To install the Web Resource Cache start the setup utility from the download media and, under the Additional Products header click on GP Web Resource Cache:
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:
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:
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:
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.
With the web client installed and configured, it is now time to log in for the first time. With previous versions of the web client, this meant installing SilverLight, but the new web client is HTML5 based.
When you navigate to the GP app on the web server there is no apparent difference between the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 web client and the previous version; in both cases you need to login using your Domain Account:
The second of the wizards which pops up after the web client has been installed is the Web Components Help.
On the Welcome step click on Install to begin the installation:
Once the installation of the web client is complete, two wizards will be started. The first of these is the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration Wizard.
On the Welcome step click on Next:
To install the web client, launch the setup utility from the downloaded installation media. Under Additional Products click on Web Client:
As I am working on a small number of servers in my demo environment (a Domain Controller, a SQL Server and a Web Client Server) I will be doing a single-machine deployment with the sessions central and session host services on a single machine.
To do this I have the Microsoft Dynamics GP desktop client installed on the Web Client: this is the only machine with a client installed.
To do this, I need to add the Web Client Runtime feature to the installation of the desktop client. To do this open the Programs and Features applet in Control Panel, select Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and click the Change button:.
One of the major new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1 is the HTML5 web client; this replaces the Silverlight web client released in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2. One of the enhancements to the web client is the ability to search for a window or report:
The main features of web client search are:
- Ability to search for a window or report within the GP web client
- Shows a list of all open windows and reports based on search criteria
- Shows a list of all windows and reports and the navigation based on search criteria
- Ability to close all open windows at once.
This is going to be a little like the Where’s that window? function on Jivtesh Singh’s GPWindow site, but will also allow you to search for reports as well. This should prove especially useful to new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP, although with Microsoft’s record for problems with non-US English I will want to see it working with the UK English language packed version of GP before I give it a ringing endorsement.
One of the major new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1 is the HTML5 web client; this replaces the Silverlight web client released in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2.
The new features of the web client are:
- Support for Multi-browser (IE, Chrome, Safari, Edge)
- Support for Multi-device (Windows, iOS, Android)
- New controls created for HTML client
- UI changes
- Window Search
- Office “banner”
- Navigation, color, etc.
While the Silverlight web client was quite good, it was hobbled by dint of being Silverlight. There are quite a lot of iOS and Android devices out there which were unable to be used with the web client. Making the web client HTML5 not only makes it available cross browser, but it should also make it more flexible in terms of the size of device on which it can be used (Steve Endow at Dynamics GP Land posted his views on the “hamburger” menu used as a space saver back in September).
I’m fairly relaxed about this type of menu as I have seen them used on quite a few sites now and have largely adapted to their use. If that is the trade off for HTML5 then I’ll be happy.
I ‘ve been involved in quite a few upgrades recently and have had a few issues arise. One of them was on one site after I had installed Microsoft Dynamics GP, the web client and web services and also Management Reporter.
I did some work to upgrade the customised forms and reports and then imported them through Customisation Maintenance (). Or at least I tried to as I got an error with the SOP_Entry form: