MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Take Company Offline

The Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog started a series of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Feature of the day posts the other day. As they did with the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Feature of the Day posts they are doing them as short posts containing a PowerPoint slide show. I am translating these from the PowerPoints into posts; you can find my series index here.

The twenty-second Feature of the Day covered is Take Company Offline. This feature provides an easy way to take a company offline in order to perform a maintenance or business task requiring exclusive access. While a company is offline, only the user needing to perform the task and administrators can log into the company.

With this feature, the administrator can also send messages to GP users. Messages can be sent as a task reminder of upcoming events like maintenance happening this weekend or pop-up messages asking the user to exit the system for example.

The Take Company Offline for Maintenance window allows a single, or multiple companies, to be taken offline and a message entered which will be displayed to user’s as they attempt to access an offline company:

Take Company Offline for Maintenance

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MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Identity Management – Login

The Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog started a series of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Feature of the day posts the other day. As they did with the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Feature of the Day posts they are doing them as short posts containing a PowerPoint slide show. I am translating these from the PowerPoints into posts; you can find my series index here.

The third Feature of the Day covered is Identity Management – Login.

This feature allows users to log into the GP web client using their Windows identity (e.g. the Windows Domain login). This is configured in the User Setup window (Administration >> Setup >> Tools >> System >> User) when the user is created.

The window has been enhanced to allow a user to be configured with both, or either, an SQL identity and/or a Windows identity; additionally a user can be configured as a Web Client user only and does not then require an SQL identity which is only required if the user will access GP using the desktop client; likewise the Windows identity is only required if the user will be using the web client.

A user would have both types of identity created if they would be accessing GP using either, or both, the desktop or web clients in a mixed mode deployment.

User Security

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MDGP 2013 Feature of the Day: Alternative/Modified Forms and Reports

Microsoft have started the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Feature of the Day series on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog.

The tenth feature they’ve announced is some enhancements to the Alternative/Modified Forms and Reports window.

This feature covers several enhancements to the window to improve usability.

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How To Rebuild GL00105 Using PSTL

A while ago I posted a script that could be used to fix a corrupt Account Index Master (GL00105). However, the Toolkit within the Professional Services Tools Library (PSTL) can be used to do the same thing without resorting to a custom script.

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Home Screen Connect Error – Server Error in ‘/lus’ Application.’

A client testing Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 prior to going live rang to say they were getting a runtime error when logging in. I dialled in and checked the home screen and couldn’t see any problem with the dynsa home screen so asked for a screenshot showing the error;

The screenshot they sent showed the below error message;

Home Screen Connect Error - Server Error in '/lus' Application.'

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Automate Login To Microsoft Dynamics GP 10

Microsoft Dynamics GPClients who have upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 can use the new remember user and password functionality, but what about those who have not yet upgraded?

Well, in Microsoft Dynamics GP 10, and before, you can use a login macro to automate the login process. A macro can be created by pressing Alt + F8 on the login screen and following the normal login process before pressing Alt + F8 again to stop recording. Continue reading

Resetting the dynsa password

Microsoft DynamicsI was working on a client’s system the other day and discovered that no-one knew the dynsa password. Bearing in mind my minor crusade to get clients to stop giving the SQL sa password to the GP administrator, instead giving them the dynsa password, I needed to reset the password.

In theory this should be possible from the User Security window (Microsoft Dynamics GP menu >> Tools >> Setup >> System >> User). However. after changing the password I was unable to log into Microsoft Dynamics GP with the dynsa user.

In the end the solution is to remove the password using the SQL Server Management Studio. Next time dynsa logs in the following message will be displayed and force the password to be changed;

Blank passwords are not allowed. Do you want to change your password now?