Support Debugging Tool (SDT) – Build 18 Released #MSDYNGP


Amidst crazily busy schedule that I have at the moment, this one must be blogged.

Support Debugging Tool (SDT) Build 18 has been released.

I have a fair idea about how much efforts had gone in. Knowing that, list of new features and list fixes this build contains, I think this is one of the biggest releases yet for SDT.

Just stop your work already and download it from provided links on SDT portal.

VAIDY

Refresh Application Navigation – Support Debugging Tool (SDT)


Are you serious about your Dynamics GP as ERP and are you serious about retaining it till GP becomes completely irrelevant to your business requirements? Contact your partner NOW and get Support Debugging Tool (SDT).

Let me come to the topic now. Earlier, before SDT happened to all of us, when I created a menu item using Extender, I had to restart GP to get this new menu item effected. What’s there in that? It’s something common in GP, isn’t it?

How about creating a menu item using Extender, but instead of restarting GP, just click on an option to get this new menu item immediately effected? Magic? Nope, it’s a reality now. With Support Debugging Tool (SDT), you can.

Open Security Profiler of SDT, and select the menu item Refresh Application Navigation, as shown in below screenshot:

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This does exactly what happens when you log on to a company. Cool, isn’t it?

Now, reach out to your partner (if you are a customer) OR download this gem from above SDT portal link (if you are a developer/consultant/partner) and install it on your customers’ GP environment.

This post is to show you a very simple yet tremendously useful feature of SDT. Trust me, there are hundreds of such terrific features available in SDT which will ease your life and earn you reputation as smart consultant.

Find time to appreciate the people who made this SDT possible (and made it a FREE tool for all); David Musgrave & Team. There is a voting going on DynamicsWorld to select Top 100 Influential Microsoft Dynamics People and David’s on page 4. Go ahead and vote for him. Without him and his team, Dynamics GP would be just a mere ERP product, like any other.

VAIDY

Fixed Assets Depreciate Button Disabled For User – Solution


This issue was a bit tricky but not THAT tricky, though.

One of the users reported to me that he was not able to run depreciation because when he opened the Depreciation Process Information window (Microsoft Dynamics GP -> Tools -> Routines -> Fixed Assets -> Depreciate), the Depreciate button was disabled. Below was the screenshot that he sent to me (disabled button is highlighted in RED box):

Depreciate Window

 

Reason: After quite a bit of analysis (Dex Script Log & SQL Profiling using SDT), I found that there is a table where FA module temporarily records the depreciation activity initiated by any user and will retain that record the process is complete.

User confirmed to me that last time when he ran the depreciation process, it got stuck at the time of printing the results.

Solution:

The table which records the activity is FA40203 (display name: Book Setup for Depreciation). The table contains three fields: User ID, FA Book Index & FA Book ID.

I took a backup of this table (a simple T-SQL SELECT * INTO…) and removed that stranded activity record for that user.

User confirmed that he could then start depreciation process.

Its always good to start a day with some brainy troubleshooting. But not certainly good for users to start with an issue, though.

VAIDY

Adding Customer Item User-defined Fields to SOP Invoice – Mariano


Another excellent post up there on Mariano’s blog, which explains how to add customer item user-defined fields to SOP invoice.

The customization is done using Support Debugging Tool (SDT) to achieve this.

There is an interesting point which Mariano mentions there, which is not about the topic itself, but about how clients have started demanding things from us, consultants, which shows how much clients are aware nowadays.

Modifier with VBA would have been the BEST and easy option for any developer or consultant for this functionality. But looks like the client was strictly against it because *it’s not supported on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client*. :-)

But that demand indeed had led to another superb piece of customization using SDT.

VAIDY

What feature(s) do you use in Support Debugging Tool (SDT)?


Support Debugging Tool (SDT) is a perfect tool for any GP Administrator/Consultant. It is simply terrific. It has become a part of almost all GP implementations nowadays. And I am no exception on having this tool installed on my GP environment.

David wants to know how we use this tool. What feature(s) is/are useful to you on your GP administration/troubleshooting/maintenance?

Check his post, Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2012 Houston – Day 2, and register your feedback as a comment. Our comments/feedbacks are required ONLY to justify the time and efforts that are put in on this amazing tool’s development. That said, our comments/feedbacks will be valuable.

I have registered my comment. When are you?

VAIDY

Using substring() with Text Fields – David


Back from my vacation, several posts grabbed my interest as a developer. This post from David is one of them.

David explains how to resolve an issue that was found in Sivakumar’s SDT (Support Debugging Tool) based solution. In a nutshell, the issue was with Text type fields and dexterity function substring().

Read it here; Quick Tip: Using substring() with a text field datatype.

VAIDY