Upgrading Management Reporter 2012: Series Index

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this short series of posts, I’m going to take a look at upgrading an installation of Management Reporter 2012 to the latest Rollup.

The post will serve as the series index:

Upgrading Management Reporter 2012
Upgrade the Server Components
Upgrading the Database
Upgrading the Clients
Post Upgrade Connection Problem

MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: .NET Interop

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The tenth Feature of the Day is .NET Interop. The new Service Based Architecture enables Microsoft Dynamics GP and ISV products to expose and consume services. Services are the backbone of the cloud and this feature supports new and exciting scenarios around cloud based interaction.

Developers can now directly reference .NET assemblies and their objects in sanScript in order to leverage capability offered in the .NET Framework. This includes the ability to call out to services or use objects as a means of data handling and processing.

Script Editor.NET objects can be instantiated, have their properties set or methods called within sanScript

The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • Developers
  • ISVs

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Service Based Architecture Deployment

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The ninth Feature of the Day is Service Based Architecture Deployment. The deployment for Service Based Architecture offers the flexibility to meet your deployment needs. There is a simple single machine configuration for demo, development and smaller production deployments. You may also choose a scale out deployment across multiple servers, using a single tenant or multitenant configuration.

The installation of the Service Based Architecture server components is included in the same installation as the web client so you can easily deploy both components at the same time.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Service Based Architecture

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The eighth Feature of the Day is Service Based Architecture. This new Service Based Architecture enables Microsoft Dynamics GP and ISV products to expose and consume services. Such services are the backbone of the cloud and this feature supports new and exciting scenarios around cloud based interaction.

With the addition of this functionality partners and ISVs can build more robust integrations or create companion apps in their platform of choice expanding reach, depth and capability of Microsoft Dynamics GP

Service Based Architecture

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The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • Customers
  • Developers
  • ISVs

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Invoicing in the Web Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The seventh Feature of the Day is Invoicing in the Web Client. The Invoicing module has now been enabled to work on the web client:

Invoice Entry

I am somewhat surprised to see Invoicing added to the web client as I have been under the impression that this was a deprecated module which was seeing no further development. Hopefully there are some more deprecated modules which might see some attention in the future.

The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • Operations Manager
  • Shipping & Receiving

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FRx Migration Wizard Failure

Microsoft Dynamics GPI have a number of clients who have been using Microsoft Dynamics GP for a number of years and who we are now upgrading again. A few of them continued using FRx when they upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, but now they are upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 they also need to switch to Management Reporter 2012 as FRx is not supported with the latest versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Most of these migrations proceed without a problem, but I did have one client where the Migration Wizard ran through and returned a successfully completed message. However, when I logged into the Report Designer to check the migrated building blocks, I found that there was nothing there.

As a double-check, I re-ran the Migration Wizard to the same effects so I started to do some investigation. I eventually took a look in the FRx database and found a number of corrupt rows in the Catalog table like the one below:

FRx Database - Catalog Table

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Integration Manager Error: ‘Input string was not in a correct format’

Microsoft Dynamics GPI was working on a new integration template for a client recently and after accidentally closed Integration Manager instead of just the Destination Mappings window I started getting the below error message when I reopened and tried running the integration:

Integration Manager - The destination could not be initialized due to the following problem: - Input string was not in a correct formatIntegration Manager – The destination could not be initialized due to the following problem: – Input string was not in a correct format

It took me a few minutes of fiddling around to work out the problem, but when I did it was a bit of a face/palm moment.

The project I was working on had some customisations in Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as a new integration template. When I logged in first thing I had started GP using Run as Administrator and then launched Integration Manager from the Tools menu (Microsoft Dynamics GP menu >> Tools >> Integrate >> Integration Manager); but, when reopening it, I had launched it from the Windows Start screen.

This meant that GP itself was running under the administrator account, but Integration Manager was running under my user account. I closed Integration Manager again and then launched it from the GP menu, so that it was running under the same user account as GP itself, and was able to run the integration without further problems.

Windows 10 Technical Preview: The Start Menu

Microsoft Dynamics GPWindows 10 is to see the re-introduction of the Start menu. The Start menu was initially introduced in Windows 95 and continued unchanged until it was given a makeover in the 2007 released Windows Vista.

This makeover saw the ability to conduct a search by simply starting to type after pressing the Windows button.

Windows 8 saw the removal of the Start menu and introduction of the Start screen; the start menu had occupied a small cramped area in the bottom left of the screen next to the Windows button, whereas the Start screen occupies the whole screen. The Start button was also removed and replaced with a hot corner in the bottom left from which to launch the Start screen.

Both of these choices proved to be very controversial and led for calls to reintroduce the Start button, which Microsoft did in Windows 8.1 although the Start screen remained.

Well, Windows 10 has had the Start menu reintroduced:

Start menu

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