. Catch more Super Bowl XLIX videos on the NFL’s YouTube Channel.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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