Today we have another guest blogger who is here to talk about Identity Management.  We are adding this functionality in the next couple of releases.  To be clear, this doesn't replace FastPath but does take us in a better direction when working in an online world.  Welcome, Daryl.


Hello everyone, my name is Daryl Anderson and I’m a Senior Program Manager on the GP development team.  Over the past few months, I have been working with a team to build a feature we are calling Identity Management. We first talked about this feature with our community in September during the Technical Airlift in Fargo and will discuss this in greater depth with our partners on our upcoming seven city partner GP NOW & NEXT roadshow in February.  So what is Identity Management and when will it be available? Identity Management includes changes that will improve how you log into the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client, alter how an administrator manages GP users and will help support the Service Based Architecture feature discussed by Kevin Racer in a previous blog post. You will see the first scenarios for Identity Management in the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 release scheduled for H1 of 2014, with additional scenarios being delivered in subsequent releases.

The GP 2013 R2 release will deliver the ability to log into the GP web client using your Windows identity. The experience is, the first time a user logs into the GP web client, they will provide their Windows user name and password and then optionally select to remember the user name and password if they are on a trusted device. The user is logged into GP without needing to provide any additional credentials. If the user selected to remember the user name and password, the next time they access GP from that device they will be logged in without being challenged for credentials. The feature will only be available on the GP web client, with the desktop client still requiring the user to login using a GP/SQL login and password. A GP user can be configured with either or both a Windows identity and a SQL identity, allowing the user to access GP using either/both clients in a mixed mode deployment.

The design of the GP 2013 R2 feature builds the foundation for broader and deeper scenarios in upcoming releases. For example, the ability to assign different identity types to a GP user opens up the possibility of logging into the GP web client using other identities like Office 365 or Microsoft Account. Look for additional scenarios in upcoming releases. Keep watching this blog and others for more details and if you’re a Dynamics GP Partner I’d encourage you to attend one of our GP NOW & NEXT events.