PSTL Company Copy vs. Dynamics GP Utility Create a Company

I’m going to admit, I’ve been a bit confused as to why and when I would want to use these two tools.  So, I’ve been asking around and I think I’ve finally got it.

  • What’s the difference?
  • When and why would I use each of them?

Here’s my breakdown.

Dynamics GP Utility – Create a Company

This built-in utility only creates a shell of a company.  In other words, no data, no customers, no chart of accounts, no fiscal years, nothing is copied over.

For example, it’s used to create an empty shell of a new Dynamics GP database.  You might use it to create a brand new company.  Or you can go a step further, and after creating the new company, do a SQL backup and restore of your current system, and last, with the help of a handy SQL script to clean up a few things, you can have a test system to match your current one.

Read more on the GP Utility.

PSTL – Company Copy

This tool does deal with data.  You can pick and choose which pieces of data you want and it will move it into a new database.

This is great when you have different environments you need databases for.  It’s a starting point for a new database.

Read more on how to use the PSTL Company Copy tool here.

Here’s a handy PDF guide with step-by-step instructions on how to use these tools to create a new company in Dynamics GP.  Download PDF Here

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