I mentioned a few posts back that I had sat some exams for the Association of Dynamics Professionals. Well, I passed the Core Financials Setup and Functionality one, and also sat an exam for the Microsoft Dynamics GP Core Installation and Configuration credential.
I heard back yesterday that the Credentialing Council of the Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro) has determined that I have met all requirements of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Core Installation and Configuration credential.
For those not in the know, the Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization devoted to the global Microsoft Dynamics community of partners, customers and Microsoft.
Their mission is to establish and maintain professional competency standards and assessments for the betterment of the entire community.
I believe I am one of a very small handful of people in the UK to have this credential; nice to have them both too.
To do this, launch the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 setup utility and select Web Components:
The final additional product to install, is the Service Based Architecture. This is a relatively new addition for Dynamics GP which allows for interaction using REST based web services, rather than the more traditional SOAP based ones made available via the Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
There are two steps to installing Service Based Architecture (SBA), the first of which, install the SBA feature to the Dynamics GP client. This is the one which we will cover in this post; the next post will cover the second.
I am going to add this feature to the desktop client installation on my web server, so need to use the Programs and Features Control Panel applet. Once it is loaded, select Microsoft Dynamics GP and click Change:
To install the Web Resource Cache start the setup utility from the download media and, under the Additional Products header click on GP Web Resource Cache:
Not having to install SilverLight on each PC or laptop which will run the web client is a definite plus; likewise it being cross platform and supported on Chrome, Safari and Firefox is another plus.
The HTML5 web client is also, in my opinion, quicker than the old SilverLight one.
However, there is one large negative which escaped me when doing initial testing and which Belinda Allen pointed out, although not on her blog, you can only have one open at a time; when you open a window the area pages are disabled, preventing you from opening another:
You can still drill down to other windows so you can for example drill from the Account Summary Inquiry to the Detailed Summary Inquiry or from Vendor Maintenance to Country Code Maintenance:
When you do open one window from a drill down the original window is then disabled. To toggle between them you need to use the Search for a Form or Report window:
This situation has created a bit of an outcry at Microsoft asking that they do further work to allow multiple window to be open at the same time. There is a post on the Microsoft Connect site where you can vote on this issue and impress upon Microsoft the importance that a resolution is found for this issue. You can vote here.
One of the main issues with the approach Microsoft have taken is that some ISV products rely on having more than one window open at the same time; another is it can seriously interrupt your workflow by being restricted to one window. Imagine, you’re half-way through creating a new vendor card when a customer rings up with an invoice query; you’d need to close the Vendor Maintenance window to open the Transactions by Debtor one.
With the web client installed and configured, it is now time to log in for the first time. With previous versions of the web client, this meant installing SilverLight, but the new web client is HTML5 based.
When you navigate to the GP app on the web server there is no apparent difference between the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 web client and the previous version; in both cases you need to login using your Domain Account:
The second of the wizards which pops up after the web client has been installed is the Web Components Help.
On the Welcome step click on Install to begin the installation:
Once the installation of the web client is complete, two wizards will be started. The first of these is the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration Wizard.
On the Welcome step click on Next:
To install the web client, launch the setup utility from the downloaded installation media. Under Additional Products click on Web Client:
As I am working on a small number of servers in my demo environment (a Domain Controller, a SQL Server and a Web Client Server) I will be doing a single-machine deployment with the sessions central and session host services on a single machine.
To do this I have the Microsoft Dynamics GP desktop client installed on the Web Client: this is the only machine with a client installed.
To do this, I need to add the Web Client Runtime feature to the installation of the desktop client. To do this open the Programs and Features applet in Control Panel, select Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and click the Change button:.