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How to reset Business Analyzer settings

Just recently, I ran into an interesting case where the consultant had installed and configured Business Analyzer for a user. However, during the configuration process, the consultant marked all available reports for all available companies, which put Business Analyzer into a tailspin as it attempted to load all this information. The consultant proceeded to shut down the application using the Task Manager program.

When he restarted Business Analyzer, the application went back into a tailspin, displaying only the loading screen with a “Connecting to Server” message for over an hour. Fearing this would be a permanent issue due to the number of reports and companies selected, the question was just obvious: how to reset Business Analyzer configuration settings.

The boring theory

If you have downloaded Business Analyzer from the Windows Store or are still running the Business Analyzer desktop client, chances are you had to go through a setup process. In Windows 8, this involves swiping the Edge UI to obtain the charms and clicking on Settings to obtain the Configuration pane.

Business Analyzer for Windows 8 configuration

Once in the Configuration pane you are asked to enter information about the Report Server from which reports will be loaded. Once the credentials have been validated, you will be directed to add reports accordingly.

Business Analyzer Reports Configuration

Selecting all reports from all companies under a specific instance (I’m running GP 2013) can have adverse performance effects if you are in an environment with multiple companies, as Business Analyzer attempts to obtain information for each report, for each company from Report Server. The important part though is, this information is stored locally, under the user profile folder, in the hidden AppData folder, where an XML configuration file is created (user.config). Since all reports were selected for all companies, building this file would normally take a considerable amount of time.

The Solution

To fix the problem all that’s needed is to remove the Business Analyzer configuration folder, which can be found under:

“C:UsersuseridAppDataLocalMicrosoftBusinessAnalyzer.exe_Url_…” 

After this, you can re-launch Business Analyzer and go back to the configuration options where you will be prompted to enter the server information and selected the reports to display once again. Easy enough!

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/

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VBA Compile Error – Expected: expression

I realise that the use of VBA in modifications and customisations is something that needs to be carefully considered with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 including a Silverlight based Web Client which cannot use VBA. I had a requirement from a … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client – Part 7

Part 7 – Tools for Troubleshooting Web Client issues: Command Line Tools


Parts 5 and Part 6 of this series, both look at some nice GUI-based tools to analyze web and network traffic. The good thing about these tools is that they allow you to analyze things from the comfort of an application window.

However, one needs not to discard some powerful command line base tools that have been around since the early days of DOS – and that’s Disk Operating System, not DOS as in Dos Equis (XX). Today, I will talk about NETSH and NET

NETSH COMMAND

Netsh (Network Shell) is a command-line scripting utility that allows you to, either locally or remotely, display or modify the network configuration of a computer that is currently running. Netsh also provides a scripting feature that allows you to run a group of commands in batch mode against a specified computer. Netsh can also save a configuration script in a text file for archival purposes or to help you configure other servers.

With the Netsh.exe tool, you can direct the context commands you enter to the appropriate helper, and the helper then carries out the command. A helper is a Dynamic Link Library (.dll) file that extends the functionality of the Netsh.exe tool by providing configuration, monitoring, and support for one or more services, utilities, or protocols. The helper may also be used to extend other helpers.

You can use the Netsh.exe tool to perform the following tasks:

•  Configure interfaces.
•  Configure routing protocols.
•  Configure filters.
•  Configure routes.
•  Configure remote access behavior for Windows-based remote access routers that are running the Routing and Remote Access Server (RRAS) Service.
•  Display the configuration of a currently running router on any computer.
•  Use the scripting feature to run a collection of commands in batch mode against a specified router.

So, how does this all apply to the Web Client?

WCF services and clients can communicate over HTTP and HTTPS. The HTTP/HTTPS settings are configured by using Internet Information Services (IIS) or through the use of a command-line tool. When a WCF service is hosted under IIS, HTTP or HTTPS settings can be configured within IIS (using the inetmgr.exe tool). If a WCF service is self-hosted – like Session Service, for example – HTTP or HTTPS settings are configured by command-line entries.

At the minimum you will want to configure a URL registration, and add a Firewall exception for the URL your service will be using. Fortunately, this configuration is done for us by the InstallShield application when running the installation of the Web Client runtime services components.

In the Web Client world, we use NETSH to check for namespace reservations and look at how ports are configured in relation to SSL certificates issued.

To display discretionary access control lists (DACLs) for the specified reserved URL or all reserved URLs, proceed to type from the command-line:

NETSH HTTP SHOW URLACL

To determine how ports are configured, type the following from the command-line:

NETSH HTTP SHOW SSLCERT

If the Web Client installation process went well, the Certificate Hash assigned to each port used by Session Service (port 48650), Session Central Service (port 48651), and Runtime Service (port 48652) should match the thumbprint value of the certificate in IIS, as displayed by the show sslcert option.

Certificate hash on each listening port must match that of the certificate in IIS

Much more details can be found in my Windows 8 and Web Client installation series article, Windows 8 and the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Series – Part 4.

For more information on configuring HTTP and HTTPS transports for WCF, take a look at the following MSDN library article:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms733768.aspx

For more information on how to configure a port with an SSL certificate, take a look at the following MSDN library article:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms733791.aspx


NETSTAT COMMAND

Netstat (network statistics) is a command-line tool that displays network connections (both incoming and outgoing), routing tables, and a number of network interface (network interface controller or software-defined network interface) and network protocol statistics. It is used for finding problems in the network and to determine the amount of traffic on the network as a performance measurement.

The specific entry we want to run from the command-line in a Web Client environment is as follows:

NETSTAT -anob

This will return a list of ports that are in use and the process and application using them. If you want to select a port of your own choosing when installing Web Client, you will want to verify that the post is available and it is allowed through the firewall as necessary.

Netstat

For more information on netstat, take a look at the following TechNet article:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff961504(v=ws.10).aspx

The Web Client Diagnostic tool, which I talked about in Part 4 of this series collects these two pieces of information (among other command-line tools ran) as part of the data collection procedures performed when opening a Web Client support case.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
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