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Unable to get managed connection for java:jboss……

MSDN Blogs - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:33

VMs are not able to connect to SQL Azure Server. Ping to the SQL server is also not resolving to any IP. I also observe that the VMs are not able to connect to services running on other VM within the same cloud service.


ResourceException: IJ000453: Unable to get managed connection for java:jboss/datasources/saoDataSource
        at [spring-beans-3.1.2.RELEASE.jar:3.1.2.RELEASE]
        at [spring-beans-3.1.2.RELEASE.jar:3.1.2.RELEASE]
        at$1.getObject( [spring-beans-3.1.2.RELEASE.jar:3.1.2.RELEASE]
        at [spring-beans-3.1.2.RELEASE.jar:3.1.2.RELEASE]
        at [spring-beans-3.1.2.RELEASE.jar:3.1.2.RELEASE]
        at [spring-beans-3.1.2.RELEASE.jar:3.1.2.RELEASE]
        at [spring-context-3.1.2.RELEASE.jar:3.1.2.RELEASE]
Caused by: The TCP/IP connection to the host, port 1433 has failed. Error: "null. Verify the connection properties. Make sure that an instance of SQL Server is running on the host and accepting TCP/IP connections at the port. Make sure that TCP connections to the port are not blocked by a firewall.".
        at org.jboss.jca.adapters.jdbc.local.LocalManagedConnectionFactory.getLocalManagedConnection(

Unable to ping the server at Able to ping from local server but unable to connect from this particular VM which has the issue.

UDL connecting fine from the other client but fails from the VM on azure.

ipconfig /registerdns -- Same issue

The pointer came from the fact that we were unable to browse to websites from this particular Virtual Machine.

Internet options, everything looked fine. Proxy and other connection related settings were in place.

nslookup was erroring:

DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
Default Server:  UnKnown

Server:  UnKnown

DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
*** Request to UnKnown timed-out

It was a custom DNS server.
On further probing, the custom DNS server wasn't configured properly and also it was not in use.

So we deleted the DNS server and rebooted the VMs in question.

After reboot, nslookup was working fine.

SQL Connectivity came back up and were able to browse to websites.

So in conclusion, when you see the above error as mentioned in the stack, there is nothing to check from SQL Server side or from the port 1433 perspective.

Reviewed By: Lalitesh Kumar

Visual Studio的Office 365 API工具 – 用Xamarin创建Office 365 安卓程序

MSDN Blogs - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:22

[原文发表地址] Office 365 API Tools for Visual Studio– Building Office 365 Android Apps with Xamarin

[原文发表时间] 5 Aug 2014 10:02 AM

通过Office 365所提供的API,可以很容易把Office 365 的服务协调地集成到你的应用程序中。你可以访问诸如日历、文档这样的用户数据,甚至可以从任何平台使用REST API和标准OAuth流。Visual Studio的Office 365 API使得开发人员通过.NET或JavaScript客户端库访问服务变得极为简单。这些工具目前只存在于预览版本中。



这里可以看到令人兴奋的新功能,包括对Windows Phone 8.1的支持:Visual Studio 2013 – summer update的Office 365 API工具

我一直以来都和开发这些工具的团队人员保持联系,也一直关注着他们度过这段预览版的进展。这次访谈中我又一次和Chakkaradeep Chandran (Chaks),该项目的项目经理坐下来聊,这次我们谈论了关于用Visual Studio中的Xamarin工作,还有开发能够连接开发者Office 365通讯录的安卓应用。

观看视频:Visual Studio的Office 365 API工具 – 用Xamarin创建Office 365 安卓程序

如果看到最后,你会发现有一些有趣的事情,访谈中走进来一位不速之客,原因是他觉得我们是在培训。是的,我一般是在会议室做访谈,而不是在一个专业的工作室,因此这类事情经常发生。搞笑的是进来的还是在Channel 9! Classic工作的同事。关于Office 365 API工具还有问题吗?访问StackOverflow用[Office365] & [API]标记出你的问题吧,你也可以联系Office 365 Yammer开发者社区 上的团队。


Future Decoded Tech Day – 12th November, Excel, London.

MSDN Blogs - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:16
    Building Cloud Applications Track – register on the website. 13:50 – 14:30 Why the Cloud; Why Azure?

