Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Installing DPPI EZ-GP Smartlist Accelerator on a Terminal Server

Data Presentation Products (DPPI) makes this great product called EZ-GP Smartlist Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains. It makes exporting Smartlists from GP an order of magnitude faster, and it intelligently formats them for printing too. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out of the box on a terminal server. Here is how to make it work.

Note: The software requires GP to load a chunk file, so everyone does have to close the GP application briefly.
  1. Login to the terminal server as a server admin
  2. Run change user /install
  3. Run the installer
  4. Open GP
  5. Answer "Yes" to the "Would you like to include new Code?" prompt.
  6. Run a Smartlist
  7. Export the Smartlist to verify Ez-GP is working.
  8. Register EZ-GP. * (Skip this if you are using the Free Trial, Obviously. )
  9. Close Excel and GP.
  10. Move the x:\documents and settings\yourname\DPPI folder to x:\Program Files\DPPI
  11. Give the users permissions to the x:\Program Files\DPPI folder.
  12. Open Regedit
  13. Navigate to Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\DPPI\TabFileParse
  14. Update the InstallFolder to x:\Program Files\DPPI\Xcelerator
  15. Update the WorkDirectory to F:\Program Files\DPPI\Xcelerator\Work
  16. Run change user /execute
  17. All done, test it as an unpriviledged user.
For the permissions, full control of the directory works. That could be tightened up, but determining the minimum permissions required is beyond the scope of this post.

Good Luck, and please comment if this article helped you.

-Elizabeth Greene

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