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“Serial/Lot tracked item’s receipt layer adjusted unit cost does not equal unit cost” when running IV TB reset tool in Dynamics GP

blog pictureI couldn’t find the answer to the above issue published in a tech doc anywhere so I thought I’d post it here so I could find it again.

I asked my friends at Microsoft how to resolve the issue and this is what I got back.

Make sure you have a good restorable backup before proceeding.
UPDATE a
SET a.ADJUNITCOST = a.UNITCOST
FROM IV10200 a
JOIN IV00101 b ON
a.ITEMNMBR = b.ITEMNMBR
WHERE b.VCTNMTHD in (1,2)
and b.ITMTRKOP <> 1
and a.RCPTSOLD = 0
and a.ADJUNITCOST <> a.UNITCOST

Once this error is resolved, the Open Layer exists error should go away as well. 

Changing posting dates on payables and GL transactions for Mexican use tax laws for Dynamics GP

blog pictureMost of the time when I write a blog post it’s actually for myself. I figure if I need to do this same procedure in the future I want some record of what I did so I don’t have to spend the time to develop the whole thing again. I’m guessing the majority of my readership (do I get to say I have a readership if the total number of people that follow me includes myself, my mom, and a few colleagues at Rose?) will go cross eyed when they see the title of this post and go on to more exciting things (like who on the Stanley cup last night. If you don’t know what the Stanley cup is your awesomeness just went down a whole 100 spots). The few of you that actually read this blog post from start to finish must wonder if I’ll ever get to changing dates on payables transactions and how it applies to Mexico.

Fine, I’ll start the explanation (and lose most of my readership here. It’s ok. I expect it. This post is really just for me anyways.)

According to Mexican tax law a company is liable or the difference between tax collected and tax paid (goods that are applicable incur a 16% tax). This tax is based on when the transaction was paid (not accrual based) so posting dates especially on payments are quite critical. (I’ve regurgitated this tax information from the client that has operations in Mexico. If I’m a little off it’s their fault.) The client uses Smartlist to track this information and we are developing a report that will make this easier for them.

Here was their issue.

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Today when you were in the settings I realized that at some point our posting had been changed to post to the GL based on posting date and not document date. If possible I would like to have you do an update statement and update the posting dates to match the document (either invoice or payment). This would allow us to track the taxes properly.

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To accomplish this I did the following procedure:

  1. Run a backup of the company database
  2. Restore copy to test company
  3. UPDATE PM30200 SET PSTGDATE = DOCDATE
  4. UPDATE PM30300 SET GLPOSTDT = DOCDATE
  5. Update a set a.PSTGDATE = b.DOCDATE From PM30600 a
    inner join pm30200 b on a.vchrnmbr=b.vchrnmbr
  6. Update PM20000 set PSTGDATE = DOCDATE
  7. Update a set a.TRXDATE = b.DOCDATE From GL20000 a
    inner join pm30200 b on a.ORCTRNUM = b.vchrnmbr and a.orgntsrc = b.trxsorce
  8. Update PM10000 set PSTGDATE = DOCDATE
  9. Update a set a.PSTGDATE = b.DOCDATE From PM10100 a
    inner join pm10000 b on a.vchrnmbr=b.vchrnmbr and a.vendorid = b.vendorid
  10. Run check links on PM and GL tables
  11. Run GL Reconcile on the years
  12. Have user validate test company. Run tax reports (user was using smartlist reports they developed). Try posting. Probably should have had them close out year in test company
  13. Kick everyone out of live company and backup live company
  14. Run steps 3 to 12 again on live company

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This client is just starting out. The actual amount of payables transactions is only like 300 transactions and there was no data in the GL for historical years
  • This is probably not a recommended procedure by Microsoft. If you attempt this you are on your own. I won’t even try to help you. Do a backup and be smart in your testing
  • Whenever I touch the data on the backend via SQL it is always accompanied by much prayer and fasting. I recommend the same for you

Whenever I read a blog post like this I usually just read the introduction and the conclusion. I assume many of you just did the same. No worries. I don’t hold it against you. I didn’t even like writing out the steps I did but figure if I ever have another client needing to adjust their payables and GL posting dates to abide by Mexican tax law I better have somewhere to look.

