In this post I’m stepping away, briefly, from Microsoft Dynamics GP but will return in to it in my next post.
Microsoft have recently released a raft of new versions, including Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Management Reporter 2012 Rollup 3, and to test I’ve been installing a few new virtual machines with Windows Server 2012 and have also updated a couple of machines with Windows 8 and, because they’re new machines without DVD players in them, to do this I used the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool which is available for free download from the Microsoft CodePlex|Project Hosting for Open Source Projects site in order to create a bootable USB drive.
I thought a step by step guide for others needing to install Windows 8 (or other version of Windows) might be of benefit. So after downloading the utility from the above link, double click the downloaded setup file to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard;
I think I mentioned the other week that I had built a new Hyper-V server to use a as a test bed. I did run into an issue when I created the second virtual machine and tried to install SQL Server into it when it was complaining about S IDs.
I did a quick look around and realised that the problem was because I had created a virtual machine with Windows installed and made a backup of this VM which I had been copying to create subsequent machines.
The first VM I configured properly became my Domain Controller and had worked fine.
The second machine, and every subsequent ones needed to be tweaked using the System Preparation Tool before it is used.
To run the System Preparation Tool (sysprep), open the Run window and type sysprep;
Well, Windows 8 has landed on MSDN and TechNet for subscribers and is due for general release in, I believe, October.
This means it is time to interrupt the scheduled posts on installing the Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Having got my hands on an MSDN version I thought a quick run through on how to install it might be in order.
I am installing this into a virtual machine so I can have a little test before replacing one of my main systems with it.
I mounted the ISO image from MSDN in the virtual machine settings and launched the VM. The first part of the installer shows the new Microsoft Windows
Metro Modern logo;
I was just catching up on the blogs this morning and caught David Musgraves post on the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to manufacturing.
Great news and must mean about two weeks before they’re on MSDN and TechNet. Can’t wait
As recently rumoured, Microsoft announced a self-built tablet yesterday adding to their current hardware line which includes mice, keyboards and the XBox 360.
Branded the Microsoft Surface it is available as both Windows RT, arm powered 32 or 64GB memory, or as the Windows 8 Pro, powered by an Intel i5 and with either 64 or 128GB of memory with both versions coming with built in Micro SD slot for more, exchangeable memory;
At the start of this year I did a post on how to install a domain controller in Windows Server 2008 R2 (and I think the method would work back to 2003 as well). However, with the release, albeit of the Consumer Preview, of Windows 8 Server (Windows Server 2013 on release?) that post is out of date.
I say it is out of date because when I tried to run it I got the following message;
So for those of you who, like myself, are preparing a test environment using Windows 8 Server Consumer Preview, SQL Server 2012, Management Reporter 2012 for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (when it arrives) here is a walk through of creating a domain controller on Windows 8 Server Consumer Preview. Please note this is not a guide that should be used on a production environment; it is solely intended for creating a demo or test environment; I am a Microsoft Dynamics GP specialist, not a Windows Active Directory one.
Posted in Dynamics, GP, Management Reporter, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8
Tagged GP, Installation, Installation & Configuration, Management Reporter, Management Reporter 2012, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2, Reporting, Windows 8 Server Consumer Preview, Windows Server
Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available for download.
Yesterday, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.; full details at the Building Windows 8 blog.
I’m in the process of downloading it so I can see what improvements have been made since the Developer Preview and will post any thing of interest.
I’ve done quite a few posts on bugs and other problems recently, so I thought it about time to do a few How To posts; I opened last week with a post on how to install a domain controller and I’ve decided to follow up with a post on how to install Management Reporter. Or at least I intented it to be a post about Management Reporter but I then realised how many screenshots I’d taken and decided to break it down into several posts; the first of which will cover the server prerequisites. Continue reading
Posted in Dynamics, Management Reporter, Microsoft, Windows, Windows Server 2008 R2
Tagged GP, Installation, Installation & Configuration, Management Reporter, Management Reporter 2, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2, Reporting, Windows Server, Windows Server 2008 R2
The release of Management Reporter brought several advantages over FRx; x64 compatibility, replacement of the Access database with SQL Server and a modern client among them. However, one of the downsides is that Management Reporter requires a domain to be available for both the installation and running.
Where FRx could be run on any PC or laptop regardless of the operating system, Management Reporter can only be run on a server OS. This means that the Business Development Managers, and I, need either a laptop with Windows Server 2008, or better the R2 version, installed or we need a VM with the same. To make everyday life easier I opted for the latter as I can install it once and then copy the VM between machines.
I am a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant by training, certification and experience but I don’t have a huge amount of experience with Active Directory. I am the most knowledgeable here about installing GP and Management Reporter though, so it falls to me to do the setup of the demo systems and I figured I might as well do the full monty rather than getting someone else to install the operating system and then passing it back to me.
To this end I needed to learn how to install and configure Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) and I thought it best to document here for anyone else interested and also for my own future reference. Continue reading
Posted in Dynamics, FRx, GP, Management Reporter, Microsoft, Windows, Windows Server 2008 R2
Tagged Active Directory, DNS, GP, Installation, Installation & Configuration, Management Reporter, Management Reporter 2, Windows, Windows Server, Windows Server 2008 R2
I needed a colleague to backup and copy a clients Microsoft Dynamics GP System and Company database back to our systems remotely out of standard working hours.
While I may have used FTP or similar if I had control of all software installed on the server, in this case the best way of doing this was to just use the Remote Desktop Connection and a local drive made available and copy the backups to this drive over the connection.
However, the colleague who was going to do this for me out of hours is not from an IT background like I am. He’s one of those Mark Polino laments the absence; a qualified accountant who has moved into a role as a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant.
As he’s not from a technical background, there are some things I take for granted which he does not know of. I therefore documented the process of making a drive available over the RDP connection for him and I thought I’d post it up here as I thought it might be useful to others. Continue reading