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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#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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#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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#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 Why Does The Report Writer Screen Close Automatically?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWith the release of build 29 of GP Power Tools, a feature was added that will automatically close the Report Writer Screen Output window after a period of time.

As customers have been upgrading their systems to the latest GP Power Tools build they have been noticing that the Report Writer Screen Output closes by itself.

This article explains how to change the timeout setting and why this new feature is so important.
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Changing Registration Contact Details for Winthrop Products

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am often asked to change the contact details for the registration data for our products. These contact details are used for sending emails from Winthrop Development Consultants.

Emails sent include Renewal Notices and Invoices to partners and direct customers and update notices to all customers (cc’d to their partners).

It is vital that the contact details use a valid (and unique) email address for each registration record. The email must be for a person at the registered company. Partners cannot use their email addresses for customer registrations.

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#MSDynGP Winthrop Products and Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 Year End 2022

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast week, Terry Heley from Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 Year End 2022 service pack has been released.

Since then, we have been asked numerous times if the Winthrop products are compatible with this new 18.05.1596 release. The short answer is yes.

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How Do I Get Keys For A New Version?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, I have been getting a lot of requests for subscription keys for Winthrop products before upgrading to new versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

This article will explain how Winthrop products obtain new subscription keys automatically over the internet and what the process is if a system is not internet connected.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 – October 2022 has released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP was released today, and it contains a number of new features and bug fixes. Winthrop Development Consultants has already updated its products for this Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 – October 2022 release. They are now built against the final build and so are no longer beta builds.

Check out the previous article for more information:

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#SummitNA Winthrop Development Consultants at Community Summit Orlando 2022

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis Friday, I will start my flights to the USA to get to Community Summit 2022 in Orlando. I will be flying to Singapore first and then getting on the world’s longest flight: Singapore Airlines from Singapore to New York with a flight time of 18 hours and 25 minutes.

For the first week I will be staying at the Caribe Royale hotel while I am running a 5-day Dexterity Fundamentals Bootcamp training course. Then during the Community Summit 2022 Conference being held on October 10-13, 2022, I will be at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee, Orlando, Florida, USA.

My friend, Tim Wappat from the UK, will be helping me out at the Winthrop Development Consultants booth in the Expo Hall. Please come see us at Booth 829. Read on for more information on the two training classes and six sessions I am presenting.

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#SummitNA Don’t miss out on the Training Opportunities at Community Summit 2022

David Meego - Click for blog homepageDavid Musgrave MVP is coming to Community Summit 2022 in Orlando and will be running two training courses for GP users, administrators, consultants and developers.

The first is a 5 day Dexterity bootcamp, before the conference, which will teach you how to get started with Dexterity, the development tool used to create Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The second is a single day class on GP Power Tools, covering all modules of the product.

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#MSDynGP Microsoft Dynamics GP v18.5 ISV Pre-release installers now available

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFantastic News.

This morning (Perth Time) I had an email from Terry Heley from Microsoft with a link to a pre-release (ISV Drop) of the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP version 18.5 (October 2022) release. This download is provided to the ISV community to help them prepare for the final code when it is released.

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#GPPT Automating Applying of Payables and Receivables Documents

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is another one of those articles that I have been planning to write for a long time. A while ago I created some prototype scripts with GP Power Tools to show how it would be possible to “drive” the user interface to automate applying of both Payables and Receivables documents.

I have had a few people contact me about this functionality, usually because my friend and fellow MVP, Steve Endow, has told them about these scripts.

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