Saturday, January 30, 2010

System Preferences Option GP 10

Setting up a new installation recently I wanted to prevent both the 'Metrics' and 'Outlook' sections of a new user's home page from loading. I've read solutions about running a SQL statement against the Users Master (SY01400) in the Dynamics database, but I wanted it to prevent it from happening in the first place rather than going back and changing it after the users had been set up.

The solution is found in the System Preferences window. To navigate to this window select the Administration button on the Navigation Pane to open the Administration Area Page. In the Setup content pane of the Area Page expand the System menu. Near the bottom of the System list is 'System Preferences'. This screen shot is pretty small, but it shows the general area.

In the lower half of the System Preferences window there are three check boxes. Your options are 'Load To Do: Reminders', 'Load Microsoft Office Outlook' and 'Load Metrics'. Unmarking a checkbox will prevent the selected area from loading on a new user's home page. Note that the 'Load To Do: Reminders' will only prevent the 'Reminders' content to be suppressed, the 'Tasks' content will still display. The section heading will still appear for the unmarked content. But the content will be empty. The System Preferences window is illustrated below:

A new Home Page with each of the checkmarks unmarked looks like this:

Until next post!

Leslie Vail

Sunday, January 17, 2010

DEXTERITY class May 10th in Orlando

I am happy to announce that the Dexterity I class is on the schedule for the week of May 10th, 2010 in Orlando, FL.

This class is a lot of fun and will be especially helpful for VBTools programmers. It will teach you just enough Dexterity to make your integrations easier. Officially, it's the Dexterity Basics class which assumes the student has not done any work with Dexterity, but is familiar with programming in general.

At the end of the 5-day class you will know how to create Forms and Windows, write scripts and procedures, and create triggers that interact with the GP business logic. During class you will create a functioning 3rd party integrating add-on.

Most of all, you will understand how it all works in that block box we call Dexterity dictionaries. You never know, you may like it so much you'll become a full-time Dexterity programmer! We cover a lot of information in 5 days.

The more people we have in the class, the more fun it is; and it is a fun class.

The classroom in Orlando, Florida is one of the most posh training centers in the country. For more information send an e-mail to Roxanna Alveraz at Or, go their website at There you can see all of their class offerings.

I'm not part of the IBG staff, I'm an independent instructor willing to go anywhere and teach anything I can. I would be delighted to come to your office and teach it for your staff. If you want classroom training, IBG is your best bet.

Other classes available include:

Installation and Configuration
General Ledger
Payables Management
Receivables Management
Bank Reconciliation
Fixed Assets
Inventory Management
Purchase Order Processing
Sales order Processing
Payroll with or without HR
Modifier with VBA
Report Writer
SQL Server Reporting Services
SmartList Builder
Excel Report Builder
Integrated Excel Reports
Learning the Dynamics GP Data Model

Until next post!


cell: 972-814-8550

Saturday, January 2, 2010

.net 3.5 sp 1 Year End tax forms OK!

Hello friends,

I'm happy to report that after all of the issues that came up during the SP 4 year end update and .net 3.5 sp 1, the Forms W-2 and 1099 printed perfectly.

We did have a problem with the Reports dictionary, but that was resolved by creating a new reports dictionary and importing the reports from the old dictionary using the Import function within Report Writer. The GL trial balance report was DOA and had to be redone. Most of the previous customizations, which were mostly calculated fields, could be copied from the package files created as backups. At least all of the SOP and POP reports came through the update error free.

So, at the end of the day each of the workstations were using build 324 of both the Dex.dic and Dynamics.exe files. From now on I'm going to jump right to this configuration. I will test it again on 24 workstations over the next week or two.

I'll let you know what happens.

Until next post!

Kind regards,

Leslie Vail