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Changing the Microsoft Edge home page on Windows 10

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is a quick bit of help for those of you new to Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser.

I have already had to help a few people through these steps, so I thought I would post them online for others to see and use.

Most people know how to change the home page(s) in Internet Explorer, but the process for Microsoft Edge is different and has a few steps.

If you want to change the home page for Microsoft Edge, follow the steps below:

  1. Click … in the top right of the Microsoft Edge window.
  2. Click Settings

Once settings is open:

  1. Select Open with A specific page or pages
  2. On drop down list select Custom
  3. Enter the web address you want
  4. Click + sign to add the address
  5. Click X to remove about:start

See the screenshot below for the steps in visual form:

Edge_HomePage

You can repeat steps 3 and 4 if you want more than one home page.

That’s all folks….

David

PS: If you want to import your favourites, click on the 3 lines button and click on the star for favourites. Then click on Import favourites. Once imported, you can drag the folders back up to the top if that is what you prefer.

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Filed under: Microsoft, Public Service Announcement, Windows Tagged: Microsoft Edge, Windows, Windows 10

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August 28, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Upcoming US Trip for reIMAGINE and GPUG Summit

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is a Public Service Announcement. A warning to everyone in the USA that I am coming to visit again and will be bringing the obligatory “stash” of Australia foods to inflict upon the unwary.

Then again, everything I bring with the exception of Vegemite usually goes down very well. :-)

I am coming over in September to Fargo, North Dakota for the reIMAGINE 2015 partner conference, which is being held between the 21st and 23rd September 2015.

reIMAGINE2015_Logo

I am down to present or host 3 sessions at this conference with my friend and partner in crime, Mariano Gomez (The Dynamics GP Blogster).

Conference Sessions

  • 21-Sep-2015 3:15pm – 4:15pm: 25 Development Tricks and Hacks in 50 Minutes
  • 22-Sep-2015 9:45am – 10:45am: Expert 1-on-1 Workroom
  • 23-Sep-2015 11:30am – 12:30am: Developing in Dexterity

I am also going to be in Reno, Nevada in October for the GPUG Summit 2015 conference, which is being held between the 13th and 16th October 2015.

GPUGSummit_Logo

I am going to be very busy at GPUG Summit as I am going to be running some preconference training (by myself) as well as presenting a number of sessions (with Mariano Gomez).

Pre-Conference Training

  • 12-Oct-2015 8:00am – 12:00pm: Introduction to the Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools
  • 12-Oct-2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Advanced Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools Tricks and Tips

Conference Sessions

  • 14-Oct-2015 9:45am – 10:45am: Calling all Geeks! Find out how Apps work with Dynamics GP
  • 14-Oct-2015 11:00am – 12:00pm: GPUG App-Off! (I will post more about this soon)
  • 14-Oct-2015 4:30pm – 6:00pm: Why is the Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools so Amazing?
  • 15-Oct-2015 3:15pm – 4:15pm: 25 Development Tricks and Hacks in 50 minutes
  • 15-Oct-2015 4:45pm – 5:45pm: Developing Service Applications with Dexterity: A No Nonsense Step-by-Step Guide
  • 16-Oct-2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Using GP Power Tools to Write Custom Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP

As it is long way to travel, I won’t be going home to Perth in between the conferences. I will be running a 5 day Dexterity Training course in Mexico City, Mexico and spending some time in the USA visiting with friends.

Looking forward to seeing you at one or both of the conferences.

See you soon.

David

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Filed under: Conference, GPUG, News, Public Service Announcement Tagged: Conference, GPUG Summit 2015, News, reIMAGINE 2015

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August 25, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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#GPPT Installing GP Power Tools (Upgrading from SDT, Silent Installs and more)

David Meego - Click for blog homepageNow that GP Power Tools has been out for a little while and I have recently released a hotfix that improves the installer as well as fixes some issues found with the tool, it is time to explain how the installer works and answer some frequently asked questions.

