Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 Displays Full Screen By Default

Microsoft Dynamics GPLast year Steve Endow did a post on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 always starts full screen and how you can stop it from doing so. The cause is a setting in the Dex.ini file which was set to TRUE:

WindowMax=TRUE

Prior versions of Dynamics GP had this setting set to FALSE; at the time he posed, Steve wasn’t sure if the setting was always set to TRUE or only if the Web Client Runtime was installed. Well, I can confirm that it is always set to TRUE.

I haven’t been that bothered by Dynamics GP always starting full screen, but after a client upgrade I was asked by them about it.

To stop Dynamics GP always starting full screen you need to change the Dex.ini file setting to false; this needs to be done on every client. If you are a GP Power Tools user you can use the Dex.ini Configuration tool to change all clients, otherwise you will need to manually update all clients.

Changing System Database Name After Installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPI was installing a new VM to do some testing on and, after installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP, I ran GP Utilities and realised that I had an mistake in the system database name I had defined; the SQL Server I am using already had a deployment of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 on it, so could not use my usual name of D18R2 and had to use an alternative.

I had decided to name the system database D18R2U and Fabrikam sample company as U18R2 as this demo VM was to be in US English. However, I named the system database U18R2.

I’ve never changed the system database used by a client before, but I remembered seeing a setting in the Dex.ini file:

Dex.ini file with Pathname line highlighted

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GP Power Tools Build 26 & 27 New Features: New in Build 26: Administrator Tools Module Enhancements

Winthrop DCThis post is part of the New Features in GP Power Tools Build 26 sub-series of the GP Power Tools Build 26 & 27 New Features series in which I’m taking a look at the changes and new features since I last blogged about GP Power Tools.

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Re-purpose Connect Section of Home Page

Microsoft Dynamics GPI am taking a slight diversion from posting about being hands on with the new functionality of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2. In the last post, I covered how to re-purpose the Intelligent Edge page; there s a similar re-purposing which can be done to the Connect section of the home page. This was originally posted by MVP Mariano Gomez back in 2014.

There are two Dex.ini switches which need to be added for the Connect section to be re-purposed. Once they’re in place, it will look like the below:

Connect section repurposed

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features: Repurposing the Intelligent Edge page

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features series in which I am going hands on with the new features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (which was released on the 2nd October). I reblogged the new features as Microsoft announced them along with some commentary of how I thought they would be received by both my clients and I. In this series, I will be hands on with them giving feedback of how well they work in reality.

The first feature, I am hands on with, is not one of the announced features. Instead it is a new addition to the Home Page of Microsoft Dynamics GP; Intelligent Edge. I first encountered it when I ran the Dynamics GP 2018 R2 client for the first time. I said when I first saw it, that it was not going to be either welcome or useful to clients.

I also said that I hoped someone would find a Dex.ini switch which could be used to switch it off, or re-purpose it to another site such as an Intranet site. Well, MVP David Musgrave has taken a look through the code and found three settings in the Dex.ini file and two messages which need to be updated.

Once this has been done, Intelligent Edge will be no more; instead a useful page can be displayed:

Repurposed Intelligent Edge

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Doc Attach Button in Notes Window Missing

Microsoft Dynamics GPAfter a clients system was upgraded a while ago from Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 SP3 to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018, we enabled the Document Attachment feature for the client to use. Unfortunately when showing the client how to use the feaute, we found that the Doc Attach button was missing (the red square is where the button should be):

Notes

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Macros: Playing A Macro Quickly

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this series I am taking a look at how macros can be used to update data in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

As I said in the last post, which covered the playing of a macro, in this post I am going to show how the macro can be played quicker than using the standard Play option.

Credit for this one goes to MVP Leslie Vail, who blogged about it back in 2014. There is a Dex.ini setting which needs to be set to make this function available:

ShowAdvancedMacroMenu=TRUE

This needs to be configured on any client machine which will be used to run macros. If you are a user of the GP Power Tools you can use the Dex.ini Configuration to roll out this switch to all clients:

User Setup

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Hands On With the GP Power Tools – Administrator Tools: Company Login Filter

Winthrop DCThis post is part of the Hands On With the GP Power Tools (GPPT) – Administrator Tools series in which I am taking a hands on look at the various tools offered by GPPT.

The Company Login Filter window (GP Power Tools area page >> Setup >> Company Login Filter) is used to set up filtering of the companies available in the Company Login window for a user depending on the instance of the application environment currently being used. This is useful functionality as, on a system with different customization dictionaries or different custom forms and reports for different companies, you can ensure that the correct companies can only be used with the appropriate application client.

This is a scenario used by a number of my clients, so I was interested in doing some testing of this function. The way we’ve dealt with it in the past it to giev the client two shortcuts, looking at different launch files.

There is two ways of configuring this tool, but I am only looking at one of them. I have a single Dex.ini file and two launch files in the application folder; the default DYNAMICS.SET and a DYNAMICS-UK.SET which is pointing at different report and forms locations.

To configure the company login filters, launch the window and enter a Profile ID and Profile Name.

The left scrolling window will populate with the profile ID and a branch for Default Filter when no Path matched. Select this and then mark one (or more) of the companies listed in the right window:

Company Login Filter - select companies for no filters.

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Hands On With the GP Power Tools – Administrator Tools: Dex.ini Configuration

Winthrop DCThis post is part of the Hands On With the GP Power Tools (GPPT) – Administrator Tools series in which I am taking a hands on look at the various tools offered by GPPT.

The Dex.ini Configuration (GP Power Tools area page >> Setup >> Dex.ini Configuration) window can be used to automate changes to the Dex.ini settings for all workstations. This is a very useful tool, especially when there are either a lot of desktop clients installed or a lot of Citrix/terminal servers:

Dex.ini Configuration

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MDGP 2016 R2 Feature of the Day: GL Distribution Line Display UI Change

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2; as the most recent versions have been, these posts are in the form of PowerPoint slides; I am reposting them here so they can be read more easily.

The series index for this series of posts is here

The seventh Feature of the Day is GL Distribution Line Display UI Change.

Transaction Entry

With this new feature, General Ledger Transaction Entry and Journal Entry Inquiry windows will default the scrolling window expanded or collapsed based on the previous display state.

This is promised to be a user based default, so it will be interesting to see if it is actually user based or based upon the Dex.ini file which would make it a machine setting rather than a user one.

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