Dynamics AX 2009 Support Ends in October 2018

 

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There are several different articles in different blogs that talk about the looming date of October 2018 which brings the end of Dynamics AX 2009 support.

Well, lots of Microsoft software have pending dates when support will be ending. Windows 7 is one of the software packages that no longer has support. Yet people still use it.

You wonder, then, why there is so much concern over Dynamics AX 2009. The answer, for me, is in Henrik Marx Larsen’s article https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dynamics-ax-2009-out-support-2018-you-ready-henrik-marx-larsen.

I think the main idea presented is that companies are going to need to start thinking about their short term and long term strategies for business infrastructure. The questions are:

Do we prepare for moving to the cloud now and get ready for the change before October 2018? Or, do we wait until into 2018, and see what the organizations in our industry are doing, and then make a decision?

It is a tough set of questions. What is your organization going to do?

Windows PowerShell Reference

 

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In November of 2016, Windows PowerShell celebrated its ten year anniversary.  This is a major accomplishment.  Here is the computer definition of PowerShell.

PowerShell – Computer Definition

A comprehensive command line interface and scripting language for Windows. Introduced in 2006, PowerShell is a major upgrade from the Windows command line, which uses DOS commands – from www.yourdictionary.com

PowerShell is set to replace the Command Prompt still available in Windows. And, if you are a DOS user or a Command Prompt user, you will want to become familiar with all of the sweet features of PowerShell.  Some users say that if you know either Windows or Unix commands, you will have an easier time understanding and using PowerShell.

Here are different links to give you the information that you require to become familiar with PowerShell or go on to master PowerShell.

How To Install Windows PowerShell 4       http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/21016.how-to-install-windows-powershell-4-0.aspx

How To Update PowerShell

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/8034.how-to-update-powershell-help.aspx

Windows PowerShell Portal

deals with Tool Releases, BizTalk server, Exchange Server, FIM, Office Products, SharePoint, Windows OS, SQL Server, Active Directory,

          http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24187.windows-powershell-portal.aspx

Windows PowerShell blog   https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/

Scripting with Windows PowerShell   https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb978526.aspx

A Task-Based Guide to Windows PowerShell Cmdlets   https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd772285.aspx

PowerShell   https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/mt173057.aspx

Using Windows PowerShell   https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/scripting/getting-started/fundamental/using-windows-powershell

There are many different blogs and on-line courses that you can take to learn PowerShell.  How deep will you choose to go?

Mark Polino’s 50 Free Tools And Add-ons for Dynamics GP

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Tampa Summit 2016 was held from October 11 to 14. And, the organization allowed free access to many of the sessions via the Dynamics Community USTREAM channel.  The sessions are here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/3TF3LvpXVXN’’

There are some wonderful presentations included in the eighty some presentations.  Note that access to videos changes from time to time so I do not know how long this link  will be valid. 

I loved this session by Mark Polino and I thought that he did a fantastic presentation on the tools and add-ons available for Dynamics GP users.  Since there is 50 of them, I thought I would list out some of the tools that I think will benefit users and partners.  You can check out the rest of the tools on his session’s video. 

I have put in some of the references for downloading or for contacting.  Some you will need to look up.

  • Spell Check for GP –  from Willoware, a Microsoft ISV
  • Color Settings for Different Companies –  from Willoware
  • Consulting Toolkit Free Tools – from Willoware
  • Smart Sort – filtering – from Ethotech
  • Macro Command Reference –  Kevin Gross (download)
  • Ole Note Migration Utility  – from Microsoft (for Dynamics 2013 and 2015 for moving notes to Doc Attach in 2016
  • GP Build Numbers and Versions  – from Victoria Yudin (download from her website)
  • SQL Server Performance Dashboard  – from Microsoft
  • Dynamics Performance Analyzer – from Microsoft (https://dynamicsperf.codeplex.com)
  • Password Expiration Notification – from Michael Johnson (see his blog MBSGURU on BlogSpot)
  • GP Security Matrix – from FastPath – an Excel form for redoing security
  • Super User- to replace Power User – from Mark Polino (mpolino.com)
  • Default GP Roles –what permissions are in each role – Jivtesh Singh (https://app.box.com/v/Gproles)
  • Paste from EXCEL with Intercompany – from James Lyn (https://jamesdlyn.wordpress.com)
  • Multicurrency Setup – from Leslie Vale (http://dynamicsconfessions.blogspot.com)
  • Exchange Rate Feed – from Dynamics Innovations (http://di.jo)
  • RM Auto Apply – from Microsoft – need to get via your Microsoft Partner
  • Average Days to Pay (Customers) – – from Microsoft – need to get via your Microsoft Partner
  • SOP Sort Line Items (for moving SOP to POP) – from Microsoft – need to get via your Microsoft Partner
  • Copy to New SOP Batch – from Mariano Gomez (http://dynamicsblogster.blogspot.com)
  • Vendor/Customer Portal – cloud based – from Viewpost (http://www.viewpost.com/IBG)
  • Auto number Customer/Vendor/Items – from Dynamics Innovations (http://mohdaoud.blogspot.com)
  • Changer Scripts for Project Accounting – – from Microsoft – need to get via your Microsoft Partner
  • Jet Express for Excel – from Jet Express (http://jetreports.com)
  • Power BI – from Microsoft (https://powerbi.microsoft.com)
  • Excel Based Table Reference – from Mark Polino – (http://mpolino.com)
  • SmartList Quick Reference Guide – from Mark Polino – (http://mpolino.com)

Thanks Mark, for creating some cool tools and for putting together the listing of tools and add-ons.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada

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Today reminds me that I am grateful for all the companies and all the developers that make great software and machines and stuff that I can use to earn a living, do accounting, write blogs, and send emails.  I am also grateful for all the apps, gadgets, cameras, and things that make my life more fun.

