Management Reporter 2012 on GP 2015 Couldn't retrieve the list of available databases: The connection attempt failed.

While trying to configure Management Reporter 2012 on a brand new install of GP 2015 I received the following error:

"Couldn't retrieve the list of available databases: The connection attempt failed."

Configuration is SQL 2012 on Server 2012 R2, GP 2015 on Server 2012 R2.

Solution: Install Dexterity Shared Components 12 from the install disc for GP2013 R2.

I found the answer here:

Thank you to Richard Markham.

Disable / Turn off UAC on Server 2012


While User Access Control can protect our servers from malicious attacks on Server 2012 it is a pain. Setting UAC to Never Notify does not turn it off.

The following link explains how:

Set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system EnableLUA value = 0

Users cannot see renamed form navigation pane group headings

If you have customized the Group Names (i.e. 'Common', 'Sales', 'Service', 'Marketing', 'processes') located in the form navigation pane of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you need to assign the appropriate permissions to users so they can actually see these changes. The privilege inside of the security role that needs to be turned on is called 'ISV Extensions' on the Customization tab. This privilege is already given by default to management roles. If a user does not have this privilege they will not be able to see any changes to the headers-- rather it will look like no change has been made at all.

Watermark SSRS Report - How To

Recently when I was creating an SSRS report and was having a difficult time inserting a watermark. Unlike Microsoft Word, there is no button called "watermark" where one can be easily inserted. I could also not find a way to have a text box with an adjusted transparency.

Instead I came upon a very helpful blog that describes how to add a watermark into your report using a custom image. It's as easy as opening Microsoft Word and either creating your own text or using the Watermark button, saving as a .png file, then adding the image into your report. Please refer to the following link for the article.

Personalize your CRM ADFS Sign-in page

Njevity and our partners wanted to brand the sign in page for our Microsoft CRM ADFS logon page. To do this we had to add a logo file and edit a couple of code and configuration files.

On our ADFS servers we did the following:
1. Copied a our logo graphic file to c:\inetpub\adfs\ls (the root directory of the ADFS web page)
2. Made a backup copy of the web.config file in the same directory
3. Opened web.config with notepad
4. Found and un-commented the
<add key="logo" value="logo.png" />
5. Edited the key to point to our logo file.
6. Saved and closed the web.config file.
7. Made a backup copy of c:\inetpub\adfs\ls\MasterPages\MasterPage.master.cs
8. Edited MasterPage.master.cs
9. Change the line
Page.TitleLabel.Test = PageTitle ;
Page.TitleLabel.Test = "Sign In to:";
10 Change the line (so the logon page does not display the server name)
STSLabel.Text = FriendlyName;
STSLabel.Text = "";
11. Saved and closed the MasterPage.master.cs file.

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