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What Are the Advantages of a Storage Area Network (SAN)?

In our previous article we answered the question ‘What is a storage area network?’ but we didn’t focus on why a SAN is a better option than traditional storage solutions. Understanding the benefits (and drawbacks) is critical whether you’re considering your storage options or are actively looking to invest in a SAN.

June 30, 2015
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What is a Storage Area Network (SAN)?

Applications, databases, backups; there are a lot of reasons you need to manage storage on your servers. Typically, you do that via internal or attached hard drives for each device. However, not all devices fill up their hard drives at the same rate and it’s inefficient to buy additional drives for one server when the one next to it has a few hundred GBs of free space. 

June 24, 2015
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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2: All in One Document Viewer

Dynamics GP 2015 R2 has officially released and, to get you up to speed, we’re going to share all the great features of the day Microsoft has been putting out over the last month. Today we’re going to give you a threefer, with all the info about the new Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 All in One Document Viewer.

June 12, 2015
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Save Time in Outlook with Quick Steps

The great irony of Outlook is that it’s a productivity tool that has become our biggest time sink. We can chalk some of that up to the nature of email, but there are also a whole host of productivity boosting features most of us aren’t using.  One of the most commonly ignored is Quick Steps, which is why I want to share three great ways to save time in Outlook with Quick Steps.

May 22, 2015
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Dynamics CRM 2013: How to Export and Change Records in Bulk

Changing records is a fundamental piece of functionality in CRM but there are occasions when you need to change a large volume of records and the native editing functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM aren’t up to the challenge. Recently we figured out a simple way to export and change records in bulk without creating duplicates and we wanted to share it with you.

  • Choose or create a view with the records/columns you need.
  • Choose Export to Excel on the top ribbon.
  • Choose to export as a static worksheet.
    • You will have the option for current page records or all pages in current view.
  • Tick the checkbox “Make this data available for re-importing by including required column headings”
  • Open the Excel file and enable editing.
  • Go to the “Review” tab in excel and “Unprotect Sheet”.
  • Update the data as necessary.
  • Save the file as XML to be reimported.
    • CSV files will not allow you to update only and will create duplicates.
  • Click ‘Import Data’ button in the CRM top ribbon.
    • Browse to the XML file location with the updated information.
  • If done properly you will see a screenshot similar to below with the message “This Action will update existing records and, if required, create new records. If you do not see this message duplicate records will be created.
  • Click Submit and you’re done!

You can check the status of the import from Settings -> Data Management -> Imports. If you see errors Click on the import and check “Failures”. There will be error codes here that should help you troubleshoot the import problems.

May 15, 2015
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