Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Configuring Config AD Desktop

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this series of posts I’m going to take a look at the Config AD product from Fastpath which adds single sign-on to the Dynamics GP desktop client; you can find my series index here.

With the Config AD Desktop installed, we need to configure it for use; many of the steps in this section are only required the first time you run Config AD Desktop on a machine.

Start Config AD Desktop from the Windows Start Screen (or Start menu for those on an older version of Windows) and click on File >> options:

Fastpath Config AD Desktop

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Set Citrix XenApp Into Install Mode

Citrix XenAppWhen installing applications onto a Citrix XenApp server you need to do so by running the Install… routine first to ensure the installation works successfully.

While this isn’t difficult to do, it is more fiddly than I ideally want. There is, however, a command that can be run in a Command Prompt to set install mode and another one to switch it off.

I always forget what these commands are so figured by posting them here it would both give me easy access to remind myself, but also that I find posting here helps things stick in memory anyway.

So to set XenApp into install mode open a command prompt (Win + R followed by typing cmd) and type the following:

change user /install

Once the program has finished installing, switch the server back to normal by entering the following command:

change user /execute

Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Installing Config AD Desktop

In this series of posts I’m going to take a look at the Config AD product from Fastpath which adds single sign-on to the Dynamics GP desktop client; you can find my series index here.

To install the Config AD Desktop run the setup.exe in the Config AD Desktop 2.1.3 folder and accept the security warning:

Open File - Security Warning

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Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Installing Config AD Desktop Prerequisites

In this series of posts I’m going to take a look at the Config AD product from Fastpath which adds single sign-on to the Dynamics GP desktop client; you can find my series index here.

The Config AD Desktop requires that Config AD itself be installed. The installation on the client is the same as on the Domain Controller with one exception.

On the Add Active Directory Right-Click Menu tab set the option to Don’t add either menu:

Fastpath Configurator AD: Add Active Directory Right-Click Menu

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Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Configuring The Service

In this series of posts I’m going to take a look at the Config AD product from Fastpath which adds single sign-on to the Dynamics GP desktop client; you can find my series index here.

With the service installed, the next stage is to configure the service. This is done by accessing Config AD and then opening the Config AD Options (File >> Options) and then select the Service tab:

On this tab there are several options which can be enabled/disabled:

  1. Disable/Delete Feature Enabled – When this option is enabled a choice can be made as to the interval the process cycles at and whether Dynamics GP users should be disabled or deleted when the AD account is deleted.
  2. Auto Logout Feature – This option will logout users after the specified number of minutes inactivity.
  3. AD Group Security – This option will provision new users and assign/revoke access to GP users based upon AD Group membership of AD Groups that are setup in Config AD for GP access

As well as the above options, you also need to specify the Login name that should be used to access SQL Server.

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Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Installing The Service

FastpathIn this series of posts I’m going to take a look at the Config AD product from Fastpath which adds single sign-on to the Dynamics GP desktop client; you can find my series index here.

Config AD includes a service which can run on any machine within the network; the service can automatically log users out after a period of inactivity and will also disable/delete GP user accounts when the AD user is deleted.

A service account is needed to run the Config AD service; this account needs to be a Domain User account and also needs to be either a Domain Admin or have the following permissions:

  1. Read Property and List Contents permission to the Deleted Objects container in Active Directory (non-admin users will not have these permissions by default, but they can be granted: further details available from Microsoft Support).
  2. Read All Properties permission to the container(s) where your users are located.
  3. Log on as a service permission.
  4. A SQL Login on the SQL Server for the domain user.

With a suitable service account, find the Fastpath.ADServiceSetup.msi in the /FPConfigAD 5.4.0.0/Config AD Service 3.3.0 folder.

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Packt Publishing – 10 Years, $10 for 10 Days (4 days remaining)

Packt PublishingThis month marks 10 years since Packt Publishing embarked on its mission to deliver effective learning and information services to IT professionals. In that time it has published over 2,000 titles and helped projects become household names and awarding over $400,000 through its Open Source Project Royalty Scheme.

To celebrate this milestone, from June 26th, Packt is offering all of its eBooks and Videos at just $10 each for 10 days (four days remaining); this promotion covers every title and there are no restrictions on the number of titles that can be bought by July 5th.

Packt Publishing - 10 Years, $10 for 10 Days

“The Rebel Alliance Needs You!” or “Vote To Resurrect Multi-Dimensional Analysis”

There was a recent discussion about Multi-Dimensional Analysis (MDA) and Analytical Accounting (AA) between a group of Microsoft MVPs for Microsoft Dynamics GP; this group involved people from at least three continents and resulted in a fairly unanimous opinion that Multi-Dimensional Analysis was a useful module.

More useful in many ways than Analytical Accounting which was intended to replace it. The problem being that while MDA was fairly simple and easy to use, AA was fairly complex and clunky. While the reporting options for AA are more comprehensive than MDA, they are still not up to the standard of much of Dynamics GP itself.

To this end a suggestion has been logged on Microsoft Connect which we would appreciate you voting on. Suggestions on MS Connect with a lot of votes stand a good chance of being included in a later version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Please visit and vote on this suggestion.

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Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: First Login With Single Sign-On

In this series of posts I’m going to take a look at the Config AD product from Fastpath which adds single sign-on to the Dynamics GP desktop client; you can find my series index here.

Once a user has been created or associated, the first time that user logs into GP they will need to link the GP and Windows passwords. When Dynamics GP is started, the user ID will default in; enter the password (if the user was created from Config AD the password will be set to the Config AD Options) and click OK:

Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics GP

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Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Install Single Sign-On

In this series of posts I’m going to take a look at the Config AD product from Fastpath which adds single sign-on to the Dynamics GP desktop client; you can find my series index here.

The point of Fastpath’s Config AD is to make life easier by removing the number of usernames and passwords a user needs to be entered to access Dynamics GP. In the previous posts in this series I have associated an exiting AD user with an existing Dynamics GP user and then created a new GP user from an AD one.

For the user to benefit from this integration we need to install some code into Dynamics GP. This is done by installing the Fastpath Single Sign-On. In the FPSSO folder double click the setup.exe. On the security warning click on Run:

Open File - Security Warning

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