Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1: First Opinions on the HTML5 Web Client

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Microsoft Dynamics GPIn the last post, I showed the new HTML5 web client, but didn’t really give an opinion on how well I thought it worked.

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:

Vendor Maintenance

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:

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:

Search for a Form or Report

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.

More information on this issue has been posted by MVPs David Musgrave and Beat Bucher.

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2: Web Client First Run

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Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 was released at the end of May. As I mentioned at the time, I was away from home for work and rather busy otherwise so this series of posts has been somewhat delayed.

However, I am now getting my hands on GP 2015 R2 and thought I would do my usual set of posts on the installation of the various components and also the usage of the new functionality. This is going to be quite a long series of posts, so keep checking back regularly.

The eighth post, overs the first run of the web client. In this case I am logging into the web client on the server it is installed onto, but on a live system you would need to repeat these steps on each client machine.

Launch your choice of Silverlight-enabled web browser, I am using Internet Explorer, and enter the path of the web client, which will be something like http://2015r2.2015r2.azurecurve.localdomain/GP.

Enter your Windows Domain User Name and Password:

IE: GP Web Client Login

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

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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 Web Client First Run On A Client

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Over the last few posts, I’ve covered the installation of the Web Client Runtime, added the IIS role, created a self-signed certificate, installed the Web Client, ran the Configuration Wizard, and installed the GP Resource Web Cache. Now it is time to run the Web Client for the first time to ensure required components are installed on a client; I’m installing a new demo machine so I know one component won’t be installed.

Navigate to the address if the site hosting the Web Client. In the case when you have a self-signed security certificate (which I would only advise for demo or test systems) you will be presented with a warning that the site may not be safe; this is the one time I will recommend to someone that they go against the browser’s advice and click Continue to this website (like my credit card company, MBNA, who have a site with an invalid certificate, going on for six years now, and have the security team advise people to accept the invalid certificate and proceed);

Internet Explorer

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MDGP 2013 Feature of the Day: Web Client Interface

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Microsoft are posting the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Feature of the Day series on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog.

The eighty ninth feature they’ve announced is Web Client Interface.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP2 013 Web Client is browser based; it uses Silverlight and runs in Internet Explorer. While most of the user interface will be familiar to existing users of the application, Microsoft did enhance it to take advantage of capabilities in the browser.

The two biggest changes you will notice is the addition of Ribbons to most of the forms in the application and the consolidation of some child windows into a Window Group or tab on its parent window.

Web Client Interface

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MDGP 2013 Feature of the Day: Web Client

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Microsoft are posting the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Feature of the Day series on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog.

The eighty eighth feature they’ve announced is Web Client.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client gives you the freedom to work from anywhere you have a PC with Internet access. You can get your work done while maintaining your busy lifestyle, do sales orders on the road, purchase orders in your hotel or general ledger adjustments over the weekend at home.

The web client also gives customers the ability to extend access to remote offices without the expense and setup of terminal services and, best of all, it does it by using the same familiar user interface so there’s no extra training required to use it.

All it requires is Internet Explorer with the Silverlight plugin. You simply point to the URL for your web client service that is provided to you by your IT staff or hosting partner and login to the system.

From that point on your using the Microsoft Dynamics GP application you already know with the same familiar windows and fields:

Web Client

This new feature is targeted at the following roles:

  • All Roles
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How To Install The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (Beta) Web Client – How To Install The Web Client

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In this post I’m ging to give a run through of the installation process of the web client itself.

To install the web client run the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 setup utility and select Web Client from the list;

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 setup utility

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How To Install The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (Beta) Web Client – Installing a Self-Signed Certificate In IIS

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Now that IIS is installed, we need to create a security certificate for use with the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client.

In a production environment I would use a proper signed certificate but for testing purposes, I’m going to go with a self signed certificate.

To create a self-signed certificate, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, select the machine running the web site (in my case the machine is called GP2013TEST) and then double click on Server Certificates;

Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager - GP2013TEST Home

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How To Install The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (Beta) Web Client – Web Server Installation

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To function the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client requires a web server running IIS with a web site bound to an SSL certificate.

The operating system of the web server must be one of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Once you have installed one of the above, I chose Windows Server 2008 R2 for this install, the Web Server (IIS) role needs to be installed via Server Manager.

Open Server Manager and click the Add Roles link;

Server Manager

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How To Install The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (Beta) Web Client – Security Groups & Required Service Accounts

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There are two security groups needed for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client and these should be created prior to starting the web client installation.

The first is the Web Client Users group, of which users who will log into the web client will need to be members. The second is the Web Management Console Users group which is the group for administrators of the Web Client.

I have created these groups in Active Directory as GPWebClientUsers and WebManagementConsoleUsers respectively.

To run Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Services, there are four service accounts which are required:

  1. GP Web Client site application pool – This is the service account which runs the application pool on the web site hosting the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client.
  2. Web Management Console application pool – This is the service account which runs the application pool on the web site hosting the Web Management Console.
  3. Session Central Service – This si the service account which runs the Session Central Service.
  4. Session Service – This is the service account which runs the Session Service on each session host machine.

For the single-server installation these accounts can be machine accounts but I would always recommend that even for this type of installation that they be limited privilege Domain user accounts which have a password that does not expire.

For a scale out, or multi-tenant configuration, these would need to be privilege limited Domain user accounts with passwords that do not expire. While these can all be the same accounts, I typically advise people to use a different account for each one (a legacy of dealing with Microsoft Dynamics CRM where it is recommended that each service is a different account).

In this single-server configuration I will be configuring four separate user accounts to use; one for each of the services.

In the next post, I’ll take a look at installing Internet Information Services (IIS).

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