Could not e-mail status report to sender. Insufficient Memory in Dynamics GP

blog pictureHad a client receiving the above error while trying to email statements. The client had moved servers so it was working on the old server but the new server kept on saying Insufficient Memory. I finally opened up a case with Microsoft and somehow sneakily passed the issue off to a fellow consultant to follow up with. I actually thought MBS would know how to resolve the issue and I was leaving for the day and I wanted the issue resolved quickly. That was eighteen days ago and forty emails by the client, MBS support engineer, and the consultant I passed this off to (as well as several phone calls related to this case). Yes, I counted as I was curious.

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Here is the final thing that resolved the issue:

I did some research on my end and noticed that the email functionality does not work as expected on a 64 bit install. Please install a 32 bit version of outlook and try to send the emails.

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After installing the 32 bit version of Outlook the functionality worked as expected.

I’m not sure what the consultant I passed this off to thinks of me at the moment. He was a good sport and copied me on all the emails he sent back and forth to everyone. I’m pretty sure that was an attempt to make me feel guilty he was doing all the work on this case. I suppose I do feel guilty a bit. At least enough to blog about it.

Thanks Rob Kalproth (Rose superman) and Chai Polumati (Microsoft engineer).

Interacting with Microsoft Dynamics support

blog pictureI had a newer colleague open up a case with MBS support yesterday for the first time and I watched as he interacted with the support engineer. I remember my first few years of of opening up cases for everything while I learned the product. After a while I realized that the engineers responses were often just tech docs I could find for myself on PartnerSource. Submitting a case and interacting with support is an art. It’s sometimes hard to communicate issues in a way that helps the support person focus in on the scope of the issue but makes the case open enough that the engineer won’t say “that’s not part of the scope, I’ll have to open another ticket for you.” Here are a few suggestions when opening a case with the Microsoft Dynamics team:

  • Search Partnersource and Bing/Google first before opening a case
  • Look at the articles suggested regarding the modules you select when opening a case. They have guided me a few times before actually opening a case
  • You can try posting the issue on the dynamics communities but you often get what you pay for. If it is an issue that needs immediate attention it often seems to be more efficient to just open a case with MBS
  • Choose the module and function as close as you can to the issue. At lot of newbie support folk are certified by module (at least I’ve heard “I’m not trained on that module” several times)
  • Send screenshots of errors attached to the case. For some reason it’s easier to troubleshoot when a screen shot is sent. I like screenshots as it often tells me things the user doesn’t even know they are communicating like what version, function, company name, login name, type of error, etc.
  • After you open a case and the response comes back from the technician that includes tech docs you’ve already tried, request a phone call. Don’t keep going back and forth by email. It wastes time and is a painful experience
  • After giving the support engineer sufficient time to troubleshoot the issue ask to “Escalate the issue”. That usually gets you beyond the newbie support person.
  • Don’t let the engineer off the phone until the issue is resolved. If you get MBS on the phone it often feels like they are incentivized by closing the out as fast as possible. That often leads to a back and forth that takes longer then just resolving the issue in one call
  • When I open a case with MBS I always say in my case that I don’t want them to leave a message. I usually state something like “please have the phone answerer IM me to get me off whatever I’m doing”. Our phone people know to try and track me down if the call is from Microsoft.
  • It is important to have access to the clients system before MBS calls or at least have immediate access. There is nothing worse than having MBS on the phone and no way to access the clients system
  • If your guaranteed response time is missed make sure the call is not charged. It should be free.
  • If the call relates to a bug in the system it should be free.
  • I usually figure for me it’s worth opening a case if I’ve spent around an hour troubleshooting an issue. It’s just not worth the time beating my head against an issue for five hours only to find out it’s a bug.
  • If a new ticket is opened because it relates to another MBS software (i.e. SQL) make sure the ticket isn’t charged again
  • If there is an issue with response time email dynsolve@microsoft.com and the support manager will assign the case. For a few months a while back every case I opened seemed to need a copy to dynsolve as when we did a follow up on a case it would go back to the same engineer who was probably out on a two week ice fishing expedition to Northern Minnesota and didn’t respond until they came back
  • Don’t always take the engineers word as gospel. I argue with the support people all the time. I may not always be right but I know when someone’s just trying to get me off the phone

We are really very lucky in the Dynamics community to have such a great support team assembled together in the frozen tundra and permafrost of North Dakota. Just imagine if the support team was located someplace warm like California where there was something more to do in January other than go to work and take support calls.

