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Integration Manager – Input String Was Not In A Correct Format

After installing Microsoft Dynamics GP in a new test system, I then installed Integration Manager and tried to run an integration to test.

After clicking the Run button the following message popped up:

Integration Manager: The destination could not be initialized due to the following problem: -Input string was not in a correct formatIntegration Manager: The destination could not be initialized due to the following problem: -Input string was not in a correct format

This error is typically one seen when Microsoft Dynamics GP is not running (I’ve seen it at a few clients running Citrix when they have Integration Manager running on one server and Microsoft Dynamics GP on another), but I had Microsoft Dynamics GP open in the background.

I quickly realised the problem; I had imported some modified reports into GP which contained VBA and to avoid an error I had right clicked and used Run as Administrator when starting Microsoft Dynamics GP, but had started Integration Manager normally.

This meant the two applications were running in different states and Integration Manager could not see Microsoft Dynamics GP.

To resolve the issue I closed Integration Manager and reopened it using the menu in Microsoft Dynamics GP (Microsoft Dynamics GP menu >> Integrate >> Integration Manager); this is the way I typically recommend clients open it in order to avoid this problem on Citrix XenApp or other ways of publishing applications.

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Review of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation by Victoria Yudin

Victoria Yudin, the longest serving Microsoft(R) Most Valuable Professional for Microsoft Dynamics GP, has just released Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation via Packt Publishing.

This is an update of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 book she wrote a few years ago, which has been updated for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation by Victoria Yudin

In brief this book covers:

  • Plan, install, and implement Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 with real-world advice from a Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP
  • Learn how to set up the core modules in Microsoft Dynamics GP effectively following detailed, step-by-step instructions
  • Discover additional tools and resources available for your Dynamics GP

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Integration Manager Error – Object Reference Not Set To An Instance Of An Object

Sometimes I find Integration Manager to be very trying. It can be a very useful tool but it can also be incredibly frustrating.

A client we have taken over support for logged a call about an integration they couldn’t run and hadn’t been able to run for a couple of months after their upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010. The error message they were receiving was this;

Integration Manager - Object reference not set to an instance of an objectIntegration Manager – Object reference not set to an instance of an object

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 6

I have many other outside work items competing for my time at the moment which, combined with being busy at work is leaving me little time for reviewing. To that end I’m snatching an hour while sat at a hotel in the Midlands (South Yorkshire to be exact) to add another part to my review of Leslie Vail’s book Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications published in October by Packt Publishing;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 4

I started reviewing Leslie Vail’s book, Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications,which was published at the end of December by Packt Publishing, a few weeks ago. To do this review I decided to take a read through and complete all the examples she gives on developing an application as I’ve only had very limited experience with Dexterity;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

Today I’m taking a look at Chapter 5 which covers sanScript and how to add it to windows to enable the required functionality. The key topics to be covered are:

  • Introduction to sanScript
  • Scrolling Windows
  • Triggers

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 3

After slacking off a lot in terms of reviewing Leslie Vail’s book Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications, which was published at the end of December by Packt Publishing, I’m going to try to get a regular tempo of review posts going. Today I’m here with the review for chapter 4;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

This chapter is all about Building the User Interface which Leslie does by getting the reader to build an interface for customer contacts integration and covers:

  • Creating base resources
  • Creating tables and keys
  • Creating forms and windows
  • Creating scrolling windows
  • Working with window fields
  • Completing your windows

So from this chapter I expect to get a good grounding in creating an entirely new window which should look like this:

Customer Contact Maintenance

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 2

Things have been very hectic recently and I’ve found myself slacking off from reviewing Leslie’s book Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications which was published at the end of December by Packt Publishing;

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

Well, I now have a bit more time so I’ve returned to the book to take a look at chapter 3, Getting Started with Dexterity which gives a thorough look at Dexterity; how to install it’s development environment, what the components are and how they hang together and the pitfalls to watch out for.

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Review of Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications – Part 1

At the end of December, Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications, written by Leslie Vail and published by Packt Publishing was released.

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

I got a copy of the book in order to do a review and have decided to break the review down into multiple parts. The reason for this is that the book includes some practical examples which I have decided to do and then include the results of this in the review; after all if it is a book on developing how can you accurately review the book if you don’t use what you learn to build something?

The book is aimed at developers new to working with Microsoft Dynamics GP, so bear in mind that I am not a developer when reading my reviews. Quick synopsis of my background: I started my career as a trainee developer and moved through a variety of roles such as developer and support analyst before moving to my current position as consultant and project manager.

I oversee development teams working on additions or amendments to Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as personally undertaking some modifications using Report Writer or Modifier with VBA. So despite not being a developer, I am used to working with them and did, once upon a time, be one myself.

The first chapter of the book covers the Microsoft Dynamics GP Architecture from a high level perspective.

It covers the history of the GP interface from it’s origins with Great Plains Software, an overview of Dexterity and the development environment. There is a detailed explanation of the launch file (Dynamics.set), which included a couple of points of which I wasn’t aware, and the configuration/preferences file (Dex.ini).

The explanation of the Dex.ini file included the ExportOneLineBody switch which I didn’t know about, but for which I have an immediate use.

Leslie then goes on to explain about the structure of the tables in the SQL Database which always strikes newcomers as arcane and overly complex. Leslie explains this well with plenty of detail on both the structure, including both the physical and technical names, and how transactions move between tables as their state changes.

Chapter 1 wraps up with a detailed explanation of the UI covering how forms are constructed, how the scrolling windows work and the common buttons used on forms, scrolling windows and individual buttons.

The second chapter of the book focuses on the fundamentals of integrating applications with Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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How To Install Integration Manager 12

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 ships with a variety of other software such as Business Analyzer (about which I have posted the installation and configuration steps) and also one called Integration Manager.

Integration Manager is a utility which can be used to load data into Microsoft Dynamics GP on a manually basis. Data can be loaded from text file, XML or directly from a database using an ODBC connection. Integration Manager is a better option that the Table Import (Microsoft Dynamics GP menu >> Tools >> Routines >> Table Import) routine because it enforces data integrity.

Integration Manager in Microsoft Dynamics GP is available for implementation for 120 days after which it must be purchased as part of the Customization Pack (prior to Dynamics GP 2013 it could be purchased as part of the Integration Suite).

There are a two adapters available for Integration Manager; Dynamics GP and eConnect. The latter adapter requires another Microsoft product to be installed so this how-to will focus only on the former.

Integration Manager is installed from the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 setup utility;

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 setup utility

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Microsoft Dynamics GP and Schrödinger’s Cat

One of the points I make (repeatedly until I see a confirmation they’ve done so) to clients when implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP is that they need to make sure that a maintenance backup of the SQL databases and other resources are being made.

In some cases the maintenance backup is a once a night job, other clients have had one done every twelve hours with log backups made every hour. As long as a regular backup is being made I’m happy and stop nagging them.

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