Please note that some of the information in this article only relates to the build 20 hotfix (Last Modified: 19-Aug-2015) or later. If you are unsure what build you have, just go and download the latest installer from the Mekorma website. If you look at the installer’s properties, the File Version will show as XX.0.20.4 or later.

Below are the questions and their answers:

Do I have to uninstall the Support Debugging Tool before installing GP Power Tools?

No, there is no need to uninstall the Support Debugging Tool from Microsoft Dynamics GP if you already have it installed. GP Power Tools and its installer have special code built in for handling the upgrade from the Support Debugging Tool to GP Power Tools.

What happens when upgrading from the Support Debugging Tool to GP Power Tools?

When the GP Power Tools installer detects the Debugger.dic file, it will install an additional Debugger.cnk file and automatically unchunk the file. The now extracted Debugger.dic dictionary will then run some upgrade code. The purpose of this code is to update the product name and file paths in the Dynamics.set launch file so they refer to GP Power Tools instead of the Support Debugging Tool.

The step to update the launch file is needed because the Support Debugging Tool and GP Power Tools share the same product ID 5261, and the Dynamics.set is not updated when installing a chunk for a product ID that already exists in the launch file.

Before you ask, I needed to re-use the same product ID to avoid breaking all the scripts that use Helper Functions that call with name “” in dictionary 5261. Also, it would be unwise to have both products installed at the same time as they would clash.

Next, the installer will install and unchunk the GPPTools.cnk as well as installing the DLL files needed for the .Net scripting functionality. The now extracted GPPTools.dic dictionary also runs some upgrade code. This code will adjust the Dynamics.set to ensure that the Mekorma Product Manager is listed before GP Power Tools in the file. It will also remove the now redundent Support Debugging Tool files.

What happens to all the data and settings I had in the Support Debugging Tool?

All the Support Debugging Tool’s settings are stored in a Debugger.xml file which will be located in the the Data folder or in a shared location if that has been set up.

After GP Power Tools installs and creates its tables in the System Database, it will look for the Debugger.xml file and import it to restore the data and settings.

You can restore a different Debugger.xml or backup to a Debugger.xml file at any time from the Setup Backup and Restore window in GP Power Tools.

Do I have to uninstall when installing a later build of GP Power Tools?

No, You can just install the later build over the top to update the existing instance. You can also use this feature to reinstall or repair an existing instance.

How can I uninstall a specific instance of GP Power Tools?

You can either run the installer and select the instance to be removed from the list of existing instances, or you can select the specific instance from the Control Panel >> Programs and Feature and uninstall it.

Why does the installer stop me uninstalling GP Power Tools when it is still installed in Microsoft Dynamics GP?

The GP Power Tools installer does not want to break your Microsoft Dynamics GP application. If the GP Power Tools files were removed before the product was removed from the Dynamics.set launch file, you will would get missing dictionary errors next time you launched GP.

You must uninstall GP Power Tools from inside the application using the About GP Power Tools window first. This will also remove the security and navigation entries it added and give you the option to remove the SQL objects created. Before removing the tables, GP Power Tools will back up their data to the Debugger.xml file.

Once, the GP Power Tools dictionary is removed from the Dynamics.set launch file and the addin DLLs have been renamed, your Microsoft Dynamics GP system can restart without issues. Now you can run the installer to complete the uninstall.

Can I do a Silent Install of GP Power Tools?

Yes, you can. From build 20 hotfix onwards, the installer supports performing a silent install from a command line with administrator privileges. You can specify the Microsoft Dynamics GP Instance and path to install to.