Steve Plank (Planky)

It’s no longer the guy with the most money who can be successful at writing software. With the advent of cloud computing it’s down to those with the best ideas. The cloud has democratised the notion of large Internet scale applications. This sessions spells out the opportunities it opens for individuals, startups and enterprises. It concentrates on the new cloud first, mobile first world of modern connected apps and shows how Microsoft Azure can be brought to bear. Planky highlights some of the career development opportunities that now exist with Microsoft Azure certifications: how to make yourself more attractive to employers by acquiring the skills needed as a developer or IT Pro. He also shows you how to get started with a free Azure trial subscription so that, with the information in the other sessions here – you should be able to create something that runs on Azure when you leave.


Steve Plank -- @plankytronixx

Steve, or “Planky” as he is more widely known is a technology evangelist for Microsoft UK who specialises in the cloud. He speaks, writes, blogs, runs online conferences and special one-off projects, runs seminars and camps, teaches and helps individuals/companies/startups to get over that initial learning hump and get them launched on their journey to the cloud.

14:30-15:15 Microsoft Azure Compute

Steve (Planky) Plank

In this session for newcomers to Azure, Planky introduces the core compute features: Web Sites, Virtual Machines, Mobile Services and Cloud Services. There is a discussion of the logical and physical architecture of Microsoft Azure, but the session consists mostly of demos that should help get you started with creating your cloud apps or cloud back-ends. This is a breathless race through the main Azure compute features and should give you that all-important leg-up.


Break Time

15:30 – 16:15 Microsoft Azure Data

Another session for newcomers to Azure, only this time concentrating on data. Richard starts off with a look at the core data service – Microsoft Azure Storage and shows how to create and use a Storage Account. He then follows with a discussion of Blobs, Tables and Queues before moving on to the 2 relational database options – SQL Azure DB and running a database on a Virtual Machine. The session moves quickly to a discussion of Big Data with Azure’s implementation of Hadoop, known as HDInsight and then of course, a new preview service – Azure Machine Learning. Combining the compute and the data sessions together, you should gain enough knowledge to build a really simple Azure cloud application.


Richard Conway -- @azurecoder


Richard is a Microsoft MVP and one of the co-founders of the UK Windows Azure Users Group. He has built a thriving community of Azure users and developers with the help of business partner Andy Cross and Microsoft UK. The user group currently stands at over 500 members. Richard and Andy also run Elastacloud, a Microsoft Azure Circle Big Data member, policy advisor and member of the elite Microsoft Azure Insiders group.

16:15 – 16:50 Gateway Interactive Case Study

Louis Deane

In this session Louis talks about how the Azure Cloud has helped Gateway Interactive to instrument and discover how their game is played. It gives them new insights in to what the core game design should be like. The way they take the data and re-apply that to what the gamers actually want is looked at from the gamers’ points of view, not from a marketing department deep in the bowels of the organisation. The cloud has allowed them to solve several problems and in a way that would have been prohibitively expensive before Azure hit the streets. This is a must see session for anybody interesting in cloud gaming and the architecture of software scaling.


Louis Deane – Gateway Interactive – @gateway_louis

With his blue hair and skinny jeans, Louis Deane is just what you'd imagine a digital gaming entrepreneur to look like. The computer science graduate from the University of Hull has a handling of physics and computer "stuff" that would make most arts graduates wince. “We make games. We make games we love” is his mantra. Now as CEO of rapidly expanding Gateway Interactive he has a lot to do – but his core love is writing games that draw you in; and solving all the technical problems that creating a successful game throws at you.

16:50-17:20 Milliman Case Study

Tom Peplow

What happens if you need to perform 200 years of computations in 4 days? You could have 20,000 cores work on your problem simultaneously...  That is precisely what Milliman use Azure to achieve.  Tom will talk about the challenges that presents and the design choices his team made to get around those challenges.

Milliman are among the world’s largest providers of actuarial related products and services.  In that capacity they help their clients overcome the ever increasing complexity in financial modelling.  It’s in these efforts that Milliman have developed Integrate™ Compute, which provides their clients virtually unlimited computing power to answer ever more complex questions in shortening timelines demanded by regulators.

