MDGP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day: Self Service User Type

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 will soon be released (due late May/early June and, as with previous releases, Microsoft have started a Feature of the Day series on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Team blog. As I have done with the last three series, I’ll be reposting these blog posts here with a little commentary.

The eleventh Feature of the Day is Self Service User Type.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 sees a Self Service user type added.

This user type will enable users that only require very limited access to the system a less expensive option to perform tasks such as entering payroll time, entering project time and expenses, or creating a requisition.

User Setup

This new user type is going to be a really useful addition. I have one client who has been looking for a POP add-on to allow online creation of orders for more than 400 users and all the old options were looking quite pricey.

This Self Service user type used in conjunction with the web client should give them the functionality they want, at a price point they can accept.

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MDGP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day: Scriptable Provisioning & Management

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 will soon be released (due late May/early June and, as with previous releases, Microsoft have started a Feature of the Day series on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Team blog. As I have done with the last three series, I’ll be reposting these blog posts here with a little commentary.

The third Feature of the Day is Scriptable Provisioning & Management.

A critical element in successfully delivering Microsoft Dynamics GP as a cloud offering is the ability to centralize and automate the provisioning and management of the application.

Automation speeds up delivery, minimizes human involvement which reduces costs and the possibility of human errors, and can provide self-service functionality to the end user.

This feature addS APIs and PowerShell cmdlets that will enable automated/scriptable GP provisioning and management.

The screen shot shows a list of the PowerShell cmdlets available:

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 PowerShell

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 saw the introduction of some PowerShell cmdlets, to which this new set adds. At Perfect Image we have been doing an increasing amount of work with the web client and have also had a number of projects recently whereby new companies are being created on existing systems.

The cmdlets have the potential to speed up both the deployment of the web client and new companies.

It has been on my To Do list for a while to learn PowerShell, but I think I may have to move it up the list fairly quickly.

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Roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’m not sure where I got this image from, but roadmaps for Microsoft Dynamics GP seem to be fairly thin on the ground so I figured I’d do a post.

Roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Part of the reason for posting this, is that I have had a few conversations with prospects looking to move to a new ERP who have asked about the future of Dynamics GP and quoting competitors who have talked about doubts of its long term longevity.

This is all FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) relating back to the Project Green of 2007/2008 which was a plan to Microsoft to unify their ERPs into one product. It is also a plan that was abandoned back in 2008, but the fact it existed at one point is still used being used by competitors to try to blacken the name and future of Dynamics GP.

As you can see from the roadmap, above, there are plans for fairly rapid releases of Dynamics GP which include much new functionality (including a rewritten Web Client in HTML5 after the 2015 R2 release).

The Convergence conference also saw an announcement that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 was due in late May or early June. As the RTM came out at the start of December 2014, this would align with the discussed 6 month release schedule.

Microsoft will soon be releasing details on the new features available in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2, so keep an eye out for that.

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.

Implementing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client eBook Only $10

Microsoft Dynamics GPApparently the Christmas/New Year spirit has taken hold. As of now and until the 10th January you can buy my latest book Implementing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client eBook for only $10 (down from $19.99).

Implementing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client

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To get the discount, make sure you enter coupon code NewYear2015 at the checkout.

Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM: Web Resource Cache Installation

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM is available, I thought I could follow my usual pattern of posting a series of posts on how to install and configure both Dynamics GP, but also the additional products which ship with it. You can find the series index for these posts here.

The performance of the web client can be improved by installing the GP Web Resource Cache which is on the installation media. Run the setup.exe and click on GP Web Resource Cache:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM: First Run Of The Web Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM is available, I thought I could follow my usual pattern of posting a series of posts on how to install and configure both Dynamics GP, but also the additional products which ship with it. You can find the series index for these posts here.

Over the last few posts, I have walked through the install and configuration of the Dynamics GP web client. Now it’s time to log into the web client for the first time.

Open Internet Explorer, or you web browser of choice which can be extended with Silverlight, and navigate to http://{address}/GP where {address} is the name or address of the web server running the Session Central Service (in my case the machine is called PI-GP.

When the page loaded, enter your Windows Domain User Name and Password:

Internet Explorer - Web Client Login

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM: Dynamics GP Web Components Help Installation

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM is available, I thought I could follow my usual pattern of posting a series of posts on how to install and configure both Dynamics GP, but also the additional products which ship with it. You can find the series index for these posts here.

After installing the web components two installers pop up; the second of these is the Help. On the Welcome page click Install:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Help - Welcome

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM: Single Machine Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM is available, I thought I could follow my usual pattern of posting a series of posts on how to install and configure both Dynamics GP, but also the additional products which ship with it. You can find the series index for these posts here.

Once the main installer of the Web Components has finished and been closed, two more installers will load. The first of these is the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration Wizard. Click Next on the Welcome page:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration Wizard - Welcome

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM: Web Components Single Machine Deployment

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM is available, I thought I could follow my usual pattern of posting a series of posts on how to install and configure both Dynamics GP, but also the additional products which ship with it. You can find the series index for these posts here.

In this post I’ll going to take a look at implementing the web client as a single-machine deployment. I am asdsuming you already have IIS installed and a security certificate installed (a self-signed certificate can be used and bound to the website.

To install the web client components, run the setup.exe from the install media and select Web Components;

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015

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