Testing Framework for Microsoft Dynamics GP now available for download

April 30, 2010

If you happened to have attended the past Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 in Fargo, North Dakota, USA (David Musgrave and I co-presented 2 sessions at this conference) and also attended the Microsoft Dynamics GP Testing 101 session presented by Rob Bernhardt and Grant Swenson you may remember that they showcased a number of tools to assist in the testing of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

You will be glad to know that the toolset is now available for download on the MSDN code library, here.

If you are a Microsoft partner, ISV partner, or even a customer who happens to have a product developed, you will want to take these tools for a test drive.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC


Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 – Wrap Up and Materials

April 29, 2010

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 is now gone and I am certainly looking forward for what’s next. This Convergence happens to be the first I attended since the days of Stampede and the stats are even more impressive: 8,500 attendees and 400+ sessions, 84 Microsoft Dynamics GP specific sessions, 100+ presenters.

Thanks to all of you who went to our sessions and showed your support and encouragement for the work we’ve done over the years in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community. We sincerely appreciate it. On our end, we will continue to encourage you to fill out your evaluations, use the tools we demonstrated, visit the Microsoft Dynamics Community site, use the forums and newsgroups, and ask the hard questions.

Note: Evaluation forms will be open until Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:59pm PDT. Convergence will continue to donate $1 to UNICEF for every attendee who completes an evaluation.

It was finally great to meet MVP Mark Polino in person, who delivered one of the most acclaimed sessions, CSGP07 Getting More Out of Microsoft Dynamics GP: 50 MORE Tips in 50 Minutes. You can download Mark’s session material here.

To my friend David, this will certainly not be the last of our adventures and as always, it was the highest honor to co-present with you. I hope you have a safe trip home and that we soon find our selves working on the “next big thing”. Support Debugging Tool has come a long way from the nights and days we’ve spent discussing its numerous features and I am sure we will always find something else to add to make the life of Microsoft Dynamics GP customers and partners easier. Keep up the good work!

David Musgrave’s Convergence 2010 articles

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2010 – Day 0
Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2010 – Day 1
Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2010 – Day 2
Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2010 – Day 3
Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2010 – Day 4
Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2010 – Wrap Up

Sessions Material Downloads

CSGP28 Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Tools Unravelled – download here.
CSGP29 Tools for Administering Microsoft Dynamics GP like the Pros – download here.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 – Day 4

April 28, 2010

Tuesday- Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 day 4 marked the beginning of the end. However, it wasn’t looking like that for David and I. After all, this would be the day we would be repeating both sessions, CSGPR28 – Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Tools Unravelled and CSGPR29 – Administering Microsoft Dynamics GP Like the Pros.

First up was CSGPR28. The session went down well with attendees demanding more time given the number of tools involved. David and I reckon an hour is definately short for this type of topic, but the overall idea of showing the capabilities of the various tools is there, highlighting there is not one “best” tool to get the job done.

We took a break to go to lunch in the Meal Hall, we were joined by Mr. Beat Bucher from Forensic Technology. Lunch was short lived and off we went to catch MVP Mark Polino‘s session CSGPR07 – Getting more out of Microsoft Dynamics GP: 50 MORE Tips in 50 Minutes. Mark wowed the auditorium with useful tips for everyday users and also invited them to attend our closing session.

At this point, David and I were extremely drained. We sat at the end of level 4 in building A just to take our minds off the conference activities for a bit. We quickly regrouped and off we were to do tech check for our upcoming and final session, CSGPR29.

I have to admit that the break prior to our session was very energizing, as we delivered what I consider yet our best session of Convergence. Here are a couple of pictures I snatched away from Michael Johnson, the MBS Guru‘s Facebook page.

Kickoff Slide

David and Mariano on stage

After the session, David and I went back to the Expo Hall only to find the entire area almost dismantled. It’s amazing to think that an area almost the size of 5 American football fields (the Expo Hall and the Meal Hall) can be taken down completely in less than 4 hours. We then decided to run over to to the Presenters Support room to take one final look at our sessions’ stats. Our CSGP29 and CSGPR29 were both still ranked in the top 10 among all sessions delivered at Convergence.

We then went over to the Omni Hotel’s bar area to relax for a bit. On the way there we caught up with the Dart Enterprises team, Todd McDaniel from Dynavistics. We sat down for a while to remember the days of early computing with Commodore Amigas and 64s, Ataris, and so forth and digressed to past projects and acquaintances.

David and I then went to dinner at South City Kitchen in midtown, were we met up with MVP Leslie Vail and her friends, Sheila Jefferson-Ross, Catherine Jacobs, Jackie Smith.

