Like some other posts recently, this one is the result of a conversation with a colleague at my new company, where I found they were unaware of something I took for granted; the ability to easily rename a comuter which has a stand alone instance of SQL Server installed.
I do this fairly often as I use quite a lot of Virtual Machines for testing different configurations, but I don't want to have to build a new one every time, so I make copies of a base VM and rename it each time I want a new one (there is often more than one running at any one time and I want to avoid conflicts).
As well as renaming the machine inside the VM, I also rename the SQL Server to make sure it matches the name of the machine; I've had problems before with Microsoft Dynamics GP when I've not done so.
Doing this is actually very simple. Continue reading "How To Rename A SQL Server"
I installed Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 onto my work laptop a few weeks ago, just after I started working for this company.
I needed a demo environment and so installed the most recent version. I've been getting an error since that time whenever I switched back from Report Writer to GP itself;
Continue reading "Error When Switching Back To Microsoft Dynamics GP From Report Writer"
Backing up the a Microsoft Dynamics GP company to test is, unfortunately, not as simple as backing up one database and restoring it to the Test one. There are two scripts which need to be run after doing so; the first changed the INTERID and Company Name and the second changes the database owner to dynsa.
At my last company, we decided to make this process as easy as possible for clients, so we started creating a SQL Agent Job which would do the backup, restore and run the scripts with minimal effort or could even run on a scheduled basis. The basic purpose was to give the client a test or training system which was always, or could very quickly be, up to date. Continue reading "Copy Microsoft Dynamics GP Live Company To Test Automatically"
I've been a bit quiet again this week posting wise, but this was because I was preparing for a Microsoft Certification exam yesterday.
Fortunately, I passed and am now the holder of a Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementation certification along side the three Dynamics GP certs I already had; GP 10 Installation & Configuration, GP 10 Financials and GP 2010 Inventory & Order Processing.
I've taken a look at the Certification Planner on Microsoft Learning to see how far I am from an MCITP in Installation & Configuration for Microsoft Dynamics GP. I think I'm one certification away but it's slightly hard to tell as the planner hasn't been updated with the GP 2010 exams.
A while ago I investigated an issue where some reports were not working correctly on a client system; they'd been written with Crystal and were not returning transactions for newly created accounts.
As reports I write tend to do, these reports were joining to the General Ledger via the GL Account Index Master (GL00105) table and then joining to GL Account Master (GL00100) for the account descriptions. I wrote the following script to check the two tables against each other to see where the problem lay (my suspicions were on GL00105 being corrupt as the accounts were being used within Microsoft Dynamics GP Continue reading "Fixing A Corrupt Account Index Master"
I needed a colleague to backup and copy a clients Microsoft Dynamics GP System and Company database back to our systems remotely out of standard working hours.
While I may have used FTP or similar if I had control of all software installed on the server, in this case the best way of doing this was to just use the Remote Desktop Connection and a local drive made available and copy the backups to this drive over the connection.
However, the colleague who was going to do this for me out of hours is not from an IT background like I am. He's one of those Mark Polino laments the absence; a qualified accountant who has moved into a role as a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant.
As he's not from a technical background, there are some things I take for granted which he does not know of. I therefore documented the process of making a drive available over the RDP connection for him and I thought I'd post it up here as I thought it might be useful to others. Continue reading "Making A Drive Available Over The Remote Desktop Connection"
After initial acclimatisation pains with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (I largely skipped 2005 and 2008 RTM) I have become used to Management Studio and do now prefer it to Enterprise Manager and Query Analyser.
One of the things I really like about SQL 2008 R2 is the installation process where you pick the collation. Dealing with Microsoft Dynamics GP so much means I need to be careful with server and database collations as GP, once installed, cannot have it's database collation changed.
We typically install SQL Server for Microsoft Dynamics GP using the SQL_Latin1_CP1_CI_AS (case insensitive, accent sensitive), which is very easy in SQL 2008 R2 Continue reading "Selecting The Correct Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Collation For Microsoft Dynamics GP"
A colleague is currently working on some development for Microsoft Dynamics GP and needs to create a journal.
I did some digging around the company database looking for the correct way to get the next Journal Entry number and found a function called glGetNextJournalEntry.
A little work and I was able to supply the following to the developer for him to wrap into a stored procedure to get the Journal Entry number and make sure there were no issues in GP;
Created by Ian Grieve of azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant (http://www.azurecurve.co.uk)
This code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int).
DECLARE @l_tINCheckWORKFiles tinyint = 1
DECLARE @I_iSQLSessionID int = USER_SID()
DECLARE @O_tOUTOK tinyint
DECLARE @IO_iOUTJournalEntry int = 1
DECLARE @O_iErrorState int
SELECT @IO_iOUTJournalEntry AS 'NJRNLENT', @O_tOUTOK AS 'OUTOK', @O_iErrorState AS 'ERROR'
A version of Firefox with a difference is now available.
Firefox With Bing as the default search and homepage is available for download. This is a special version of the browser which doesn't affect the standard download which ships with Google as the defaults.
Wow, time flies. Windows XP was released to the retail channel exactly ten years ago today.
XP has remained popular through the years, but in Windows 7 a worthy successor appeared. The future looks bright with Windows 8 on the horizon (and currently green in the Developer Preview).