More Azure – Part 3

I made the rookie mistake of forgetting I left my VM on earlier this week and now I’m out of credits and have to wait another few days to use it again. Draaaaaag!

Prior to that I had taken some screen shots to demonstrate how to find and use some settings around IP addresses and DNS names. Some of these things have changed since I wrote about my Azure experiences around this time last year, so this is an update if you are using the new Resource Manager approach to managing VMs.
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More Azure – part 1

In early May 2016, we saw the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and the general availability of the first two Canadian Azure data centres in Toronto and Quebec City. That combination gave me a chance to roll up my sleeves again and work with Azure a little more, as I want to ultimately host any of my own Azure machines in Canada, and of course, play with the last version of Dynamics GP!

One year ago now, I wrapped up a series of posts detailing my adventures with Microsoft Azure, learning about how it works, and what the cost looks like over the first few months of activity. The wrap-up post is here, which has the index of the series I wrote. Reading through those, most of what I wrote is useless now!

I hope to write some updated blog articles on what’s changed in Azure since I wrote about things last year. My experience recently has shown me that nearly everything I thought I knew last year, has changed! There is a new portal, which means deploying resources differently, with different terminology, different locations for finding some things etc.
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Poor man’s dashboard?

A client asked me where they could find out some metric-type information from the last couple of years’ processing in Dynamics GP, such as the number of A/P invoices processed, number of cheques processed etc.; and the same for A/R if possible.

Simple question, not so simple answer. I admit it never occurred to me, this information isn’t particularly easy to get to in GP in aggregate form, or I’m drawing a complete blank on where to get it. There are many inquiry windows but most with this type of thing are at a customer level, not company level.

So, I wrote a couple of quick smartlists – one for A/P, one for A/R, and I thought I’d write it out as this client likely isn’t the first one to ask this question! I’ll call it a poor man’s dashboard… it’s simple, and for those who haven’t delved into dashboards yet or graphs or KPIs, this may suffice for some simple information about what you’re processing in Dynamics GP.
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How YTD CPP & EI factor into Tax calcs

This is about something completely boring but perhaps useful to someone who is verifying Dynamics GP Canadian Payroll vs the Canada Revenue Agency’s payroll deductions online calculator.

I’ve always said, I know how the Canadian Payroll module works, but I am not a Payroll expert. I’m an accountant, not a payroll or HR person; there is a wealth of knowledge someone certified in payroll matters knows that I’ll never know!
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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 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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