#MySummitNA Last Call for Community Summit 2023 Session Ideas

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe Community Summit 2023 conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on 15th to 20th October 2023.

Winthrop Development Consultants will be there to run Dexterity Training in the week before the conference (9th to 13th October) and have a booth at the Expo as well as present some sessions.

And that is today’s topic. The call for speakers and session ideas is open until 31st March, so act now!

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Great New Introduction Videos

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWinthrop Development Consultants was the proud sponsor of the Microsoft Dynamics GP track at the recent DynamicsCon Virtual March 2023 conference. Part of the conference sponsorship package required us to create a 60 second video advert for Winthrop Development Consultants.

Thanks to Carol Livingston from Dynamics Connections who recommended the great tool Renderforest which was used to eventually create four new videos, including two shortened one-minute versions.

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#GPPT Adding Multi Factor Authentication to the Microsoft Dynamics GP application

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMicrosoft Dynamics GP has added support for Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) to the emailing functionality inside Dynamics GP to allow it to connect to Microsoft Exchange, now that simple authentication is no longer supported.

However, there is no MFA functionality for logging into the Microsoft Dynamics GP application itself… until now.

Using GP Power Tools Developer Tools module, with a single after login trigger, it is possible to force the request to connect to Microsoft Exchange and close GP if the connection is not authenticated.
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#DynamicsCon Announces Winthrop Dexterity Consultants as Title Sponsor for Dynamics GP Track

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYes, you heard correctly. Winthrop Development Consultants is thrilled to be Title Sponsor of the March 2023 DynamicsCon Virtual Conference taking place on 15th and 16th of March 2023.

Make sure you register to attend this free online conference to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics GP and related products and technologies.

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#GPPT Running SQL Scripts for All Companies, such as a smarter GRANT script

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis article has two purposes. The first is to highlight a very useful script published by Michael Krasivsky from The Resource Group back in 2016. The second is to explain how easy it is to use the GP Power Tools SQL Execute Setup window to execute scripts against multiple databases.

Microsoft Dynamics GP provides access to all the SQL Resources (Tables, Views, Stored Procedures, etc.) using the DYNGRP SQL role. For this technique to work correctly, all GP users need to be assigned to the DYNGRP role and all SQL objects need access “Granted” to the same DYNGRP role.

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#MVPbuzzChat by Christian Buckley with David Musgrave

David Meego - Click for blog homepageBack in mid-January, I had fantastic long chat with Christian Buckley from buckleyPLANET about my journey to becoming a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), my time with Microsoft, my work since starting Winthrop Development Consultants and my hobbies with music, Lego and robots.

We actually spoke for quite a while before the recording started and it was really enjoyable to compare notes with Christian as some elements of our respective career paths were very similar.

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Fight Cancer by sponsoring the Life Cycle for Canteen OnRoad 2023

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have left this a bit later than I planned, but this is a request for sponsorship to help me fight cancer and its effects on those fighting this horrible disease as well as on their friends and family.

Canteen Australia is an amazing charity that supports youth and young adults who have been affected (directly or indirectly) by cancer. The Life Cycle for Canteen charity bike rides are the largest single source of financial support for Canteen in Western Australia. Since 1998 over $2,500,000 has been raised and donated.

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#MSDynGP 2023 Report on the Future of Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI received a very interesting email yesterday. AccountingWare, the people behind the ActivReporter reporting tool for GP, created a report on the future of Dynamics GP based on the results of a survey of 164 Microsoft Dynamics GP customers.

This report supports anecdotal evidence that most of the Microsoft Dynamics GP customer base is happy staying with Dynamics GP for the foreseeable future.

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#GPPT GP Power Tools Build 29.4 hotfix released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt has been a while since GP Power Tools Build 29 was released and there have been a few hotfix releases since then that have not been included in any articles on the blog. So, this article includes information about Builds 29.2, 29.3 and the latest Build 29.4 released on 10-Jan-2023.

