#GPPT Preventing users from using GP until Login has completed

David Meego - Click for blog homepageEarlier this month there was a thread on the Microsoft Dynamics GP community forum which described an issue where there were too many menu choices showing after logging into Dynamics GP.

The issue is not a bug, but standard behaviour in Microsoft Dynamics GP which was causing some confusion for users at the customer’s site.

[Edit] This functionality is now built into Build 28 of GP Power Tools as an option in Administrator Settings.

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#GPPT Replacing VBA with GP Power Tools – Developer Tools

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs a follow on to the recent post : #GPPT Why every GP site needs GP Power Tools – Developer Tools, this article explains the benefits of replacing your VBA (Visual Studio for Applications) and VSTools (Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP) customizations with GP Power Tools.

It has been prompted by the issues seen because the redistributable version of VBA that is packaged with Microsoft Dynamics GP has reached end-of-life as explained in the following article from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Support and Services team:

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Microsoft Dynamics GP Dex.ini Settings not working

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAnother thread on the GPUG forum prompted me to write this article. It is one that I have been meaning to write for a while as this is not the first time I have seen complaints that a Dex.ini setting does not work or is not behaving as expected.

This article explains the changes made in the recent versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP and how they could be causing the behaviour you are seeing.

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#MSDynGP Dynamics 365 BC is not an upgrade from Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis week a forum thread on the GPUG Open Forum caught my attention and I felt I had to respond. The topic was the future of Microsoft Dynamics GP and whether moving to Dynamics 365 is an option.

The fact that the question was asked again has prompted me to write another article to help get the correct message out to the Microsoft Dynamics GP community.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP – Repurposing the Connect Homepage Pane

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI recently posted a method of repurposing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 Intelligent Cloud Insights page to show a website of your choice.

However, if you are running an earlier version of Microsoft Dynamics GP you also have the option to display a custom website by repurposing the Connect pane on the user’s Homepage.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 – Repurposing Intelligent Clouds Insights

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOne of the main new features of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 is the option to use the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Intelligent Cloud Insights. This leverages the Business Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence and Analysis functionality in Business Central using a replicated set of GP data uploaded via the Intelligent Edge interface.

But what if you don’t want to use that functionality and would like to hide it from your users….

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#MSDynGP Don’t Believe All The Microsoft Sales Hype

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast week, I was having an email conversation with a partner friend in New Zealand and he mentioned that he had recently gained a number of existing Microsoft Dynamics GP customers from larger partners (VARs) who have decided to de-emphasize their Dynamics GP line of business.

My friend’s comment was this was short sighted and that it was sad when the fight for a quick dollar overrides the value of a long term relationship. His comments prompted me to write this “opinion” article.

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Revisited: Customise the Microsoft Dynamics GP Splash Screen

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is a reposting of an article I originally wrote on my Developing for Dynamics GP blog. As I can no longer keep the post updated on that blog, I am reposting an updated version here.

Below is the link for the original post:

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Revisited: Dynamics GP (Great Plains) Historical Timeline

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is a reposting of an article I originally wrote on my Developing for Dynamics GP blog. As I can no longer keep the post updated on that blog, I am reposting an updated version here.

Below is the link for the original post:

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April Fool: Microsoft Dynamics GP 30th Anniversary Celebration planned for Perth, Western Australia

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMicrosoft Dynamics GP is just over 25 years old now and there are big plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The Dynamics product and its underlying development environment, Dexterity, were developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. On the 29th February 1993, Great Plains Software released its new accounting system with a GUI (Graphical User Interface), Dynamics 1.0.

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The future of Microsoft Dynamics GP …. again!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt has been just over a year since the last time this old chestnut was raised by someone in the community.

This time the question of Microsoft Dynamics GP’s future has been raised by Mark Brummel, who was a Microsoft MVP (Business Solutions) for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, and is based in the Netherlands.

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#GPPT: Remembering window positions in Microsoft Dynamics GP now comes to the Report Writer Screen Output window

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOne of the regular pieces of feedback I often hear from Microsoft Dynamics GP users is that they really wished that the application would remember where they want their windows positioned.

To solve this issue, in Build 22 of GP Power Tools, I added the Window Position Memory feature (released in February 2017).

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#GPPT GP Power Tools Demonstration Video

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThanks to Kim Peterson from Dynamics Connections, I am pleased to release a new video demonstration of Winthrop Development Consultants’ GP Power Tools (build 23).

Watch to learn why every Microsoft Dynamics GP site globally should have GP Power Tools and why many partners now install GP Power Tools as part of their standard installation.

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The future of Microsoft Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSince forever, the pundits have been preaching the demise of Great Plains Dynamics / Microsoft Dynamics GP.

When I joined Microsoft in 2001, one of the things that influenced my decision was the thinking that Dexterity (the language behind Dynamics GP) was going to die and so I decided that I would be better off inside Microsoft than continue working as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor).

Now sixteen years later in 2017 and I am back working as an ISV, and Dexterity, along with Microsoft Dynamics GP, is still going strong… despite the launch of Dynamics 365.

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#MSCONNECT Rename Select Payables Checks, Edit Payables Check Batch, Edit Payables Check, Print Payables Checks, and Post Payables Checks windows

David Meego - Click for blog homepageTime to vote.

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts where I will be highlighting Microsoft Connect product suggestions that need the community’s support. If you agree with the product suggestion, please help get as many votes as you can.

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#GPPT Using Microsoft Dynamics GP with High DPI on High Resolution Monitors

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIn the last eight years, there have been an increasing number of display issues when using Microsoft Dynamics GP on high resolution monitors. There are a number of different factors coming into play which cause Dynamics GP to display incorrectly.

This article explains the issues, their causes and their solutions and finally explains how GP Power Tools makes the solutions extremely simple to implement.

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How to dynamically modify Extender windows

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis blog article has been prompted by the thread below on the Microsoft Dynamics GP community forum:

I had responded with some information on the thread, but when I tried to implement the suggestions I made, I found that it was not actually possible and that other methods would be needed.

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Solving Performance Problems with Microsoft Dynamics GP and Windows 10 – Part 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from my previous post: Solving Performance Problems with Microsoft Dynamics GP and Windows 10 – Part 1, I was still not happy with the performance of Dexterity and Microsoft Dynamics GP on my newly updated Windows 10 development machine.

This article takes you through the steps to get your Dexterity and/or Dynamics system running fast on Windows 10.

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