On the 27th April 2009 at 9am PST (US Pacific Standard Time), there will be some changes happening with the managed Partner newsgroups for Microsoft Dynamics GP. They are being migrated a new forum style rather than the older newsgroup technology.
This information is only relevant to Microsoft partners and refers to the Certified and Gold Certified Partner newsgroup and the Direct Access Partner newsgroup, which can be accessed with the links below:
While you will be able to read existing posts, you will no longer be able to create new posts. Note that existing posts in the newsgroups will be continued to resolution.
For more information on these changes please look at this post from the Online Technical Communities Team.
For information on the history of the forums and why these changes are being made please see The Future of Dynamics GP Forums.
You will need to go to http://social.microsoft.com/ to create your profile which can be linked to your existing Windows Live ID. Once there, sign in and then click on My Profile to set up your display name and other details.
Then go to https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40014662 to associate your Partner account with your Forum sign in.
Below is the link to the main Microsoft Forums page:
The new partner forum at the link below. Please start to use this new partner forum to discuss issues and news with your colleagues in the Microsoft Dynamics GP partner community.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Global English Partner Online Technical Communities upgraded to the forum platform since Apr 27, 2009, at 9:00am PST. As the sum-up of partners’ feedback/enquiries today, we’d like to outline the following FAQs for your reference. For anything unclear or we can help, please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com. Thank you.
Q: Why my old threads are not listed under My Threads on forum?
A: It is because the threads on NNTP newsgroups won’t be replicated to forums automatically. We still assist partners’ existing threads on NNTP until every thread is resolved. For new threads, we’d encourage partners to initiate from forums directly hence partners can start to experience the enhanced community functions.
Q: On forum platform, how to distinguish between Partner online technical communities from other public online communities?
A: Partner Online Technical Communities on the Forum platform are displayed with “(Partner)” marked in the subjects. You will need to sign in forum by using the LiveID which has been associated with your company's MSPP account. Otherwise, you will not be able to see the Partner OTCs on the Forum platform.
Q: How to associate my LiveID with my organization’s Partner Program account?
A: The steps are:
- Load the partner portal: https://partner.microsoft.com/.
- Select Program Membership, and select Manage My Membership.
- Select Manage Your Account, follow the guide to sign in by using your LiveID, and then select Associate as an Individual.
- Follow the wizard to associate your email address with your organization’s Partner Program account. Your Partner Program administrator will receive the approval request in Partner Membership Centre.
- Once it gets to be approved, you can use that LiveID to access Partner Online Technical Community.
Q: How can I get back to the top level of POTC on forum?
A: You can click “Forums Home” on the right pane of the forum page.
There are also some other Microsoft Dynamics GP forums created, but they are not being used as yet, so while you can post to them you probably will not get a response. They are:
- Microsoft Dynamics GP Forum
- Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Forum
- Microsoft Dynamics GP Deployment Forum
Note: At this stage I suggest you do not use these 3 public forums.
The links for the new partner forum has been updated onto the left hand pane of the blog.
02-May-2009: Added Forums Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
21-Jul-2009: Added Link to Post about the Future of Dynamics GP Forums.