Anyone else have any suggestions when working with Microsoft support?

The type of Dynamics consultant you want

blog pictureI had the pleasure to watch from afar how a fellow consultant dealt with an issue her client was having in GP. I say from afar because I had little to do with the issue but was copied just in case I may be able to help.

The consultants situation involved a third party product to GP and because something was not working her client was faced with receiving fines if the software didn’t start working that day.

Here’s a summary of the events:

8:54 am I see this email come through: CUSTOMER IS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I personally jumped to see what was wrong. It wasn’t really related to me so left it alone as I was sure the people involved would take care of it.

9:29 am Email to ISV that says roughly “here’s the issue, we need new or temporary reg keys for this client”

9:32 am Follow up email with different subject line

9:43 am Another follow up email to ISV

9:47 am Another email to someone else at ISV trying to get a response

9:50 am Email from ISV as follows

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Please REFRAIN from sending different emails with totally different subjects as this morning, you have already opened up 3 NEW tickets in our system.  Please use the same one.  We are already looking into this and getting back to you shortly.***************

******Side note**** At this point I’m laughing and we have several people in our office commenting on this issue. I call someone on my team to make sure we can’t do anything to help. I’m assured our team is on top of it and waiting for reg keys so we can get them input for the customer.

9:55 am ISV responds further

9:58 am Crisis is averted and plan put in place to resolve issue completely

I’m sure there were several calls involved as well but I wasn’t privy to those efforts.

Discussion

I’d like to hear what everyone thinks about this exchange of events. I wrote down a few comments I expected but thought otherwise as I’d like to hear what things come to mind when seeing the summary of events above without me jading the conversation.

OK, one jading comment – I wish I had a consultant that’s persistent and engaged for whatever issues are important to me. I love the fact she got the attention of the people involved and didn’t wait for a response. I’m sure she rather get yelled at for being annoying then risk the client’s well being.

I personally wasn’t much help in this situation but I was aware of the issue and took action just in case I was able to help.

Dynamics GP troubleshooting– “GP does the darndest things” series

blog pictureMost days support is stressful, hectic and occasionally painful. Today was not one of those days. We’ve had a good time answering a calls and even had one I couldn’t help but share. After thinking about this a few minutes I think I’m going to start a “GP does the darndest things” series.

All names have been changed to protect the mostly innocent.

The very first entry in our Darndest series is documented below.

After several valid issues being submitted by a client we received the following email and screenshot.

*************We are having issues with running the trial balance reports in GP from the GL, AR & AP module for all entities.  This was not an issue yesterday.

Please take a look at this ASAP as again, we are in close mode this week and need GP fully functional.

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One of our support engineers suggested they try 15% or even 20% as that is like twice as good as 10%. I didn’t think that was very appropriate so I responded with a very serious and polite:

**************Try changing the view from 10% to 100%.

Let us know if that works.********** type email thinking we had a good chuckle and they were going to respond with a  simple “Duh”.

Nope. Got this back:

************Nope, even tried logging out and coming back in.************

After looking at that another support engineer called me and asked if she could pretty please call the client. It was too much fun to resist so I said “only if you let us conference call in so we can hear you try to hold a straight face.”

Alas, our humorous efforts were thwarted when voice mail picked up our call.

Now, we just had a response saying now the reports are generating to 125% and the user didn’t do anything. After looking around I found this in the dex.ini file MagnifyScreenOutput=125 which captures the last view setting for reports.

After all this we have concluded someone in her office is messing with her and changing the view percentage.

All I know is occassionally GP does the darndest things.

FP:Bad component offset.Form:80 Wind:1 Fld:14 in Dynamics GP

I neblog picturever feel good about myself when I read error messages like the Bad Component Offset error. Why can’t Microsoft just say you are going to have a crappy day today, might as well go home? I’d feel great if I saw that. None the less I had to stick it out and fix my Wind:1 Fld:14 error. Whatever that is.

We received the above error while setting up a new company in Dynamics GP. Tech Doc 861608 suggests synchronizing the account framework as a fix but that didn’t do anything. I was beating my head against this when Tami Jones started yelling at me for all the space I was taking on one of the servers. Looks like all the backups I’ve taken over the past few months was hogging like 100 gbs worth of space on this server and I had filled the hard drive up. My initial thoughts were:

  1. What’s so bad about being a chicken and backing up every time I do anything.
  2. I’m a hoarder. Who knows when one of those backups might come in handy.

