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Money, Money, Money...

I only say Money, Money, Money, cus I'm working hard for it. I just spent 6 hours in the office on a Saturday, cus well, we have to start to work on the upgrade for Great Plains from 7.5 to 8.0. I know some of you are going "upgrade", shit man upgrading shit is easy. Well, I normaly would agree with you, exepct that this is Great Plains, and nothing is easy. Plus, the process of doing a test server is not easy.

The process of creating / running a test server is this:
*Find computer to be test server
*Reformat computer
*Install Windows 2003 Server (around 1 hour)
*Install all upgrades & service packs to OS (around 30 / 45 min)
*Install SQL 2000 Server (around 30 min)
*Install SQL 2000 Service packs (around 15 / 30 min)
*Install Greatplains 7.5 Server (around 30 min to 1 hour)
*Install Greatplains 7.5 Client (On same computer as Server)
*Create companys in Greatplains
*Install / Patch GP 7.5 Client (around 15 to 45 min)
*Install Wennsoft SP 15 Server & Client (around 15 min)
*Run Wennsoft Utilities
*Import company data from existing files on LIVE server (unknown, cus I'm not here yet)
And there is more, but I'm not there yet.

And that is all hoping there is no errors that fuck this all up, which happens quite a lot in a server invoerment. So, lets just say that it takes a lot to even get the test server up and running, then we have:
*Install GP 8.0
*Install any patches
and other steps.

and that is not even all of it. I have to do all the above steps for a test server, but start out at 6.0, then advance it to 7.5, then take it to 8.0. Also, very soon, 8.5 will be out, and I will have to do this all over again. But, I do like it, it's just a lot of sit, wait, and pray. So, thats what I did at work today.


( 3 People Thought — Tell Me What You Think )
Apr. 30th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Not a very fun, but at least a productive, Saturday.

Of course, I have no idea what Great Plains is.
Apr. 30th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
Great Plains is a accounting package that runs our whole company. Everything that we do in the company is done in Great Plains. Everything from payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, and dispatch.

If you are wondering what the company I work for (CAC Inc.) does, we are a HVAC service company. Basically, we Install, Remove, Fix, and Service heating and cooling equipment. We also fix and service food service equipment (Commercial Kitchen Equipment).

I am the Systems Administrator, which means, I take care of the whole computer system, network, telephone equipment, and a bunch of other stuff.

But, yes it was a very productive day, which is a good thing.
Apr. 30th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
We have a HVAC, I think!
( 3 People Thought — Tell Me What You Think )


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