Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Upgrade Blog Series Schedule

Microsoft Dynamics GPAftre the announcement at GP TechConf2018 that the next version of Microsoft Dynamics GP would be 2018 R2, Derek Albaugh, on the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog announce the schedule for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Upgrade Blog Series.

The Microsoft Upgrade Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update will give you the information needed for a successful upgrade and answer questions about planning, known issues, troubleshooting, table and column changes in the new version and more. Here is the upcoming schedule:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Upgrade Series Schedule
Sept. 4th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update: Lifecycle and Upgrade Services
Sept. 5th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update Upgrade Planning – Let’s Get Started
Sept. 6th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update – Known Upgrade Issues
Sept. 11th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update – Version Checks & Upgrades
Sept. 12th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update – The Database Upgrade
Sept. 13th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update – Modified Dictionary Upgrade
Sept. 18th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update — Upgrade Troubleshooting
Sept. 19th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update is upgraded – What’s Next?
Sept. 20th: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update – Upgrading Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 Web Client
Sept. 25th: Table and Column Changes in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and Year-End Update
Sept. 26th: New Security Roles and Tasks are missing when upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2

The Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog will be updated with links to the posts as they are posted, so make sure you check back on that page regularly once the series starts.

Organisational Accounts for Workflow in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith the release of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 July Hotfix you now have the option of using Azure Active Directory Organization Accounts for the originator, approver and manager roles in Microsoft Dynamics GP Workflow.

Making Azure Organisation Accounts work with Workflow for originators, approvers and managers now means that Workflow can be used in pure Azure environments which do not have a traditional Domain Controller available.

Lucas Miller on the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog has a blog post running through the steps to configure and install the necessary components to use this new functionality.

When exec wfDeployCLRAssemblies Just Isn’t Enough

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve posted a few times about errors in Workflow requiring the wfDeployCLRAssemblies stored procedure to be run again (1 2 3), but the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog has posted an article about how this is sometimes not sufficient to resolve the problem and the procedures, functions and assemblies deployed by the wfDeployCLRAssemblies stored procedure need to be deleted.

To this end, the blog post contains a series of scripts which need to be run before thew wfDeployCLRAssemblies stored procedure is executed. There are versions of the script for Microsoft Dynamics 2013 R2, 2015 (including 2015 R2) and 2016 (including 2016 R2).

If your problem still isn’t fixed, then a support case would need to be raised.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Directory

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve just found a page on CustomerSource called the Microsoft Dynamics GP Directory and it looks like it has been in existence for quite a while as it has links to information on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 through to 2016 R2.

The links include Top Reasons to Buy Microsoft Dynamics GP, Top Reasons to Upgrade as well as links to the Feature Blog Series, System Requirements, Service Pack, Hotfix and Compliance Update Patch Releases and much more.

I got to the page from the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog post on the which I got to through David Musgraves post on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 New Features .

Just shows it is worth reading around the blogs on Dynamics GP.

Microsoft’s Migration To A New Knowledge Base System Is Now Complete

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft have been migrating their Knowledge Base to a new system, making some articles unavailable, but have announced the migration is now complete and the articles should now be available again.

Or at least most of them; in the post, Cheryl does say that”outdated content or rarely used content (i.e. no page views in recent years)”; I have mixed feelings about this as I have occasionally stumbled across articles for GP 8 or 9 which have still fixed an issue I’ve had with the most recent versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The migration means that a link like https://support.microsoft.com/kb/915903 is now https://support.microsoft.com/help/915903.

You may need to update any bookmarks or links you have on the old pattern, but at least for the ones I have checked, the old pattern is being forwarded to the old.

This change is why the above link was unavailable when I wrote the Removing Analytical Accounting from Microsoft Dynamics GP post.

KB articles are available by either searching in PartnerSource or CustomerSource (and may the God of your choice answer your prayers for assistance) or by using the search engine of your choice.

Microsoft Dynamics GP January Hotfix Released

Microsoft Dynamics GPI don’t usually post about releases, except for major version releases. However, the January Hotfix release caught my eye with a few of the included features in the 2016 R2 one.

As well as having the US Payroll updates there are updates to the following which would be of benefit to clients in the UK:

  • VAT Daybook

    • VAT Daybook Summary reports may not show correct data in boxes 1, 6 and 7 if you voided a transaction.
    • VAT detail report may show incorrect figures if you have 2 or more tax codes on a transaction.
  • General Ledger

    • The Excel copy and paste function may not calculate the credit/debit column correctly when using an allocation account.
  • Fixed Asset Management

    • Tax values may not update properly if a user marks to create multiple fixed assets in the Fixed Asset Purchase Order additional information window.
  • Bank Reconciliation

    • You may experience performance issues with the Checkbook Register Inquiry window after you install GP 2016 R2.
  • Project Accounting

    • Ability to change line distributions for time and material projects in revenue recognition.
    • Fee Accounts not available in line distributions button.
    • Purchase Receiving’s not reflecting WIP account edits from Purchase Order for non-inventory items.
  • System Manager

    • Fixed issues with Uncollated printing.

The hotfixes for Dynamics GP 2013 R2 and 2015 R2 only contain US Payroll fixes.

The post from the Dynamics GP Support and Services blog contains the download links.