Web Client Wednesday: Microsoft Dynamics GP on Azure

Back in February of this year, I did a full walk-through of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 deployment on Windows Azure. I realized that one of the things that make it hard for partners and customers to determine whether to use the Windows Azure platform for hosting their Microsoft Dynamics GP solution is the scattered information regarding (application) features that are supported on the platform. In fact, did you know that even if you are not running Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, you can still take advantage of Windows Azure to host other versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP? You can always run the desktop client with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to accomplish this.

So, the objective of this article is to go over the Microsoft Dynamics GP components that are supported on the Windows Azure platform, which can be categorized into features that are Fully Supported and features requiring RDS licensing.

Full Support

These are features that are internet facing (accessed via a browser) from the Windows Azure platform, without requiring much interaction with the desktop client.

  • Web Client
  • Web Services
  • Business Portal
  • Workflow (limited Dynamics GP desktop client use)
  • Management Reporter Web Viewer feature
  • Tenant Services
  • SQL Server Reporting Services Reports
RDS Licensing
These are features that you will access via a remote desktop connection and is no different than your traditional Terminal Services or Citrix experience.

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP desktop client
  • eConnect (determined by consuming application)
  • Integration Manager
  • Management Reporter Report Designer and Viewer
  • Excel Reports
  • Analysis Cubes
As you can tell, Windows Azure presents a great opportunity for those of you trying to leverage a world class data center. In addition, Azure allows connectivity to your LAN via its virtual network infrastructure. You can try it out free for 30 days by visiting http://www.windowsazure.com. All you need is a Microsoft Account (formerly Windows Live ID) to get started.

If you need a walk-through, please feel free to add your comment to this post with information on how to reach you.

For more info on RDS licensing, take a look at RDS Solution for Dynamics GP on Azure over at Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Until next post!

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

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December 4, 2013 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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XBRL for Germany – Part 4: Filing the XBRL instance … – MSDN Blogs

About Dynamics Corporate Performance Management: Financial Reporting, Planning/Budgeting/Forecasting, and Consolidations.

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Weekly Topic: RMA Traveler Auto Print

Did you know that we added a traveler document in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2?  During the Sales Order Processing auto return process, if an RMA is created, now the traveler document will be printed to attach to the returned item saving you valuable time.

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December 2, 2013 · Pam Misialek · No Comments
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Review of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation by Victoria Yudin

Victoria Yudin, the longest serving Microsoft(R) Most Valuable Professional for Microsoft Dynamics GP, has just released Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation via Packt Publishing. This is an update of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 book she wrote a few years … Continue reading

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December 2, 2013 · Ian Grieve · No Comments
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GP2013 Web Client – Test Drive #MSDYNGP

It’s been an awkwardly long time since I had written anything on this blog. Now is the time probably to break that jinx.

I have been working on testing GP2013 Web Client on our environment. I have been constantly keeping myself updated with GP Web Client by reading our community blogs and forums, but never had seen it on my own machine till today.

Below is the snapshot of GP2013 Web on my MacBook Pro; on Mac OS X Safari browser.

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All you need to do is to install Silverlight for Safari on Mac. If it’s not there, you would be prompted to download and install.

I am now excited to get my customisations work with it. Will post anything that’s interesting and worth to be shared in coming days.

VAIDY

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December 2, 2013 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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XBRL for Germany – Part 2: Create reports with XBRL … – MSDN Blogs

The second step in preparing Management Reporter to create the reports required for filing to the Ministry of Finance in Germany is creating and tagging the lines of your report with XBRL elements.This video steps through 

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November 26, 2013 · April Olson · No Comments
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Running Windows 8.x Business Analyzer app on a laptop with SQL Reporting Services

If you are a consultant, chances are you run your Microsoft Dynamics GP application demo environment on a laptop along with Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Server Reporting Services. This is all good, because it saves you from having to deal with virtual machine images in most cases.

I also happen to be running all my application demo environment components on a Microsoft Windows 8.1 machine which gives me the opportunity to showcase the new Business Analyzer app.

Business Analyzer app on Windows 8.1

Traditionally, when you try to connect Business Analyzer to SSRS on a Windows 8.x machine, the setup would go into a tail spin and you would end up with a “Cannot connect to server” error.

By default, Windows 8 Modern UI Applications are forbidden to send network traffic to the local Computer. This is, Windows Store apps requiring network access are not automatically capable of communicating with a server application when both are running on the same machine – in this case Business Analyzer requires network access to communicate to SQL Server Reporting Services. This is also known as loopback.

Implementations of the Internet Protocol Suite include a virtual network interface through which network application clients and servers can communicate when running on the same machine. It is implemented entirely within the operating system’s networking software and passes no packets to any network interface controller. Any traffic that a computer program sends to a loopback IP address is simply and immediately passed back up the network software stack as if it had been received from another device.

There are a few ways to enable loopback in Windows 8.x:

Method 1. Fiddler

In Fiddler, you can use the AppContainer Loopback Exemption Utility, available by clicking the Win8 Config option on the toolbar.

AppContainer Loopback Exemption Utility

You may remember Fiddler from my article Troubleshooting the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client – Part 5, Tools for Troubleshooting Web Client Issues.

Method 2. CheckNetIsolation.exe

The CheckNetIsolation.exe tool is a command line tool available with Windows 8.x. In order to run the tool, you will need to access the Command Prompt. For more information on CheckNetIsolation, take a look at the following MSDN article:

MSDN – How to enable loopback and troubleshoot network isolation (Windows Store apps)

Of course, I found Fiddler a lot easier to use as all you have to do is point and click the Business Analyzer application and that’s it. However, I do believe in testing various tools and see how the options work.

Until next post!

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

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November 25, 2013 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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