Year to date Milliman’s clients have used just over 35 million core hours for cash flow projections and capital modelling in the EU, Asia and US.


Tom Peplow -- @tpeplow

Tom is the software development lead in the UK and is responsible for developing products within the Integrate™ product suite.  Currently, Tom is developing a new cloud based ETL and Reporting platform with the goal to simplify and industrialise actuarial data management.  Tom is also responsible for the on-going maintenance and enhancement of Integrate Compute for Azure, the cloud hosted computational power house driving Integrate Financial Projections.

Tom has an in-depth working knowledge of Microsoft Azure and has made it his mission to become an expert in delivering highly scalable, secure, reliable and maintainable cloud based applications.

Tom joined Milliman as a consultant in 2012 to help deliver Integrate Compute for Azure.  He moved on to drive innovation on the wider product suite and joined Milliman to run the UK development team in April 2014.   Prior to joining Milliman, Tom worked as a consultant, primarily in financial services. 

17:20-17:30 All

Q&A and wrap-up

Take a few minutes to ask any questions of the presenters in the Building Cloud Applications track.

Publishing nicht mehr möglich auf persistent RDS Systemen – ACL Voll

MSDN Blogs - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:30
Hallo zusammen, man nehme folgendes Scenario: Windows Server 2008 / 2012 / R2 mit App-V 5 SP2 oder höher und die Remote Desktop Session Host Rolle installiert. Soweit so gut, zu Anfang gibt es auch keine Probleme aber nach einiger Zeit (Je nachdem wie groß die Userbase ist, die diese Farm nutzt) bekommt EInträge, dass das Syncen bzw. das publishen in Powershell nicht mehr funktioniert. Das liegt daran das die maximale Anzahl  Einträge in der ACL des Version Folders des oder der Packages errreicht...(read more)

Dynamics CRM 2013 Save button disabled on CRM for tablet when create a new record

MSDN Blogs - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:18

In Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13 Service Update, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for tablets will use Quick Create forms when creating a new record if a quick create form is available.

You can opt not to use Quick Create form and use the main form instead for creating a new record on CRM for tablet. This can be done by unchecking the ‘Allow Quick Create’ option on the entity customization.

One rule on saving a newly created record is that you have to enter all required fields before the Save button to be enabled on tablet.

However, there is a scenario where the save button is still disabled although you have entered values in all required fields. The reason could be that there is some required field being hidden, or there is a required field which is locked so you are not allow to modify the value. Statecode is an example of the latter case.

If you put Statecode field (Status) which is a required field on the body of the form, you will not be able to enter the value because the field is locked. Therefore the save button stays disabled, resulting in unable to save the record.

The solution is to either remove the statecode field or move it to header or footer of the form.


Best Regards

Dynamics CRM Support Team

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Dynamics CRM 2013 Microsoft.Crm.Reporting.RdlHelper error when attempting to preview a CRM report within SQL Data Tools

MSDN Blogs - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:13

If you have setup your CRM 2013 Report Authoring Environment using the SQL Data Tools (Visual Studio 2010) and the CRM 2013 Report Authoring Extensions - when modifying Out of Box CRM Reports or Reports created by the CRM Report Wizard, you may encounter the following error when attempting to preview within the SQL Data Tools:

Error while loading code module: 'Microsoft.Crm.Reporting.RdlHelper, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35. Details: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.Crm.Reporting.RdlHelper, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35 or one of its dependencies.

The most common reason for this error is that the report is referencing version of Microsoft.Crm.Reporting.RdlHelper and your Report Authoring Environment actually utilises version

To overcome this issue, you can simply do the following:

Make sure your focus is on the Report Layout
Go to the Report menu on the toolbar and select Report Properties
Select the References section and there you should see the reference to Microsoft.Crm.Reporting.RdlHelper
Edit the version number to be (instead of
Press OK


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#retosMSDN: Reto 4 – Mezclando con eficiencia en C#

MSDN Blogs - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:00

¡Por fin es viernes! Y como prometimos, ¡ya tienes aquí el cuarto de nuestros #retosMSDN!

Esta vez el reto está basado en una idea que nos ha dado @maktub82. ¡Muchas gracias Sergio!


