Windows 8 install tips and tricks

Time has flown by, as it does tend to do when you are not paying attention!  One minute I’m in Fargo at the Technical Airlift, dropping a perfectly functioning laptop on a hard tile floor (yes, boy, that was fun!), and the next, it’s nearly Christmas and I’m loading Windows 8 on a even more perfectly functioning new laptop. It’s wrapped in bubble wrap to protect it from myself, just so ya know… ; )

When the Windows 8 previews and betas came out, I fully intended to install them on a virtual image or something, and get to know the new features.  So much for that!  The, ahem, fortunate timing of dropping a laptop and having my other functional Dell brick fail to boot led me to a just-in-time-for-Christmas new shiny laptop.  While my American friends were eating Thanksgiving turkey, I was doing some timely Black Friday shopping.  It seems Canadian retailers have adopted the sale weekend much to our price advantage!

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Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2012 – Web Client part 1

Tuesday was the unofficial first day of the conference for me with the agenda being one of two things for those who chose to come a day early.  There was a sales presentation for those on the business development side and there was technical training on the web client for the rest of us.

Generally you have to pay for training but due to the importance of this product release and the new content, Microsoft put this training on for free – which was awesome.  They really want to make sure the Partner channel is informed and ready for the web client specifically, and understand the “stack” dependencies to be able to troubleshoot it when it does release.
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Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2012 – Pre-Conference

It’s that time again, the time to trek to Fargo and be immersed in all things Microsoft Dynamics GP!  The last technical conference was a blast and this proves to be no different.

The content this time around is, of course, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and all of it’s new features including a ton of content around the new web client.  Stayed tuned this week for bits of news as I have time to blog.  Check out twitter if you want live action tweeting from myself and others – hashtags most commonly used are #airlift12 and #GP2013.
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Canadian Payroll & US Payroll in the same environment

I was asked this question from someone a few days ago and I have a little bit of information about this.  At some point I will expand on this article but for now, it’s a short one!

This article is simply about using Cdn Payroll and US Payroll together, as in “can you use them together”?

The short version is the supported method is not to have both in the same environment, i.e. same SQL instance.  There is a KB article that spells out all of the “how to”, and describes two installs, two instances, one US English, one Canadian.  That KB article is here.

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Project Accounting: Misc Log eConnect import issue

My last post about the good and the ugly of the Update Budget Lines feature had a continuing theme to it. I was telling the story of the client who mass updated 650+ projects with a new cost category only to find the budget sources set to Specific didn’t get populated with the default “specific” GL account.

What I didn’t get into was HOW they found the problem. I built some integrations for them for Misc Logs, which they’ve been using for a while now and having no issues with.  It’s been a huge timesaver for them, and they love it.  Great!  So, fast forward to how they found out they had an issue was during the Misc Log import and posting.  The problem was, eConnect didn’t fail and alert them of the problem with the missing accounts, it allowed the creation of the transaction without GL distributions and they posted it without thinking to check! Uh oh x2!

This article is explaining the issue, another possible bug, in Project Accounting Misc Log Entry eConnect node (not a problem with Misc Logs themselves).
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Project Accounting: Update Budget Lines – the good and the ugly

The other day a client asked me if there was a way to mass-add a new cost category to all projects at once.  I actually didn’t know there was a new function to do this starting with GP 10, but a quick google search resulted in a post from Mark Polino describing this exact thing.

Wow.  That doesn’t happen every day… I was thinking of the alternatives I would explain the client, but was really happy to see this added functionality.

Until… today, after the client used the new window, and rolled down a new cost category to every project they have, they found a problem. Uh oh!

This particular article relates to the Project Accounting module in Dynamics GP, and the Update Budget Lines window under the Routines menu.
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Report Writer Series: Keys, Restrictions, Sorting, Grids

Here, at long last, is my next-to-last blog post in the Report Writer series. It’s not that I’ve covered everything you could possibly know about Report Writer, not by a long shot, but what I’ve found is some of the basic information I’ve shared thus far wasn’t as easy to find as the more advanced stuff was.  Do you want to know about using VBA with Report Writer? Editing package files? Adding Extender fields to a Report Writer report? There are many things like these that are already covered by the Dynamics GP community. In my last article I will summarize my series and include a few links to other Report Writer resources if you haven’t found them already!

Now onto this article… This one is a bit of a hodge-podge of things, there is no particular reason why these are all lumped together in one!  The items here probably deserve more in-depth discussion but for the purposes of this blog I just wanted to highlight a few key things about them rather than dig deep into their usefulness.

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Report Writer Series: Custom Reports

The next in my series of blog posts about Report Writer is a brief article on Custom reports.

Why would you create a custom report in Report Writer?  (really… why?) I’ve done it a handful of times, and don’t particularly recommend it (with all due respect to David Musgrave 🙂 ) but there are a couple simple reasons why it makes sense sometimes.  The types of reports you would create with it would need to be extremely simple due to the fact there is no end user option for sorting or filtering results and no parameter input.
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