Back in February of this year, I did a full walk-through of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 deployment on Windows Azure. I realized that one of the things that make it hard for partners and customers to determine whether to use the Windows Azure platform for hosting their Microsoft Dynamics GP solution is the scattered information regarding (application) features that are supported on the platform. In fact, did you know that even if you are not running Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, you can still take advantage of Windows Azure to host other versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP? You can always run the desktop client with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to accomplish this.
So, the objective of this article is to go over the Microsoft Dynamics GP components that are supported on the Windows Azure platform, which can be categorized into features that are Fully Supported and features requiring RDS licensing.
These are features that are internet facing (accessed via a browser) from the Windows Azure platform, without requiring much interaction with the desktop client.
- Web Client
- Web Services
- Business Portal
- Workflow (limited Dynamics GP desktop client use)
- Management Reporter Web Viewer feature
- Tenant Services
- SQL Server Reporting Services Reports
These are features that you will access via a remote desktop connection and is no different than your traditional Terminal Services or Citrix experience.
- Microsoft Dynamics GP desktop client
- eConnect (determined by consuming application)
- Integration Manager
- Management Reporter Report Designer and Viewer
- Excel Reports
- Analysis Cubes
As you can tell, Windows Azure presents a great opportunity for those of you trying to leverage a world class data center. In addition, Azure allows connectivity to your LAN via its virtual network infrastructure. You can try it out free for 30 days by visiting http://www.windowsazure.com. All you need is a Microsoft Account (formerly Windows Live ID) to get started.
If you need a walk-through, please feel free to add your comment to this post with information on how to reach you.
For more info on RDS licensing, take a look at RDS Solution for Dynamics GP on Azure over at Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Until next post!
Mariano Gomez, MVP