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Happy Australia Day 2015

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is just a quick note to all my readers, especially the Australians around the world to say “Happy Australia Day 2015″.

I am back from my holiday and will be getting back to work after the long weekend on Tuesday.

Wishing everyone a great year ahead.


Best wishes from Down Under.


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January 26, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Dynamics GP 2015 – Workflow 2.0 Video

There’s an excellent new video on GP 2015 Workflow now out. This is my #1 favourite new feature in GP 2015

Workflow 2.0 Includes approvals for –

  • Financial: GL Batch Approval
  • Purchasing: Payables Batch Approval, Vendor Approval
  • Sales: Receivables Batch Approval
  • Payroll: Employee Skills Approval, Direct Deposit Approval, Employee Profile Approval, W4 Approval
  • Project: Expense Report Approval

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January 23, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Free Microsoft Azure Session–Jan 30

Microsoft is organizing a host of sessions all over Australia. I am doing a presentation on Azure Machine Learning inspired by Belinda. Register, and see if you can make it. This is probably my #1 favourite thing from 2014, and I hope you guys will enjoy it as well.

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January 13, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Third reason to attend #CONV15: @dgpblogster and @WinthropDC

Wow! As if having Satya Nadella and OneRepublic as a 1-2 punch combination reason for attending Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, Microsoft has now decided to amp up the magic by inviting no other than the Dynamic Duo of presentations: David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez (that would be me!).

Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave
Inside joke: in case you can’t tell us apart, I’m the taller one and David is the shorter one

Realizing no event is complete without a formidable duo of presenters, Microsoft has reached out to us — as the famous LeBron James once said, “Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5…“, but 6 times now to come and help to make this one of the biggest customer events ever.

David and I will be delivering a blockbuster session, CS15G024: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 customization which will feature tips and techniques we’ve learned for developing Dexterity and Visual Studio Tools customizations for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. And yes, that includes .NET interoperability and Dexterity Services.

You know we are fun! So why not pop into our session? Just come have a blast and hopefully we can show you something new. No, no Visual Basic for Application (VBA) this time. In fact, we will even show you how to convert your Modifier with VBA customizations which will make you the talk of the nation.

Warning: this will not be a beginner’s session, but it doesn’t mean you can’t come to it and get an appetite for what you can do when you reach the next level. Just don’t give us a bad grade if something flies by you :-)

So what do you need to do? Well, for starters, complete your Convergence 2015 registration. If you register and come to our session we may even take a picture with you and make you famous. All kidding aside, we hope to see you in Atlanta.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

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January 9, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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The Dynamics GP Blogster Best Articles of 2014

How about this 2014 year, ah? Two major releases in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 only to top off the year with the recent release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. More than 30 new features in 2013 R2 (over 150 if you include those released in GP 2013 RTM) and now over 120 new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015, including the cornerstone .NET interoperability and Service Based Architecture components, it’s no wonder why the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management and Product Development teams deserve a massive showing of the hands on this one! Congratulations team on a job well done.

Let’s not forget about the events either: the wildly successful Microsoft Convergence 2014 Atlanta, the hugely concurred GPUG Summit 2014 St. Louis, and what’s got to be the most anticipated partner event since the days of Stampede, reIMAGINE 2014 in Fargo. All these events drove the vision of t

Travel was also off the chain for me: Johannesburg, South Africa; St. Louis, Missouri; Fargo, North Dakota; Boston, Massachusetts; Las Vegas, Nevada; Green Bay, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; Shreveport, Louisiana; and the list goes on! Over 70,000 miles of airline travel, 100+ nights of hotel lodging, and tons of driving miles, ah!… and the ALS ice bucket challenge in between.

Nonetheless, every year I try to bring interesting topics to the blog, an insight into the events I attend, and definitely, those troubleshooting and development articles that are life savers when you need them most. So without further due, here’s a sample of some of the best articles you liked throughout the year (in no particular order)

1 Word Templates: We can’t open template because we found a problem with its contents. Just recently I was working on a Sales Invoice Word Template customization for a customer and ran into a strange issue when attempting to print a batch of invoices for customers assigned to this template… Read more.
2 Web Client Wednesday – You receive ArgumentNull_Generic exception when clicking an option on the Navigation Bar. In good measure, here at Intelligent Partnerships we eat our own dog food. As of January 1, 2014 we completed our internal rollout of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and web… Read more.
3 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Virtual Machine image from the Windows Azure Gallery.
In my previous article, Part 1 of the series, I talked about provisioning a Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 development environment from the Windows Azure gallery.  If you are already an MSDN subscriber and… Read more.
4 Preventing Visual Studio Tools customization processes from being terminated by Microsoft Dynamics GP. Just recently I ran into a case on the Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner Forum where the ISV developer was dealing with a potentially long standing process to be executed from… Read more.
5 Working with the Dex.ini Settings in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. Dex.ini settings have always existed to provide developers and end-users with ways to set a number of preferences for their Microsoft Dynamics GP application without the need of additional development or customizations… Read more.
6 Using Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Intelligence deployment utility to deploy custom SSRS reports. In the previous installment, I outlined a technique to deploy your custom SQL Reporting Services reports using the standard Business Intelligence deployment utility provided by Microsoft… Read more.
7 Deploying Business Analyzer Companion App Services on Windows Azure Service Bus. If you are not using Business Analyzer today, shame on you. Last year sometimes I wrote a small article on how to deploy the Business Analyzer Windows 8 application on a personal laptop, which is typically… Read more.
8 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Developer’s Preview: .NET Framework Interoperability – Part 3. In part 2 of the series, I delivered a brief primer on the service architecture in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and how you are able to consume services natively created with Dexterity. There are two types… Read more.
9 Working with Dex.ini Settings to customize the Microsoft Dynamics GP Connect gadget. Have you ever wanted to wake up with The Dynamics GP Blogster page as the centerpiece of your Microsoft Dynamics GP application homepage? Or how about your favorite online news outlet? What if you…Read more.
10 Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service – Follow up. As a follow up to my post yesterday (see Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service), an issue has been identified with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 running on SQL Server 2014…Read more.

