Microsoft Dynamics GP Installation Options

Written By: Michael Surmanian

from May 6, 2013

A successful Microsoft Dynamic’s installation can be looked upon as a three tiered cake, with each additional layer requiring that the previous is compatible and successfully configured.

While it is possible in some cases to install all tiers on the same server, Advanced Solutions generally recommends the infrastructure is broken up into two or three physical or virtual servers. (Figure 2)

The first tier of the infrastructure is the Operating System.  Most modern-day versions of the Dynamics Product line require Server 2008 R2 (64 bit) however some newer releases are now able to take advantage of Server 2012.  Each product’s System Requirements will define which Operating System, may make up the base layer.

Once the base layer of the infrastructure has been established, the SQL layer is installed on top of the OS as the entire Dynamics product line requires SQL.  In most cases SQL Standard can be used, but in larger deployments and those that require clustering SQL Enterprise is recommended.  Your VAR can provide pricing for each.  Included with the SQL installation are a set of Management Tools and MS Reporting Services as well as the ability to automatically transmit reports via email at specific times.

The third and final layer consist of the Dynamics application itself; SL, GP, CRM or the Business Portal. During an installation or upgrade, the Dynamics Product modifies or creates new SQL databases which reside on the SQL server.  In the case of the Business Portal, SharePoint is first installed and tested and then the Business Portal installer integrates additional Portal Sites to the parent SharePoint website.  (Figure 4)

As mentioned earlier Hyper-V is recommended as the Virtualization platform of choice.  Listed below are a variety of deployment options.  Contact your VAR for additional configuration options.