El Reto

Crea un método que dada una lista de elementos devuelva dicha lista con todos sus elementos mezclados de manera aleatoria, y de manera que ningún elemento esté en la misma posición que en la lista original.


Puedes apoyarte en los tests unitarios incluidos en este proyecto de Visual Studio 2013 que puedes descargarte de GitHub para verificar que tu implementación es correcta (teniendo en cuenta que los tests no van a probar que de verdad el orden es aleatorio, sólo las otras condiciones que tiene que cumplir la lista mezclada resultante).


¡Ah! Y queremos que la ejecución del método sea lo más rápida posible.


La Solución

¿Ya lo has resuelto? Comparte con nosotros tu solución de Visual Studio en

El viernes de la semana que viene, el día 24 de octubre, publicaremos la solución que nosotros proponemos para el reto. ¿Será la tuya más rápida que la nuestra? De entre todas las soluciones que nos enviéis durante la semana publicaremos las más rápidas de todas.


¿Sabías que…

… con Test Explorer de Visual Studio puedes por un lado ver el tiempo que tardan en ejecutarse los Test Unitarios y la salida de los mensajes que escriban por consola…

… y por otro lado depurarlos, analizar el código que cubren o ejecutar el Profiler para analizar su rendimiento?

Aquí puedes encontrar más información que te será de utilidad para resolver este reto:

Walkthrough: Creating and Running Unit Tests for Managed Code

Running Unit Tests with Test Explorer


Si tienes cualquier duda o problema durante la resolución del reto, o si quieres proponer tu propio reto para retar al resto de la comunidad, no dudes en ponerte en contacto con nosotros.

Un saludo,

Alejandro Campos Magencio (@alejacma)

Technical Evangelist

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Aplikační okénko: Eggies

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 22:40
Vychovej si všechny Eggies! Eggies se chtějí usadit na naší planetě, jejich vajíčka ale potřebujou náležitou péči. Zvládneš krmit, léčit a vychovat všechny? Tvou starostlivost odmění nejen láskou, ale také spoustu zábavy, kterou spolu prožijete. Můžete si spolu zahrát skvělé minihry, jako Flappy Egg, Pexeso, Puzzle a další. V obchodě si můžeš vajíčko...(read more)

Mobile Services iOS SDK のベータ版をリリース

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 22:00
このポストは、10 月 7 日に投稿された Mobile Services Beta iOS SDK Released の翻訳です。 マイクロソフトはこのたび、 iOS 用オフライン SDK のベータ版をリリースしました。このバージョンでは新たに、.NET バックエンド モバイル サービスの利用時に Table ストレージにアクセスできるようになりました。 この機能をサポートするために、今回のオフライン SDK では、小規模ながらも重大な変更が行われました。この SDK は最終的にはメインの 2.0 SDK になる予定です。その際、お客様のクライアントのコードのアップグレードが必要となる可能性がありますのでご注意ください。 この重大な変更は、 MSReadQueryBlock の型定義に適用されています。 従来の定義 typedef void (^MSReadQueryBlock)(NSArray *items, NSInteger totalCount, NSError *error); 新しい定義 typedef void (^MSReadQueryBlock...(read more)

PowerShell DSC for DevOps and ALM v1.0 released

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:30

I’m excited to add to the fanfare that the first set of ALM Ranger Guidance for PowerShell DSC has been released (full details can be found on Willy’s blog here: I have been a part of other Ranger projects before but this one was different for a number of reasons and I wanted to talk about it and how it applies to DevOps in general.

In virtually all Ranger projects, experts from Microsoft, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals and various other experts in the industry are brought in to help with a project (it is truly remarkable as we all work on these projects in our spare time). We engage with the product team(s) as needed when we need technical guidance and someone from the product team is almost always chosen as the Product Owner. This was different. Desired State Configuration (DSC) is relatively new. The guidance out there is still in development. Many blog posts, books and articles have been written about it but a lot of the details and plumbing were either missing or incomplete. While PowerShell is ubiquitous when it comes to managing Windows Servers and even Azure, its application with DSC is very new.