2015 is sure to be a very exciting year for the Dynamics GP community. Right off the bat I can think of Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, GPUG Summit in Tahoe-Reno, NV, reIMAGINE in Fargo, ND, the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 with another iteration, Dynamics GP 2015 R3, close to the end of 2015. So lots and lots to talk about.

Personally, I start the year with a business trip to Ireland, I already have commitments with Dynamic Partner Connections, and tons of webinars in conjunction with GPUG. So please stay tune to hear from those.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

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December 29, 2014 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Sydney Siege Ends but Mateship triumphs #SydneySiege

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am sure you have heard about the Sydney Siege yesterday.

What is more interesting to me is the response of everyday Australians to the threat of terrorism and why it won’t work in Australia.

Even though there was a media blackout to prevent the lone gunman getting any information of what was happening outside, the news of yesterday’s hostage situation at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district went global.

The siege ended this morning after the manager of the cafe attempted to wrestle the shotgun from the gunman. During the scuffle, shots were fired and the police moved in. The end result is that, sadly, the manager and another hostage are dead and a number of other hostages and a police officer were injured.

The (now deceased) gunman was acting alone and was known to authorities. He had previously written poisonous letters to the families of Australian soldiers who died while performing their duty. Last year he was charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. Most recently, he was charged with more than 50 allegations of indecent and sexual assault.

If you want more details on the siege itself, you just need to look at any of the Australian media outlets, such as the Sydney Morning Herald.

What I wanted to post about the siege was the news behind the news….. I saw this article on TechCrunch and it highlighted two great reactions to the events.

The first is a Facebook post by a Sydneysider, Jason Maggs, who explained that Australian “Mateship” will always triumph over terrorism. Have a read of what he said:

I just caught a train home through the central Sydney line. The mood was very different to my usual monday afternoon trip home.

Less people were looking down at their phones. As you walked past complete strangers they gave you a little nod and a smile.

As I got off at central station I saw two grown men in suits run into each other, they obviously knew one and other. They gave each other a manly hug and asked “how ya goin?”… they both responded with “Yeah… shit day but good, I’m going good mate.”

I realised on my trip home that terrorism WILL NEVER work in Australia. We are not scared. We are not terrorised. We are gravely concerned about our brothers and sisters in that coffee shop. But you will not win. You will never be able to tear apart this nation.

Because we have a weapon stronger than yours.

Stronger than your religious beliefs, stronger than your hatred, stronger than your pathetic fear mongering, stronger than your misguided violence, stronger than you.

We are Australians and we have a secret weapon you will never have or understand…mateship.

We are a nation of mates who will never be broken by the actions of a cowardice few.

What I realised on the way home was that in your attempt to scare our nation you have galvanised our mateship.

You failed.

‪#‎nowletourmatesgo‬ ‪#‎mates‬ ‪#‎sydneysiege‬ ‪#‎secretweapon‬ ‪#‎youfailed‬ ‪#‎straya‬
— at Sydney

The second is the creation of the #IllRideWithYou (and #IWillRideWithYou) Twitter hashtag. The idea started with Rachael Jacobs and the hashtag was nominated by Tessa Kum. The thinking behind the hashtag is that no one should fear persecution while using public transport because of their faith and there are people who will accompany fearful passengers to help make them feel safe.

Both of these reactions, just show how terrorism or politically motivated violence just strengthens the community rather than the intended effect to fragment it. This is not new, many other countries have shown a strengthening of their “spirit” as a result of acts of violence.

Please let your thoughts and support be with the families of the victims and with the other hostages who have been through a rough ordeal.


PS: Thanks to those who have contacted me (as an Australian) to show their concern and support.

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December 16, 2014 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service – Follow up

As a follow up to my post yesterday (see Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service), an issue has been identified with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 running on SQL Server 2014 when choosing Microsoft Azure storage as the destination for the backup.

You will receive the following warning message:

The SQL Server version that you are using does not support backing up or restoring your database from Microsoft Azure storage.

I have traced the issue back to the logic in the ‘(L) RGRestoreBackupOption’ of window BackupRestore of form syBackupRestore field change script, which seems to compare the build number even after it has determined the version number is greater than SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU2 (11.0.3339). Of course, the build number for SQL Server 2014 CU4 is 12.0.2430. Since 2430 is not greater than 3339, the script sets the validation flag to false, causing the script to abort with the message indicated above.

This problem is exclusive to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM (14.00.0524) running on SQL Server 2014, and cannot be replicated if you are running Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 or Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 on SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU2 or greater. Microsoft is currently aware of this situation (at least via the Dynamics GP Online Partner Technical Community Forum), but if you are

For more information on SQL Server 2014 build numbers, see Microsoft Support kb article 2936603, SQL Server 2014 build versions.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

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December 15, 2014 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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