Below are examples of the syntax:

Installing to default instance of Microsoft Dynamics GP
GPPowerTools_14.00.0020.exe /s INSTALL=TRUE TARGETDIR="C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft DynamicsGP2015"
Installing to default instance of Microsoft Dynamics GP specifying instance name
GPPowerTools_14.00.0020.exe /s INSTALL=TRUE TARGETDIR=" C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft DynamicsGP2015" DYNINSTDESC="(Default)"
Installing to a specified instance of Miicrosoft Dynamics GP
GPPowerTools_14.00.0020.exe /s INSTALL=TRUE TARGETDIR=" C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft DynamicsGP2015R2" DYNINSTDESC="GP2015-R2"

Notes:

  • The top two examples are essentially the same, if using the default instance of Microsoft Dynamics GP, then you don’t need to specify the instance name. If you do wish to specify the instance name then use “(Default)” for default instance.
  • When specifying the instance, it must match an existing GP instance as it will be checked in the registry.
  • When specifying the path, it must contain a Dynamics.exe of the same version as it will also be checked.

I have multiple installation instances on my system, can I install GP Power Tools for the other instances?

Yes, just run the installer again and select the option to create or update an instance. Then when asked to select the instance, just select a different instance from the list. You can also perform a silent install to a different instance.

The list of instances is read from the registry and so will only contain instances actually installed using the Microsoft Dynamics GP installer.

I have manually created additional application folders, can I install GP Power Tools to the additional folders?

There are times were you might have additional Microsoft Dynamics GP application folders with different products or customisations installed. These folders are often created by manually copying the application folder and editing the paths in the Dynamics.set and Dex.ini files.

These additional folders will not show up as instances in the installer. So use the installer for the actual instance instances first. Then you can copy the files from the installed instance to the additional folders. You will need to locate the chunk files in the appropriate C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Dynamics GPGUID folder.

Hint: Use right click >> Properties >> Dictionary tab to confirm the versions of the chunk files.

Copy these files to the application folder:

  • GPPTools.cnk
  • GPPTools.pdf
  • GPPTools.txt
  • GPPTools_License.doc
  • Application.GpPowerTools.dll
  • Application.GpPowerTools.xml
  • Application.GpPowerTools.Metadata.dll (GP 2015 or later only)
  • Application.GpPowerTools.Metadata.xml (GP 2015 or later only)
  • MEP7156.cnk
  • MPRK.dll
  • MEP.chm

Copy these files to the application/Addins folder:

  • WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVB.dll
  • WinthropDC.GpPowerToolsVC.dll

You will need to run Microsoft Dynamics GP as Administrator once to allow the chunk files to extract.

 

Hope this answers all your questions.

David

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

Filed under: 2010, 2013, 2013 R2, 2015, 2015 R2, Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, News, Products, Support Debugging Tool Tagged: FAQ, GP 2010, GP 2013, GP 2015, GP Power Tools, GPPT, SDT, Support Debugging Tool

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#GPPT What’s New: Installer and Documentation

David Meego - Click for blog homepageGP Power Tools is the first product that I have released over the years to have a proper installation program. As the complexity of the products increases and there are more files involved than a single Dexterity chunk (.cnk) file, it became necessary to use an installer rather than just a zipped archive file.

GP Power Tools has a number of DLL files as well as a text file with version history, a license document and the user guide PDF.

This article shows you what the new installer windows look like and how simple GP Power Tools is to install.

Installer

When you click on the installer executable: GPPowerTools_XX.00.00XX.exe, the first window you will see is the UAC (User Access Control) check. Winthrop Development Consultants now has a code signing certificate and so the installer executable and all the DLL files are signed with a digital certificate.

Installer 1

You will then be presented with the welcome page, which allows you to confirm the product, version and build you are about to install. Click Next.

Installer 2

Next you will see the License Agreement page where you will need to accept the license terms before proceeding. This is the same license as contained in the GPPTools_License.doc file. Tick the checkbox and click Next.

Installer 3

If you have more than one instance of Microsoft Dynamics GP of the appropriate version installed, you will be asked to select which instance you want to install against. Otherwise this window is skipped. Select an instance and click Next.

Installer 4

The Install folder for the selected instance is displayed. While it is possible to change the folder, usually you should just accept the folder listed. The installer will check that the folder contains a Dynamics.exe file of the correct version before continuing. Click Next.

Installer 5

Now the installer will list all the settings for final confirmation. Click Next.

