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With the .NET Framework 3.5 prerequisite installed, it is time to install the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM client software; depending on the software you’ve used before, it might seem counter-intuitive to start with client software, but Microsoft Dynamics GP hasn’t had dedicated server components for some time now. The server components are installed using GP Utilities which is installed alongside the client version of the software.
I am doing this installation on a brand new test system which has multiple single use servers; the two servers involved in the client installation is the SQL Server, called 2018SQL1, which hosts a named instance of SQL Server 2017 (which is supported despite the current system requirements documentation) and a terminal server called 2018TS1 running Windows Server 2016.
Unzip the downloaded installation media and run the Setup.exe.
Depending on server settings, you might receive multiple security warnings during the installation; click Run on each one as it appears:
The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 Bootstrapper Setup will start; click Install to install the prerequisites:
Once the prerequisites have been installed, the installer screen will display. In the Install section at the top, click on Microsoft Dynamics GP and then click Install on the popup menu:
Select your Country/Region (I would usually pick United Kingdom, but I am installing this on a set of VMs I will use for blogging and I tend to use US language for that, so have left this at United States. Click Next to continue:
Accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next:
Select the features you require, confirm the Install Location and click Next:
In the SQL Server Name field enter the full Instance Name of the SQL Server (which in my case is 2018SQL1\GP.
Select the System Database Name; I am going to Use default name of DYNAMICS. Once done, click Next:
The final step is to simply click the Install button which will begin the installation:
Once the installation is complete, click Exit to close the setup utility:
With the client now installed, the next step is to use GP Utilities to deploy the system database.