How To Install Business Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this post, I’ll take a step-by-step look at installing Business Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. This is a tool that comes as standard with GP but I’ve never bothered to look at before; this has changed recently because I’ve been dealing with a few clients who are heavy users of SSRS and Business Analyzer gives way to run the GP reports without needing to log into Microsoft Dynamics GP itself.

To Install Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Analyzer start the normal Microsoft Dynamics GP setup utility and select Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Analyzer;

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Setup Utility

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How To Make A Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive

WindowsIn this post I’m stepping away, briefly, from Microsoft Dynamics GP but will return in to it in my next post.

Microsoft have recently released a raft of new versions, including Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Management Reporter 2012 Rollup 3, and to test I’ve been installing a few new virtual machines with Windows Server 2012 and have also updated a couple of machines with Windows 8 and, because they’re new machines without DVD players in them, to do this I used the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool which is available for free download from the Microsoft CodePlex|Project Hosting for Open Source Projects site in order to create a bootable USB drive. [Updated link on 20/4/2019 as CodePlex has been closed.]

I thought a step by step guide for others needing to install Windows 8 (or other version of Windows) might be of benefit. So after downloading the utility from the above link, double click the downloaded setup file to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard;

Welcome to the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 RTM Hyper-V Demonstration Image Sets Now Available For Download

Microsoft Dynamics GPPam Misialek on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog, announced that the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 RTM Hyper-V Demonstration Image Sets are now available for partners to download from PartnerSource (login required).

These image sets are the full RTM versions of the software and contain the following:

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 RTM with Web Client deployed
  • Management Reporter 2012 with Web Viewer deployed
  • Office 2013 with demo dashboards installed

It is a set of three Hyper-V images which needs both A and B to be up and running with a minimum of 2GB RAM assigned to each (although as with all VMs the more RAM they have the quicker they will run) and need to be able to ping each other (the 2010 R2 instructions, on the download page, detail how to do this). Image C is only required if Lync is being demonstrated.

The full post from Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP contains extended information and warnings of minor issues with the images to watch out for.

How To Install Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 – How To Create A Company

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Microsoft Dynamics GP sample company, which I showed how to install in the last post, is good for doing a demo or for testing, but in the real world most sites will never deploy the sample company. Instead their efforts will be focused on creating a company to host their own data, which is what we’re going to take a look at in this post.

New companies are created using GP Utilities (Windows Start menu » All Programs » Microsoft Dynamics » GP 2013 » GP Utilities) and login using the sa password;

Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics GP Utilities

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How To Install Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 – Deploying The Sample Company

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP ships with a sample company which can be deployed along with it’s data to either use in demos or for testing. In this post we’ll take a look at deploying this sample company which done via GP Utilities.

Start GP Utilities (Windows Start menu » All Programs » Microsoft Dynamics » GP 2013 » GP Utilities) and login using the sa password;

Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics GP Utilities

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How To Install Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 – Server Configuration

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 client has been installed we can move onto configuring the server. This is done using GP Utilities which is installed alongside the GP client itself by the setup utility.

Log into GP Utilities using the same System DSN as GP and make sure you log in as the sa user;

Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics GP Utilities

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How To Install Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 – Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on 19th December 2013, I thought it time to produce a series of posts on how to install it and a few of it’s related products.

First up, is the installation of the desktop client itself.

When the setup utility is started from the installation media, the Microsoft Dynamics GP 29013 Bootstrapper Setup will start to ensure the prerequisites are installed. The Bootstrapper will install all of these for you;

Microsoft Dnyamics GP 2013 Bootstrapper Setup

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Real Demo Data Wanted: Convergence Pass In Trade Offered

Microsoft Dynamics GPOn the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog Jay Manley is asking for assistance from a small but growing Dynamics GP client with about 2.5 years of data if they would volunteer to have their data anonymised for use as a new sample company.

What are they looking for?

  • A smaller company – 1-10 users preferred with 20 users maximum.
  • A company that focuses on both service and sales of items such as a small consulting firm that also sells software.
  • A low quantity of inventory items, because of the trouble in converting them. 20 part numbers minimum, but under 100 part numbers although they would consider up to 500 part numbers.
  • It would also be helpful to have a low number of vendors and customers such as at least 20 vendors and customers, but they would prefer under 100 of them (each).
  • Need at least two full years of data, would prefer 30 months (2 ½ years) of data.

Check out the complete post for full requirements and the information Microsoft will require if you should like to volunteer.

Any identifiable information would be stripped out and replaced so they will be no worries over your commercially sensitive information being leaked.

In return for the data, Microsoft are offering one free pass to Convergence 2013 in New Orleans in March 2013.

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

Microsoft Dynamics GPA new Microsoft Dynamics GP book, by Leslie Vail is now available from Packt Publishing.

This book will teach you how to create and customize Dynamics GP Applications by taking you through the initial steps of setting up a development environment through to customising and developing an example application using tools such as Dexterity, Visual Studio Tools and sanScript starting with an overview of Microsoft Dynamics GP architecture.

Developing Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Applications by Leslie Vail

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Now Available

Microsoft Dynamics GPAfter what felt like a really long wait, but in reality was to the announced timeline, 19th December 2012 saw Microsoft announce the general availability of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog.

As Errol Schoenfish, Director Product Management at Microsoft, said in the announcement, this version of Microsoft Dynamics GP allows customers to access it either via the traditional desktop client or, at no extra license cost, through an innovative new Web Client presented via Silverlight in Microsoft Internet Explorer. I think the web client is a really good addition to GP with the interface looking very clean and modern and means whether the user is in the office, at home or on the road, they can access information when they need it and in a web client which has the same structure as the familiar desktop client.

In addition to the Web Client, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has seen the addition of more than 120 new features and capability enhancements to the already rich and comprehensive business management functionality; a sample of the new features can be seen in the Microsoft announced Feature of the Day.

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