Implementing Post Master Enterprise: First Run

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With the Windows service configured we can move onto running Post Master Enterprise for the first time.

The first thing you need to do is configure it to run as administrator. Do this by right-clicking on the shortcut, selecting the Compatibility tab and mark the Run this program as an administrator:

Post Master Enterprise Properties

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Implementing Post Master Enterprise: Configure Windows Service

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With Post Master Enterprise installed, the next step is to configure the Windows service as Automatic (Delayed Start); this will ensure that SQL Server is running before Post Master itself starts; this does, of course, assume that Post Master is being installed on the SQL Server which is not a requirement.

Launch the Services control panel applet and open the properties for the Post Master Enterprise for Dynamics GP service.

Change the Startup Type to Automatic (Delayed Start):

General tab of Properties

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Implementing Post Master Enterprise: Installation

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Once you have the prerequisites sorted out, launch the Post master setup utility. On the Welcome step, click Next::

Welcome to the Post Master Enterprise for Dynamics GP Setup Wizard

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Implementing Post Master Enterprise: Prerequisites

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The prerequisites for Post master Enterprise are fairly straightforward.

Firstly, a client install of Microsoft Dynamics GP is required; this can be used by users, but you'll need a launch file which doesn't include the products on the incompatible list and if there are any .NET add-ins from the list, a separate install, rather than a separate launch file, will be required.

Secondly, a dedicated Microsoft Dynamics GP user account with permissions to post the batches required. In their documentation, Envisage recommend using an account with the POWERUSER* role, but I would not recommend using an account with those permissions; a role containing only the batch posting for the types you will be posted, is a far more secure option.

Thirdly, a Domain account to use to run the Windows service.

Implementing Post Master Enterprise: Incompatible Modules

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The installation notes for Post Master note that there are known incompatibilities with some first and third party Microsoft Dynamics GP products which can interfere with the start-up or processing of Post Master.

If the below products are installed, a separate launch file or even installation of Dynamics GP will be required:

  • Professional Service Tools Library (listed in the launch file as Technical Service Tools).
  • Report Scheduleer, but only if reports are scheduled.
  • Rockton Auditor
  • Rockton Toolbox
  • Extender Enterprise
  • OlympicSystems.ProjectCost.AddIn.dll
  • Regal Software RegalPay
  • CRG Reformatter

There are also suspected incompatibilities with several other products (I've had to remove Fastpath from the installation I use for Post Master):

  • Dynamic Zip
  • eExpense Integrator
  • RM Mass Apply
  • Fast Path

Implementing Post Master Enterprise: What batch types are supported?

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Post Master Enterprise can post many, but not all types of batch. For the standard Microsoft Dynamics GP modules, the following batch types are supported:

  • Assembly Entry
  • Clearing Entry
  • General Entry
  • In Transit
  • Invoice Entry
  • Payables Transaction Entry
  • Payment Entry
  • Purchasing Invoice Entry
  • Receivables Cash Receipts
  • Receivables Sales Entry
  • Receivings Transaction Entry
  • Sales Transaction Entry
  • Inventory Transaction Entry
  • Inventory Transfer Entry
  • Payroll Manual Checks
  • Payroll Computer Checks

Although, please note the following:

  • Recurring batches are not supported.
  • Batches containing Analytical Accounting information can be posted, but the AA reports must be disabled first.

The following Project Accounting batches are supported:

  • PA Inventory Transfer Entry
  • PA Timesheet Entry
  • PA Employee Expense Entry
  • PA Equipment Log Entry
  • PA Misc Log Entry
  • PA Billing Entry
  • PA Revenue Recognition Entry

Some Interfund Management and Binary Stream Multi-Entity Management batches are supported; WennSoft Job Cost transactions are supported although an additional subscription license is required.

Implementing Post Master Enterprise: What is Post Master Enterprise?

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Post Master Enterprise automates the posting process in Microsoft Dynamics GP which can provide for efficiencies by:

  1. Eliminating the need for users to perform the repetitive task of selecting batches to post.
  2. Reducing the need for users to check for batches to post.
  3. Automatically complete the final step of posting a batch created through an integration.
  4. Ensure inventory and account activity is promptly updated.
  5. Minimise system load by allowing posting to be scheduled out of hours.
  6. Control when different types of batches are posted.
  7. Automatically post batches after Workflow approval.

