Install SQL Server 2014: SSRS Configuration for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GPin the previous two posts, I stepped through the installation and configuration of SSRS. To deploy the Microsoft Dynamics GP SSRS reports to the SSRS server there is one last piece of configuration which needs to be completed.

There is a setting in the web.config file which needs to be added for the reports to deploy successfully. I have previously blogged about that setting here. The only change in the path will be the version number in the folder name will be higher.

Once you have completed that step you can then move onto deploying the SSRS reports in Dynamics GP; this post was written on Dynamics GP 2010 R2, but the process for deploying them is the same in Dynamics GP 2015.

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Preorder Real-world Business Intelligence with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GPI was just browsing the Packt Publishing website (as you do) and found that there is a new book about Microsoft Dynamics GP being released next month.

Real-world Business Intelligence with Microsoft Dynamics GP by Dynamics GP MVPs Belinda Allen and Mark Polino:

Real-world Business Intelligence with Microsoft Dynamics GP

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Install SQL Server 2014: SSRS Configuration

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this small series of posts I’m going to take a step through the installation of SQL Server 2014 and SSRS (the series index can be found at the bottom of each post).

In the last post, I stepped through the installation of SSRS. As I mentioned in that post, I prefer to do the configuration separately, as I have had problems with the automatic configuration.

To configure SSRS, launch Reporting Services Configuration Manager from the Windows Start screen.

The first window launched is the Reporting Services Configuration Connection one; ensure the Server Name is correct and that the Report Server Instance is the one to be configured and click Connect:

Reporting Services Configuration Connection

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Install SQL Server 2014: SSRS Installation

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this small series of posts I’m going to take a step through the installation of SQL Server 2014 and SSRS (the series index can be found at the bottom of each post).

In the previous post I covered the installation of SQL Server itself; in this post I’m going to cover the installation of SSRS. While it is possible to have SSRS installed and configured automatically when SQL Server is installed, but I have experienced problems with SSRS when doing this so I usually install it separately. You would also do a separate installation of SSRS if you had a reporting server where you were doing an install of SSRS.

To install SSRS launch the setup.exe on the installation media, click on Installation in the navigation pane and then click on New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation:

SQL Server Installation Center

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Slow Opening Windows In Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GPI recently implemented Microsoft Dynamics GP for a client who is a UK subsidiary of an American company. This client is a heavy user of the Inventory Control module with over 30,000 items (you’ll see the relevance of this soon).

Shortly after the go-live, users started reporting that windows were opening very slowly; for example, it was taking almost 2 minutes to open the Sales Transaction Entry window. I sat with one of the users and looked at the problem with them; it took a few minutes, due to the slowness, of checking various windows before realising that it was the windows with an Item Number field on them which were slow opening.

I did a quick search online and found a post on Dynamics Code Blocks by Tim Wappat where he had encountered a similar issue which was being caused by the AutoComplete function; this would make sense as by default the AutoComplete will remember 10,000 entries per field.

Which with over 30,000 items and a couple hundred sales orders being processed everyday meant the AutoComplete was quickly building up for each user.

Tim’s solution seemed to be a little more convoluted than I woulr have expected and involved deleting files in the Windows profile. I did a test with one of the users, by deleting the AutoComplete entries via User Preferences (Microsoft Dynamics GP menu >> User Preferences) and clicking the AutoComplete button (ringed in red):

User Preferences

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Integration Manager – Cannot Create ActiveX Component

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve probably said this before, but Integration Manager can be both very useful and also most infuriating, because when you get an error the error message usually isn’t useful.

However, my most recent problem with Integration Manager did actually produce a useful error message:

Integration Manager - Integration 'Invoices' is not ready to run due to the following problems: The destination could not be initialized due to the following problem: Cannot create ActiveX component.

Integration Manager

Integration 'Invoices' is not ready to run due to the following problems:
- The destination could not be initialized due to the following problem:

Cannot create ActiveX component.

I did a search and found a most useful KB article from Microsoft which detailed the problem (Microsoft Dynamics GP hadn’t been written to the registry correctly) and also the solution.

I read the whole article and decided to try a shortcut of starting with step 3 of re-registering the Dynamics.exe. To do this open a Run or Command Prompt and type the following (this particular problem was encountered with Microsoft Dynamics GP 20103 R2):

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2013\Dynamics.exe" /regsrver

When I retried the integration, it ran through without further problems.

Transfer Old RM Statement Emails to New Email Fields

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve been involved with a recent upgrade of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 to 2015. Two of the new features we helped introduce is the use of Word Templates and the Email Documents to replace the old statement email functionality which was dependent on Adobe Writer.

To help the client make the transition from the old to the new, I created an SQL script to transfer the email addresses from the table, RM00106 (RM Statement Emails) used by the old Adobe Writer to the SY01200 (Address Email Master) used by the Email Documents functionality.

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When Installing The Web Client Reboot Your Server First

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis probably seems like an obvious one, but when you’re going to install the web client for Microsoft Dynamics GP make sure that any previous installs have had a reboot done.

I had this come up recently when trying to do an install. Earlier that day I had installed a new feature on the server (in this case the Windows Authentication feature of the Internet Information Services IIS role), but not done a reboot as one wasn’t asked for.

However, the web client installation ended prematurely and it was only when I checked the Windows Event Viewer that I found the error relating to the pending reboot.

This was particularly annoying as the premature end was only after I clicked on the Install button after entering all of the required information at the preceding steps.

Based on this error, and when it appeared, from now on I am going to reboot the server I’m installing the web client before starting.