My Blog Is Back & Working

Dear All Readers,

Most of you might have noticed that my blog suddenly stopped working and was redirecting to some junk “This domain is on back order.” page.

I sincerely apologize to all who would have got disappointed for not being able to refer what you wanted to on my blog.

I’m happy & relieved to say that my blog is now back and is working perfectly.

Kindly continue your support and refer to my blog for whatever you want about Microsoft Dynamics GP. I promise I would ensure that this bad phase never happens again in future.


Upgrade Paths to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

Microsoft Dynamics GP Support & Services blog has given the two direct upgrade paths, in case you are looking for: Upgrade Paths to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013!

Quite crucial information that we must remember.


GP 2013 Web Client – More Insight From David

With more and more excitement being felt on GP 2013 Web Client, David gives us some more insight on this and more.

The post, Microsoft Convergence 2012 – GPPC Games and Web Client, explains the good things and also the limitations of Web Client in its first version.

This post, therefore, is very important for developers and consultants to gear up for this awesome client and understand what they must do to get the existing GP environments to work on the new release post upgrade.

Thanks David for the all important post. It was really crucial for us to understand.


Dynamics GP 2010 R2 Database SDK – Siva

I was in fact awaiting Sivakumar’s post about the new section that he has been working on. I got the privilege to go thru’ this first before his post went public.

Siva’s new section is all about GP 2010 R2 SQL Objects (Tables, DBs, Stored Procedures, Views, etc.). Like the one we have in MS Word documents that can be accessed from GP SDK, this is also an interesting concept and also very informative for all developers out there, who may not have access to SQL Server on a real time.

Read his post here, Dynamics GP 2010 R2 Database SDK, and share your thoughts with him. 

I am sure this is going to be of immense help for all of us.


Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client – Tidbit

Well, this one is surely a delight for me personally, because I am a die hard Dexterity Developer and I always had and will recommend any customization to be on Dexterity.

I am currently watching Convergence 2012 virtual session named “The Road to Microsoft Dynamics GP ’12′”and got this snapshot which is self-explanatory:

I took this snapshot as is from the virtual session.

Recently I converted all our existing VBA customizations (critical ones) to Dexterity and now this news. Those who were preaching against Dexterity and predicted it’s doomsday, please change your mindset at least from now.


Auto Assign Serial / Lot Numbers on SOP Document

When do we select this option in SOP Setup? Is there any valid requirement that would arise so we setup SOP that on a Sales Document, Serial/Lot numbers automatically get assigned?

I am talking about *Auto-Assign Serial Numbers* and *Auto-Assign Lot Numbers* options in Sales Order Processing Options Setup window.

As a normal practice, I would always keep it unselected. I would like to make sure that I handpick items with specific serial numbers so I won’t let the system pick recent ones first and retain old ones.
Simply speaking, I would always want to sell old items first to make sure that I don’t leave it in my stock as unsold. Like a FIFO.
There are prominently two queries that arise on my mind:
1. How GP automatically takes Serial/Lot numbers for a particular item, if we select the above options? Does it follow FIFO approach or does it randomly pick some serial/lot number?
2. Is there a practical scenario where we require these options selected?
I would be grateful to receive your inputs as comments.
Thanks in advance.

CRM 4.0 Outlook Client Error Message – There was an error while executing action for this menu item/button.

It’s CRM Implementation again and this time quite good amount of time is involved in configuring CRM & GP to Business Requirements.

I faced an error message in CRM Outlook Client and thought I would share the fix to that error. I haven’t found one single answer on all available forums leading people in the right direction.

We have a new CRM Outlook Toolbar which is small yet powerfully packed with all relevant CRM activities that can be performed from within Outlook. The toolbar is shown below:

Using the “New Record” option shown above, we can create a new Lead/Contact/Account/Opportunity/etc/. This will open an IE browser window with relevant Creation form. Excellent, isn’t it? You don’t require to access CRM Web Client at all.

ISSUE: This issue that I faced would occur on following environment: Windows 7 / Vista, CRM 4.0 Outlook Client with Rollup 14 (latest), Outlook 2007 / 2010.

When you try to create a new item (Lead, Account, etc), you get an error message as shown below:

The above error message will then trigger the following IE behavior:

REASON: After some troubleshooting and surfing, some of the forum posts directed me to one single point: User Account Control (UAC). 

Invariably all those forum posts asked me to disable UAC for this CRM Outlook Toolbar functionalities to work, which is quite risky. I don’t want to compromise with that. So what else would be the solution? “Run as Administrator” of course.

SOLUTION: NEVER DISABLE UAC in Windows 7 / Vista. It’s not safe. But you can always set any Application Compatibility to “Run as Administrator“. Below is how you enable it for Outlook Application:

So that’s it. I closed Outlook and reopened it. CRM works merrily now from Outlook.