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MS Dynamics GP Transfer to MS SQL Server 2008

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GP 9.0.0310 is currently installed on a domain controller running SQL Server 2000.

I would like to move the installation to a Windows 2008 server running SQL Server 2008.  I have already installed SQL Server 2008.

Can I install Dynamics 10.0 (server) onto the Windows 2008 server and then move over the database files and such?  Or do I have to install GP 9.0.0310 onto the Windows 2008 server?

Once I install 9.0.0310 or 10.0 onto the Windows 2008 server, how do I move the Dynamics GP installation from the SQL 2000 box?
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Hi,

Unless there is a very good reason for your company to only upgrade to GP 10, I would strongly recommend upgrading to GP 2010.  It will save you time by delaying yet another upgrade when GP 10 support ends.

Since you already have a SQL Server 2008 machine setup, you can install the new version of GP (10 or 2010), then restore backups of your SQL 2000 GP databases onto the new SQL 2008 server.  Once the databases are restored, run GP Utilities on the new server to upgrade.  You do not need to install GP 9 on the new server.

However, if you are upgrading to GP 2010, before you do the restore, you need to upgrade your GP 9 and its databases to a slightly newer version.  Please see the GP 2010 upgrade path:

https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/support/selfsupport/hottopics/hottopic_mdgp2010_update.htm?printpage=false

GP 9.00.0371 is the minimum version required for the upgrade to GP 2010.


Please also make sure to review / read the GP upgrade documentation.  Here is the link to the GP 2010 upgrade docs:

https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/documentation/setupguides/gp2010_upgrade


When upgrading from GP 9, some settings may not upgrade, and security settings are completely different in GP 10 / 2010.

If you are using security in GP 9, I do NOT recommend "converting" the GP 9 security as part of the upgrade process.  It just creates an unmanageable mess.  You will need to invest the time to setup security properly from scratch.  It requires a bit of learning, but isn't difficult.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,

Steve Endow
Dynamics GP Certified Trainer
Dynamics GP Certified IT Professional
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Steve, I am going to stick with GP 10.0 for the short-term, as I do not have the install discs for GP 2010.  

Are there any other files from the SQL 2000 box that I need to copy?  I'm thinking dictionary files or anything of the sort.
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Hi,

All of the Dynamics GP disks are available for download, so you should not need the physical disks.

I know they are available on PartnerSource, but I am not sure about CustomerSource.  If you can't download them on CustomerSource, your GP partner should be able to provide them to you if you are still current on your enhancement plan.

Yes, any modified forms and reports need to be transferred to the new server.  Do not copy the dictionaries or bother upgrading the dictionaries as part of the upgrade.  Just export any modifications in GP 9 out to package files, and then import the package files on your new GP server.

Some modified forms or reports may not upgrade between the versions due to changes--you may have to re-modify them from scratch.

Also, if you use any third party products, make sure you have the reg keys for those products.

The upgrade documentation will have more detail and step by step instructions on the upgrade process.

Thanks,

Steve Endow
Dynamics GP Certified Trainer
Dynamics GP Certified IT Professional
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Thanks Steve.  I was able to download a copy of GP 2010 from CustomerSource, so I am going to make the upgrade to GP 2010.  If I could keep this question open for another day (I'll be upgrading in the next day), that'd be great.
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Hi,

Sure, no problem, take your time on the test upgrade.

Thanks,

Steve Endow
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