There are three versions of Post master available from Envisage Software with each version building on the capabilities of the lower version:

  1. Standard
    • Automatically post batches.
    • Schedule out of hours.
    • Multiple different batch reporting options.
  2. Enterprise
    • Runs as Windows service meaning:
      • No Dynamics GP client needs to be running.
      • Automatically starts with Windows.
  3. Multi-Instance
    • Parallel post multiple batches for improved performance.

When selling Post Master to clients, I have never sold the Standard version; the Enterprise version is far more useful as it runs as a Windows service and will automatically start with Windows, reducing the need for a user to log onto Windows and into Dynamics GP. For larger clients, I have sold the Multi-Instance version where there was a lot of companies which would require concurrent processing.

With the Enterprise version, you can specify posting of multiple types of batches across multiple companies, but the processing will be strictly sequential.

Whether you opt for Enterprise or Multi-Instance will depend on the number, frequency and time sensitivity of posting. The initial install for both versions is the same, with some additional steps to enable the muli-instance processing.

Over the next posts in this series, I will be installing and configuring the Enterprise version of Post Master.

Implementing Post Master Enterprise: Who are Envisage Software?

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Envisage Software was started by Andrew Dean, an experienced software development manager with 10 years experience of working for a leading Microsoft Dynamics GP client, in 2007. Their aim is to provide quality ISV tools and customised business software solutions for Microsoft Dynamics GP to both customers and partners.

They have a number of products for Microsoft Dynamics GP available:

  • Post Master which is the subject of this series.
  • Exchange Rate Feed which imports currency exchange rates into Dynamics GP.
  • Search Master which adds additional search capabilities to Dynamics GP.
  • InSight – Mobile app which allows out-of-office users access to information from Dynamics GP in real-time.
  • VST Controls which extends the power of Visual Studio Tools for Dynamics GP by allowing a .NET developer to add Windows Component Controls to any GP window.

Implementing Post Master Enterprise: Series Index

Envisage Software SolutionsIn this series of posts I am going to look at implementing Post Master Enterprise for Microsoft Dynamics GP from Envisage Software, an ISV based in Australia.

Post Master is one of the auto-posting tools available for Microsoft Dynamics GP and is one which I have sold a number of times. I'll take a look at the capabilities of the application itself, before moving onto the installation and configuration.

This series index will automatically update as posts go-live, but if you're reading via a syndication, you'll need to go to the original page for the updates: Implementing Post Master Enterprise

Implementing Post Master Enterprise
Who are Envisage Software?
What is Post Master Enterprise?
What batch types are supported?
Incompatible Modules
Prerequisites
Installation
Configure Windows Service
First Run

Our Favourite Add-ons from the recent ISC Software Webinar

ISC Software SolutionsIn our most recent webinar, on Our Favourite Add-ons, we took a look at six of the add-ons which are preferred solutions from our senior consultants. They all meet a requirement which numerous clients have given to us at different times. Usually, there are several plugins which offer similar functionality which would meet these requirements, but these six add-ons are the ones which we recommend time after time. If you want to catch up on, or any other, webinar, you can do so here.

Before I give a brief overview of each of the add-ons, a quick introduction. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a full-featured ERP system with many modules, but one of the original founding design decisions was to support the enhancement by way of third party add-on modules, which closely integrate into the software and in many cases are indistinguishable from the core module. These add-ons are available from many, many vendors around the world (although many of them are located near the birth-place of the software in Fargo, North Dakota).

Each consultant will usually have a list of go-to add-ons which they've recommended to a number of clients, and this list is derived from these lists from each of the consultants (there was a lot of overlap between us). This is not to say that there are not other great, competing, add-ons; there are but we had to limit the list to six in order to cover them in a thirty minute webinar.

SmartList Builder

Smartist Builder is the add-on with which I have the most and longest experience. Created by eOne Solutions, it allows for the creation of new SmartList objects to meet needs not covered by the out-of-the-box SmartList objects; this often covers reports such as vendors with email and EFT details or Payables Distributions. It also supports the creation of SmartList objects using SQL views such as Budgets By Month or Sales By Customer By Fiscal Year.

While you can also do this using the SmartList Designer, which comes as a standard part of Microsoft Dynamics GP, SmartList Builder is much more flexible and easy to use and has a lot more functionality; I have a blog from May 2019 covering the differnces between SmartList Builder and SmartList Designer.

I have previously blogged about implementing SmartList Builder.

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