This section describes the Dynamics GP web components and introduces the major parts of the installation. It also provides an installation checklist.
What are the web components?
The Dynamics GP web components include the web client, service based architecture and web management console. These components can be installed together on the same server or installed separately on different servers as needed.
What is the web client?
The Dynamics GP web client provides access to Dynamics GP through the Internet Explorer web browser. The user experience and functionality provided by the Dynamics GP web client closely matches the experience of using the Dynamics GP desktop client.
No client application software is installed on the user ’s local system. The Dynamics GP application process for the user is running on a separate server. For the GP 2018 release, Silverlight is no longer needed as the Web Client is now an HTML web client.
The following illustration shows the Sales area page in the Dynamics GP Web Client.
Parts of the web components
There are several parts of the web components installation that function together to present the web client to the user.
An Internet Information Services (IIS) web site is the main entry point for the Dynamics GP web client. This is the web site that users connect to when they access the web client. It displays the login page where users supply their credentials to access the system. The site must be configured to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to help ensure data security.
The server machines that run the sessions of the Dynamics GP web client are called session hosts. Each session host machine will have an installation of Dynamics GP.
The Session Service is running on each session host machine. It manages the new process that is created each time a user logs into the Dynamics GP web client.
Session Central Service
The Session Central Service controls the communication between the web site and the session host machines. When multiple session host machines are available, the Session Central Service will balance the processing load among the available machines.
Dynamics GP Web Client runtime
The Dynamics GP Web Client runtime is a component of the Dynamics GP installation. A web client runtime process is created by the Session Service each time a user logs into the Dynamics GP web client. Like the Dynamics.exe process used by the desktop client, the web client runtime process accesses the business logic in the application dictionaries and the data in the SQL database. Instead of displaying the user interface in a Windows application, the web client runtime displays the user interface in a browser.
You might hear this component referred to as the runtime service.
Web Management Console
The Web Management Console is a separate HTML application that is used to perform administrative tasks for the Dynamics GP web client. These tasks include actions like removing abandoned web client sessions.
Description of service based architecture
The Dynamics GP service based architecture enables REST based integrations to Dynamics GP. The functionality existing in dictionaries is exposed as a service call. The functionality is the "base" used for the service as well as the web and desktop clients.
Components of service based architecture
The components of service-based architecture function together to expose the service calls to integrating applications. The components include the following:
A WCF web service that serves as the main entry point for the service. The GP Service is responsible for performing the authentication on the incoming request and directing it to a Dexterity Service that can execute the request. The GP Service must be configured to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to help ensure data security.
The server machines that host the Dexterity Service instances are called session hosts. Each session host machine will have an installation of Dynamics GP and the Dexterity Service Control.
Dexterity Service Control
The Dexterity Service Control is running on each session host machine. It manages the Dexterity Service instances that execute the requests.
The Dexterity Service is a component of the Dynamics GP installation. The Dexterity Service gets requests from the GP Service and executes them using a Dynamics GP runtime instance. A runtime instance is created by the Dexterity Service as needed to handle incoming requests. There could be one or more runtime instances for a single Dexterity Service on a session host. Like the Dynamics.exe process used by the desktop client, a Dexterity Service runtime instance accesses the business logic in the application dictionaries and the data in the SQL database.
To install the Dynamics GP web components, complete the following tasks in the order shown.
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|1. Select a deployment configuration.
Specify if you want to install the Dynamics GP web components on a single machine or as a scale-out installation.
|2. Check the Dynamics GP installation.
Verify that the Dynamics GP installation is running properly and that the required web client runtime components are installed.
|3. Create the security groups and user accounts.
Determine which users will access the Dynamics GP web client and the Web Management Console.
|Security groups and user accounts|
|4. Verify the prerequisite software.
Install the software needed to support the Dynamics GP web components.
|5. Create and configure web sites.
Create and configure the web sites that will host the Dynamics GP web client and the Web Management Console.
|6. Obtain security certificates and configure SSL.
Determine the type of security certificate you want to use. Configure the web site to use SSL.
|Security certificates and SSL|
|7. Install the web components.
Complete the installation procedure based on the type of deployment that you chose.
|Scale out installation|