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
Windows PowerShell Portal
–deals with Tool Releases, BizTalk server, Exchange Server, FIM, Office Products, SharePoint, Windows OS, SQL Server, Active Directory,
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
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?
Happy New Year to all the Visual Studio 2015 developers who create extensibility templates.
Mario Hsiao has provided many new templates out on https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=MarioHsiao.ExtensibilityTemplates.
All the templates are listed below and can be downloaded from the link above.
New Project Templates:
- C# VSIX Library
- C# VSIX Project
- Visual Studio Shell Isolated
New VSIX Templates:
- Dialog Window
- WCF Service
New VSPackage Templates:
- Tool Window
- Dialog Page
- Option Page
Great job, Mario!
I wish everyone the best and happiest new year’s celebration. And, I wish everyone a very prosperous 2017.
If you are having trouble finding your Windows 10 license key, know that you are not alone. Sometimes, it feels like it is just hidden.
To find your product key, check out this great post at https://www.groovypost.com/howto/find-your-windows-10-product-key/.
The important paragraph is:
“When you purchase your Windows 10 license from the Microsoft Store, a copy of the product key is stored in your Microsoft Account. Microsoft will also send you a copy of the product key in a confirmation email. If you don’t see the confirmation email, check your junk mail folder. If you still don’t find it, log into the Microsoft Store > Downloads > Product Keys > Subscription page. Then click the Digital Content tab to see your previous purchases along with your product key.”
Picture from http://www.erpsoftwareblog.com/
Microsoft published a very important blog on December 7, 2016 on the Blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/CRM. You can read the entire blog at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2016/12/05/now-in-preview-relationship-insights-for-dynamics-365/.
What is very important for end users to know is this first paragraph of the blog:
“This year brought major changes to the Microsoft CRM platform—even its name changed from Dynamics CRM to Dynamics 365. Dynamics 365 still provides all the familiar capabilities of Dynamics CRM, but now also aims to break down the invisible barriers that have traditionally existed between CRM, ERP, productivity software, and other systems that business professionals use every day. Going forward, the platform will also take increasing advantage of the scalability, data integration, and advanced processing power of the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing infrastructure. And already now, you can get your first glimpse of some of benefits this change has made possible by previewing the new Relationship Insights suite of features.”
The other helpful information in this blog details where you can find information online about the new RELATIONSHIP INSIGHTS suite, in the Dynamics 365 Online Help. Here are some of the links:
- For a detailed overview of the various Relationship Insights features and their capabilities, see the Relationship Insights overview.
- For prerequisites and instruction on how to enable and configure the preview, see Configure Relationship Insights features.
- For details about auto capture, which finds email messages from your Outlook mailbox that could be relevant to the record you are currently viewing in Dynamics 365, see the Auto capture topic. Messages found by auto capture remain private to you, but you can choose to track any found message with a single click without having to open Outlook. Tracked messages are imported into Dynamics 365 and added as an activity for the relevant record, where the rest of your team can also see them. Auto capture is only available in the web interface for Dynamics 365, though you can also track messages manually using existing controls in Outlook.
If you are having difficulty with understanding the functionality, reach out to your Microsoft Partner.
Picture from Groovypost.com
What would life be without updates?
To me, the answer is that it would be more frustrating and less fun. Having said that, some exciting news! As of December 7, Microsoft has release cumulative update 01 (CU01) for Dynamics NAV 2017. You can read the entire blog at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/nav/2016/12/07/cumulative-update-01-for-microsoft-dynamics-nav-2017-has-been-released/.
Where to find Cumulative Update 01
You can download the cumulative update from KB 3209071 – Cumulative Update 01 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 (Build 14199).
Or you can download the cumulative update from the Microsoft Download Center.
You will also find information on how to install the update – or at least a link to the article – on this blog.
I will be the first to admit that I like having manuals to read for specific information. Microsoft has now authored documents called Quick Starts for Office 2016. You can see the documents at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-2016-Quick-Starts-25f909da-3e76-443d-94f4-6cdf7dedc51e.
Here are the different versions available.
Download in PDF
Read in Office Sway
For Mac users, the following Quick Start guides exist. The Office 2016 guides are available to download in PDF. They include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Skype for Business, Mac, and Mobile
Thinking about whether to upgrade to Office 2016? Take a look at the resource guides to help you decide.
If you want to explore the many characteristics of the new Microsoft Windows Server 2016, without buying the software, you can download an evaluation copy from the TechNet Evaluation Center. The evaluation copy is valid for 180 days.
Here is the site: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016.
Here are some of the resources that are available:
• Find details useful for installing, configuring, and deploying Windows Server 2016
• Discover what’s new in Windows Server 2016 and find guidance on exploring important new features and capabilities
• Read The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016
You will have to sign in and you will have to provide your details to get the copy.
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:
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.
Figure 1 from Pam Misialek’s blog post of November 15 at https://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/gpteamblog/archive/2016/11/15/product-roadmap-and-strategy
If your company is using Dynamics GP, you can now plan your next update or upgrade based on the roadmap that “Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP” has released. Here are the highlights:
- After the December 1 R2 release, Microsoft Dynamics GP will be updated annually in the late fall time frame.
- If you have new features that you want to see in a future release, enter them at Connect.Microsoft.com
- See the GP 2016 R2 Videos at https://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/dynamicsgp/archive/2016/11/11/microsoft-dynamics-gp-2016-r2-new-feature-blog-series-schedule
GP 2016 R2 Release For Dec 1 2016
Figure 2 – Slide from the User Group presentation. Slides are at https://docs.com/pam-misialek/9145/microsoft-dynamics-gp-roadmap-oct-2016?c=GFj46s
Here is the slide that announces the new features available in GP 2016 R2 which is being released on December 1. You will notice that there are some features that users have been asking for. This slide illustrates that Microsoft is listening to the requests from users and implementing them as new features. You can see in the Figure 1 slide that the release in 2018 will be based on user requests.