#MSDYNGP Extender View Involving Extender Window/Form – Strange “Add Link” Issue & Reason.


Firstly, I am not sure whether I should categorise this as an issue. Let me explain this with an example.

For illustrative purpose, my requirement is to assign an additional information to customers. In addition to Country Code, I would like to assign from which continent a customer is from.

First step; to create an Extender Form named Continent Maintenance in which I will maintain list of continents. I do not need anything information other than an ID (Continent ID) and a name (Name); as shown below:

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Note that there are no fields apart from ID and Description.

Second step; I am going to create an Extender Window for Customer Maintenance (Cards -> Sales -> Customer -> Additional -> Continent) to assign a continent to a customer. Extender Window definition is as follows:

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Third step; is to check whether things are properly done and confirm. Let me open Customer Maintenance and see if I can access this new Extender information:

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Perfect. Let’s now get into the actual issue.

I would like to create a view to retrieve customer continent information. To achieve this, I would like to link Assign Continent (Extender Window) with Continent Maintenance (Extender Form) to get the continent name. Ideally, my view should retrieve following:

Customer ID, Continent ID, Continent Name

Now, when I try to create an Extender View linking my Extender Window and Form, I end up facing below issue:

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Did you see that? I do not have my Extender Form fields shown here. I have two fields; Continent ID and Name. Where are they? Why are they not shown here? Shouldn’t it be available for me to link with my Extender Window’s Continent ID?

REASON: If your Extender Form DOES NOT have any other field than an ID and a Description (in my case, Continent ID and Name), ADD LINK To Field will not list out the ID and Description fields.

Is that the actual reason? Let’s confirm by adding another field to Extender Form as follows:

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After adding above field, Additional Info., look at my Extender View Add Link now:

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Did you see that? They are available now. AFTER adding a field in addition to default ID and Description fields.

And I am not sure how many have ever noticed this. I am noticing it for the first time now. I haven’t created any form with only ID and Description till now. I had to spend 4 hours to identify this reason, honestly. Had no idea whatsoever.

Those who are going to deal with Extender views with form(s) having ONLY ID and Description fields, save your 4 hours. :-)

VAIDY

Delete a Company in Microsoft Dynamics GP – Compatible With GP 2013


We have a SQL script named ClearCompanies.sql, which is available on Customer Source or Partner Source. This script removes all references to those companies that are not available in SQL Server, but pretty much exist in GP records.

It’s an all important script for all implementers, developers and consultants. Now this script has been updated to cater for also GP 2013. I had not used this script for a long time, so never realised it till today. This is particularly important as GP 2013 now support multi-tenant architecture (multiple GP System DB on same SQL instance).

You can download this script from here (provided you have a Customer Source / Partner Source account): ClearCompanies.sql.

VAIDY

Management Reporter Configuration – Part Of Domain Error


I am not sure how many would have noticed this error message. Just thought of sharing this with you all.

I installed Management Reporter 2012 CU7 on my machine yesterday night for some testing. I had not done this outside a network (being physically away from a domain) before, so never expected an error. But following error message popped up:

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My machine is already part of a domain. So above message was a bit confusing. Later I realised that I MUST be connected to my domain when the configuration process is run.

Which means the machine on which you are installing Management Reporter Server component CANNOT be physically outside the domain (even though it is already added to one) when you configure it.

This morning I restarted the configuration process and it’s done without issues. Interesting.

VAIDY

Mission MB3-701 Accomplished (Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 – Financials) #MSDYNGP


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There is no better way than this to end an year and begin one. Biggest achievement in recent times; without doubt.

After passing MB3-700 (Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Installation & Configuration), it sounded quite logical to take the next step, MB3-701 (Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financials). Got damn nervous upon reaching the exam schedule. Stressed, tired, overloaded.

