How To Install The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (Beta) Web Client – Installing The Web Client Runtime

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe first post in this series was a brief introduction which outlined the components within a web client deployment and the second covered the deployment options which are available. In this post I’m going to take a look at the process for installing the web client runtime.

Microsoft recommend that Microsoft Dynamics GP be installed, configured and confirmed as operating correctly before any of the components for the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client are installed.

Even if you’re using the web client you will still need at least one accessible desktop client as even though most of the administrative tasks of Microsoft Dynamics GP can be performed with the web client, some, such as creating companies, cannot.

Each of the servers which is being used as a session host must have a Microsoft Dynamics GP desktop client installation which can be connected to the Microsoft Dynamics GP databases.

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How To Install The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (Beta) Web Client – Deployment Options

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe first post in this series was a brief introduction which outlined the components within a web client deployment which I’m going to follow up in this post with a look at the deployment options which are available.

There are three options when deploying the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client:

  1. Single machine
  2. Scale out
  3. Multi-tenant

The single machine configuration is the simplest configuration available when deploying the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client. In this configuration, the web site, Session Central Service, Session Service and the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client runtime are all installed on a single server.

A typical single configuration machine is shown in the following diagram;

Web Client Deployment Configuration - Single Machine

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How To Install The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (Beta) Web Client – Introduction

Microsoft Dynamics GPI wrote this post before the excellant and most comprehensive write up on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client Infrastructure Overview done by Aaron Donat on the Developing for Microsoft Dynamics GP blog and decided to post this anyway as it gives a quick overview of the different parts of the web client as I kick off a series of posts on how to install the GP Web Client.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Beta, including web client, is only available to partners and one important point to remember is that there is no upgrade path from the 2013 Beta to 2013 RTM so GP 2013 Beta should only be used for testing purposes.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP web client provides access to Microsoft Dynamics GP through Internet Explorer using a Silverlight plugin and closely matches the the user experience and functionality of the traditional desktop client.

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Dynamics GP “12”: Web Client

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe below quote is from Errol Schoenfish, the director of product management for Dynamics GP and gives an indication of the path Microsoft are intending to take.

A large portion of that release will be dedicated to getting us to the cloud. It’s pretty astounding what our development team has been able to do. This was a massive task and ISVs are over the moon about it.”

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