Tips, Tricks & Thoughts on Microsoft Dynamics GP

Welcome to my website! My name is Jen Kuntz & I have created this blog to share some of what I've learned over the years! What you'll find are tips, tricks & various thoughts related to using or implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP & other related products.

Aug
28
2015

Pet Peeves

There are tons of situations where I find I have to follow up with people in my job.  That’s the nature of my Type A personality I suppose, as well as the nature of managing different clients and projects. The truth is: I hate following up, I hate having to follow up, because I have a vision of a perfect world where people are considerate of your requests and time and they are proactively keeping you in the loop. Sorry, I think I just had a daydream there… ya, right…

Here are a handful of things that drive me crazy. I’m not perfect, and I’m quite sure I’m guilty of some of them, but I work very hard at communicating regularly with my clients, and I feel like I’m the exception to the rule.

Aug
19
2015

I’m the first Professional Member of Dynamics Pros!

How cool is that?

So, last week I received an email, as did many others, welcoming them to the new Association of Dynamics Professionals. If you had registered your interest when they were first putting their website up, I assume you were one of the ones who received this email.

The email suggested to update your profile and log in to the new website etc., so I went ahead and gave it a try, always the keener! I knew I wanted to register for the exams coming up at reImagine 2015 in September, so I figured I would check out the new website, and then sign up.

While I was there, I noticed that there were two types of memberships – an associate (free) and a professional (for a small cost).  The professional membership seemed like a no-brainer, and “investing” in the new association was important to me.

Well, imagine my surprise when Bob McAdam tweeted shortly after that I was the first Professional Member ever!  Cool!

Today I also was mentioned in the Dynamics Pros first tweet ever, double cool… did I mention small things amuse me?

In all seriousness, that was a pleasant surprise, but at the end of the day, I’m proud to be a professional member of the new association, first or otherwise. I’m looking forward to taking both of the exams in September at reImagine, and hopefully be among the first to pass the very first exams!

Aug
13
2015

Restore issue on GP 2015 drove me nuts!

I lost an evening that I’ll never get back over something so stupid I wish I had just stopped to think about this issue a little more.

The situation was this: I just upgraded a client from GP 2010 to GP 2015. I didn’t upgrade the test companies, because it’s a waste of time right? So I finish the upgrade and proceed to create new test companies and take fresh backups of the new production companies and restore to the test companies.

Jun
03
2015

Canadian Payroll 2015 Mid-Year Tax Update

(Updated June 25, 2015)

For users of Dynamics GP Canadian Payroll, here’s some info on the upcoming mid-year tax update for 2015.

REMINDER: if you’re on Dynamics GP 2010, this is the last tax update for Canadian Payroll as mainstream support ends on Oct 13, 2015. If you haven’t already planned your upgrade, you’d better start thinking about that!

May
25
2015

Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Wrap-Up

This is officially the last post, for the foreseeable future, on my experiences with Azure. There isn’t a ton of meat in this one, as it’s more of a “what’s happened since the last post” type of post.

Apr
23
2015

FRx with Dynamics GP 2015

Recently I’ve been playing with Microsoft Azure and installing Dynamics GP 2015 on Azure, upgrading my GP 2010 test environment etc.

One of the things I needed to try to get working was FRx. I haven’t gotten to the point of adding Active Directory on Azure yet, therefore I don’t have a domain and can’t install Management Reporter. Same. Old. Problem. I hate that MR requires a domain, it really limits test and demo capabilities in my opinion… but I won’t rant on that right now!

Apr
22
2015

Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Part 6

Pretty soon I’ll have to be more creative with the blog post titles! Part 193 …. geez.

More stuff I’m learning: it’s way easier to install and configure Active Directory Domain Services on Azure than installing SQL Server 2014 fresh on a Windows-only VM. Seriously… I’m on my 3rd attempt to install SQL Server!

If you’ve read my last post, part of the What’s Next was creating a standard VM, installing A/D on it and installing SQL Server on it. This is not and never will be anything close to a production machine, so the significant faux-pas of having SQL Server on a Domain Controller seems like an acceptable risk to me. Since I have test & development licenses, instead of paying by the minute for the license, I figured I should be able to start with a standard Windows O/S VM on Azure and go from there.

Apr
20
2015

Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Part 5

One month has been completed, and my Azure experience cost me $18.80 for a month. If you’ve been following this series so far, you’ll know by now that I haven’t left the machine running outside of when I am actually using it yet… hence the extremely low cost to date. And of course, it didn’t *actually* cost me anything because I was using my MPN credits.

Apr
09
2015

Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Part 4

This post is a continuation of my little series of learning about Azure. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here and Part 3 is here. In this post, I’m going to correct a couple of things I’ve written in the previous posts, update the costs of running this so far, and add a few more general observations.

Mar
21
2015

Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure – Part 3

Day 3 of using Microsoft Azure and things are becoming a little more clear. I haven’t *done* much with actually using apps on the VM yet, more messing around with installs and configuration. This is a continuation of my first two posts on learning Azure in the context of upgrading to GP2015 for testing. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.