Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Navigation Differences Between Desktop & Web Clients

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client is very similar in form and function to the desktop client, but there are some differences between the two.

The first of the differences is with the menu bar. The first image below shows the menu bar in the desktop client; the second shows that of the web client. As you can see the main difference is in the absence of the drop down menus from the web client:

Web Client Menu BarDesktop Client Menu Bar

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Verifying The Web Client Install

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith all components of the web client installed and configured, it’s time to verify that the web client is actually working correctly.

The way of doing this is quite simple; log in and check if data can be loaded, updated and saved. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to the log in page; enter your Domain user name and password:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client - Sign In

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing Silverlight On Clients

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Microsoft Dynamics GP web client relies on Silverlight which needs to be installed on every client. When you log into the web client, and don’t have Silverlight installed, you’ll be presented with the option to install it:

Internet Explorer - Click to install Silverlight

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing SSL Certificates On Client Machines

Microsoft Dynamics GPTo avoid certificate errors with the Web Client, the security certificate from the web server needs to be installed onto the client machines (i.e. all of the PCs which will be running IE to connect to the website).

Before the certificate is loaded, you’ll see the following error when navigating to the GP web client:

Certificate Error: Navigation Blocked - Windows Internet Explorer

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing Web Client Resource Cache on Session Hosts

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe performance of the web client can be improved by installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Resource Cache.

To install the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Resource Cache start the Setup.exe and select GP Web Resource Cache under Additional Products:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Running The Web Client Configuration Wizard On The Session Hosts

Microsoft Dynamics GPAfter installing the Session Hosts you will be prompted to run the Web CLient Configuration Wizard. We ran this after installing the Session Central server to create the databases; it needs to be run again now, to tell the Session Host which Session Central Database should be used:

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Configuration Wizard - Welcome

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing The Web Client On The Session Host Servers

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this post I’ll take a look at installing the session host servers; I’ll step through this process once, but it will need reproducing on all of the session host machines (which in my case is two).

Log onto the session host server and start the Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility (setup.exe on the installation media). As the session host will already have the Microsoft Dynamics GP client and runtime installed, you will not see the Bootstrapper and be presented with the installation choices.

Select Web Client under Additional Products (fifth bottom):

Microsoft Dynamics GP

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Running The Web Client Configuration Wizard On The Session Central

Microsoft Dynamics GPAfter installing the Session Central the databases used by the web client need to be created and configured. This is done using the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Configuration Wizard (available on the Windows Home screen or Start menu if you’re using an older version of Windows).

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client Configuration Wizard - Welcome

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Installing The Web Client On The Session Central Server

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe next step in installing the web client is to install the session central server. This is done by running the setup.exe and click OK to allow the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Bootstrapper Setup to install the prerequisites:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Bootstrapper Setup

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Web Client Scale-Out Deployment: Adding The Web Client Runtime To The Session Hosts

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith Microsoft Dynamics GP installed, configured and the sample company deployed, it’s time to add the Web Client Runtime to the clients.

This is done by opening Programs and Features, selecting Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and clicking Change:

Programs and Features

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