Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM Web Client Prerequisites: Series Index

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM has now been released. In a series of posts, I am stepping through the installation of Microsoft Dynamics GP and additional products and then will move on to taking a look at the new functionality which has been introduced.

Before installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM Web Client, I will be installing the prerequisites. As with the eConnect 18 Prerequisites, I am breaking out the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM Web Client prerequisites into their own mini series. This is the series index and will automatically update as posts go live.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM Web Client Prerequisites

Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2: Install Web Client Single-Machine Deployment

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; the index for this series can be found here.

Now that the Web Client Runtime feature has been added, we can install the web client itself. I am only doing a single-machine deployment of the web client in this series of posts.

To install the Web Client, launch the setup utility and, under Additional Products select Web Client:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 setup utility

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Avoiding Trust Relationship Problems

Microsoft Dynamics GPIf a wildcard domain certificate has been used then you won’t need to follow the steps in this post. If, like me, you’re using individual machine certificates then you will have problems with trust relationships between servers unless you install the certificate from each machine on all of the others.

To accomplish this, the certificates need to be exported and then imported. As an example, I am going to transfer the certificate from the Session Control Server (SC1) to the first Session Host (SH1).

To do this open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, select the machine and double click Server Certificates:

Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Adding An SSL Certificate To The Session Hosts

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn addition to an SSL certificate for the Session Control Server certificates are also needed for the Session Hosts.

It is possible to add SSL certificates without the use of IIS, but I am not an expert in this area. To this end, I installed IIS the same way as on the Session Control Server and then created the certificate the same way too.

However, you choose to create the certificate for the Session Host machines, make sure you have one for each of the machines or apply the wildcard SSL certificate to each.

If anyone knows a way of applying a certificate to a machine without installing IIS I’d appreciate you leaving a comment below.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Binding An SSL Certificate To The Session Control Website

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that the SSL certificate for the Session Central Server has been created, it needs to be bound to the website to which the Session Control Server will be installed.

To bind the certificate, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager and, in the Connections pane expand the server and Sites nodes and then right click on the website you intend to use, which in this example is the Default Web Site and select Edit Bindings…:

Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Creating A Self-Signed SSL Certificate On The Session Central Server

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Session Control and Session Host machines require an SSL certificate. In a production environment I would recommend using a wildcard SSL domain certificate, but as this is only my test environment I am going to use a self-signed SSL certificate.

To create a self-signed SSL certificate, open Internet Information Serices (IIS) Manager and double click on Server Certificates:

Internet Information Serices (IIS) Manager

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Extending IIS With ASP.NET 4.5 On Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis is not something I need for the series of posts I am currently writing on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment as my web server is running Windows Server 2012, but you may be performing the install on Windows Server 2008 R2 so I thought I would include this for completeness.

If you are running Windows Server 2008 R2 then extending a website with ASP.NET 4.5 required the use of the command line.

Open a Command Prompt with Administrative permissions and type the following and then hit Return:

cd C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\

Then type the following and hit Return:

aspnet_regiis –i

Once the command has finished running, the website will be extended with ASP.NET 4.5 and be ready for the Session Control Service to be installed.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Extending IIS With ASP.NET 4.5 On Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Dynamics GPExtending a website with ASP.NET 4.5 required the use of command line (which I will cover in the next post), but Windows Server 2012 requires this be done using the Server Manager (there may be a PowerShell command to do this, but, if so, I don’t know what it is).

As I mentioned in a comment in the last post, if you’re installing IIS to configure the web client then you don’t need to treat this step separately, but merely add the step to the installation options for IIS.

To extend IIS on Windows Server 2012, you need to open Server Manager and click Add roles and features:

Server Manager

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing IIS On Session Control Server

Microsoft Dynamics GPBefore we can start installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client, there are a few steps which need to be completed.

The first of them is to install the IIS Web Server on the machine which will operate as the Session Control Server. In my case, this is the SC1 machine which is running Windows Server 2012. IIS is installed via Server Manager by clicking Add roles and features:

Server Manager

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How To Install Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client: Create A Self-Signed Certificate

Microsoft Dynamics GPEarlier in this series of posts, I took a look at installing the Web Client Runtime and adding the IIS server role. In this post I’ll take a look at installing a self-signed certificate (self-signed is really only a valid option for a demo or test system; on a live system you should really use a real certificate.

To create a self-signed one, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager and click on Server Certificates;

Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager - Server Home

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