If you’re installing Microsoft Dynamics GP into a thin client environment then installing the clients isn’t that onerous a task, but if you’re installing GP into a thick client (or into a large thin client) environment then it can be a task that takes quite a while especially when the client has numerous features which need to be selected on each client.

Microsoft Dynamics GP includes an aid for this circumstance; the ability to create an installation package which allows you to easily and quickly install GP onto clients with exactly the same configuration each time.

The installation package is created from the Microsoft Dynamics GP setup;

Microsoft Dynamics GP setup

The first step is to select the deployment package location;

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Installation Location

Next select the language settings which should be used;

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Country/Region Selection

Next select all the features of Microsoft Dynamics GP which should be included in the installation;

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Select Features

If you want Microsoft Dynamics GP to create the data source enter the SQL server name otherwise check the Do not create data source checkbox;

Microsoft Dynamics GP - SQL Server

Enter the dictionary locations for the forms and reports or leave these as the Installation Folder if you use the Musgravian method for giving access to modified reports; in the below example I’ve used a centrally shared location and entered the UNC path for the folder on the file server;

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Dictionary Location

Select a location for the OLE Notes and Letter Wizard files (I’d always recommend these be in a centrally shared location);

Microsoft Dynamics GP - OLE Notes and Letter Wizard Location

Confirm the creation of the installation package by clicking Install;

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Install Program

Confirmation will be displayed once the installation package creation is complete;

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Create Installation Package Complete

When run on client machines the Microsoft Dynamics GP client will be installed with all selected features and the Dex,ini and Dynamics.set files created with the specified paths; you don’t need to worry about the prerequisites either as the installation of the deployment package will install these where necessary.

If you’re creating installation packages for deployment on both x86 and x64 machines you will need to create two installation packages; one with the installation set as Program Files for the x86 machines and the other as Program Files (x86) for the x64 machines.