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Tech Tuesday: Using PowerShell to Create SmartConnect Event Log

This week’s Tech Tuesday is from our Support Guru, Pat Roth on SmartConnect: 
In this column, we are going to use PowerShell to resolve a couple of issues I’ve seen. The first one is an error you may get when running an integration. The error is: [The source was not found, but some or all event logs could not be searched. Inaccessible logs: Security.] The background for this error is that when

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February 24, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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Light it Up Challenge–Microsoft Australia

If like me, you think Internet of Things is the next big thing, here is a fun little event by Microsoft around it.

Code it. Light it. Win it!

All you have to do is sign up to receive the Challenge Kit, and complete all three challenges.
Tune into Microsoft’s six week lab series and discover how to program your device.
If your LED device is one of 5 to light up on April 13 2015, then you’ve won.
During the challenge, you’ll learn how to code, build and deploy with the Internet of Things.
We’ll give you an IoT overview, explain the architecture and MS platform.
Get started today!
*Terms and conditions apply:

See more here – Internet of Things – Light it Up Challenge

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February 24, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Setting up Dynamics GP 2015 in 15 minutes

In the past year, I have done a few run throughs of setting up Dynamics GP 2013 in 5/10/15 minutes much to the amazement of experienced consultants. Now The GP 2015 Virtual Machine is available in the MSDN Azure gallery, so you can start doing the same magic with the latest version of GP. If you need help with this, feel free to add a comment or shoot an email and I will put up a short video tutorial.

Read the post from Errol – Announcing, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 image available in the MSDN Azure gallery.

Do you need to access a Microsoft Dynamics GP web client installation for a quick test or demo? Need access to a Microsoft Dynamics GP development environment? The Microsoft Dynamics GP images available in the MSDN gallery on Microsoft Azure can help. Use this image to create a virtual machine with Microsoft Dynamics GP fully configured in a matter of a few minutes. The resulting image will contain Visual Studio 2013 Premium and SQL Server 2012 Express along with the following Microsoft Dynamics GP components.

    • Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client
    • Microsoft Dynamics GP SDK
    • Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • Dexterity Shared Components
    • eConnect for Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP SDK
    • Microsoft Dynamics GP pre-requisite software (including Microsoft Lync 2010 SDK Runtime, Microsoft Silverlight 5, Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Application Error Reporting)

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February 21, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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What can Winthrop Development Consultants do for you?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou have probably heard that I was made redundant (laid off) from Microsoft in October 2014 and have since restarted and updated the consulting business that I had before my 13.5 years with Microsoft as Winthrop Development Consultants.

Now I hear you ask, “What can David Musgrave and Winthrop Development Consultants do for you?”.

Well, read on to understand what Winthrop Development Consultants’ business model and plans are….

After working with Microsoft Dynamics GP since version 1.0 and developing for Dynamics GP since version 2.0 in 1994, I have more than 20 years’ experience working with the development tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP including Dexterity, Modified, Report Writer, Visual Basic for Application, Visual Studio and SQL Server.

I have developed a number of products and features which have either been included in Microsoft Dynamics GP or are available as ISV add-on products. These include Named Printers, Advanced Security, Field Level Security, POP Taxes, Business Activity Statement and Pay As You Go reporting (for Australian GST), Omni Tools, Omni Price, Support Debugging Tool and Menu for Visual Studio Tools.

I have presented at numerous conferences on topics such as cross dictionary development, other development techniques, and the Support Debugging Tool.

While at Microsoft, I led the Microsoft Dynamics GP Asia Pacific Development team, the Microsoft Dynamics GP Asia Pacific Professional Services team and spent about 10 years leading the Microsoft Dynamics GP Asia Pacific Support team in the role of Escalation Engineer.

For more details of my experience and history, please see the About Page on the Winthrop Development Consultants website.

So now you know “almost” everything about my career with Microsoft Dynamics GP, let me explain what I can offer you.

Winthrop Development Consultants offers my development experience to the customers, partners, consultants and ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community. While I am happy to work with any organisation in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community, when working directly with a customer I will also liaise with their partner to keep them in the loop.

The offerings from Winthrop Development Consultants can be divided into the following four areas:


If you have a Microsoft Dynamics GP customisation you want developed, enhanced or updated for a new version, Winthrop Development Consultants can help. With over 20 years’ experience developing for Dynamics GP, Winthrop Development Consultants can develop high quality code quickly.

Even if you have your own development staff, think of Winthrop Development Consultants when they have too much work and need additional resources.


Sometimes there will be times when your own development team need an extra opinion from someone with an outside perspective. If you need help designing the methodology for your customisation, help implementing a difficult customisation or assistance with complex development techniques (such as cross dictionary or multi-platform hybrid development), please don’t hesitate to contact Winthrop Development Consultants.


