GP Airlift 2013 – Getting to Fargo

Hey, look! It’s my semi-annual blog article… OK, I jest a little, and hopefully today am starting back with regular blogs.

I’m in lovely Fargo as I write this, having arrived mid afternoon, the day before the Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2013 kicks off.  Unlike last year, I didn’t partake in any of the pre-conference classes offered.  Although there were several that appealed to me, it was hard enough to take this time off to come, so I didn’t take the extra day.
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eConnect error “configured identity is incorrect”

A client recently had an issue with their nightly eConnect integrations, getting an error about the username and password.

This integration had been live for nearly 2 years, running every night, and running without issue – or at least without this kind of issue. In other words, fairly stable.  They also never touch the service accounts, so the thought that the password might have been changed was nearly impossible.
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Full vs Light User licenses

This is short and sweet – as I don’t usually post “sales” types of things and don’t intend to start now!

It’s somewhat of a tale of two client scenarios, and advice to those who hear certain things from their clients, and are in a position to recommend license options.

I’ve got two clients right now both of whom have expressed a need for additional user licenses in the near future.  Both of them have decent user bases right now (12 and 16 user licenses respectively). Both of them are running into issues with the maximum number of concurrent users being logged in, at various times of the day or week or month.
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Update on Account Number error in Canadian Payroll

A couple of years ago around this time of year, I got a call from a client of mine with a strange error in Canadian Payroll.  At the time, I ran into other significant issues in trying to help with said error, and at the time, I blogged/ranted about it here.

Fast forward to last month, when I received an email from another customer who was asking me “did you ever find out what the issue was with that error? We are having the same problem now!”.  We exchanged emails and I researched what notes I had taken at the time, and in the end, she confirmed for me that what worked for my client also worked for her.

So, this post is just an update on the issue and at least one resolution, in case it helps someone else out there. Some of this is a repeat of the rant blog, without the rant!

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New Year’s Resolutions 2013

It’s that time of year again – time for a review of 2012 and noting what to resolve to do in 2013.

I say this every year – time flew by!  As my dad just told me, it seems to fly by faster the older you get.  It certainly does!  Today is December 31st and my sister & I are visiting my dad and his wife, and loving the few relaxing days away from home.  Along with relaxing with family, this is my favourite, if not humbling, part of the new year process: reviewing what I said I would do this year!
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Bizarro world: Integration Mgr “use input” doesn’t work

This is a short post… a bizarre issue that I can’t find an answer to.

A client has a bunch of inactive GL accounts and for a project, wants to re-active them to do some re-allocations and then inactive them again.  Simple right?

I set up a simple Integration Manager integration for them, and set the “Inactive” field to “Use Input”.  In other words, let the user decide if they are inactivating or re-activating the accounts.  Better than changing the integration, right?

Seemed like a good idea at the time.  So we set the field to Use Input and then they ran it, it gives them a drop down list, and they chose False, as in “re-activate”.  They run the integration and start getting a bunch of errors “This account has a current balance”.  Hmmm.  That should not matter if you are “activating” so I didn’t understand the message.
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Fun with Windows 8

I’ve been using Windows 8 now on my new laptop for about a couple of weeks.  I *love* it!  What baffles me is the sheer volume of blogs and articles I run into that are crapping all over this new operating system… it’s hilarious really.  “How to make windows 8 look like windows 7”??  Are you serious?  Why bother upgrading if you’re going to do that?

Enough of that.  Part of the learning curve has fortunately been handled by reading other users’ experiences and searching out tips and tricks to understand how to get things to work for you.  None of what I’m putting in here is new or revolutionary, but hopefully it helps someone out!

Key note for all of these tips: I am not using a touch device so these tips are 100% for keyboard and mouse users… some might work for touch too, I have no idea!
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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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