Sheila Jefferson-Ross, Catherine Jacobs, Jackie Smith, David Musgrave, MVP Leslie Vail, MVP Mariano Gomez

As a final thought, Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 is probably one of the best Convergence events ever! With its 8,500 attendees, with a large number being Microsoft Dynamics GP partners and customers anticipating the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 made it all that much special.

Please stay tuned for the wrap up post (to follow) as it will include the conference materials with all the demos and documentation we prepared.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 – Day 3

April 27, 2010

Monday – Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 day 3 began with a bang. David and I would be on stage at 10:30 AM to present our second session, CSGP29 – Administering Microsoft Dynamics GP like the pros. We had high expectations for this session since it was our chance to present the Support Debugging Tool.

We attended a security session presented by Microsoft’s Lucas Miller which would serve as entrée to our session. Very interesting to note is that most attendees in the security session showed up immediately after to our session.

CSGP29 went down very well with the attendees, as Support Debugging Tool one again proved that it can centralize a great deal of Microsoft Dynamics GP administrative tasks. I believe the feature that attendees appreciate the most is the powerful security administration via Security Profiler

Our session concluded with a round of applauses and did our presenters duties for the day. We are now both very hopeful that our session will lead customers and partners to install Support Debugging Tool across the board.

Off we were to get some lunch — have to say that presenting a session can make you very very hungry. After lunch we joined in to the GPUG Security conduit session. Being there was extremely exciting as customers attending the session had a number of interesting real life scenarios that Dave and I were able to provide answers to.

Following the Security conduit session, we returned to the Expo Hall where I was able to catch up with the Microsoft Dynamics Community team. I was able to get a preview of the new Community features which I must say have been dramatically improved over the current offering. The new features are currently being beta tested and should be out sometimes in June. The Expo was busy as ever.

After the Expo Hall, David and I went to the Presenters Support room (B-314) to check on our sessions (CSGP28, CSGP29) eval progress where we met up with the person who made it all happen for all presenters, Ace Martin. I must say that Ace and her team provided valuable behind the scenes assistance to make sessions go as smooth as possible for all presenters.

David, Ace, and Mariano

What would be a Convergence without a party? After a long successful day, David and I went to crash a party being hosted by the Tribridge folks. It was also an opportunity to meet up with my wife who I hadn’t seen in all day and some of our friend in town. We also took pictures with some interesting characters.

Fay Camargo, Bono (U2), Marina Dzyura

Bono (U2), David

Bono (U2), Marina Dzyura, Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball, David

David, Marina and I were at the party for close to 2 hours and were off to have a quiet dinner. After dinner, my wife and I dropped David off at the Omni Hotel and went home. After all, the final day of Convergence would prove even more grueling than the previous 3.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 – Day 2

April 26, 2010

Sunday – Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 day 2 began as a big day for David and I. After all, today is our first session (CSGP28) presentation.

Today, I had the opportunity to drive down to the Georgia World Congress Center with my wife. Not a bad thing considering the long day ahead. Taking one car was also a smart move as we figured it would be quite a long day and we both would need the other to talk to stay awake on our way back home.

The big event of the day was the opening keynote sessions with Stephen Elop and Kirill Tatarinov. I had the opportunity to update The Dynamics GP Blogster Facebook page with the highlights of the event. If you were there, you will have to agree with me that one of the coolest moments of the Keynote was the introduction of the New Orleans Saints superbowl champion coach Sean Payton.

New Orleans Saint’s coach, Sean Payton

Following the keynote session, we attended the General Session, presented by Errol Schoenfish and Chad Sogge. These two gentlemen put on quite a show demonstrating some of the new features of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 with the team members of the Product Management team. To note was Errol’s closing remarks: “Everyone in the organization needs a Katie”… Katie is Errol’s dog, which pushes him to run every morning.

Errol Schoenfish

It was now time to catch up with fellow bloggers and MVPs. This was a very exciting moment as I finally get to put a name to the faces I have been chatting online with for the last couple of years. We all gathered for lunch and went to the Meal Hall, where we were later joined by MVP Frank Hamelly.

In this picture (left to right) David Musgrave (Microsoft), MVP Leslie Vail, MVP Mark Polino, and Mr. Beat Bucher

Following lunch, David and I went to catch up with other partners and ISVs presenting at the Expo hall. It was great seeing the effort that went into some of these booths, for example Rockton Software’s.

Rockton Software’s booth

We caught up with the eOne Business Solutions team and spent some time talking about the product.

David and I were off to find a quiet location to discuss a few last minutes adjustments for a session, CSGP28 – Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Tools Unravelled. Then it was show time! Our session went as fast as it began with a full room. Following the session, we went back to discuss what went well and what did not go so well and overall agreed to refine a few things for our repeat session.

