Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Part 6

Pretty soon I’ll have to be more creative with the blog post titles! Part 193 …. geez.

More stuff I’m learning: it’s way easier to install and configure Active Directory Domain Services on Azure than installing SQL Server 2014 fresh on a Windows-only VM. Seriously… I’m on my 3rd attempt to install SQL Server!

If you’ve read my last post, part of the What’s Next was creating a standard VM, installing A/D on it and installing SQL Server on it. This is not and never will be anything close to a production machine, so the significant faux-pas of having SQL Server on a Domain Controller seems like an acceptable risk to me. Since I have test & development licenses, instead of paying by the minute for the license, I figured I should be able to start with a standard Windows O/S VM on Azure and go from there.
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Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Part 5

One month has been completed, and my Azure experience cost me $18.80 for a month. If you’ve been following this series so far, you’ll know by now that I haven’t left the machine running outside of when I am actually using it yet… hence the extremely low cost to date. And of course, it didn’t *actually* cost me anything because I was using my MPN credits.
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Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Part 2

As I sat up til nearly 1:00am last night (er, this morning) playing with the new Azure VM, I was thinking “this is going SO smoothly!”. I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy. 🙂

See yesterday’s “Part 1” post for the introduction to this journey I’m on, which covers why I’m doing this, going from a new subscription to provisioning a SQL server VM. At the end of yesterday’s post, I stopped at “I’ve provisioned my VM”. After that I tried some things, and ran into a problem.
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Learning new things the hard way

I’m continuing to learn more about websites, WordPress ins & outs, and css… the hard way!

Last year I switched my website from Expression Engine to WordPress… for the most part to be on a platform that is more mainstream, ideally easier to get support on, and hopefully a platform that I could do more things myself with.

All was good! I liked the re-design, and all seemed great… until I tried to post articles with media attached (screenshots etc.). Permissions errors out the wazoo… it was very frustrating but a busy time for me with other things, and I ignored it for months.
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Spammers, go away!

Yes, that means you, if you send me emails (or phone me) on any of the following topics (plus many others I’ve forgotten about already):

  • you think my website needs redesigned (it might, but I happen to like it!).
  • you promise to improve my search engine rankings and all those SEO things (swell!).
  • you guarantee me a lot of Facebook likes and Twitter followers (who cares?).
  • you are offering me mobile application development services
  • you work for any competing product to Microsoft Dynamics GP and added me to your “partner” list because you think I’d love to hear about your marketing pitches too

It’s been a while since I’ve ranted. 🙂
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Don’t forget about your reminders!

As most of my blog topics start, this begins with fairly standard question from a client asking why their taxes are not defaulting on their Purchase Order in Dynamics GP.

This situation is something I see a lot of in various clients:

  • Something isn’t working
  • They try to troubleshoot it themselves but can’t find the answer
  • They are getting more and more frustrated at the “randomness” of GP by the minute (their words not mine!)
  • They email me with the equivalent of a “WTF?” with screen shots showing me when something works fine and when it doesn’t, assuming it’s completely randomly doing something just to piss them off.

The answer nearly always ends up with some variation of one of these:

  • Someone did something they shouldn’t have done
  • Someone didn’t do something they should have done

Sound familiar?
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