These hotfix releases resolve bugs (undocumented features) as well as add some new functionality and enhancements to the product. It is highly recommended that all sites running GP Power Tools install the latest code on all workstation and servers where Microsoft Dynamics GP is installed.

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Subscription Keys Not Renewing Automatically

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWinthrop Development Consultants products are sold using an annual subscription model which means they need to have their subscription renewed and updated each year to remain functional.

This process is usually fairly smooth and transparent as long as the invoice is paid by the due date and the system is internet connected. Invoices are due one month before the expiry date so that if they are paid on time, the subscription is renewed automatically before any expiry warnings are displayed.

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#GPPT Automatic Logout Not Identifying Activity and Logging Out

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWe get reports every now and then of a user being logged out of Microsoft Dynamics GP by the GP Power Tools Automatic Logout feature even though they have been active on GP within the timeout period.

This happens because there is no way to track “Inactivity” in Microsoft Dynamics GP, so instead we attempt to track “Activity” by triggering on common events/scripts within GP and resetting the last active time and date.

However, there are times when a user could be active in GP and manages to avoid invoking any of the actions that would be identified as “Activity”. When this happens, they can be logged out incorrectly.

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Friday Funny: Bo Burnham: “Unpaid Intern” Reaction Video

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is the first Firday Funny post for a while and the first for the year 2023.

While visiting my eldest son in Canberra over Christmas and New Year, he showed me some of comedian, actor, filmmaker and songwriter Bo Burnham’s videos on YouTube and Netflix.

One in particular was really funny while still being safe enough to post on my blog….

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#DynamicsCon Vote for Sessions for March 2023 Conference

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe next installment of DynamicsCon conference is scheduled for 15th to 16th March 2023. The session submission period is over and now we enter the session voting period until 27th January 2023.

During this voting period all registered attendees have 8 votes to apply to sessions as they wish, then the votes will be tallied and the final session lists published. See this explanation for more details of the process.

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#GPPT Automating Printing and Emailing of Sales Order Processing Documents

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMicrosoft Dynamics GP has the ability to output Sales Order Processing transactions to a printer so the documents can be sent via “snail” mail, or you can send the documents via email. You can even send documents both to email and the printer.

However, two issues have been found which make the functionality less than perfect. This sample project for GP Power Tools resolves these issues and restores the perfection.
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#GPPT Installing GP Power Tools Build 29 or later can break older Windows Applications

David Meego - Click for blog homepageA recent support case was reported where a site updated to GP Power Tools Build 29 and after the installation a separate Windows Application stopped working.

Initially, the only way the customer was able to get this application working again was to rebuild the workstation by re-imaging back to a clean Windows installation. After a bit of troubleshooting, we were able to identify the cause of the issue.

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Merry Christmas 2022 and Happy New Year 2023

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHello everyone.

This year has been a good year for Winthrop Development Consultants. We have been able to release awesome new builds of our products, write lots of interesting blog articles and share many GP Power Tools sample projects.

This year also marked the return to the conference circuit with David spending a very busy two weeks in Orlando for Community Summit 2022.

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PSA: Fake Friend Requests – Have you been Hacked?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis Public Service Announcement comes about after I received or saw messages from three Facebook Friends in the last week that they have been “Hacked” because someone was sending out Fake Friend Requests pretending to be them.

While Fake Friend Requests are definitely a problem and need to be dealt with correctly, they are not an indication that you have been hacked or that your account and passwords have been compromised in any way.

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#GPPT #BPST Reminder Pricing Increase from January 2023

David Meego - Click for blog homepageBack in August 2022 we announced that after 7 years, we would be increasing the module pricing for Winthrop Development Consultants products, specifically GP Power Tools and Batch Posting Service Toolkit.

For more details see the original article:

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#GPPT Ensuring Custom Triggers Cannot Be Disabled

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIf you are using GP Power Tools in your Microsoft Dynamics GP system and have the Developer Tools module registered you can use the custom trigger in this article to ensure that GP Power Tools triggers cannot be disabled using the Customization Status window.

This will protect mission critical customizations written using GP Power Tools with triggers from being disabled manually.
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