Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Configuration

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 Config AD installed on the domain controller, we now need to configure it to connect to the required Microsoft Dynamics GP installation. To do this open the Active Directory Users and Groups, right click on a user and then click on Configure Dynamics User:

Active Directory Users and Groups

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Implementing Fastpath’s Config AD: Introduction & Index

Microsoft Dynamics GP has traditionally had it’s own log on which means for a user who’s day job is based within GP, they need to log into Windows and then log into GP.

If you are using the web client Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 saw the introduction of Identity Management – Login which will provide single sign-on functionality. However, for those using the desktop client the best that Dynamics GP has to offer is the Remember User and Password introduced in Dynamics GP 2010.

However, Dynamics GP has a thriving community surrounding it which includes many ISVs (Independent Software Vendors), one of which is called Fastpath; this company has developed an add-on for Dynamics GP called Config AD which makes single sign-on with Dynamics GP.

Typically my posts have all been around the Dynamics GP core product or the add-ons from Microsoft with only a small number of posts on products from other vendors. In this series of posts I am stepping outside of this area as I am going to cover the install, configuration and use of Fastpath’s Config AD. The index for this series is below and will expand as posts are made.

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Installing Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2: Series Index

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 is now available. And despite note really having the time to do so at the moment, I can’t stop myself from installing it (and, as I always do, blogging about it as I go).

In this series of posts I am going to do install a stand-alone instance of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2; this post will serve as my series index so watch for the index, below, to grow as posts are submitted.

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Deployment Server Has Exceeded The Maximum Request Length Error Deploying Reports To SSRS

When Reporting Tools Setup is used t deploy the reports to SQL Server Reporing Services an error be produced if the default configuration of SSRS has not been amended (I thought I’d blogged about this error before, but when trying to find it to send the post to someone I couldn’t find it).

The error produced is the following:

Microsoft Dynamics GP - The deployment has exceeded the maximum request length allowed by the target server. Set maxRequestLength="20690" in the web.config file and try deploying again.Microsoft Dynamics GP – The deployment has exceeded the maximum request length allowed by the target server. Set maxRequestLength=”20690″ in the web.config file and try deploying again.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing SSL Certificates On Client Machines

To avoid certificate errors with the Web Client, the security certificate from the web server needs to be installed onto the client machines (i.e. all of the PCs which will be running IE to connect to the website).

Before the certificate is loaded, you’ll see the following error when navigating to the GP web client:

Certificate Error: Navigation Blocked - Windows Internet Explorer

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Running The Web Client Configuration Wizard On The Session Hosts

After installing the Session Hosts you will be prompted to run the Web CLient Configuration Wizard. We ran this after installing the Session Central server to create the databases; it needs to be run again now, to tell the Session Host which Session Central Database should be used:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Configuration Wizard - Welcome

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Running The Web Client Configuration Wizard On The Session Central

After installing the Session Central the databases used by the web client need to be created and configured. This is done using the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Configuration Wizard (available on the Windows Home screen or Start menu if you’re using an older version of Windows).

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Configuration Wizard - Welcome

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Deploying The Fabrikam Sample Company

The Fabrikam sample company is deployed via GP Utilities. Log into it using the sa account and progress through to the Additional Tasks. In the drop down list select Add sample company data and click :

Additional Tasks

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Creating Required Service Accounts

Depending on your selected options when installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client, there are between three and four service accounts required.

The three which are always required are:

  1. Web Application User
  2. Session Service
  3. Session Central Service

The one which is optional dependent on installation options is:

  1. Management Console Application User

This last is only required if the Management COnsole is installed to a different web site to the web client.

To create the service accounts, you need to be logged onto the Domain Control (in my case DC1 which is running Windows Server 2008 R2) and open Active Directory Users and Computers.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Creating Security Groups In AD For The Web Client

There are two security groups required for the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client:

  1. A group for users who can access the web client
  2. A group for users who can access the web client’s management console.

To create these groups we need to be logged onto the domain controller which on my test system is AZC-DC1.

On the domain controller, open Active Directory Users and Computers.

I decided to create a business unit called Microsoft Dynamics GP but you could create the required groups anywhere. To create the web console user’s group click the Create Group button on the toolbar:

Active Directory Users and Computers

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