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With the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018, you will want to consider the steps you will have to take when upgrading Web Client. As of right now I do not have access to the code that contains the upgrade functionality, but as soon as I get it I will be sure to test the process. That being said, I believe that the steps will be very similar to the GP 2016 R2 Web Client upgrade so for now just follow the steps below. If there are any changes, I will be sure to update the article.
One thing to take into consideration when upgrading the Web Client is that, you will want to verify whether you are in a single or multi server environment. If you are running in a single server environment you will be upgrading the Session Central Service and Session Service on one server. If you are running a multi-server environment you will want to be sure that you are installing the Session Central Service update on the Session Central Server/Web Server. The same goes for the Session Service/Session Host server. Also, if you are running multiple Session Service Servers, make sure that you are upgrading all of them so that they are the same Web Client version.
You are going to notice that there is still the option to install Web Client and Web Components in the GP 2018 install media. For all intents and purposes, they will do the same thing.
Please note that you will have the option to install/upgrade Service Based Architecture (SBA) when installing Web Components. This part of the installation is not covered in this particular article, but I want you to be aware that these options will be there. If you are not using SBA, you can right click on Service Based Architecture and SBA Session Manager and select ‘Not Available’.
You can find instructions on how to upgrade a single server environment and a multi-server environment in the Documentation\Manuals directory on the GP media. I’d like you to note, there are special instructions if you happen to be running Tenant Services. You would want to refer to the Install and Administration Guide.
Tenant Services Documentation:You can find the Tenant Services upgrade documentation on the install media if you go to Documentation\Manuals. The file is called TSInstallAdminGuide. Be sure you go in and Edit the Path information in the Tenant Manager Snap-In after you have upgraded your GP Client on the Session Host Machine(s).
GP Upgrade Documentation: Click the following link for GP Client upgrade information: Upgrade Information
You should verify that the desktop client is working properly before you continue with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client upgrade process. Resolve any issues before you continue.
Be sure that all of the users have signed out of the system before you start the web client upgrade
Installing the upgrade:
To install an upgrade of the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client in the single machine configuration, complete the following procedure.
Updating the online help
If a web client upgrade has updated help content, you should be prompt to install the updates at the end of the Web Client install. You can also use the following procedure to install the updated help content.
Client machine update steps
To ensure that the updated Microsoft Dynamics GP web client is working properly, you should perform the following steps on each of the client machines that access the web client.
Preparing for the Scale out upgradeThe first step to performing the upgrade for a scale out installation is to upgrade for database and the desktop client components for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Use Dynamics GP Utilities to upgrade the system database and the company databases. Refer to the procedures described in the upgrade documentation for Microsoft Dynamics GP to complete this process.
You should verify that at least one desktop client installation is working properly before you continue with the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client upgrade. Resolve any issues before you continue.
Be sure that all of the users have signed out of the system before you start the web client upgrade process.
If you are using Tenant Services with your Microsoft Dynamics GP web client installation, you must apply the update to Tenant Services before you update the web client components.Refer to the Tenant Services Installation and Administration Guide for information about updating Tenant Services. The Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade can take place after the upgrade of the web client since older versions of the Microsoft Dynamics GP runtime can be used with the latest version of the web components.
Updating the web site and Session Central Service
To install the upgrade for the web site and the Session Central Service, complete the following procedure.
Updating session host machines
To install the upgrade for each session host machine in the scale out installation, complete the following procedure. This also goes for a single machine install, but you would update all services on one machine.
Thanks, Karl Hendrickson | Support Engineer | Microsoft Dynamics GP
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