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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing Silverlight On Clients

The Microsoft Dynamics GP web client relies on Silverlight which needs to be installed on every client. When you log into the web client, and don’t have Silverlight installed, you’ll be presented with the option to install it:

Internet Explorer - Click to install Silverlight

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing Web Client Resource Cache on Session Hosts

The performance of the web client can be improved by installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Resource Cache.

To install the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Resource Cache start the Setup.exe and select GP Web Resource Cache under Additional Products:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing The Web Client On The Session Host Servers

In this post I’ll take a look at installing the session host servers; I’ll step through this process once, but it will need reproducing on all of the session host machines (which in my case is two).

Log onto the session host server and start the Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility (setup.exe on the installation media). As the session host will already have the Microsoft Dynamics GP client and runtime installed, you will not see the Bootstrapper and be presented with the installation choices.

Select Web Client under Additional Products (fifth bottom):

Microsoft Dynamics GP

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

The next step in installing the web client is to install the session central server. This is done by running the setup.exe and click OK to allow the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Bootstrapper Setup to install the prerequisites:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Bootstrapper Setup

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

With Microsoft Dynamics GP installed, configured and the sample company deployed, it’s time to add the Web Client Runtime to the clients.

This is done by opening Programs and Features, selecting Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and clicking Change:

Programs and Features

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing The Server

Now we have a client installed, we can use this to install the server. To do this run GP Utilities and log in using the sa account:

Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics GP Utilities

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing The Client

While most people reading this series are likely to already have an up and running Micrsoft Dynamcis GP system, I am going for completion in coverage for this series so I am going to be doing posts on items such as installing the client (this post), installing the server and deploying the sample company.

To install the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 client, run the setup.exe on the installation media. This will check if required components are installed or not and run the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Bootstrapper Setup to install any missing components:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Bootstrapper Setup

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

If 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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