But Rangers aren’t shy – a bunch of us with PowerShell experience, ALM and Release Management and Operations experience committed to work on the project even though we knew relatively little about DSC. However, we’re a committed bunch when we put our minds to it – I’m proud to be a part of a group who’s vocabulary does not include the word “quit”. We all had to learn a lot and fast. The Product Team, lead by Keith Bankston as our PO spent time educating us, pointing us to all of the material available and really helping us over every bump we ran into – and we ran into a lot of them. We spent several weeks ramping up on the technology and then we started asking questions.

One thing I can’t emphasize enough is that while DSC isn’t particularly hard – that’s one of the beauties of it – the process has to be understood and in many ways that is way, way harder than the technology which we all picked up relatively easily. But from a process perspective we started asking questions and we came up with some really good answers so that you, the consumer of DSC, don’t have to think about quite as much as we did.

Is DSC absolute?

When we think of the word “State” in computer science we think of an absolute. Here is how it is defined by Wikipedia:

“…the state of a digital logic circuit or computer program is a technical term for all of the stored information, at a given instant in time, to which the circuit or program has access.”

There’s no room for fudging here. However, that’s not quite how “State” is defined when it comes to DSC because there are two instances of use in DSC.

Instance 1: A resource reserved for a single use exclusively

In this scenario, the individual configuring the system is the only individual needing a resource to be in a given state. An example of this is a server that is dedicated to support only a single application.

Instance 2: A shared resource

In this scenario one or more individuals may need the system configured for their own use but they are doing it on the same system. An example of this is a web server hosting two different applications.

The Ranger guidance talks about minimum and absolute configurations. But the question of minimum configuration led to a question that I asked during the development of the guidance – what happens when there are two different configuration files which target a single server? The answer: this situation is not possible. A single target machine can only pull its configuration (or have a configuration pushed to it) by a single machine. On the source machine, only a single configuration can apply to a target machine. This leads to the second important item.

Version control your configuration scripts

We mention this quite prominently in the guidance. However, the paragraph above describes a scenario where multiple people are accessing the same configuration file and possibly making changes to the same configuration settings. My first thought was, “well, how do you stop someone from changing your configuration?” Keith had the best answer that I’ve ever heard: “The people making changes to the configuration have to talk with each other!” Well, how often does that happen? It’s going to have to happen – and even better, the configuration is also a very easy way to communicate with the operations team.

Take advantage of DSC as means to communicate with other people using a server and the operations team. And maybe the operations team is the group that owns the configuration and helps facilitate communication with all teams using a given server.

I hope you enjoy the guidance and I’m happy to have been a part of this team – it was great, great people, great technology and a great environment.

[Sample Of Oct. 17] How to view Windows Azure SQL Reporting Services via Report Viewer

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:59
Oct. 17 Sample : This sample should be run with latest Windows Azure SDK, Sql Server 2012 (With Reporting components), ASP.NET MVC 4. Open the CSAzureSQLReportingServices.sln file with Visual Studio in elevated (administrator) mode. Before running the sample, try to replace your SQL Azure service in Web.config file, you need input your SQL Azure report username, password and service url. ...(read more)

24 時間 365 日いつでも Reference Streams の利用が可能に

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:50
このポストは、10 月 7 日に投稿された Live 24/7 Reference Streams Available の翻訳です。 マイクロソフトは、テスト、参照、デモを目的とする Microsoft Azure Media Services ライブ サービスの 24 時間 365 日年中無休体制の 2 つの継続的なリニア ストリーミング サービスの運用を開始しました。 これらのサービスは MPEG-DASH、HLS バージョン 3、HLS バージョン 4、Smooth Streaming の各形式のストリーミングに対応しています。 ストリーミングの詳細 現在は、2 つのチャネル共に米国東部リージョンで提供されており、アーカイブ期間が異なる 3 つの短い動画のストリーミングをご利用いただけます。どちらのチャネルも単一のフラグメント化された MP4 取り込みストリームを受信しますが、上記のすべてのストリーミング形式でダイナミック パッケージングを使用してストリーミング エンドポイントからプルすることもできます。このストリーミング エンドポイントは Azure CDN...(read more)

Working out the best Azure DC (region) from your location, even Australia

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:46
When you live at the further reaches on our planet, like here in Australia, you need to pay attention to latency and performance in general. Of course there are arguments that latency and sovereignty at less important than one may think and for most modern applications, most well thought out applications, that's true. With two new regions in Australia this discussion becomes a moot point. But which data center/centre is best for you? This morning Tom Hollander pointed me at a new browser to region...(read more)