I said goodbye to Dave and went to dinner with a few friends who were in town for the event.

Until next post,

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 – Day 1

April 26, 2010

Saturday – Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2010 day 1 began with me driving down to the Georgia World Congress Center first thing in the morning.

I met up with David to register at the event and go to the Expo hall where we were scheduled to assist with the Microsoft Dynamics GP booth setup. Most of the partners and ISVs with a booth on the Expo hall were also in the process of setting up their stands.

Microsoft Dynamics GP booth

Partners and ISVs getting ready for action

Our assistance consisted of transferring some Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Hyper-V images off external hard drives onto the computers that would be used to power the demo flat screens. That would take approximately one hour!

We then deciced to take a small coffee break and went for some fresh air, but captured these images of the banners with the event sponsors:

Back from the coffee break, we returned to the Expo hall to check on our Hyper-V images, but found out that they were still being downloaded, so we decided to poke around the Expo hall to see who we knew, here a some images from that stoll:

David next to a Smart Car

Mark Rockwell of Rockton Software setting up his booth

BRP Spyder

The Meal hall (aprox. 3 Football fields)

After completing the installation of the booth, David and I went to the Microsoft company store where I purchased a few branded shirts for the next few days of the event. It was past 2 PM when we decided it was time to go grab a quick bite. We took the opportunity to catch up with some of the Fargo-based folks manning the Integration and Customization Tools stations at the Help Desk area in the Community and Learning Center (Hall A1-2).

Following lunch, David and I attended a GPUG (GP User Group) conduit session on Microsoft Dynamics GP Development tools. This was a great opportunity to understand some of the issues facing users and prospective GP customers leading up to our session. We took the opportunity to invite folks in the room to our 5:00pm session (CSGP28).

To finish the day we went to the Convergence Reception. A time to relax, have a drink and a meal and chat will old and new friends. There was live music, lots of beverages, and heaps of food.

The GP 2010 Slogan

Convergence attendees heading down to the opening reception

Live tropical music band

It was definitely an exciting day: lots of faces, lots of catching up, but at the end of the day, two hurting feet and catching up to some sleep to get ready for our next day session.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

SQL – Copying Microsoft Dynamics GP Navigation Bar shortcuts from one user to another

April 22, 2010

I have seen this question come up multitude of times on public newsgroups and forums. In fairly large Dynamics GP installations, Navigation Bar shortcuts tend to be deployed in a standard fashion for groups of users at a time, this is, to ensure all users have the same set of options to perform their functions, or access to company documents, etc. With this in mind, it is very common to setup one user’s shortcuts and wanting to replicate these across other Dynamics GP user accounts. Unfortunately, there isn’t a facility in GP to allow this.

The following T-SQL script allows you to copy the Navigation bar shortcuts from one user to another:


1 : use DYNAMICS;
2 : GO
3 :
4 : declare @sourceUser char(20); set @sourceUser = 'LESSONUSER2';
5 : declare @destntUser char(20); set @destntUser = 'LESSONUSER1';
6 :
7 : if exists(select * from SY01990 where ScbOwnerID = @destntUser)
8 : delete from SY01990 where ScbOwnerID = @destntUser;
9 :
10: insert into SY01990 (
11: ScbGroupType,
12: ScbOwnerID,
13: ScbNodeID,
14: ScbParentNodeID,
15: ScbShortcutType,
16: ScbSubType,
17: ScbDisplayName,
18: ScbShortcutKey,
19: ScbTargetStringOne,
20: ScbTargetStringTwo,
21: ScbTargetStringThree,
22: ScbTargetLongOne,
23: ScbTargetLongTwo,
24: ScbTargetLongThree,
25: ScbTargetLongFour,
26: ScbTargetLongFive,
27: ScbCompanyID)
28: select
29: ScbGroupType,
30: @destntUser,
31: ScbNodeID,
32: ScbParentNodeID,
33: ScbShortcutType,
34: ScbSubType,
35: ScbDisplayName,
36: ScbShortcutKey,
37: ScbTargetStringOne,
38: ScbTargetStringTwo,
39: ScbTargetStringThree,
40: ScbTargetLongOne,
41: ScbTargetLongTwo,
42: ScbTargetLongThree,
43: ScbTargetLongFour,
44: ScbTargetLongFive,
45: ScbCompanyID
46: from SY01990
47: where ScbOwnerID = @sourceUser
48: GO

You can enhance this script by adding your own transaction commit and rollback features or use as a mechanism to ensure users do not change their shortcuts based on a template user ID. The options are many.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC