Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2: GL Distribution Line Display UI change

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Microsoft Dynamics GPWith the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 it’s time for a series of “hands on” posts where I go through the installation of all of it’s components and also look at the new functionality introduced; the index for this series can be found here.

The feature I am going “hands on” with is the seventh Feature of the Day, GL Distribution Line Display UI change.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP January Hotfix Released

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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.

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MDGP 2016 R2 Feature of the Day: Link Credit Card Invoices to Original Invoice

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2; as the most recent versions have been, these posts are in the form of PowerPoint slides; I am reposting them here so they can be read more easily.

The series index for this series of posts is here.

The eighth Feature of the Day is Link Credit Card Invoices to Original Invoice.

This feature of the day, updates the transaction description on the credit card vendor invoice to easily track back to the originating voucher:

Payables Transaction Inquiry

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MDGP 2016 R2 Feature of the Day: GL Distribution Line Display UI Change

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2; as the most recent versions have been, these posts are in the form of PowerPoint slides; I am reposting them here so they can be read more easily.

The series index for this series of posts is here

The seventh Feature of the Day is GL Distribution Line Display UI Change.

Transaction Entry

With this new feature, General Ledger Transaction Entry and Journal Entry Inquiry windows will default the scrolling window expanded or collapsed based on the previous display state.

This is promised to be a user based default, so it will be interesting to see if it is actually user based or based upon the Dex.ini file which would make it a machine setting rather than a user one.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Budget Import Issue

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Microsoft Dynamics GPBudgets in Microsoft Dynamics GP are easy to maintain using the Budget Wizard. However, we do regularly field calls from clients reporting that the budget import is not working.

The problem reported, was the same as the problem always is; the budget template was not in the correct format.

The first image is the header of the one they were trying to import and the second is the Master budget I exported from GP to show them:

Excel Budget

Excel Budget

As you can see the former budget template has an extra row in the header; this is sufficient to stop the import working.

Everytime we have had this error reported we have found that something was changed in the budget template: a new header row, a header row being deleted, a column being added (the latter is the most common.

The client removed the extra row and was then able to import the budget.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Automatically Batch Deposit Cash Receipts

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There are some feature of the days which I look at and think “so what?”. And then there are others I look at and know they are going to be very popular.

This feature is very much one of the latter (I have one client who would be willing to upgrade to just top get this one feature). It is the ability to have Cash Receipts automatically posted in Bank Reconciliation:.

Cash Receipt Posting Journal

Bank Deposit Posting Journal

The main features of are:

  • When Automatically Post Cash Deposits is marked and you post a batch with cash receipts in it, one deposit will be created for all cash receipts in the batch.
  • If you transaction level post, each transaction will create a separate deposit.

There is one downside to this feature; if you want your deposits to show as individual deposits in bank you have to post them separately in Receivables Management. Doing one transaction per batch (transaction level posting would result in manual posting being required of the resulting GL batches) will not be as time consuming as doing all of the deposits manually, but is moving an element of the work from one part of Dynamics GP to another (and possibly from one team to another).

The client I references at the start of this post runs a number of visitor centres so will have a lot of cash receipt transactions being imported into the system, but the majority of them would hit the bank as a single deposit. I’m onsite with them soon to help integrate their new EPOS system into GP so can work with them to make sure transactions are brought into Dynamics GP in the way necessary for them to benefit most from this feature.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Word Templates for Batch Approval Workflow

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 saw the introduction of the Workflow 2.0 (which was the subject of myfourth book. Workflow 2.0 was enhanced further in both Microsoft Dynamics 2015 R1 and R2, and is again being improved in Dynamics GP 2016 R1.

This time, the enhancement is a twofold one. Firstly, the Batch Edit lists have a default Word Template and, secondly, this can be emailed to the workflow approver:

Workflow Maintenance

Edit List Report

The main features of are:

  • Workflow Batch Approvals now have a default Word Template for the following edit lists:
    • Gneeral Ledger Batches
    • Payables Batches
    • Receivables Batches
  • Can be emailed to approver for complete information before approving

I think this feature will prove to be popular with those clietn using Workflow approvals as an approver will always want s much information before approving as possible. This will likely be of great interest when Workflow approvals are being used.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Budget Import Exception Report

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Budget Import Exception Report

This feature of the day is the production of an exception report during the Budget import. This is going to be a very popular one:

The main features of are:

  • When importing a budget from Excel, an exception report will print displaying accounts that aren’t setup in Dynamics GP

The Budget Wizard is a good tool, but it has always been problematic to identify accounts on the budget upload which didn’t exist. This new feature will make importing budgets far easier now any missing accounts are highlighted.

I have a couple of customers who might be tempted to upgrade just to get this one feature (including one who just upgrade to Dynamics GP 2015 R2.

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Error Registering Table GL_Account_MSTR

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Microsoft Dynamics GPWhile ding an upgrade of a client to Microsoft Dynamics GP I suddenly started getting an error when navigating the system; for example, when opening the General Journal Entry window:

Microsoft Dynamics GP: Error Registering Table GL_Account_MSTR

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Error Registering Table GL_Account_MSTR

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General Ledger Summary Trial Balance Returning Incorrect Data

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Microsoft Dynamics GPWe are currently in the process of upgrading a large 20 site client from Microsoft Dynamics GP 9 to a later version (unfortunately not 2015 due to third party add-ons which are not supported on this version). The client previously had standalone implementations at each site, but we are aggregating them into one implementation for ease of maintenance and also to reduce licensing costs.

The first few we centralised went fine, but we then ran into problems when we did the head office companies. When they ran the GL Summary TB on the old and new systems there was a mismatch between them.

After investigating, the support team established that the problem was down to some corruption in the Account Index Master table (GL00105) where some of the accounts had segments separated with dots instead of dashes as defined in Account Format Setup (Administration area page ¯ Setup ¯ Company ¯ Account Format).

The solution they followed was fairly simple, and in three steps:

  1. Run a script to clear the Account Index Master table:
    DELETE FROM GL00105
  2. Run Check Links (Microsoft Dynamics GP menu ¯ Maintenance ¯ Check Links) on Account Master.
  3. Run the General Ledger Reconcile utility (Financials area page ¯ Utilities ¯ Reconcile) on all years starting with the oldest and working forward.

After this was done, the report produced from the upgraded system matched the old one.

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