Channel 9 采访 – 有趣的实习生:.NET可移植性分析员 Charles Lowell

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:18

[原文发表地址] Channel 9 Interview - Fun with the Interns: Charles Lowell on the .NET Portability Analyzer

[原文发表时间] 6 Aug 2014 1:10 PM


在这次采访中,我首先和Charles Lowell进行了交流,他是一位软件开发测试工程师,一直从事于一个很酷的叫做.Net可移植性分析的visual studio推广。作为开发人员,需要面对越来越多的平台,这个工具对分析.NET代码便携化有很大帮助。它能够提供一个对于快速移植代码到指定平台的代码更改的视图。

观察:有趣的实习生:.Net可移植性分析员 Charles Lowell

该工具的Aplha版本今天发布!在这里下载扩展: .Net可移植性分析



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Issues with Visual Studio Connected IDE - 10/17 - Investigating

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:55

Initial Update: Friday, 17 October 2014 at 1:50:00 AM UTC

We are currently investigating an issue with the Visual Studio Connected IDE scenarios. Customers may experience issues synchronizing settings to the Visual Studio Online service. This does not impact other VSO services. Our DevOPs teams are engaged and actively working on providing a fix for this issue.  We will provide an update as soon a fix deployed to the production.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Azure Backup による Windows Server 2008 のバックアップのサポートを発表

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:00
このポストは、10 月 6 日に投稿された Announcing Support for Backup of Windows Server 2008 with Azure Backup の翻訳です。 Windows Server に信頼性の高いバックアップ サービスを提供する Azure Backup は前月比で 2 桁の成長を遂げ、急速に広まっています。Azure Backup では Windows Server 2008 R2、Windows Server 2012、Windows Server 2012 R2 といった最新の Windows Server のオペレーティング システムがサポートされています。しかし、Windows Server 2008 のサポートに関するご要望が殺到したため、今回、Azure Backup のサービスが拡張され Windows Server 2008 (64 ビット) のオペレーティング システムもサポートされるようになりました。 Azure Backup では、効率的かつ安全な方法で、長期的にオンプレミスの Windows Server...(read more)

Time for a Change (not April Fools)

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:00

Hello to all my friends in the Microsoft Dynamics GP Community.

You have probably heard that Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, recently announced that Microsoft will be shedding 18,000 employees, a total of about 14% of its total work force.

Well, on the 19th of September 2014, I was asked to come into the office for a teleconference meeting with my Sydney based manager. As this was the first time in thirteen and half years I have been specifically asked to go into the office for a meeting (I usually work from my home office), I knew something was up.

My team had been shrinking over the last few years. So, it was not a surprise to be told that support for Asia Pacific for the Microsoft Dynamics GP product was now going to be handled out of the Fargo office and that my role as Escalation Engineer in Asia Pacific was no longer required.

A few year's ago I wrote an April Fool's Day post which was designed to make people believe I was leaving Microsoft. Well, this time it is true and today is my last day. The Microsoft era of my career, which started on 16th May 2001, finishes today on the 17th October 2014.

Instead of writing it all again, I am including the career history from previous article: 

As many of you know I have been involved with the Great Plains world since 1994 and Dynamics v2.0.  The company I was with at the time, Sequel Technology, actually looked at version 1.0, but decided not to get involved with the initial release. I learnt Dexterity v2.04 in Melbourne, Australia when Kevin Kidder made his first international trip and conducted the first Dexterity Fundamentals class outside of Fargo (quite a long way outside).

I spent a total of five years as a Director of Sequel Technology, a time which includes highlights as presenting Cross Dictionary Dexterity Development techniques at the 1998 Great Plains World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), and winning the 1997 Great Plains Technical Innovation Award for Named Printers (which was later sold to Great Plains and is now part of core code).

In 1999, I made a very hard decision to leave Sequel Technology and created my own business, Winthrop Dexterity Consultants.  I decided to focus on development of products and custom development and to no longer be directly involved with sales and implementation. My concerns were unfounded as the business was a great success, with achievements such as developing most of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) implementation for Australia while on contract to Great Plains Australia, and developing the Omni Tools and Omni Price products, which were later sold (Omni Security and Omni Field Security to Microsoft and the rest of the modules a few years later to Rockton Software).

