If I Put Dynamics GP in The Cloud Can I Take It Back?

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By John Miele

You have gone to the cloud. But perhaps now your business requirements have changed or you moved your warehouse to a location with poor internet access. Can you go back?

The good news is that moving your Dynamics GP software back on-premises from the cloud is possible. It is really just a server move. We would need the backup files from the hosted server and we would restore them on the new in-house server.

It sounds simple, but there is more to it than that.

Here are 6 important things to note:

  1. You would need to have the same or better hardware configuration of that in the cloud.
  2. You would also want to make sure you are using the BYOL model (Bring Your Own License) for Dynamics GP, otherwise, if you are using the subscription model, you would have to repurchase Dynamics GP.
  3. You would need to install the same Dynamics GP (and 3rd party applications) version and build as the one you had in the cloud.
  4. You would have a cutover, where you would copy the data from the cloud back to the on-premises environment.
  5. If you are going to continue to use a terminal server for the Dynamics GP clients, you would need to add that server as well as the back end SQL server.
  6. If you decide to use thick clients for the Dynamics GP client (Windows Workstations) you would need to ensure that the operating system, hardware, and office versions are at the minimum requirement levels.

These are all things that the experienced team at CAL Business Solutions can help you with.

How much will it cost?

The cost of doing this varies greatly depending on the number of databases and 3rd party applications. If the users can copy the backup files from the host server, or even restore all of the databases onto their new server, that could be significant savings. They would also need to copy the logins from one server to the other.

Note: there are horror stories out there of some vendors not being willing to give you your data back in a useful format if you decide you want to return on-premises. Microsoft is NOT one of those vendors.

The team at CAL Business Solutions can review your system and give you a quote for the total cost to bring your system back in-house.

If you are considering moving Microsoft Dynamics GP to the cloud OR back on-premises, CAL Business Solutions can help you make a smooth transition.

Contact CAL Business Solutions at 860-485-0910 x4 or sales@calszone.com. Or contact us online.

By John Miele, Senior Support & Upgrade Specialist, CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut based Microsoft Dynamics GP and Acumatica partner, www.calszone.com

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