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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.

VAIDY

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October 6, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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#reIMAGINE2015 – Post Conference

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I know reIMAGINE finished over a week ago, but today is the first day since the end of the conference that I have had a change to sit down and start writing about it. Before you ask, there is a reason I am start with the Post Conference article…..

I have to start with an apology. I did something very stupid, even ignoring the advice of an expert. On the day after the conference was over, my Panasonic Lumix compact camera broke, the lens would not longer open, the zoom system had failed. After trying to see if anyone stocked a similar camera (so I could use the same batteries, cables, charger, etc.), I ended up buying a new Sony compact camera with similar (but slightly better) features.

Sony_DSCHX90V

When I bought the camera, the assistant at the camera shop said “make sure you copy the photos from the old camera off the memory card before using it in the new camera.”. I agreed as this was good advice. Then while waiting to get picked up from the store by a friend, I decided to do the initial setup of the new camera and try to learn its features. Then I did the stupid thing and put the memory card in the new camera. It came up with a couple of dialogs which seemed innocent enough. Then it mentioned something about NTSC video format and when I clicked OK, it formatted the card. Boom, no warning that it was going to erase data, no confirmation. I tried numerous programs to attempt to recover the photos, but no data was found anywhere on the card.

I normally back up photos from the camera to my computer each night when I travel (just in case), but had been so busy that I had not done a back up since the day before the conference. So the end result is that I have no photos from the reIMAGINE 2015 conference at all. Before you ask, the card was cleared before my US trip so I have not lost any other photos or videos, just the conference. So if you were in a photo taken by me and were hoping to be made famous by being featured on my blog… I am sorry… It won’t be happening this time around.

After getting very angry and grumpy with myself and berating myself for not backing up daily and for not being patient enough to wait until I had got back to the hotel to copy the files off the memory card, I realised that the photos were gone and were not coming back.

I spoke with my “sagely” wife and she reminded me that the only person who really knew what photos were lost was me and the consequences of this moment of stupidity were really quite minor and harmless.

I will also mention that the new camera is really impressive and has taken some great shots which you will see soon in the blog posts for what I have been up to since reIMAGINE.

So the points to take away from this post are:

  • Sorry, I have no photos from the conference, I might use ones from other people if I can.
  • Don’t ignore advice from people who know, especially after you agreed with it.
  • Backup your photos, both the ones on memory cards and the ones already saved to hard drives.
  • I am human and I can make mistakes along with everyone else.
  • Finally, listen to your spouse/partner, etc.

I will shortly write and post my recollections from the reIMAGINE 2015 conference.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

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October 5, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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OFF-TOPIC: Windows 10 and Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) Issues (UPDATE)

Originally posted on Dynamics GP – Learn & Discuss:

This is my first post from Perth, WA. It’s been an excellent journey and so far so good. More about my Perth life later.

This is something that I never experienced before. When you download any file from PartnerSource or CustomerSource, Microsoft would let you do that only through it’s File Transfer Manager program. If you have that installed already, any download initiation would first invoke this program and then let you set the path/folder to take in that download and etc.

However, when I tried to do that from my new Windows 10 machine, the FTM did not open. I tried to figure that out, but later remembered this same issue happening on my Windows 8.1 machine.

Basically, from Windows 8.1, for some reason, calling the FTM from Internet Explorer worked only on a 32 bit Internet Explorer.

Looks like Microsoft has not fixed that yet. If you are wondering why your FTM…

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October 5, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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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.

MVP

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

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

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October 1, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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GP 2010 Mainstream Support Ends Soon

All GP customers, ISVs, VARs and consultants should bear in mind that GP 2010 mainstream support ends on October 13, 2015.

Extended support runs till 2020, however it is strongly advised to upgrade your GP to most recent version (or a higher version on which your other modules/add-ons are compatible with).

You may want to bookmark this complete support schedule on Microsoft’s portal: Microsoft Support Lifecycle – Dynamics GP.

VAIDY

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September 29, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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Friday Funny: What is Cricket?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from last Friday’s post: Friday Funny: What is AFL? Aussie Rules Explained, I thought it would be worth posting something about Australia’s favourite Summer sport…. Cricket.

Cricket is played all over the world but predominately in countries with an English heritage as it is the Brits who invented the sport.

The following video provides a good 5 minute introduction to the sport of Cricket and its various forms.

Cricket World Cup 2015 – What is Cricket and Overview All World Cup (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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September 25, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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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. :-)

Fargo_Airport

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.

TheStash

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.

Hotels
In the photo below, you can see the Convention Center to the left of the main building.

GardenInn

I am staying at the Home2 Suites next door.

Home2Suites

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.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

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September 20, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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