Great Plains Eenterprise Upgrade Faq

By: Andrew Karasev

High end version of Great Plains Software Dynamics was known under the name of Great Plains eEnterprise. In turn eEnterprise is successor of Great Plains Dynamics C/S+. eEnterprise licensing concept allowed you as eEnterprise customer to purchase such advanced modules as Manufacturing, Intercompany Processing, Customer Vendor Consolidation, Unlimited level of System manager users, Unlimited number of Payroll employees, and other nice options. When Microsoft acquired Great Plains Software and the rules making prerogative came to Microsoft Business Solutions, Microsoft proclaimed so-called Project Green, later on renamed into Microsoft Dynamics project, where Great Plains was included into Dynamics family as Microsoft Dynamics GP. At the same time the coined term of eEnterprise was played down and deemphasized, in fact turned to Microsoft Dynamics GP Professional
Last version of eEnterprise was 7.0 and for now it is no longer supported by Microsoft Business Solutions. For you as eEnterprise user it may mean that you have to consider upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 or 10.0. Let's review eEnterprise upgrade topics and move on:

1.SQL Server Platform. eEnterprise was available on MS SQL Server 6.5, 7.0 and 2000 only since the time, when Dynamics CS+ 5.0 was discontinued on Ctree and Btrieve. If you migrate to SQL 2000 GP 10.0 or 9.0 you can upgrade your SQL to 2005.

2.Downgrading licensing. If you feel that your company actually did downsizing process since its better financial years, when you did implement Great Plains eEnterprise. If this is the case - it should be considered as normal business development, and you should excersize the option to downgrade your GP licenses level with Microsoft Business Solutions Dynamics GP

3.Getting Licenses. Here you have to follow general procedure, meaning that if you are not current with Microsoft Business Solutions annual enhancement program, you have to go through reenrollment process, and the longer you were out of status, the higher is the penalty to allow you to be reenrolled and get current ERP software licenses

4.Upgrading procedure. It should be very straight forward and your GP VAR should advice you on the version update path. Assuming that you are eEnterprise 7.0, you should upgrade to GP Professional 7.5 (matter of several minutes or seconds, as code base and table structure is almost the same for these two versions). Then you should move to GP Pro 9.0 and from there, assuming that you have applied GP 10.0 SP 1 or higher you can move to version 10.0

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