If you don’t have any development staff, but want to get someone trained up, or have existing development staff who you wish to train in Microsoft Dynamics GP customisation tools (especially in Dexterity) then Winthrop Development Consultants can satisfy your training needs.


At this stage I don’t have any products on offer, but am negotiating with Microsoft for ownership of the Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Menus for Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP and SnapShot for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

I also have a number of my own ideas for new products and will be working on them. Keep an eye on the blog for updates and details in the future.


If you are looking at using Winthrop Development Consultants’ services you can purchase time on an ad-hoc basis, blocks of discounted pre-paid time or request a fix price quote.

If you have any questions or think that I can assist you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I will be at Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, on 16-19 March 2015, please track me down to have a chat.


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February 20, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Where is the Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHello everyone

As most of you know I am the developer of the Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP (SDT).

The SDT has been provided free of charge to Partners and Customers (via their partners) in the Dynamics community since its release in September 2008. The tool and its feature set have come a long way from the public release of build 9 for GP versions 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0.

Six years later in September 2014 I released the latest version of the tool: build 19 for GP versions 10.0, 11.0 (GP 2010) and 12.0 (GP 2013 & GP 2013 R2).

The day after I released build 19 I was given one month’s notice that I would be made redundant (laid off) by Microsoft.

Now, the Support Debugging Tool was and has always been my pet project. It took a lot of work to persuade the powers that be to allow it to be made publically available. All the development and most of the ideas have come from me, including design, coding, documentation, testing and support. Much of the vast number of hours of time invested have been my personal out of hours time.

While there had been discussion with both the Development and Support teams, there was never any real interest from them to make the tool more official. This is why you will be told that the tool is unsupported by Microsoft and not widely used by the support team. Even though it was originally created as a tool to help the support team debug problems… hence the name.

Now that I have left Microsoft, the tool is “in stasis”. It is still available for download, but there will not be any further development by Microsoft. That is why it is not available for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 yet.

So, the next question is “What is the future for the Support Debugging Tool?”.

The answer is that I have been negotiating with Microsoft, since I was told I would be leaving, to gain ownership of the code. Sadly, this process is taking much longer than I had hoped but progress is being made.

Once the agreement is finalised, the Support Debugging Tool will be updated and reborn as a product of Winthrop Development Consultants and sold for a nominal charge per site using an annual subscription model.

“But wait” you cry “It was free, why will there be a cost now?”

As I am no longer getting a salary from Microsoft, I need to be able to cover the costs of the continued development of the tool. I have lots of ideas to make the tool better, easier to use and more powerful and with your support and feedback will make a better tool for the community to help support and administer Microsoft Dynamics GP.

This change of ownership will also provide a great opportunity to change the name of the tool. For too long the word “Debugging” or even “Support” has scared people away from the tool. Even the initials, SDT, make people think about unmentionable diseases.

I have some ideas for a new name, but would love to your input. So all the people who always told me you don’t like the name, here’s you chance, post a comment with ideas for a new name.

Think of something that encompasses all the features which the tool can assist you with; logging, troubleshooting, resource info, security, screenshots, system reports, triggers, scripting (SQL and Dexterity), data transfer, pre upgrade checks and much more.

Looking forward to your feedback.


PS: If you haven’t responded on the Support Debugging Tool feedback survey yet, please do as your feedback is valuable.

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February 18, 2015 · WinthropDC · 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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Hololens in the real world

I have been geeking out about the Hololens for a couple of weeks now. However, just like any revolutionary technology – the key is how it would fit in the real world. James Ashley, a Kinect MVP has a great post with 21 ideas around Hololens

Here are my favorites from his list.



While cool visuals will make education more interesting, the biggest benefit of HoloLens for education is simple access. Children in rural areas in the US have to travel long distances to achieve a decent education. Around the world, the problem of rural education is even worse. What if educators could be brought to the children instead? This is one of the stated goals of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift and HoloLens can do the same job just as well and probably better.



Amazon made one click shopping make sense. Shopping and the psychology of shopping changes when we make it more convenient, effectively turning instant gratification into a marketing strategy. Using HoloLens AR, we can remodel a room with virtual furniture and then purchase all the pieces on an interactive menu floating in the air in front of us when we find the configuration we want. We can try and buy virtual clothes. With a wave of the hand we can stock our pantry, stock our refrigerator … wait, come to think of it, with decent AR, do we even need furniture or clothes anymore?

Medical Care


Technology can be used for interesting diagnostic and rehabilitation functions. The depth sensors that come with HoloLens will no doubt be used in these ways eventually. But like education, one of the great problems in medical care right now is access. If we can’t bring the patient to the doctor, let’s bring the GP to the patient and do regular check ups.

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February 3, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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