And, yes, I am grateful for my family, friends, and for my wonderful husband and our home.

How To Deploy Nano Server Found in Windows Server 2016 TP5

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As technology gets more complicated and more exciting, Microsoft is positioning its software to work within a cloud framework as well as to be the cloud.

Back in May  2016, Microsoft released information on how to deploy the NANO server found in Windows Server 2016.

What is a Nano Server?

Nano Server is a deeply refactored version of Windows Server with a small footprint and remotely managed installation, optimized for the cloud and a DevOps workflow. It is designed for fewer patch and update events, faster restarts, better resource utilization and tighter security. – https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/NanoServer-Team

Install Nano Server

Today, Microsoft TechNet updated the information about Windows Server 2016 and about the Nano Server.  You can find that information here… https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/getting-started-with-nano-server.

How Can I Use Nano Server?

One of my questions has been – what good is a Nano Server?  Today, Microsoft had a good explanation about the many uses of the product.  This information is on that same link.

Nano Server is ideal for a number of scenarios:

  • As a “compute” host for Hyper-V virtual machines, either in clusters or not

  • As a storage host for Scale-Out File Server.

  • As a DNS server

  • As a web server running Internet Information Services (IIS)

  • As a host for applications that are developed using cloud application patterns and run in a container or virtual machine guest operating system

 

I like the idea that it can be a host for Hyper-V virtual machines.  This looks like a great tool for system administrators, and for those of us that like to poke around.

Cumulative Update 11 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Now Available

 

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Figure 1 – from an email from a friend

The Dynamics NAV team announced on September 2, 2016 that the Cumulative Update 11 is available and that it includes all application and platform hotfixes and regulatory features that have been released for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016.

The cumulative update includes hotfixes that apply to all countries and hotfixes specific to the following local versions:

  •   AU – Australia
  •   AT – Austria
  •   BE – Belgium
  •   CH – Switzerland
  •   CZ – Czech Republic
  •   DE – Germany
  •   DK – Denmark
  •   ES – Spain
  •   FI  – Finland
  •   FR – France
  •   IS – Iceland
  •   IT – Italy
  •   NA – North America
  •   NL – Netherlands
  •   NO – Norway
  •   NZ – New Zealand
  •   RU – Russia
  •   SE – Sweden
  •   UK – United Kingdom

Where to find Cumulative Update 11

You can download the cumulative update from KB 3188240 Cumulative Update 11 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 (Build 46773).

Please see the NAV team blog at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/nav/2016/09/02/cumulative-update-11-for-microsoft-dynamics-nav-2016-has-been-released/ for more details.

"Introducing Microsoft Power BI" and Other Free Books at Microsoft Virtual Academy

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Figure 1 – Some of the books available at Microsoft Virtual Academy

Last week, Microsoft announced that users of the Microsoft Virtual Academy had access to fee books.  There are a lot of books available.  Some of the key titles are:

Introducing Microsoft Power BI
Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure
Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Support Secrets

Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid

Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager

You can access the ebooks at https://mva.microsoft.com/ebooks.  You will need to make this a priority because they may only be available for a limited time.

How To Move from Evernote to OneNote

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Image from https://www.onenote.com/import-evernote-to-onenote

I have used OneNote for a long time.  However, because it was easier to link in Evernote, I kept some important stuff in Evernote since I could access it from my iPad or from my Samsung phone. 

Microsoft has been making it very easy for us to switch everything to OneNote because OneNote is now so accessible from any device.  I wanted to see how easy.

Using the Microsoft OneNote Import Tool

I downloaded the importer, and I let it chug.

It immediately found my Evernote – but just the one. I have two Evernote accounts so I thought it might find both of them.

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Image from import tool

As I continued, I received the message below telling me how the content will be organized.

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Image from import tool – Evernote to OneNote

The import to OneNote happens quite quickly.

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Image from the import tool – how the content from Evernote is moving.

When the import was complete, I did get the SUCCESS message below.  (I love this!)

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Image from the import saying that I am successful

However, it actually took about twenty minutes for all my notes to import. 

I downloaded the Android App for OneNote while I was doing the move between Evernote and OneNote.  I was surprised that all of the notebooks were up on my phone before they were fully imported according to my desktop.  It did put each of my folders into different notebooks which is a bit confusing at first. 

If you switch to OneNote from Evernote, let me know how it goes for you.

Cheers!

Microsoft offers free Windows Server 2016 licenses to VMware switchers

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The title above is also the HEADLINE for Mary Jo Foley’s blog of August 25 … you can see her blog here http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-offers-free-windows-server-2016-licenses-to-vmware-switchers/?ftag=TRE624278d&bhid=24421659496900511552450458228080

This is great news for Microsoft Partners and clients that wish to set up data centers.  Here is the feature differentiation comparison from the article.

Check it out to see if this will make a difference to your organization.

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