Workaround to Workflow Notification View/Edit Link Doesn’t Work on Outlook 365 Online

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe other day I posted about a problem with the online version of Outlook in Office 365 stripping the View/Edit link from the Workflow notification emails. This was confirmed as a bug with the online version of Office 365 with a recommendation from Microsoft Dynamics GP Support to raise a call with the Office 365 team.

That’s going to be a long term solution to the problem, where the client would much rather have a fix in the short term.

Well, no fix in the short term, but I realised there was probably a very simple workaround to the problem.

I constructed a custom link on the Email Message which has the same query string as the normal drill down link, but I replaced the dgpp and server parts of the link with a link to a custom page on my website (see selected section):

Message Setup

<a href='http://www.azurecurve.co.uk/mdgp.php?Db=GP&Srv=SERVER&Cmp=IDEAL&Prod=0&Act=OPEN&Func=OpenReqInq&sReqID={%Requisition Number%}&bHistory=0'<{%Requisition Number%}</a>

The PHP webpage I created is configured to do a redirect to the dgpp drill down link used by Microsoft Dynamics GP and append the query string from the email hyperlink:

<?php
	header('Location: dgpp://DGPB/?' . $_SERVER["QUERY_STRING"], true, $statusCode);
?>

When I tested this on my demo environment it worked perfectly. I then passed it across to the client and they are currently testing.

Workflow Notification View/Edit Link Doesn’t Work on Outlook 365 Online

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is a PSA regarding an issue we encountered for a client recently while implementing Workflow approvals for Purchase Order Processing.

When the user received and opened the email notification with a View/Edit link, for some users the link displayed as a standard blue hyperlink, but it was not clickable, and for other users it just displayed as black text:

Task assignment email in Office365

When I took a look at the source of the email, the a tag was empty:

<a href="">PR0000025</a>

After doing some testing on this, the problem appeared only to be the web based Outlook in Office 365; opening the same email in a desktop based Outlook client allowed the link to work correctly:

Task assignment email in Outlook

We logged this as a call with the Dynamics GP Support team, who were able to confirm out findings. The issue does not lie with Microsoft Dynamics GP; if it did the desktop Outlook client would not work either.

The issue is that Office 365 is stripping the link; I am assuming this is because it is not recognised as a valid link. It does not start http as a normal web link does, but with dgpp.

I have advised the client of this and suggested they speak to their Office 365 partner about logging this call with the 365 team and see what can be done in that area.

MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Organizational Accounts User Authentication

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The sixth Feature of the Day is Organizational Accounts User Authentication.

This feature allows users to be authenticated for Microsoft Dynamics GP using organizational account credentials, also known as Azure AD accounts. This allows the user to log into the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client using the same credentials that are used for Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, or many other cloud applications:

User Setup

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Coming Soon

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe next version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, 2013 R2, is going to be released soon. I can hardly wait, but, unfortunately, I have to 🙁

The Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog have posted an article today outlining their intended blog post schedule where they are going to run through the upgrade process and all of the new features which are due in the coming version.

  • April 29 – Lifecycle
  • May 1 – Upgrade Planning
  • May 6 – Known Upgrade Issues
  • May 8 – Version Checks & Upgrades
  • May 13 – Database Upgrade
  • May 15 – Modified Dictionary Upgrade
  • May 20 – Upgrade Troubleshooting
  • May 22 – GP is upgraded – what’s next?
  • May 27 – Upgrading Web Client
  • May 29 – Tables Changes in R2 – Review the SDK
  • June 3 – Identity Management
  • June 4 – Azure Backups
  • June 5 – New Workflow
  • June 10 – Requisition Management
  • June 11 – OLE Document Attach
  • June 12 – Human Resource Time Entry
  • June 17 – Project Accounting Time Entry
  • June 18 – General Ledger
  • June 19 – Payables Management
  • June 24 – Receivables Management
  • June 25 – Bank Reconciliation
  • June 26 – Analytical Accounting
  • July 1 – Fixed Assets
  • July 2 – Sales Order Processing
  • July 3 – Inventory Control
  • July 8 – Purchase Order Processing/Encumbrance Management
  • July 9 – Email or Print any report in Word
  • July 10 – SmartList Designer 2.0
  • July 15 – Office 365
  • July 16 –Take Company Offline
  • July 17 – Ribbons in Desktop

Consumer Preview Of New Microsoft Office Available

Microsoft Office PreviewMicrosoft have just announced the availability of the Consumer Preview of Microsoft Office which delivers Office as a cloud service using all the innovations of Windows 8.

Okay, that sounds like a press release because it is; it was quoted from Microsoft’s press release. The Consumer Preview is available here and offers lots of new functionality and integration with Windows 8.

Full details of the new features are here but there is no news on the eventual pricing. I am a little suspicious of pricing with the tie-in to the cloud and especially the Sky Drive service.

I’ve signed up and will be taking a look first thing tomorrow morning when I get to work (probably badly timed as the second thing I have tomorrow is a Microsoft Dynamics GP exam.

Microsoft Office 365 Launched

Microsoft Office 365Earlier today Microsoft launched their Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite which combines Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in a cloud based version of their earthbound variant.

The service, which replaces Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite, was launched today by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a live webcast with over 20 partners already signed up to resell the service alongside their own services.

Kurt DelBene, president, Microsoft Office Division said, “Our partners represent some of the best-known, most-trusted brands in their local markets. Our customers will be able to rest easy knowing their cloud services are backed by Microsoft and some of the greatest service providers in the world.”

Microsoft Dynamics GP and Office 365 work together now! Microsoft Dynamics GP leverages Office 365’s functionality, such as reporting and Excel-based analysis, presence and instant messaging, transaction initiation through Lync, and many of the other features of Office that you have come to enjoy when deployed on-premises, but now available through the Cloud with Microsoft Office 365.

With Microsoft Dynamics GP, you build a foundation for the future that goes beyond standalone applications to extend their traditional ERP systems throughout their organization and into the cloud.