So I’m siting for exam MB3-700 on April 6th and that means I need to setup a lab environment to go over my training to make sure I’m ready for this exam. I took it last year and failed it by only a few points which is normally the case because I am a terrible test taker, but that is not what I’m here to talk about. So in the case of setting up a lab to work with I decided I would replicate my work environment to test against.
So I setup SQL 2012 SP2 and restored back my databases now I’m ready to install Dynamics GP 2013 R2 on my laptop. I normally take the long way and install just the RTM version and then apply the year end update but since the data I’m working has already been updated that would be an extra set of steps I didn’t need to take. Then I remembered that almost all Microsoft products allow you to slipstream updates. In this quick process I’ll show you how to do this and hopefully you can save yourself some time in the future.
So I have my core media install folder as seen in the image below.
To slipstream the update simply copy / cut the downloaded update from GP Customer Source and paste it into the Updates folder in the root of your Dynamics GP 2013 R2 install media.
This will make sure that during the install process the update is applied to your install and that you will not need to go through and manually run the update after the install is completed. Given how Microsoft Dynamics GP updates work if there is an existing file in this folder I simply rename the extension to .OLD or something like that but I leave it in place so I have a history of updates applied to Dynamics GP without having to reference the change log we keep.