Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Install Web Services

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

With the fixed version of the Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP downloaded, run the setup utility from the downloaded Gp 2018 R2 file. Accept the terms of the License Agreement:

Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP - License Agreement

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Download Web Services

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

As mentioned in the last post, there is a bug with the version of the Web Servcies shipped in the Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 release; to successfully install the Web Services as described in the following posts, you will need to download the Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 – R2 Full Install and ​Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release x64 and x86 Environments – patch only 18.2.1013 from CustomerSource lock.

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Error Configuring Web Services

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

When I installed the web services, I encountered a problem where they would not work. The installation looked like it had worked fine and they also configured fine, but I found that nothing was working.

When I did some further digging, I found that the Microsoft Dynamics GP Service Host service would not start. I spoke to Microsoft and after some investigation, we found that this was a bug which had just been found and fixed in a hotfix.

The short version of this is that the version of the Web Services included on the installation media, does not and cannot work. Instead you need to download the hotfix and use that instead of the version on the media.

In order to get a working installation of the Web Services, I downloaded both the Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 – R2 Full Install and ​Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release x64 and x86 Environments – patch only 18.2.1013 from CustomerSource lock.

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Web Service prerequisites

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP. The next few posts are going to cover the installation of the Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Before we start the installation itself, there are some prerequisites to make sure are sorted out. The majority of them will be installed by the setup utility,b ut there are others to consider.

Firstly, the Web Services should not be installed on either the SQL Server or an end-user accessible machine. If you’re going to make the Web Services externally accessible, they should be installed on a web server or similar machine.

Secondly, a Domain account is required for the Web Services service to run under. During installation, this service should have local administrator permissions.

Thirdly, all companies which will have the Web Services deployed, needs to have a Functional Currency set. This is needed even if you are not using Multicurrency; in this case, you will need to configure it for use anyway.. When you do so, if you have a lot of hsitorical transactions, plan ahead and allow a lot of time to run Check Links.

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Install Web Resource Cache

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

With the web client working correctly, the final element required for installation is to install the GP Web Resource Cache on the session host machine(s); this can help to improve performance.

Do this by launching the Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility and, under Additional Products select GP Web Resource Cache:

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Web Client first run

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Over the last few posts, I’ve installed the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client and it is now time to test it to ensure it is working correctly. To do this, open your web browser and navigate to the fully qualified URL you set during the installation.

In my example, as I am using a selg-signed SSL certificate, this is the fully qualified domain name of the server on which the session central service is installed:

Web client logon

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Install Web Client Help

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

After closing the web client installer, there are two windows which will pop-up. The first is the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration Wizard which we covered in the last post. The second is the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Help; click Install the installation:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Help - Welcome

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Configure Web Components

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

After closing the web client installer, there are two windows which will pop-up. The first is the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration Wizard; click Next to begin:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components Configuration Wizard - Welcome

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Install Web Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

With a Microsoft Dynamics client with the Web Client Runtime installed, we can install the web client server components.

There are two types of web client deployment which can be done:

  1. Single machine – this is where all of the web client components are installed on one server.
  2. Scale-out – where there is one session central server along with multiple session host machines.

in this series, I will perform the first type, a single machine deployment. To do this, launch the Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility and, under Additional Products, select Web Client:

Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility

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Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release: Add Web Client Runtime

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On with Microsoft Dynamics GP October 2019 Release series where I am going hands on with the new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

In the last post of this series, I covered the prerequisites which need to be installed. Before installing the main web client components, we need to add the Web Client Runtime to a server based client installation of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

You can either do this by installing a new client, or updating an existing one, assuming you have one. In my case, I am working on a VM with all components installed so already have a client installed which I will update.

If you are installing a new client, you can just install the required feature then; there is no need to amend the client after install.

To add the feature, launch the Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility and, under Install select Microsoft Dynamics GP (alternative you can use the Programs and Features Windows Control Panel applet):

Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility

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