Once we got rid of all my refuse the error went away.

When I started looking at this error I was cussing Microsoft’s name for such terrible error messages. After I found out it was my fault I decided to try to stop cussing and to clean my house more often (don’t tell my wife that last one. By house I meant server. I wouldn’t want for my wife to get her hopes up.)

Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2013

blog pictureIt has come to my attention that the Other list has been released and those included in this list are throwing celebratory victory parties and are paying their temp workers (those they’ve hired to sit and press the vote button all day) their promised bonus checks.

I’m not too sure what to think about that Other List. Maybe its because I’m uncool but I have no idea who most of these people are. I know all the Microsoft big wigs from the US and I know all the bloggers but that only makes up like 20% of the list. The other people on the Other List are a mystery to me. How about you? How many people have you heard of on the Other list? Now compare that to the Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2012. Chances are if you are awesome yourself you know 80 to 90 percent of the people on my list. It’s can’t be a coincidence.

As always, I feel its important to recognize the proper people for their awesomeness from the past year. I had one person email me and ask when the Real List was coming out.  Wait no longer my Awesome friends. The third annual DPO100MFATIDP for 2013 is officially here.

  1. Doug Pitcher – It’s my dang list so why not rig the ballot.
  2. Linda Rose – Hard to move up over Mrs. Rose when she is awesome enough to take the Rose team to Tahiti for a reward trip this past year.
  3. Leslie Vail – Leslie’s campaign to be on the awesome list has not gone unrewarded. It started with her plea for votes on the awesome list as the Other list is just not that cool. She is so great that even that didn’t help as she got voted in for the Other list. Now she followed up with a formal apology which is humbly accepted. You rock Leslie. Congrats on your spectacular-ness.
  4. Kirill Tatarinov – Kind of here by default. When you lead MBS I guess you need to be at the top. I’ve taken pictures with him and have been surprised at how short he is. Kind of like Tom Cruise or Ryan Seacrest.
  5. Victoria Yudin – Just this morning a consultant said to me “I found something on Victoria’s site that…” When a consultant can drop the single name Victoria and no one thinks of lingerie you know you’re awesome.
  6. Steve Chapman – Movie (youtube counts right?) star. Demo king. If you don’t know who Steve is you don’t know how to use the internet.
  7. Doug White – He just did a thousand mile walkabout in Australia. Sounds pretty tough as nails to me.
  8. Tami Jones – Tami gave Doug White a hard time last year as she was listed above him on the list and was so cool she was listed twice. Does this make up for last years oversight Doug
  9. Dwight Specht – Try as Dwight did he couldn’t crack the Other list. In his nomination campaign he even offered free beer. Not sure what else he could of done. No worries Dwight. You’re still awesome.
  10. Aaron Donat – Senior escalation engineer at MBS. I always try to go straight to him but he’s often working on solving the economic crisis in Greece or advising Bill Gates as to where he should focus his philanthropic efforts. When I met him in person for the first time in NO he gave me something like $50 in casino chips as he didn’t want to cash them and he’d already made $50,000 at roulette (or there abouts).
  11. Jivtesh Singh – MVP and all around great guy. How do I know he’s an awesome guy? Check out this blog post where he encourages everyone not to vote for him but to vote twice for David Musgrave. I also met Jivtesh at Convergence for the first time in New Orleans. He indicated I was the most humorous blogger in the community. If I can’t be helpful I might as well be entertaining.
  12. Melissa Sanders- Our lovely and quite dashing office administrator. She threatened to cut my payroll check in half and not do my expense reimbursements for six months if she got as low of a rating this year. I guess bribes or threats work to make it on the top 100 list.
