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Dynamics AX product-related topics for project-based businesses such as consulting, accounting, advertising, and construction.

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About Direct Reports

I'm the Group Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics AX engineering team covering Service Industries (including markets such as professional services, construction, architecture and advertising). I've been at Microsoft for over 17 years and was previously a Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS), part of Microsoft's Health Solution Group. I also spent 8 years as the Group Program Manager for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, where my team created and delivered the Microsoft business intelligence and reporting platform for IT Pros, end users and developers as part of SQL Server and Visual Studio. I joined Microsoft after a role as software architect for a4 Health Systems, a hospital software company in my home town of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    Gone Glimmering (Fix for Visual Studio Hang)

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    I am very happy to announce that a fix has been released for the notorious "Visual Studio cannot shut down because a modal dialog is open" bug. I know that many of you are getting this daily when using the SQL Server 2005 Report Designer. You can read...
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    Dead Letter Office (Etch A Sketch)

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    At the PASS Community Summit in Dallas last month, we had another "BI Power Hour" where we show some interesting technology demos using SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence. Not wanting to repeat myself, I decided to create a new demo. This time, I took...
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    On the Mouth (Teo on Custom Report Items)

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    Teo is at it again! He has written a great article appearing in MSDN Magazine this month on building custom report items for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. When I get a chance, I'll publish the code for the custom report item I built for Tech Ed...
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    More Fun (MDX Query Designer Error After Office 2007 Install)

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    If you are running the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta , you may noticed some problems in the MDX query designer in the Reporting Services Report Designer. Specifically, trying to execute an MDX query that has been typed or modified directly in the...
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    The Red Line (PDC Wrap Up)

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    It was a presenter's worst nightmare. I was in the middle of my PDC Power Hour demo and my laptop froze. The CPU was at 99% and the mouse was hanging. I found out later that I had experienced some sort of hardware malfunction that only appears after 10...
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    Up A Tree (Moving to SQL 2005 RS)

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    Lots of people ask me about what is coming in the next release of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. I put together a white paper a few months back and it finally got posted to the web last week. There are a couple of things that aren't described there...
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    Extra Width (Custom Report Items)

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    At this year's TechEd, Andrew Bryan of Dundas Software presented a session on Custom Report Items (a new feature of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services). Several people have asked me to post the code that was shown in the session so I have done so here...
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    Brave Noise (Why was my hair green?)

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    It's been over three weeks since I've added a blog entry. You may wonder why I have "gone dark". The fact is, we have been very busy putting the final touches on SQL Server 2005. This point in the product development cycle is exciting, heartbreaking,...
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    Mask (MSDN TV)

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    For some reason, I like to pretend that some of you would like to see what I look like. Now is your chance as I have recorded 2 episodes of MSDN TV, Using the New Visual Studio 2005 Report Controls and Report Authoring Tips and Tricks . Enjoy!
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    Three Imaginary Boys (Static Matrix Column Headers)

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    If you are using the matrix control in Reporting Services, you may want to create a static heading over top of your column headers. For example: You might first try putting a text box on the body above the matrix. But if you don't know how many columns...
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    It'll Be Cool

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    I'm Brian Welcker, Group Program Manager for SQL Server Reporting Services. I was doing a webast last week on the new Report Viewer controls in Visual Studio 2005 and during the question and answer phase, someone asked me if the sample code would be on...
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    Brotherhood (What is a CTP?)

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    So, what's a CTP anyway? Recently, we announced that instead of releasing SQL Server 2005 Beta 3, we would move to a model of releasing multiple CTPs (Community Technology Preview) up until the final release of the product later this year. But what...
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    The Girl who Runs the Beat Hotel (ReportViewer docs)

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    One of the cool new things in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is the new Report Viewer controls. These controls make it easy to embed rich Reporting Services reports in your WinForms and ASP.NET applications. As one of the goals was to deeply integrate them...
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    Peng! (Crystal to SSRS Migration Guide)

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    One of the top questions we get from customers is how to migrate from Crystal Reports. For those of you who are looking to make the switch, we just posted a migration guide on the web site. We are also having an associated webcast scheduled for June...
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    Lights from the Wheelhouse (RS Best Practices)

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    Adam Cogan from SSW, a longtime a friend of SSRS in Australia, has developed a nice set of tips and guidelines for Reporting Services as part of his Rules to Better... site. The site has a bunch of best practices for of .NET development topics and software...
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    Calling Over Time (New Reporting Services 2005 Partner Products)

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    Now that SQL Server 2005 is released, some of our partners are updating and enhancing their products to work with the new version. I want to point out two great partners in with new products. The first is a company called Neodynamic Systems ( http...
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    Houdini (GotReportViewer?)

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    If you are eager to get started with the Microsoft Report Viewer Controls in Visual Studio 2005, check out Rajeev's new site at http://www.gotreportviewer.com/ . It's got lots of great info and samples.
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    Antics (SQL 2005 Documentation Updates)

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    It's been a couple of weeks since my last entry. Lately, we have been working on plans for SQL Server "Katmai" as well as taking some much needed down time. Last weekend, the entire SQL team went up to Whistler, BC for some winter fun. It was especially...
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    Personal Best (The BI Survey)

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    Some of you may be familiar with Nigel Pendse’s OLAP Report . This year, the survey is broadening to include more BI functionality and is being renamed "The BI Survey". If you have some time, take a moment and fill out the survey . We (and the other BI...
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    When Your Heartstrings Break (ReportViewer Controls SP1 Redistributable)

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    For those of you who are incorporating the ReportViewer control in your WinForms or ASP.NET applications, I'm happy to announce the availability of a new ReportViewer redistiributable package. This package contains all of the fixes to the controls that...
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    Dreamy (Reporting Services at TechEd)

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    Unlike previous years, I decided not to attend the first day of TechEd. This means that I missed BobMu's keynote but you can read about the details from many of the TechEd bloggers . If you read the press release from TechEd today, we announced the...
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    Perfect Prescription (OneNote is Really Cool)

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    I think that you might be surprised how long it takes people within Microsoft to adopt new software. While there are some software that we are "strongly encouraged" to adopt <g>, what applications we use on a day to day basis is generally up to...
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    Dynamics AX 2012 Cumulative Update 7 is released!

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    I'm very excited to announce that we have released Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 7 (aka CU7) to CustomerSource and PartnerSource. This is the third CU released for Dynamics AX 2012 R2 (we skipped 2, 3, 4, and 5 to align with AX 2012 RTM CU numbering...
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    Project Effort and Cost Tracking Views in AX 2012 R3

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    In a previous post , I described some of the new features available for editing work break structures in Dynamics AX 2012 R3. In this post, I'll show the new project cost and effort tracking views that enable project managers to keep on top of the progress...
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    Bare Bones Configuration Guide for Dynamics AX Projects

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    If you are active in the Dynamics AX community, you probably have run into Murray Fife, a self-described "Curator, Author, Pitchman, Microsoft MVP & Mediocre Programmer". His site, Dynamics AX Companions is chock full of useful information about AX...
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