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Dexterity Training in Mexico – Part 3 of 3

David Meego - Click for blog homepageNow it was Sunday and Mariano Arias and José Ramírez had planned another day of sightseeing.

They wanted to make sure I got to see lots of Mexico while I was in the country and once the Dexterity training started, there would be very limited time.

The day started a little later, which was good after such a busy day yesterday. José and I walked from the hotel to the park in front of Chapultepec Castle where we met Mariano. We then walked through the park and up to the castle which is situated on a hill.

Chapultepec Castle from below

The castle is the only royal castle in North America that was actually used as the residence of a sovereign: the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I, and his consort Empress Carlota, lived there during the Second Mexican Empire.

Chapultepec Castle Grounds

It is now the National History Museum and contains lots of artefacts and information about the turbulent history of Mexico.

Upper Gardens of Chapultepec Castle

Just a quick side note, if you saw Baz Luhrmann’s movie version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet you might recognise this beautiful building as the Capulet Mansion.

Lower Gardens of Chapultepec Castle

After viewing the castle we walked along the wide avenue which runs from the castle through the city, the Paseo de la Reforma. This took us to the stunning Angel of Independence monument which was created to celebrate the centenary of Mexican Independence. There is a mausoleum at its base which we were able to walk through to pay our respects. It is possible to get to the view platform at the top, just below the golden angel, but that must be organised in advance with the authorities.

Angel of Independence

That completed another day of sightseeing and now it was time to get some rest before the Dexterity training started on Monday.

On Tuesday night, after the training, José decided to take me and a couple of the out of town attendees from the training course to soak up some real Mexican culture…. in the form of Mexican Wrestling. My prior “experience” of Mexican Wrestling was entirely based on the Jack Black movie from 2006, Nacho Libre. This was not the best movie ever, but at least I knew a hint of what to expect.

I had seen Mexican Wrestling masks for sale and I knew that the character portrayed by the wrestlers is probably more important than their technical skills in the ring (which is a boxing type square).

Mexcian Wrestling Masks

To give you a taste of the mayhem and noise that makes up Mexican Wrestling here is a video from the night. There was a lot of acting and some fantastic choreographed sequences in what was a fun night.

Mexican Wresting in Mexico City (direct link)


On Wednesday night we had a change of pace and visited Coyoacán. This is an historic town which has a very strong Spanish heritage. It actually felt like you were walking through the streets of Barcelona (except for the odd Mexican flag).

Drinking Coyotes Fountain in Coyoacán

The fountain and the park in the centre of town depicts two drinking Coyotes, which is what gave the town its name. While there we went to a food hall area where there was a gentleman making pancakes. The difference was that you could ask for him to make anything with the pancake.

Kangaroo Koala
Pancakes in the shape of a Kangaroo and Koala

Check out the video of the pancakes being made:

Fancy Pancakes at Coyoacán in Mexico City (direct link)


On Thursday night (1st October), we visited Tlatelolco in the north of México City. We went to an area called Plaza de las Tres Culturas. The square is flanked by three cultures: Aztec, Spanish and modern Mexico. There are the remains of Aztec temples on one side, with the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco on another and a modern era housing complex on a third side. The church looks like it was built to match the Aztec temples as it is built from the same stones…. exactly the same stones. Sadly, much of the Aztec ruins where dismantled to built the church.

Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco at night

This area also has significance in modern history as it was the site of a student demonstration in 1968 which ended in a massacre by the authorities which hundreds killed and injured. There is a memorial on the south side of the plaza, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the events of 2nd October 1968.

On Friday, we finished the class materials and had time for questions and answers and also to review any topics the attendees wanted.  We also took a photo of the attendees outside the office building.

Attendees from the Dexterity training.
From left: Julian Olave, Alberto Rodriguez, Gilberto Sosa, Marcos Cristales, Mariano Arias*, Karina Zapata, David Musgrave, Deneb Ortega, Jose Ramirez, Mario Rodriguez.
Absent: Horacio Tena

The next day was Saturday morning and time for me to leave Mexico and return to the United States for the next part of my trip. After being dropped off at the airport by a taxi, I caught a flight to San Francisco.

Thanks to everyone who made me feel welcome in Mexico and especially my hosts, Mariano Arias and José Ramírez from Axentit.


* Mariano did not actually do the training, but wanted to be in the photo. :-)

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OFF-TOPIC: Windows 10 and Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) Issues (UPDATE)

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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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#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. :-)


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.