  13. Mathcbox Twenty – I almost got in a fight with someone at the Matchbox Twenty concert. (I wish I was that tough). Some 6’ 3’ dude and his 7’ 2” girlfriend stepped in front of Tami Jones and she wasn’t impressed because it blocked her perfect view of Robby. Jeff Demaria started puffing up and I thought we were going to see some pocket protectors fly. I always get a kick out of accountants gone wild at events such as this.
  14. Rebecca Bunas – AKA the Rock Star. The phrase I’m with Rebecca still works wonders.
  15. Terry Heley – I have clients that want payroll updates when they are available. I always feel like I’m cheating as I usually just wait for Terry’s updates so I don’t have to monitor payroll all the time.
  16. Daryl Anderson – One of our go to guys for help with web clients and Dynamics in general
  17. Errol Schoenfish – Errol saw me across a crowded bar (sound like the start to an awesome song) and he yelled out “where’s Rebecca?” I take it that he knew who I was. I’m Rebecca’s groupie.
  18. Julie Rague- She was so gleeful to be included last year on the awesome list she started recruiting future candidates by introducing me to everyone she knows. It went something like this: “Do you know Doug? He has this amazing list that I’m on”. Great conversation starter.
  19. Mariano Gomez – I wanted to see the fight between Mariano and Mark when I listed Mariano first. I also met up with Mariano at Convergence (OK, the truth was he let me take a picture and get his autograph).
  20. Mark Polino – Mark went on a free fall this year on the awesome list. I still think he’s pretty cool but without any interactions with him this year (other than me swooning from afar) its hard to make it any higher than his ranking on the Other List.
  21. Kofi Annan – There is always a spot for the keynote speaker at convergence
  22. Tami Jones – She fixed my laptop and sent it back with my desktop filled with pictures of all the things we did last year including Tahiti, closing down Bourbon Street, and visiting the CN tower in Toronto. I’m sure we do work when we are together but the pictures are incriminating.
  23. Katie Hasbargen – DYNAA program lead. Took our group on a riverboat tour in NO. It pays to be in the good graces of awesome people like Katie.
  24. Don Morton – Football coach, mentor and site leader over the Dynamics Academic Alliance (DYNAA)
  25. Patrick Roth- One of the coolest support engineers around. His mad dexterity skills are the talk of the town. As he walks down the hall women AND men faint at just the sight of him. I hope you never make the Other List Patrick so you can keep heading up the charts on the Real list.
  26. Lori Pugh-Erdle – North American Manager-service accounts managers is her official title. That sounds pretty official but I’d guess everyone that knows her would say she’s just plain cool.
  27. Lyndsey Creamer – If you know what the DYNAA is you know Lyndsey. She’s awesome.
  28. Ashley Pecoraro – New DYNAA team member that pulled off an incredible preconvergence event for all the college professors using Dynamics.
  29. Sandy Sigsbee – Our office admin that keeps me doing what I should be doing. I often get a call from her scolding me for wasting my time writing silly blog posts and not looking after the customer. Sorry Sandy is a common phrase that I’ve learned to repeat most believably
  30. Doug Kennedy – He’s great and deserves to be on this list.
  31. Chris Dew – He’s pretty cool. I sat with him during lunch at the Partner Event. I felt like I was one of the cool kids for a meal.
  32. Nick Hoban – Moving Nick up on the list last year didn’t get me that MVP vote so I’m at a loss.
  33. Frank Hamelly – Whenever I see an email come over from Frank to our team I always think “Is that the real Frank Hamelly?” So I guess he must be famous.
  34. Chastidy Ruiz – Fellow consultant and technical support buddy. Whenever there is giggling in the office everyone knows we are talking serious consulting type business.
  35. Terry Carlton – Terry told me about a motorbike accident he was in and how he has a bionic arm now. Anyone that has been in a bike accident (bmx or motorized) must be awesome.
  36. Mohammad Daoud – A great resource to the MBS community and fellow blogging buddy
  37. Mark Rockwell – Mark yelled at me this year during a presentation about the cloud. (OK, I’ll tell the truth. He strongly disagreed with my opinion). I still think he’s awesome.
