Friday, September 6, 2013

VST: Updating your Visual Studio Tools Web Client Development Environment

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 (12.00.1482) introduced some really cool new updates to a lot of application components. Yesterday, for example, I talked about the SmartList Designer and how it really takes the SmartList experience to new heights.

Visual Studio Tools and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 introduce support for WinForms rendering on the Web Client - more of that in my next article, but before we get into the details, here's what you need to know to prep your development environment:

1. You must install Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP Service Pack 2 in your system. The VST msi update can be found under MDGP2013_SP2_DVD_ENUS\Tools\SDK\VS Tools\Updates folder in the full DVD image available from CustomerSource or PartnerSource. This should bring the VST components to version 12.00.1488.00 while updating all templates in your Visual Studio development environment.

Visual Studio Tools SP2 build number check Control Panel | Programs

2. You must apply Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2, which in turn should upgrade the Web Client Runtime components on your session host machine(s). The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP build number is 12.00.1482 and the Web Client Runtime assemblies will be updated to version

Web Client Runtime build number check under About Microsoft Dynamics GP | Additional | Web Client

NOTE: If you are, in addition, doing Dexterity development you must follow the procedures outlined in to complete the update of your Dex application, since SP2 will also update the Dynamics dictionary.

3. Finally, you can upgrade the Web Client components themselves, by running the msi found under \MDGP2013_SP2_DVD_ENUS\AdProd\WebClient\Updates on the full DVD image on your IIS server. The Web Client components should be at version 1.0.516.0 after the update is completed.

Web Client build number check under Control Panel | Programs

If you are anything like me, all this stuff runs on your development laptop. However if you are a part of a dev team, you should determine where each of these components reside in your environment and update accordingly.

For more information on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 take a look at my article Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Service Pack 2 is now available.

For additional information on updating your Visual Studio Tools applications to Service Pack 2, you will want to follow instructions outlined in the Upgrading an Integration section of the Getting Started chapter of the Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP content online at MSDN Library.


In my next article, I will talk about rendering Visual Studio Tools' WinForms in the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC


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