Hands on with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release: Download

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands on with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release series where I am hands on with the newly released Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release.

The full installation media for the 2020 Release of Microsoft Dynamics GP can be downloaded from here lock and the service pack release here lock.

In this series, I will be using the full installation download as I will be doing a fresh install.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Compatibility page updated for Fall 2020 release

Microsoft Dynamics GPI created a GP Compatibility page a while ago to show the compatibility of Microsoft Dynamics GP with the various versions of SQL Server, Windows Server and Windows as a quick reference.

I’ve updated it now for the Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2002 Release, based on the system requirements documents.

The page is accessible from the GP Resources menu along with a number of other pages or external links containing useful information on Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Hands on with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release: System Requirements

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands on with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release series where I am hands on with the newly released Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release.

There are not many changes to the system requirements for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Release are not much, if any, different from the prior release; the system requirements for Dynamics GP and the Web Components can be viewed at the following links:

Hands on with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release: Series Index

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release now available for download, I am going to go hands on and install this new version of the core product and a few of the addons and applications from Microsoft.

The below series index will automatically update here on azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant as posts are published; if you’re reading elsewhere, check back to this series index post:

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release fixes recent Word template issue

Microsoft Dynamics GPA recent update to Microsoft Office broke the Word templates produced from Dynamics GP for both workflow notification/action emails and emailing of Word template documents (such as remittances, orders, invoices and so on). A few days after Microsoft shared details of the problem, they said a fix would be forthcoming and it is included in the 2020 Release.

This does mean that if you are on any version of Dynamics GP 2018 or on the 2019 Release, you will need to apply the 2020 Release update; a fix for Dynamics GP 2016 will also be released, but the method of approach is still being determined.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release is now available

Microsoft Dynamics GPTowards the end of last week, on the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog announced the release of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Fall 2020 Release.

You can download the full product lock or service pack lock depending on how you plan to install/upgrade Dynamics GP.

If you’re doing an upgrade, there is also an upgrade blog series which runs through the important issues to consider when doing an upgrade.

Microsoft have done this release differently to previous releases, as the new feature blog series has only just started, whereas it was previously published in advance of the product release.

I will do my usual series of blog posts over the coming weeks on installing the new version as well as running through all of the new features.

PowerShell Snippets: Output list of folders and sub-folders

PowerShellThis post is part of the series on PowerShell Snippets.

The following PowerShell command will export a list of folders and sub-folders from the specified location (the first highlighted section is the starting folder and the second the output path for the CS file):

Get-ChildItem -Path \\nas3\public\movies -Recurse -Directory -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Select-Object FullName | Export-CSV c:\temp\export.txt

Remove PowerPoint animations from slides

Microsoft OfficePowerPoint is not something I have used very often, but I am now doing webinars on at least a monthly basis at work. I’ve inherited some PowerPoint slidedecks from other people with some features I don’t like; one of those is having to click to display elements on slides. This is something which I now know to be animations and their removal is actually quite straightforward.

To remove an animation, select the Animations tab and then select element with animations; the Animation section of the action pane will show the type of animation currently selected; click None to remove the animation:

PowerPoint animations

Disable sounds for all Windows 10 Notifications

WindowsI’ve been switching off sounds for notifications for different programs for a while as I find the notuification chime far too loud compared to other program sounds, but as I am doing this on five or more machines, it is getting somewhat irritating. I eventually started thinking about a global switch off and wanted to see if this was possible, but since Microsoft moved settings out of the Control Panel, I have had a hard time finding a setting when I want it.

This particular setting does exist and is in what is an obvious place (or at least obvious when you know where it is); do disable sounds on notifications globally, open the Notifications and settings app (the shortcut ms-settings:notifications can be used to open it quickly) and unmark the Allow notifications to play sounds):

Notifications & actions applet

I have an article on the settings shortcuts.

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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