Thursday, March 27, 2014

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Virtual Machine image from the Windows Azure Gallery

Part 1/2 - The Provisioning Process

A few days aback, the Microsoft Dynamics GP product management team announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 from the Windows Azure gallery. You can read more about it on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 image available in the Azure Gallery

The image is available exclusively to MSDN subscribers, which means it's only slated for development and maybe even demo purposes. You can find more information and download some Word documents to assist with the configuration process directly from PartnerSource with the link provided below.

PartnerSource: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 image available in the Azure Gallery

Since I am an MSDN subscriber courtesy of the Microsoft MVP Award Program, I thought I would dive into the process of provisioning a Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 virtual machine (VM) and walk through some of the things I found in the process - back in January of 2013, I explained the Windows Azure subscription process. The process may or may have not changed much since then, but if you are an MSDN subscriber, all you need to do is activate your benefits by going to the Windows Azure website.

1. Once your benefits are active, you will need to go to the Windows Azure management portal - for obvious reasons, I have obfuscated my VM and cloud services names.

Windows Azure management portal
2. Click the +NEW button on the lower left hand side of the window, then select Compute | Virtual Machine  | From Gallery to begin the provisioning process.

Virtual Machine Gallery option

3. Locate the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Developer image from the Dynamics gallery under the Microsoft section. To note, you can also provision a Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 image as well.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Developer
The excerpt from the image description is as follows:

The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Developer image is an offering exclusive to MSDN subscribers. The image includes a pre-configured environment for building integrations and customizations for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. The image includes the same software as the Visual Studio Premium 2013 gallery image. In addition, it has the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 software components, including Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics GP SDK, Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP. The image also contains configuration scripts for installing Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client and Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Refer to the "Getting started with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Image" link on the desktop for additional information. 

As a developer, you get all the goodies you can possibly dream of to dive into a development project, including Visual Studio Premium 2013. Also, once the provisioning process is complete, you can access the VM and read further instructions with a link provided on the desktop.

4. When you click the next button you will then be taken to the Virtual Machine Configuration screen, where you can enter the name and a local admin user and password for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 VM. You are also asked to size the VM, for which there are no clear instructions. Given the amount of software that will be running on this VM (GP, SQL Server, Visual Studio, etc.), I figure a large size (4 cores, 7 GB memory) should be good enough to start out.

Virtual Machine Configuration
5. The next step walks you through setting up the cloud service information, DSN, region, storage account information and availability set. If you are not familiar with any of these terms, please refer to the Windows Azure Documentation website. If you already have a virtual network as well, you may need to consult with your network administrator before you can continue.

Cloud Service
6. The final step will prompt for the installation of the VM Agent and the end-points you will want to create to access any service or application from the Internet. The VM Agent allows you to recover passwords and the likes in case you forget.

VM Agent and Endpoints

7. After submitting the configuration, the provisioning process begins.

Provisioning process

Tomorrow, we will explore the VM image a bit more and walk through some of the documentation available to developers.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

1 comment:

Beat BUCHER said...

Hi Mariano,
I've registered for a free Azure trial account yesterday, but somehow the promised Dynamics GP 2013 & 2015 images are not available to me... I've even tried with our MSDN corporate subscription, but alas, don't have access to Azure neither, because it seems not all MSDN accounts are equal... (we have the Visual Studio Pro edition). Do you know if there is way to get to the same point by starting with a SQL 2012 image ? I figured I could install myself all the GP apps.. Thanks for your hints.