MS Connect Suggestion: Allow Parenthesis in Workflow Step Conditions

MS Connect Suggestion: Allow Parenthesis in Workflow Step Conditions

Microsoft Dynamics GPI have a Workflow related MS Connect Suggestion I’d like you to vote for.

I would like to request the facility to use parenthesis in Workflow Step Conditions in order to simplfy the creation of the conditions.

For example, currently a condition may need to be entered as:
VendorClass = “EU” and ItemClass = “IT” and CostCentre = “NEWCASTLE”
VendorClass = “EU” and ItemClass = “IT” and CostCentre = “LONDON”
VendorClass = “EU” and ItemClass = “IT” and CostCentre = “EDINBURGH”

And that is with only an or clause on one of the parameters. I might have 6 VendorClasses and 20 ItemClasses; it gets real big, real quick.

If parenthesis could be used, as in a mathematical equation, I could enter the condition as:
VendorClass = “EU” and ItemClass = “IT” and (CostCentre = “NEWCASTLE” or CostCentre = “LONDON” or CostCentre = “EDINBURGH”)

This would shrink the amount of work required to create anything but the simplest of workflow processes enormously.

You can vote on the suggestion here

MS Connect Suggestion: Make User Preferences Shortcut Bar Entry Available to All users

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis MS Connect suggestion has come from Belinda Allen.

Microsoft Dynamics GP users who use either the traditional desktop client or the web client when logged in as SQL user see the User Preferences shortcut on the Dynamics GP home page.

However users logged in using an Azure AD account, do not see the shortcut for User Preferences.

Belinda is asking Microsoft to make this shortcut available to all users.

You can read and vote on the suggestion here.

Changing The Cisco AnyConnect Default Host Name

Microsoft Dynamics GPWe use Cisco AnyConnect at internally at work and for a number of clients. I use the internal VPN a lot more often than connecting to the clients who also use AnyConnect.

Unfortunately, the work VPN is the one which AnyConnect does not remember. There may be a way to have AnyConnect remember more than one, but for now I’d settle for being able to change the Default Host Name.

Well, fortunately, there is a preferences.xml file which can be amended. The file can be found in the following location (replace the highlighted section with your username):

C:\Users\{username}\appdata\local\cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

Find the following line and you can replace thie highlighted section with the address you want to have as the default:


Management Reporter 2012 CU16 Now Available

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Dynamics CPM Team has recently announced the release of Cumulative Update 16 for Management Reporter 2012.

The big new feature in this CU, is HTTPS support which was announced as a new feature alongside Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2.

Vaidy Mohan has posted an article on the functionality for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

MS Connect Suggestion: Include Multicurrency Vouchers in Select Checks Window

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis suggestion is one from MVP Mariano Gomez to improve the payment run process by allowing multicurrency invoices to be included.

Currently, the payment selection process only allows vouchers issued in the batch currency to be selected and added to the check run. If the user wants to add foreign currency vouchers, he/she needs to use the Edit Checks window to add such vouchers. It would be nice to be able to have an option to include functional currency vouchers in the case of a foreign currency batch, or foreign currency vouchers in the case of a functional currency batch.

This is the use case:

Vendor A Invoice 1 CA$10.00
Vendor A Invoice 2 US$20.00
Vendor A Invoice 3 US$30.00

If a payment selection is performed and the batch currency is CA$, only the first voucher will be selected. To add Invoice 2 and 3, you would have to use the Edit Checks window to include both vouchers.

Conversely, if the batch currency is US$ and the payment selection for vendor A is performed, only invoices 2 and 3 would be selected and you would have to use the Edit Checks window to include Invoice 1.

What Mariano would like to see is all invoices selected (based on selection rules) and let the user deal with the exceptions, as it should be.

As mentioned, all the logic is already there via the Edit Checks window and it would be nice to incorporate as part of the payment selection process. As others have mentioned, having multicurrency vouchers included could be a payables configuration item or simply an additional option in the Select Payments (Select Checks) window.

Mark Polino has also suggested that this functionality be optioned with Rod O’Connor further suggesting the option be on the Select Checks window itself to allow maximum flexibility. Both of these seem like a good addition to Mariano’s idea.

The suggestion can be voted on here.

How To Find Out What SQL Features Are Installed

Microsoft SQL ServerNo day when you learn something new is a wasted day. I was onsite with a client recently to do some work with them on Microsoft Dynamics GP and got chatting to Den in their IT department.

It turns out that SQL Server has a report you can run which will show which features are installed.

The report is run from the SQL Server Installation Center which is available from the Windows Start menu. Click on Tools and then on Installed SQL Server features discovery report:

SQL Server Installation Center

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Fixing Reports Not Implemented Error After Upgrade

Microsoft Dynamics GPWe’ve been doing a number of upgrades recently and I encountered an old error when trying to deploy the SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Excel Reports through the Reporting Tools Setup window (Administration >> Setup >> System >> Reporting Tools).

This particular client is being upgraded from Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 to 2016 R2.

The problem is that some of the companies are showing as Not implemented. The companies showing this way are the oldest; TEST2016… is actually the main company renamed for testing.

Reporting Tools Setup

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Historical Excel Reporting Price Increase Coming

Microsoft Dynamics GPMark Polino has a set of Historical Excel Reports available for sale. The reports available are as follows:

  • Receivables Management Historical Aged Trial Balance
  • Payables Management Historical Aged Trial Balance
  • Historical Inventory Trial Balance
  • Historic Stock Status Report

Now is the ideal time to buy them, as the price is increasing on 1st April 2017.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Directory

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve just found a page on CustomerSource called the Microsoft Dynamics GP Directory and it looks like it has been in existence for quite a while as it has links to information on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 through to 2016 R2.

The links include Top Reasons to Buy Microsoft Dynamics GP, Top Reasons to Upgrade as well as links to the Feature Blog Series, System Requirements, Service Pack, Hotfix and Compliance Update Patch Releases and much more.

I got to the page from the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog post on the which I got to through David Musgrave’s post on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 New Features .

Just shows it is worth reading around the blogs on Dynamics GP.

VBA Not Initialized Error

Microsoft Dynamics GPI seem to have spent a lot of time over the last few months building demo machines; I’m not sure I have, but it seems that way with the rapid release schedule that Microsoft Dynamics GP was on.

I’ve seen the below error message a few times when trying to import VBA customisations and have had to do an investigation each time as to what the problem was, before realising it was exactly the same problem again:

Microsoft Dynamics GP: VBA cannot be initialized. Cannot import this package because it contains VBA components.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

VBA cannot be initialized. Cannot import this package because it contains VBA components.

This post, is in an attempt to remind myself of what the error is without having to investigate.

The issue each time has been that the registration keys for Microsoft Dynamics GP have not been entered; VBA customisations cannot be imported if the Customisation Site Licence is not registered.

Once the keys are entered, the error goes away and the VBA customisations can be imported without further issue.