  38. Vaidy Mohan – Vaidy last year commented that it was “Heavenly” to be on the awesome list. He even submitted an official acceptance speech. If that’s not awesome I don’t know what is.
  39. Cheryl Mortvedt – Fellow support person whom I usually team up with to beat up on unsuspecting Microsoft support people at the annual partner advantage meetings.
  40. Todd Schultz- Chair of the DYNAA. One of the pioneers to use a cloud based solution in an academic setting.
  41. Tami Jones – Alright I caved into peer pressure. This is her third listing on the awesome list. I had about 30,001 unique emails and over 400,001 votes confirming she should be on the Real list. With those statistics you can tell that this list is far more reliable than the Other list.
  42. Dana Willmer – Anyone that is willing to guide me around any ski hill is down right cool. If that ski hill is Whistler you get a spot on the awesome list.
  43. Mark Stuyt- He’s not as cool as Dana even though we skied Whistler together. OK, I’m just jealous because he’s a better skier than me and he mocked my Canadian accent.
  44. Jennie Davis – The partner channel head hauncho. The Partner Event is being held in Tampa this year. Something must be going right to move the event from Fargo to…anywhere else. ha.
  45. Mike Feori – This will probably be Mike’s last year on the list. He retired (which is awesome) but it’s hard to stay awesome while watching tomato’s grow all day is the bulk of your duties.
  46. Beat Bucher- Blogger and MVP and fellow Canadian. Most Canadians are special so he gets automatic placement on the Awesome list.
  47. Liane McIlraith – There’s always that one consultant everyone wants to work with. Liane is that consultant. I often try to get her opinion on things but she is usually booked until mid next year.
  48.   Jeff Demaria – He’s low on my list as he almost got me into a fight as described above. He did let me drag him out until the wee hours of the morning the final night of Convergence then missed his flight because he passed out at 5 am. (I told you not to go to sleep). I banged on his door for 15 minutes then gave up and left him (not cool, I know). All the flights were booked from NO the next day so he rented a car and drove to Houston and flew out from there. That’s pretty awesome, right?
  49. Jesse Byam – When I first moved back to Canada several years back he found my resume somewhere and tried to recruit me to be a part of his team. After knowing him for a long time now I’m glad I didn’t pursue that offer as I don’t think we’d get anything done. He’s too much fun and I’m a sucker for fun things.
  50. John Espinoza – When I think of a man that will take charge of things he’s it.
  51. Tim Cruickshank – Poor Tim lost his way and didn’t make it to Convergence. I had people asking me in the hallways where Rebecca was and if Tim was there to do some more breakdancing.
  52. Christina Philips – How do you feel to be way more awesomer than Steve Endow, Christina?
  53. Steve Endow – I’ve followed Steve’s blog for a long time. He’s usually pretty technical and has great insight into Dynamics issues.
  54. Francisco Hillyer – I don’t know too many people as technical as Franky and his love of all things Dynamics. In fact, whenever I head off to a conference he drools and makes me promise to take a T-shirt and grab the autographs of everyone on this awesome list. I have collected autographs but am greedy so have kept the various T-shirt and hung them on my wall. Sorry Franky.
  55. Anya Ciecierski – I’m impressed Anya is holding strong on the Other list. Her popularity is soaring. Her work with the ERP bloggers is no doubt doing wonderful things.
  56. Richard Whaley – The professor is a likeable character. I questioned his inclusion on the list as he totally sold out and took out paid advertising on the Microsoft site. Although anyone with a Segway must be cool so I’m keeping him on the list.
  57. John Lowther – I’ve seen him on stage at a couple of Microsoft type events so assume he’s a smarty pants. He referenced my awesome list on his blog so he must be awesome.
  58. David Musgrave – I’m sorry to report David finally made the Other List. I’m sure his inclusion is a relief to all but it does nothing for his standing on the Awesome list. Take it as an honor to be the last person included on the Awesome list for 2013, David.

