System Requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018

Microsoft has announced the system requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 which is to be released on December 1 2017. 

The details are here: https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/northamerica/GP/learning/documentation/system-requirements/MDGP2018_System_Requirements.

The requirements listing is very thorough, and, needs to be read carefully.

Client Requirements

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New Features in Power BI From June 2017 Release

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Figure 1 – Explanation of Power BI from https://powerbi.microsoft.com

On June 12, Amanda Cofsky, Program Manager for Power BI, provided an overview of the new reporting features available as of June.  The link to download Power BI is…. http://powerbi.microsoft.com/desktop?WT.mc_id=Blog_Desktop_Update.

Here’s the complete list of June updates from Cofsky’s blog posting.

Reporting
  • Data bars for new table & matrix (preview)
  • Markers on line, area, & combo charts
  • Accessible reports
    • Consume Power BI reports with keyboard navigation and screen reader support
    • Create accessible reports
  • Visuals font family setting
  • Horizontal Image Slicer
  • Combo chart formatting updates
    • Force zeros to align between the two axes
    • Shade area of the line
  • Bing maps improvements
    • Map themes
    • Improved geo hierarchy experience
  • High density line sampling
Data connectivity
  • Custom Data Connectors support
  • Power BI service Live Connect to On Premises and Push streaming datasets
  • Impala connector is now generally available
  • Amazon Redshift connector is now generally available
  • SAP BW connector – DirectQuery support (beta)
  • IBM Netezza connector (beta)
Query editing
  • “Add Column from Examples” enhancements

You can watch a video of the new features by clicking on https://youtu.be/YlNVE5dgcSI (Power BI Desktop Update – June 2017).  Remember that YouTube links can change from time to time so this link may change over time.


Solving – WMI Provider Error Invalid Namespace in SQL Reporting Services Setup

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Figure 1 – SSRS error during setup of SQL Reporting

You’ve installed SQL.  Everything went well and you have all the different tasks showing as being successful.  Then you go to install SSRS Reporting Services, and you get the message….

I keep getting ‘Cannot connect to SERVERNAME’, ‘Report Server WMI Provider Error: Invalid namespace

The answer to fixing this error, at least the answer that worked for me, is:

To install/reinstall/repair SSRS, run the SQL Server setup utility and choose the advanced or custom option which will allow you to choose only the components you wish to install.

Big question – what does the Utility Control Point do?

The SQL Server Utility is managed through a utility control point using Utility Explorer in SSMS. The UCP is configured on an instance of SQL Server. It provides the central reasoningpoint for the SQL Server Utility using SSMS to organize and monitor SQL Server resource health.

1. To create the SQL Server Utility begin with opening the SQL Server Management Studio.  I am using SQL 2014.

2. Then click on VIEW, and find UTILITY EXPLORER, as below.

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3. Click on UTILITY EXPLORER to open up the next window, and click on CREATE UTILITY CONTROL POINT.

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4. This opens up the window below which gives you very clear steps to follow to create the Utility Control Point.  

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The process of creating and validating the SQL Server instance cleared up the issues that I had with WMI not distinguishing instance names, and solved my problem.  I was able to install Reporting Services, and to configure SSRS reporting to suit my requirements.

Microsoft Press Sale Until July 31 2017

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If you are looking at writing any Microsoft exams over the next several months, then you will want to look at all of the Exam Reference guides that are on sale until July 31, 2017.  Click on this link to see all of the volumes that are available.

https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/promotions/cert-sale-save-up-to-55-on-exam-prep-books-ebooks-141071

There are two good reference on Office 365.

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Update – Office 2007 support ends on October 10, 2017

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Microsoft announced that the company’s support for Microsoft Office 2007 will end on October 10, 2017, a little over three months from now.

When Office 2007 reaches its End of Life on October 10, 2017, Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for issues

  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered

  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered

In addition, as of October 31, 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes, which means Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365 will not be able to receive and send mail.

Open Live Writer Version 0.6.2 Is Now Available

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For those of you that missed it, Open Live Writer had an update in May 2017.  Remember, Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.  This is my favorite blogging tool.

I have provided some information from the team’s release notes, but not everything that is changed is included.

From their website http://openlivewriter.org/

We’re happy to announce a new release of Open Live Writer. We hope you enjoy the new features as much as we enjoyed working on them. Read on to learn more about what issues have been fixed and what features have been added.

The next time you start Open Live Writer and are connected to the internet, it should get updated automatically. But if you can’t wait to try out the goodness, download the updated setup here.

Bug fixes

  • #562 Error: Can’t Publish Files- The remote server returned an error: (501) Not Implemented

This is the master issue for the Google Blogger image publishing problem. Other issues associated with this problem include #608, #600, and #564

  • #437 Blogger dynamic templates #438 Fixed WordCounter regex to support Hebrew/Arabic #521 Support atompub service link with relative url #487 Adding new intillesense db file to gitignore. Minor annoyance

Features

#450 Fix scaling of categories dropdown and options dialog #585 Implement per-monitor DPI Support #180 Add support to CSS3 templates

Microsoft Dynamics NAV W1 2017 Cumulative Update 7 Commercial Demo

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Figure 1 – Home page for Sales Order Processor in Dynamics NAV 2017

You can now download the Commercial Demo for Dynamics NAV 2017 CU 7 at https://mibuso.com/downloads/microsoft-dynamics-nav-w1-2017-cumulative-update-7-build-16996.

To read through all of the new features in NAV 2017 CU 7, please go to the same link.  See some of the information from MIBUSO below.

Features in NAV 2017 CU 7

In Office 365 experience –  You can navigate effortlessly between your Microsoft Dynamics NAV data and your office tools – for example, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Bookings, or Microsoft Excel.

Embedded Power BI – Continuing the powerful integration, you can now use embedded Power BI to easily create insightful charts and reports, and then make them available within your Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 role center.

Setup and configuration – Getup and running faster. Save time & avoid unnecessary manual tasks with the assisted setup wizard that helps you import data, setup integration with Office 365, and enjoy a simplified setup experience, with predefined setup data and limited customer interaction.

User Experience – You can accomplish even more in your browser-based interface. For example, switch views to see and identify your list of records, including seeing picture thumbnails in different sizes, and use wizards to learn new concepts or simplify data entry.

Finance – Work with ready-to-use financial statements  and gain accessible insights into the financial performance of your business. The new  default Account Schedules means that no setup is required, making it quick to produce financial reports that you need, and point in time reporting means you can view the financial state of your business for any given time.

Microsoft Sway #2

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Figure 1 – Sway Picture from blogs.msdn.microsoft.com

Tutorials for Sway

You can check out the tutorials on Microsoft Sway on YouTube.

More Information

For more information on Sway, check out the blog at: