Creating your Dexterity Environment

Posted by Tony Khoury, Senior Consultant on October 10, 2016


So you’re ready to start programming in Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Before you do, make sure that you have a test environment set up.  Here’s how.

How to Set Up a Test Environment

Before you install your development environment, you need to have a test installation of GP and a corresponding SQL installation installed.  These installs need to be independent of your production environment.   To download the GP install media, search for Product Release Downloads for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 in Google. 


 

Feel free to pick your version of GP (i.e. 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016)   Download your media and install SQL and Dynamics GP to your test workstation.  Make a copy of your production environment to place in your test system.  If you need help doing this click here.

Once you have that all setup, go back into your install media and go to Tools\Dex.  Right click on Setup.exe and Run as administrator.
 


Accept all the defaults.  Now, install the SDK from Tools\SDK\Dynamics GP\Microsoft_DynamicsGP_SDK_x86_en-us.msi



Accept all the defaults again.

Next you will need to make a copy of the Dex.ini file from the GP installation to Dexterity installation location. 

For 32 bit installations, the Dex.ini is located in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2013\Data\ folder, copy it to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dexterity\Dex 11.0\Data\ folder.

For 64 bit installations, the Dex.ini is located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2013\Data\ folder, copy it to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dexterity\Dex 12.0\Data folder.

Development Dictionary

Let’s prepare your development work area. 

1.  Create a directory on your c:\ root directory called _Project
2.  Copy the Dynamics.dic file from your GP installation to the _Project folder.
     a.  For 32 bit machines, it will be located in the
          C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2013\ folder
    
b.  For 32 bit machines, it will be located in the
          C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2013\folder
     c.  Rename the Dynamics.dic file to Dynamics.dev.dic in the _Project folder.
3.  At this point you can run Dexterity and open the Dynamics.dev.dic file in the _Project folder.
     a.  Click on Open an existing dictionary
     b.  Enter in the path of the dictionary
     c.  Press OK.

This is what you should see after you open the Dynamics.dev Dictionary


Debug Mode

In order to configure the Dexterity application for test mode, copy the GPDWIN32.dll file from the GP application folder to your Dexterity application folder.

     a.  For 32 bit machines, it will be located in the
          C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2013\ folder…
          copy it to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dexterity\Dex 12.0\
     
b.  For 32 bit machines, it will be located in the
          C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2013\ folder…
          copy it to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dexterity\Dex 12.0\

To test the test mode, open up Dexterity and click Ctrl & T.  Dynamics GP should open and present you with a login screen.  Log into Dynamics GP and open a company.  Dynamics GP should open up, and a new window called Developer Assistant will open up as well.

That’s it.  You’re all set.  If you have further questions or need some assistance, contact our team of Dynamics GP experts at Support@Crestwood.com.


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