Backups from within Dynamics GP

This is my second post in the Did You Know series, tying into Pam’s series on Inside Dynamics GP. This feature allows users to create a one-off backup of a database from within Dynamics GP, and saving it either locally or on Azure storage. Originally introduced in GP 9, the Backup to Azure was added to this feature in GP 2013 R2.

I’ve never tried this feature before, as I had no need to in the past. One great thing about this DYK series is there will be things I’ll be trying that I may not have had an opportunity to try yet!

While this obviously wouldn’t be the normal way to create a backup, sometimes this could come in handy for specific purposes, like for consultants preparing for demos that want a quick backup of what they’ve prepared before they test a configuration, so they can re-use the data easily after restoring back. I know I don’t bother with setting up scheduled SQL jobs for backups on my environments, unless I’m mimicking something for a client. So, for that type of situation, I can see this would be a great way to simplify creating a backup without bothering to open SQL Server Management Studio when I’m right in the middle of working on some project.

More Azure – Part 3

I made the rookie mistake of forgetting I left my VM on earlier this week and now I’m out of credits and have to wait another few days to use it again. Draaaaaag!

Prior to that I had taken some screen shots to demonstrate how to find and use some settings around IP addresses and DNS names. Some of these things have changed since I wrote about my Azure experiences around this time last year, so this is an update if you are using the new Resource Manager approach to managing VMs.

By |June 5th, 2016|Azure|0 Comments|

More Azure – Part 2

Last year I wrote about what happens when you forget to turn your machine off. Well, I did it again. The good news is, this time the message is a lot less cryptic!

More Azure – part 1

In early May 2016, we saw the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and the general availability of the first two Canadian Azure data centres in Toronto and Quebec City. That combination gave me a chance to roll up my sleeves again and work with Azure a little more, as I want to ultimately host any of my own Azure machines in Canada, and of course, play with the last version of Dynamics GP!

One year ago now, I wrapped up a series of posts detailing my adventures with Microsoft Azure, learning about how it works, and what the cost looks like over the first few months of activity. The wrap-up post is here, which has the index of the series I wrote. Reading through those, most of what I wrote is useless now!

I hope to write some updated blog articles on what’s changed in Azure since I wrote about things last year. My experience recently has shown me that nearly everything I thought I knew last year, has changed! There is a new portal, which means deploying resources differently, with different terminology, different locations for finding some things etc.

Azure – when you forget to turn your vm off!

I actually am re-creating this post as it appears to have disappeared! Hmm…

An update on my Azure experiences… apparently I forgot to turn off my Azure VM one day last month. I say apparently because I don’t recall using Azure to turn it on, but perhaps I did, anticipating doing something, then forgot. It happens.

By |September 18th, 2015|Azure, How To & Tips|0 Comments|

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.