I have ample experience in implementing GP, so clearing MB3-700 was not that difficult. But Financials, MB3-701, is different ball game altogether. I had no idea how questions would be asked; 45 questions from 6 modules (System & Company Configuration, General Ledger, Bank Management, Payables Management, Receivables Management & Fixed Assets). There are no online/classroom training courses available yet. After another strenuous 2 weeks of preparation, stress and tiredness, here I am; feeling like standing on top of this world. :-)

Mission MB3-701 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financials Accomplished.

I am now officially Microsoft Specialist: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. I started 2013 as usual, like any other year. But I have ended it on the highest possible note. I have never been this proud of my own achievements before. This one is so damn special.

Welcome 2014.

VAIDY

GP Web Client: Rendering Issue – Some Facts


Almost a month back, I had posted my GP web client test drive results on how the client is rendered on Mac based browsers and possible issue with Silverlight plugin. I am probably wrong.

Everything works other than pictures; that’s what I had found. Upon drilling down further, what I realised is that it sounds obvious that it doesn’t work on Mac based browsers. Reason: Native Pictures.

Definition of Native Picture says following:

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Consider, for instance, the following snapshot of GP login window on a web client rendered on Mac Safari:

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It’s not shown. Initially I thought it was something to do with Silverlight rendering. But not exactly. It’s because, this picture is a Native Picture. And by definition, it’s specific to Windows OS. Look at this picture definition below:

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Apparently, by nature, it’s NOT supposed to show up on any OS other than Windows.

It’s not just this picture. Lookup Button icons, Note icons are all Native Picture types. And due to that, they are not going to render on any other OS. And if I am not mistaken, this will remain as it is at least till next major version of GP.

Those who implement GP web client MUST be aware of this.

VAIDY

Where Have #MSDYNGP Product Printable Manuals Gone?


I am not sure how many of us actually refer to GP user manuals; the ones that come in PDF format and contain module functionalities. But I do, religiously. When I came to know that they are not available offline anymore, I was a bit upset. After a bit of traversing here and there, I have finally found the location of them.

Take a look at below screenshot, which compares GP 2010 Printable Manuals menu and GP 2013 Printable Manuals menu:

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Apparently, when you click on that “Documentation and resources for Microsoft Dynamics GP” link from GP 2013 Printable Manuals window, it takes you to this webpage:

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And click on Documentation and resources for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (highlighted above with RED box), you will be taken to following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj673201(v=gp.20).aspx.

From there, locate Printable Guides [GP 2013] as shown below:

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Once you click that, you will be taken to following link from where you can find all your module manuals: Printable Guides.

Biggest hassle is to click on each link found on this page, being taken to another page and from there download the PDF and it literally kill us. If they are available offline already on GP applications folder, like how it used to be before, it would have been awesome.

Never realised that Microsoft would put them all online and not plant them on our GP application folder anymore. Strange strategy.

VAIDY

13 Favorite New Features of GP 2013 – Webinar by Frank Hamelly & MSDynamicsWorld #MSDYNGP


I attended a webinar conducted by Frank Hamelly and was organised by MSDynamicsWorld.com. It’s about 13 new, interesting and favorite features of GP 2013. The webinar was on last Wednesday, 18th December 2013.

Following are the features:

  1. Reason Codes
  2. PO Tolerance
  3. PO Prepayments
  4. Sales Ship To Address Name
  5. Sales Suggest Line Items
  6. Fixed Assets Inter-company Transfer
  7. Fixed Asset Historical Depreciation Report
  8. Historical GL Journal Entry Report
  9. 1096 Form – Summary of 1099 Forms
  10. Default Sort for Customer & Vendor Lookup
  11. Reprint Payables Checks & Remittance Forms
  12. Reconcile To GL – Inventory
  13. Select Printer at Print Time

Apart from above list, there was one another feature, SmartList Navigation Pane Resize, which was discussed. This one is an awesome enhancement. Though it might sound trivial, it was one which was time and again requested by many customers and consultants.

Watch this webinar on demand from following link: 13 Favorite New Features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

I have a post coming up in couple of days that address the first feature in this list; Reason Codes. Stay tuned.

VAIDY