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Balsamiq Mockups 3: Licensing

BalsamiqThis post is part of the series on Balsamiq Mockups 3.

Mockups 3 for Desktop is a one time purchase and there are no maintenance costs for the license; in addition, licenses are tied to humans and not a particular machine so you can work on it on a desktop and laptop with the same license. A single user license currently costs $89.99, but there are volume licenses available with discounts starting at 5 users and increase with volume.

I use the desktop version as I often work offline (when travelling and on dodgy WiFi) and don’t like recurring subscriptions.

With the desktop license, minor-version updates are also free (so 3.2, 3.3, etc.) and there are no maintenance or renewal costs to keep using the software; major-version updates will have an additional cost, but as updates are not required, you will be able to continue to use version 3 if you don’t wish to purchase a major version update.

Balsamiq Mockups 3: What is Balsamiq Mockups 3?

BalsamiqThis post is part of the series on Balsamiq Mockups 3.

Balsamiq Wireframes is a rapid low-fidelity UI wireframing tool which reproduces the experience of sketching on a notepad or whiteboard, but using a computer. It aims to force you to focus on structure and content early in the design process, avoiding lengthy discussions about colors and details which should come later.

Balsamiq have a YouTube channel with a number of introductory videos and tutorials.

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Balsamiq Mockups 3: Series Index

BalsamiqI’ve posted about a number of useful applications in the past (a href=’https://www.azurecurve.co.uk/2019/04/installing-filezilla-client-series-index/’>FileZilla, Windows 10 Calculator Replacement and Notepad++ as examples) and will post more in future. The subject of this small series, is Balsamiq Mockups.

Over the next few posts, I’ll take a look at what it is and how to install and use it.

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Workflow in progress have been found in GP. These need to be processed before upgrading.

Microsoft Dynamics GPA colleague was recently performing an upgrade for a client to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2; this client had previously been a user of the old Dynamics Workflow module (now replaced with Workflow 2.0). They hadn’t used it for a while, but it had never been switched off resulted in the following message being displayed:

Upgrade error

Microsoft Dynamics GP Utilities

Workflows in progress have been found in GP. These need to be processed before upgrading. Please process these workflows before updating. A list of these workflows can be found in GPWorkflows.log

Workflows can be switched off from the front end, but with SQL Server Management studio already open, it was simple to run a SQL update statement against Company Master (SY01500):

/*
Created by Ian Grieve of azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant (http://www.azurecurve.co.uk) This code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int). */
UPDATE SY01500 SET WORKFLOWENABLED = 0 WHERE WORKFLOWENABLED = 1 GO

Web Client images not loading

Microsoft Dynamics GPIt’s been quite a while since I did much with the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client; not by choice, but as a consultant my time is driven by the clients requirements. We recently upgraded a client to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and implemented the web client. When we launched the web client we found that none of the images were loading and we were unable to properly log in:

Web client login page

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An authentication error has occurred; this could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation

Windows ServerThis error first came up early in 2018, but I’ve stumbled across it a couple of times recently and had to hunt around for the solution, so I am posting it here so I know where to find it next time.

Microsoft released an update to address vulnerabilities for the Credential Security Support Provider protocol (CredSSP) used by Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections for Windows clients and Windows Server.

Since that hotfix came out, if you try to connect from a patched machine to an unpatched one, you receive this error:

CredSSP error

Remote Desktop Protocol

An authentication error has occurred.
The function requested is not supported.

Remote computer: {server name}
This could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation.

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New features coming to Microsoft Dynamics GP in 2019

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP is coming in October this year and a trickle (hopefully) of new features has just been announced at the GP Tech Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.

The features have been announced in one of the sessions at the conference which I have unfortunately not been able to attend; the features listed below have been tweeted by attendees I follow on Twitter:

The first feature announced was a new long description (100 characters) on AP Transactions:

This will be nice as it is a common request from clients to have a longer description when entering an invoice.

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Edge Canary: Conclusion

Edge CanaryMicrosoft have recently announced they are ditching the current version of their Edge browser in favour of a Chromium based browser. In this series, I am going to take a look at the Canary version of this new browser.

The bulk of this series was posted a while ago and I’ve continued using Edge Canary for a while now and thought it was time for a review.

Edge Canary is a fast browser; my main browser of choice is Vivaldi which I’ve always regarded as quite a fast browser, but my impression is that Edge Canary is faster on page loads. The feature set of Edge Chromium is continuing to progress; when I first used it, there was no dark mode, or themes, but these have since been intorduced although limited to light, dark and system.

Both browsers allow the use of the same extensions, but I’ll be sticking with Vivaldi as main browser. The main reason is that i prefer the behaviour and options available in Vivaldi.

In particular, you have a lot more control over tab behaviour in Vivaldi and when closing thr last tab Vivaldi will go back to the speed dial rather than closing as Edge does.

Force AnyConnect to remember profiles

Cisco AnyConnectI have quite a number of client systems I need to connect to using VPNs. While there is a large number of VPNs available, it is inevitable that I would have some used by more than one client. One such as Cisco AnyConnect.

By default AnyConnect will remember only the last VPN to which you connected, but it is possible to force it to remember multiple connections by adding a Profile.xml to the profiles folder located in C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\Profile.

The xml file can contain a HostName and HostAddress (prior versions supported a User) which means I don’t have to look up the URL or IP address of a connection everytime I want to connect.

The XML file should contain the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<AnyConnectProfile xmlns="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/">
<ServerList>
     <HostEntry>
          <HostName>Connection 1</HostName>
          <HostAddress>162.168.1.125</HostAddress>
     </HostEntry>
</ServerList>
<ServerList>
     <HostEntry>
          <HostName>Connection 2</HostName>
          <HostAddress>192.168.1.152</HostAddress>
     </HostEntry>
</ServerList>
</AnyConnectProfile>

With the connection information saved into the xml file, you’ll be able to access them through a drop down list in AnyConnect.

The information above is based on this post by Pandiyan Murugan; I’m reposting so that I can find it easily.

SSRS requires that you use local SQL Server relational databases… error

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP ships with a set of default reports which can be deployed into SQL Server Reporting Services; before doing the deploy, there is a setting in the SSRS web.config file which needs to be changed to avoid a maximum request length error.

Recently, when performing an upgrade of a clients system to Microsoft Dynamics GP 23018 R2, the deployment of the reports went fine, but we encountered a problem while testing the deployed reports:

SSRS reports error message

The client had a licenced version of SQL Server 2018 Web Edition which worked in all other respects; the SSRS service was running locally on the SQL Server which was hosting the databases for both SSRS and Microsoft Dynamics GP itself.

This wasn’t something I’ve encountered before, but, fortunately, a colleague had. The problem is not with the Web Edition itself, but rather with the data connection deployed by Microsoft Dynamics GP for the reports. When the data connections are deployed, there is a space created preceding the Data Source name:

Connection settings in SSRS Manager

The fix is to go through all of the datab connections and remove the space after the equals sign, so that, in the example above, Data Source= IG-SQL2017-01\GP... becomes Data Source=IG-SQL2017-01\GP....