Your IT To Do List for 2014: Don’t Leave Anything to Chance

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A new year is quickly approaching and your business has probably set its goals for 2014.  This blog is to help you ensure that your Dynamics GP system is fine-tuned to support and facilitate achieving those goals.

At ICON, we recommend that our customers review their systems each year and validate possible changes and required maintenance for next year.  The central message of these recommendations is that your company should not leave its systems’ stability and performance to chance. Sooner or later, systems—especially hardware—fail.  The first recommendation is to take a moment and review the latest Microsoft Dynamics GP systems requirements document, which describe multiple scenarios and the recommended hardware and software for each one. Review your specific requirements based on these criteria and decide if you need to upgrade any aspects of your current systems’ components.  You may find other interesting documents in our downloads page.

Hardware: As mentioned before, hardware is an easy culprit in many cases, and big problems frequently arise from very subtle issues, so do yourself a favor and review the following:

  • Validate your systems’ requirements for processor, memory, and storage
  • Review the batteries on your RAID controller cards
  • Review available disk space both for data and online backups
  • Check for firmware updates to your hardware: BIOS, network cards, RAID controllers and disks.

Software: Here we have a list of the products your Microsoft Dynamics should be running on in 2014:

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP 2 + Payroll updates
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3 or SQL Server 2012 SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2012 R2

Reporting: Once again, consider to migrate your reporting to the newest reporting platforms, both for operational reports and financial reports:

  • If you are using Microsoft FRx, you should plan to deploy Microsoft Management Reporter (CU7 or later). FRx will work (unofficially) with GP 2013 but there is no support for it on the latest GP.  Besides, MR is so much better.
  • If you are using Crystal Reports, you should consider deploying and migrating to Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services.  There should be no doubt any longer of which is the best platform, even when both have merits.


  • Review your backup strategies, but don’t just go over it: Test it.  When was the last time you ran a disaster recovery test? How do you know your backups actually work?
  • Review that your backup strategies include rotating backups to a location outside of the office.
  • Review that the server has enough space for online backups.


  • Review that your license and definition files are up to date.
  • Generate a report to identify the risks your antivirus software has detected.

Prevention is the best medicine. This is particularly true with ERP systems.  I hope this list serves more than one of you to review your risks and protection, and to avoid emergencies in 2014.  If you need help on any of these matters, contact us and we will gladly help.

By ICON, Dominican Republic Dynamics GP partner

1 thought on “Your IT To Do List for 2014: Don’t Leave Anything to Chance”

  1. Your business has probably set its goals for 2014. Clearing all hardware issues and upgrading it makes your job easy and effortless. As same as hardware upgrades, you should consider about software upgrades, if you miss any. It can ensure you are having an updated latest technology. By implementing the right solution, you can get ROI in short period.

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