Installer 6

Once Next is clicked, the installer will install the Dexterity chunk (.cnk) files and DLL files as well as the .txt, .doc and .pdf files. It will also automatically unchunk and include the chunk files while the installer has elevated permissions.

Installer 7

The last window will tell you that the installation has completed. Click Finish.

Installer 8

If you run the installer again, you will be presented with a different window which will allow you to either install again or to remove an existing instance. You can install again to a new instance or install over the top of an existing instance if you need to perform a “repair”.

Installer 9

Note: You must uninstall GP Power Tools from inside the application from the About GP Power Tools window, before uninstalling via the installer. This will perform the appropriate clean up within the application. It also backs up the GP Power Tools settings to a Debugger.xml file that will be read back if you re-install.

About Debugger

Documentation

Finally, after receiving a feedback survey which gave a score of 1 out of 9 for documentation, I thought it was worth reminding everyone that there is a very detailed (256 page) user guide manual installed with the product (that can also be downloaded separately).

User Guide

Pressing F1 for help from any of the GP Power Tools windows will offer to open the manual or take you to the GP Power Tools Portal:

Enjoy

David

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

Filed under: 2010, 2013, 2013 R2, 2015, 2015 R2, Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, Products Tagged: GP 2010, GP 2013, GP 2015, GP Power Tools, GPPT, What’s New

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Vote now for your 2015 GPUG All Stars

David Meego - Click for blog homepageEach year GPUG (Dynamics GP User Group) recognises three individuals from the Microsoft Dynamics GP community who go above and beyond to help others.

These individuals will be recognised as GPUG All Stars at the upcoming GPUG Summit in Reno, NV, USA.

GPUP All Star

Please vote now… there are only 2 weeks left before the poll closes.

OK, before we go any further, I will admit that I am one of the nominees for this year and that I would love you to vote for me.

That said, there also many other very deserving individuals from both customer and partner organisations.

For more details on the award and the link to the voting poll, please check out Kim “Mamma” Peterson’s blog post

Voting closes on the 31st August 2015, so please vote now.

Happy voting.

David

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Filed under: GPUG, News Tagged: GPUG, News

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Refreshable Excel report for historical GL trial balance in Dynamics GP

Want to see your historical General Ledger trial balance in Excel? Yes, you can always print out the one from GP and dump it to Excel and manipulate the results, but there is an easier way. Below is a stored procedure you can use to create this. As an added bonus, if you’re using GP Reports Viewer you can […]

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August 13, 2015 · Victoria Yudin · No Comments
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Microsoft Edge says “Hmm, we can’t reach this page.”

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have finally taken the plunge and updated my primary machine, a Surface Pro 3, to Windows 10.

I delayed the installation of Windows 10 for a little while primarily because I wanted to get GP Power Tools released and did not want anything to mess up my development environments.

Then my friend Bill Marshall seemed to have some issues with Dexterity and Windows 10, so I did some testing on another Windows 10 machine to ensure that everything should work.

While doing some initial testing after the upgrade, I started receiving errors from new Microsoft Edge internet browser.

Error
Hmm, we can’t reach this page.

This would be expected if I did not have internet access, but I did. Internet Explorer worked fine and my mail worked perfectly via outlook.

While checking my settings on the Network and Sharing Center window, I noticed that my system had both a private and a public network showing. Even though my WiFi and Ethernet were connected to the same router.

I was able to solve the issue by cleaning up my network adaptors. I had a number of virtual drivers because I had been using a Hyper-V virtual machine to test the Windows 10 preview. Disabling the Hyper-V Virtual switch and making sure that the remaining Ethernet and WiFi adapters had all checkboxes selected on the Networking tab of propertues (except Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol and Hyper-V Externsible Virtual Switch) stabilised my connections.

Now both connections show as a Private connection to the same network and my internet connection is now fast and stable.

It seems that Microsoft Edge does not like it when there are both Private and Public networks at the same time.

Hope this helps.

David

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

Filed under: Microsoft, Windows Tagged: Exception, Microsoft Edge, Windows 10

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August 13, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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