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.

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


I am staying at the Home2 Suites next door.


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.


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September 20, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Windows 10 .Net 3.5 Framework Installation Bummer: Error Code 0x800F081F

This one’s another issue that was eating my brain for the past 2 days. Little bit if story first.

I have a Windows 10 Pro virtual machine on my MacBook Pro. Things went well until I tried installing SQL Server 2014 Express, which required .Net Framework 3.5. .Net 3.5 is built-in and we need to enable it from “Turn Windows Features On or Off”.

That’s where the bummer was. I could not turn .Net 3.5 on at all. Following was the error message that I was getting:


That “Tell me how to solve this problem” takes you to this link: .NET Framework 3.5 installation error: 0x800F0906, 0x800F081F, 0x800F0907.

Unfortunately, for me, this post did nothing other than wasting my 10 minutes of time. Surfing about this error further led me to this post: Offline install of .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 10 using DISM.

This post discuss about a workaround, but the ONLY working workaround. Below is a screenshot of how this works:

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 8.38.25 AM

I could then install/enable .Net 3.5 Framework on my VM and continue with GP installation.

Happy troubleshooting.


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September 18, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Second Meeting

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOn Tuesday night, the Perth GPUG Chapter had its second meeting.

The meeting was held at the Perth Microsoft Office from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. We started with some socialising with a drink and pizza.

The number of attendees was down a little from out first meeting, but some of the people who wanted to attend were unable to due to other commitments or sickness and injury. Get well soon Michael Z and Robert G.

During the meeting we did not get through all the planned materials, but we had some great discussions about Microsoft Dynamics GP and its history as well as the best methods to sell and support the product.

Kate Sexstone presented on the benefits of GPUG Academy and the various certifications offered by the program.

Another highlight for me was to finally meet fellow blogger, Vaidy Mohan, who has just moved to Perth to work with a local partner. We have been chatting online for many years, but had not been able to meet in person until now.


Thanks to Michelle (our host) and Katherine & Robin (office admins) from Microsoft who help make the meeting happen.

The next meeting is planned for 8th December 2015 5pm to 7:30pm at the Microsoft Office.

If you are a customer in Western Australia, we would love to see you at the next meeting.

Click here to register. Also click for the Perth Chapter’s Collaborate Forum.


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September 17, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Discount from Packt Publishing

Have you been thinking you want to get one of my books, but holding off? No time like the present! Through the end of September my publisher, Packt Publishing, is offering 50% off if you use discount code MDGP150. No more excuses. :-)Filed under: Dynamics GP Tagged: book, Dynamics GP, featured

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September 15, 2015 · Victoria Yudin · No Comments
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Come say Hello to me at reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAt the end of this week on Friday, I will start my epic trip to the USA for the reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015 conferences in Fargo, ND and Reno, NV respectively.

This trip has an itinerary with 10 flights and a road trip in it and is going to be great fun, but also very hard work.

The trip starts in Fargo, North Dakota for the reIMAGINE 2015 partner conference from the 21st to 23rd September 2015.


Below are the sessions that I am presenting/hosting:

Conference Sessions

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

After reIMAGINE, I am going to Mexico City to run a 5 day Dexterity Training course. Then I have some time in Northern California visiting with my friends at Mekorma. We are then going to drive from California to Nevada.

For the final part of the trip I will be in Reno, Nevada in October for the GPUG Summit 2015 conference from the 13th to 16th October 2015.


Below are the sessions that I am presenting/hosting:

Pre-Conference Training

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

Conference Sessions

  • Wed 14-Oct-2015 9:45am – 10:45am: Calling all Geeks! Find out how Apps work with Dynamics GP
  • Wed 14-Oct-2015 11:00am – 12:00pm: GPUG App-Off!
  • Wed 14-Oct-2015 4:30pm – 6:00pm: Why is the Support Debugging Tool/GP Power Tools so Amazing?
  • Thu 15-Oct-2015 3:15pm – 4:15pm: 25 Development Tricks and Hacks in 50 minutes
  • Thu 15-Oct-2015 4:45pm – 5:45pm: Developing Service Applications with Dexterity: A No Nonsense Step-by-Step Guide
  • Fri 16-Oct-2015 9:30am – 10:00am: 50 Companies, 50 Checkbooks, One Button + Power Tools-By Mekorma
  • Fri 16-Oct-2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Using GP Power Tools to Write Custom Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Please make sure you come and attend my sessions and say Hello.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.


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