In 2001, in conjunction with the sale of what became Advanced Security and Field Level Security, I joined Microsoft.  Initially, I continued to maintain the Advanced Security, Field Level Security and Business Activity Statement (Australian GST) code, but these were later handed over to dedicated development teams.  My role in Microsoft has shifted from a development focus, to a consulting focus and now to a support focus.  All the time, I have continued to leverage my development background to provide better results for the teams I have worked with. This can be seen with the "pet projects" I have been involved in such as the Developing for Dynamics GP blog, Menus for Visual Studio Tools and the Support Debugging Tool.

Now before anyone gets upset, I want to point out that I knew that this day would come someday. It just happened a little sooner than I expected, but I was ready for a change. Development is my first love and I was already thinking about new possibilities. Staying within Microsoft and living in Perth, it was not possible to find a new role related to Microsoft Dynamics GP, so I decided to create my own role outside of Microsoft.

I am pleased to announce that I will be restarting the consulting business I had before joining Microsoft. Winthrop Dexterity Consultants will be reborn as Winthrop Development Consultants.

Winthrop Development Consultants ( will offer independent Microsoft Dynamics GP development skills (consulting, development and training) to the ISVs, partners and customers of the Dynamics GP community. It will also allow me to work on other development projects which have been waiting patiently in the sidelines.

I have really enjoyed my time at Microsoft but now it is time to move on. However, I am not leaving the Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) community and hope to see many of you at reIMAGINE 2014 in Fargo in November. Please make sure you find me to say "Hi" and to discuss how I can assist you.

As this will be my last post on the Developing for Dynamics GP Blog, I will continue blogging at


PS: My email address will be the same as before: david at winthropdc dot com.

Report Builder of SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 does not launch.

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:55
Dear Customers we have discovered a problem with Report Builder that ships with SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3. If you installed SQL Server 2008 R2, have upgraded it to Service Pack 2 and then applied Service Pack 3, then Report Builder will fail to launch. It will raise the following error. ERROR SUMMARY Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log. * Activation of http://.../ReportServer/ReportBuilder/ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application...(read more)

Microsoft welcomes Government’s Innovation Agenda and Small Business support

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:36

This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy designed to drive economic diversity, encourage entrepreneurship and develop and support new enterprises.

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Microsoft welcomes Government’s Innovation Agenda and Small Business support

MSDN Blogs - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:00

This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy designed to drive economic diversity, encourage entrepreneurship and develop and support new enterprises. 

This policy, that shapes existing innovation programs and new plans into a cohesive strategy with clear objectives, is music to my ears.  The acknowledgement of the important role graduates in STEM fields will play in enabling Australia’s future prosperity alongside the commitment to focus on STEM skills in school education and to introduce computer coding across the curriculum were standout elements.

I have always believed that, even if students don’t go on to pursue careers in information technology and related fields, a core understanding of coding and how technology works would be hugely beneficial to every working life.

The proposed trial of a P-TECH style education facility is another exciting part of this announcement.  This sort of model sees industry leaders and school teachers working together to ensure strong leadership, collaboration, curriculum design and mentoring which ultimately should lead to better employment opportunities for young Australians.

I’m very keen to see my two young girls benefit from this sort of environment when they begin to consider their first steps into the Australian workforce.

Implicit in this announcement is a recognition of the interdependence of innovation, entrepreneurship and productivity that was the focus of Microsoft’s Joined Up Innovation paper released earlier in the year. Recognising and cultivating the right skills was one of seven recommendations made in that paper.

As a player in the innovation ecosystem, we applaud policies such as this that advance the national interest. We believe that Australia can improve its ability to create innovative, high-value producing businesses by ensuring all elements of its innovation ecosystem are better informed and better connected, locally and globally. This is one reason why we support the announcement of the Industry Growth Centres that will better connect researchers and industry.

I also welcome the announcement of the commitment to reform the taxation treatment of Employee Share Schemes to encourage start-ups to attract and retain employees, as well as the $18million Australian Small Business Advisory Services program.

I look forward to seeing how this announcement encourages innovation among the small and medium sized enterprises that drive the Australian economy.


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