Dynamics GP

  • Published:
    February 25, 2013
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
  • Credit toward certification:
    MCP, Microsoft Specialist

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Installation & Configuration

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Identify system requirements and install server components (15‒20%)
  • Verify requirements and install prerequisites
    • Identify component prerequisites and components installed during initial setup; determine network, terminal server, and virtualization requirements; choose SQL Server versions and editions; choose features to install; configure installation rules; specify SQL Server collation and network libraries; perform post-installation tasks; back up the master database
  • Install Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics GP utilities
    • Install Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics GP utilities, define the account framework, configure system options, initialize the system and sample databases, identify impacts of system and company database initialization, define the password for the DYNSA account, create a company, verify proper configuration of the system database, identify differences between basic and advanced installation, configure company settings by using the Rapid Configuration Tool (RCT), migrate existing data by using the Rapid Migration Tool (RMT)

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Install and configure the desktop client (15‒20%)
  • Identify prerequisites for installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 desktop client
    • Identify hardware requirements, supported operating system versions, and supported component versions; identify supported versions of Office and Windows Internet Explorer
  • Install the desktop client
    • Perform a client installation, synchronize with the Account Framework, identify the path for form and report dictionaries, create a client installation package, install the desktop client by using an installation package
  • Update the desktop client
    • Identify differences between service packs and hotfixes, configure and publish automatic updates, identify types of update delivery files
  • Identify installation components
    • Identify system files and dictionaries, recognize common stored procedure types, identify the common identity columns including DEX_ROW_ID, view and edit the Dex.ini file

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Install and configure the web client (10‒15%)
  • Identify prerequisites for installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client
    • Choose between stand-alone or multiple server installation, select an appropriate certificate type, identify supported client configurations, identify network requirements
  • Identify web client components
    • Identify the web client components, categorize interactions between web client components
  • Configure server components to support web clients
    • Choose a deployment configuration, install and configure Internet Information Services (IIS) and ASP.NET, create the website, install a security certificate, configure SSL, install the Web Client Runtime feature
  • Install and configure web client components
    • Identify required security groups and service accounts; install and configure the web client; install the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Resource Cache; verify that required services are running; troubleshoot Microsoft Silverlight exceptions; troubleshoot certificate-related errors; debug processes by using Session Manager, Task Manager, Fiddler, Netsh, and Network Monitor

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Configure the System Manager (10‒15%)
  • Set up the system
    • Identify and customize home page sections, customize the layout of the home page, register software, configure SharePoint Server and email preferences, edit the launch file, create user classes, set up users
  • Configure system security
    • Create and implement security tasks and roles, view the DEFAULTUSER task, identify capabilities of the POWERUSER role, control access to alternative or modified forms and reports, configure and copy user security settings, grant access to Advanced Financial Analysis reports
  • Manage users and company information
    • Identify users who are logged on to the system; configure company preferences; configure preferences for individual users; configure reminders and AutoComplete settings; edit company information; create user-defined fields, configure sales tax schedules and purchase tax schedules; configure access to companies

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Perform post-installation tasks (10‒15%)
  • Configure the database
    • Select a recovery model and compatibility level; restrict database access; choose between full, differential, and transaction log backups; determine what to back up, including the Forms.dic and Reports.dic files; back up and restore company data
  • Maintain the database
    • Recompile stored procedures, update table statistics, drop or create database objects and dexterity procedures (zDPs), create scheduled SQL Server jobs, analyze the database by using the DBCC CheckDB tool, configure maintenance tasks by using the SQL Server Maintenance Plan Wizard, correct errors during database creation, reinitialize the system database, reinitialize a company database, resolve connectivity issues
  • Maintain Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
    • Repair and reconstruct data in tables by using the Check Links and Reconcile utilities, clear data, remove data and history

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Optimize performance (10‒15%)
  • Optimize Windows Server
    • Configure processor scheduling and virtual memory, select a network protocol, analyze performance by using Windows Performance Monitor, identify common performance counters, identify events in the Windows event logs, debug scripts by using the Dexterity Script Debugger
  • Optimize SQL Server
    • Configure memory usage, choose a RAID configuration, identify SQL Server–specific Performance Monitor counters, identify common SQL errors, locate and diagnose slow-running queries by using SQL Profiler, tune workloads and capture SQL traces, combine a performance log with a SQL Profiler trace file, identify and locate errors in the SQL Server error logs and Dexsql.log files
  • Configure batch-posting processes
    • Compare batches and transactions, identify batch-posting processes, continue processing an interrupted batch, identify and respond to batch status messages

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Configure the Process Server module (5‒10%)
  • Identify Microsoft Dynamics GP Process Server module components
    • Identify the Microsoft Dynamics GP Process Server components, including the Distributed Process Manager (DPM), Distributed Process Server (DPS), and the Microsoft Dynamics GP client installations; determine the appropriate installation location for the DPS; identify tasks that can be transferred to a process server
  • Set up and maintain the process server
    • Identify system requirements for a Microsoft Dynamics GP Process Server system, define process servers and services, select processes that should run remotely, set user preferences, specify the destination for reports, configure a UNC path, view the active processes in Microsoft Dynamics GP Process Monitor, maintain the process server log
Create and distribute reports (10‒15%)
  • Build reports by using Microsoft Dynamics GP Report Writer
    • Identify available report types, configure a report in the Report Definition window, configure report security
  • Create SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports
    • Identify Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SQL reports, share SSRS reports, access SQL reports from within Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, identify security considerations, build reports by using SQL Server Report Builder or SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • Identify and configure other reporting tools
    • Install and configure Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Analyzer, view and edit SSRS reports by using Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Analyzer, configure and deploy Excel reports for Microsoft Dynamics GP, configure and maintain Word templates, distribute reports by using email, manage publishing of reports by using Report Scheduler, install and configure Microsoft Management Reporter

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Who should take this exam?

This exam is designed for consultants, systems developers, and implementation consultants who plan, implement, manage, and troubleshoot Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 implementations. Candidates should have general working knowledge in Windows client and server operating systems and Microsoft SQL Server, in addition to experience installing and configuring Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

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