Notable exclusions:

  • Colin Powell- One and done inclusion on the Real list. He was cool because he came and spoke at Convergence in 2012 but I haven’t heard from him since
  • Bethany Eighmy – Decided to leave the DYNAA team for greener pastures. She’s still cool but her awesomeness certainly took a beating as she no longer hangs with the awesome crowd on a daily basis
  • Barack Obama
  • Elvis Presley
  • Lebron James
  • Charles Ramsey

Final voting has been done. Adjustments are anticipated and probably expected depending on future presents and bribes received.

Anyone on the above list can proudly use the DPO100MFATIDP for 2013 label on their email signature as desired.

Congratulations and have another great year of being Awesome.

“Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2013” is almost here

blog pictureThe drama is building. The countdown is on. I can hardly wait for the release of the “Other List” so we can enjoy another year of snarky awesomeness awards. The whole dynamics world is clamoring about the possible inclusion on the honored Awesome list  (who wouldn’t, it’s awesome) but some are still campaigning for the other list. Here are a few campaigns under way.

My favorite shameless plug is Leslie Vail’s. She mentions the “Other List” but firmly plants herself on the Awesome list. A good multipurpose advertisement. She gets my vote for both lists although I confess (ha) that I hope she is is in the low nineties on the other list so she has a chance at top billing on the awesome list.

http://dynamicsconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/04/i-want-to-be-on-doug-pitchers-list-vote.html

The professor wants to get in on the Other list. No mention of the awesome list here so that severely limits his admittance to the awesome list.

http://secure.campaigner.com/Campaigner/Public/t.show?5bx0b–2p5b2-9u56230&_v=2

Steve Endow goes all inclusive on his campaign strategy. I like his list. Most, if not all will get some Awesomeness love.

http://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/gpdynland/archive/2013/04/09/2013-top-100-most-influential-people-in-microsoft-dynamics.aspx

But probably the most ingenious strategy goes to Dwight Specht who is offering free beer for anyone that votes for him. That just might get him nominated to the other list if he’s not careful.

http://thedeathofreason.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/hey-look-at-me-im-potentially-influential/

In watching all the above strategies over the course of the past month I’ve come up with my own few pointers on getting on the “Other List” followed by a few tips that will increase your chances on getting on the 2013 Awesome list. Hope you enjoy.

  • Add an “Other List” link to your email signature. Surely someone you communicate with cares about you and will vote for you
  • Get office mates to put an “Other List” link for you in their email signature. Why not flood the world with your name. For example, It’s amazing how many “please vote for Linda Rose. Page 9 on the “Other List”” emails and discussions that have been sent around our office.
  • Get your spouse or significant other to put an “Other List” link in their email. That will keep you somewhat at arms length but still tap into your ancestral pool of potential voters. If your grandma and grandpa or mom and dad won’t vote for you, who will
  • The goldmine is to get your kids to start a social media campaign for dear old Mom or Dad. You bought them a smart phone. Why not put them to work? They are on it all day anyways and you can’t tell me that’s not a better use of time than texting during class. You can even send them a note to school that they have your permission to use their phone for that sole purpose.
  • Hire a temp worker to vote for you. Believe it or not you can vote as many times as you want for yourself. Right now each vote is worth about .01%. I tested this out by voting for Leslie a hundred times. I moved her up a full 1%. Your welcome Leslie.
  • I guess if you can find a sucker like me to vote a hundred times for you there is no need for a temp worker. Maybe the relative approach is the lest expensive way to go. Think of how valuable Grandma or Grandpa would feel if you told them to keep pushing that button or the world is going to end (ha, Lost reference for those that caught that)
  • Consistency is key. Keep blogging and mentioning how much it will mean to be on the “Other List”.
  • If you haven’t started blogging, you better. Everyone I know is voting for David Musgrave like fifty times just because he’s a famous blogger and also in the attempt to get him finally nominated to that “Other List”. (I wish there was a way to take off nominations, like a minus one vote. I have no idea who some of these candidates are and if I don’t know them shouldn’t that decrease their influence?)
  • Finally, if all else fails, cheat. Surely there is some type of script that could be developed to vote automatically. Come on, David Musgrave, if you can’t develop an automated approach to this maybe you don’t belong on the “Other List”.

Ways to get on the Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2013:

  • Be Awesome
  • Write a blog saying you wish you were awesome. I excluded Patrick Roth last year from my awesome list only to have him follow up with “I’m so depressed, I’m not awesome this year” post. To be honest, I didn’t know Patrick even knew I thought he was awesome
  • Or let me know you care by introducing yourself. I’m pretty sure half of the people I meet are secretly trying to bump their chances on my most prestigious list
  • Send chocolate
  • Please don’t send too much chocolate. Unlike the “Other List” I’ll know if you are padding the odds in your favor

Out of Memory error in Dynamics GP after Greenshades update

Thought I’d throw this out as I ran across this last week. After running a Greenshades update a client was getting this error:

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I hit up Greenshades support and got this back:

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Thank you for your email. Wanted to allow you to know that the error message that is being seen is a new issue dealing with our current update. We are currently investigating this issue, but we do have a work around in order to allow the client to proceed. At this point, have the client try to launch GP as Admin (Right Click GP icon > Run as Administrator ). Once GP launches, and the client signs in. Have them try to launch the Greenshades Center and see if the error message comes up. We should have a resolution for this issue soon, but right now these instructions should resolve the issue for the moment. We should be addressing a fix in a near future update.

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Easy workaround.

UPDATE from Greenshades 9/26/2013:

“There’s a workaround posted in that article. If you run into this problem, please let us know so we can resolve!”

https://twitter.com/Greenshades_

 

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