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  • Triggering IPA Processes Using an HTTP(S) Call
    There are several ways to trigger an IPA process, including 4GL triggers and scheduling. One simple and low-overhead method is to use a HTTP(S) call.
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  • Security Violation
    When applying a patch to the LSF environment, we saw Security Violation errors on environment utilities even though security was turned off. Here is an example on how to resolve this issue.
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  • Landmark Installation Error
    Here is a simple solution to assess Landmark 11 Installation Error with Oracle.
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  • IP Designer Series – SQL Query Node
    The SQL Query Node can be used to query any SQL Server database.
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  • IP Designer Series – Message Builder Node
    The Message Builder Node accepts a string of text and appends each text of that string to the message each time the node is used. This can be useful when your process loops through records and records any error messages for each record. It’s also good for notification messages for multiple records.
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  • ISAPI Filters
    If you need multiple web sites for Landmark, when you run the IBM plugin configuration for additional sites the sePlugins ISAPI filter for the original site may be overwritten with the ISAPI dll from the new site.
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  • Add Your Company Logo to Ming.le
    Your organization may wish to brand your Infor Ming.le site by adding a custom logo to the site. Infor Ming.le 10 and 11 offer this possibility, although Infor Ming.le 12 does not provide tools for updating the logo.
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  • IP Designer Series – FTP Node
    The FTP node can be used to move records from one server to another over FTP. It is important to note that there can be only one FTP configuration per configuration set. So you should create a new configuration set for each FTP server you are using for file transfers.
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  • IP Designer Series – For Each Node
    The For Each node can be used to loop through records - Iteration, Expression, Array, XML.
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  • IP Designer Series – File Access Node
    The FileAccess node can be used for file manipulation on local and remote servers. If you are manipulating files on a remote server, you can access them via UNC share, or you can create a new configuration set that connects to the file server.
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  • Landmark Authentication Fails
    After completing federation and restarting LSF and Landmark, landmark authentication fails. The security authen log returns the following error: sun.security.validator.ValidatorException: PKIX path building failed.
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  • Use Microsoft Management Console to connect to Lawson LDAP
    Microsoft Windows Server provides a tool called ADSI Edit, which can be used to get a closer look at your LDAP configuration.
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  • URL to Open Lawson from Ming.le
    Sometimes users would like to go directly to Lawson through Ming.le, rather than clicking on the Lawson Icon (globe). To help users with this requirement, you can generate a URL that opens Lawson when Ming.le is loaded.
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  • Lawson System Foundation – launtdll.dll
    When applying updates to Lawson System Foundation, you may see an error returned in the log saying, “Error: Fatal Not all files were delivered.” While the red highlighted message does not indicate exactly what the problem is, the actual error can be seen earlier in the log.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Encrypt & Decrypt Nodes
    These nodes can be used to encrypt/decrypt data or files for secure transmission. Before you begin, you must have a PGP key pair generated by a network security administrator.
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  • How to tell which version of Ming.le you are using
    Sometimes when you are troubleshooting issues with Ming.le, your support technician will ask which version of Ming.le you are using, Enterprise or Foundation. There are a couple of ways to determine this.
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  • Dealing with blank.htm
    Here is how to deal with browser returns of blank.htm when accessing the Lawson portal screen.
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  • WebSphere Update Error
    When updating a WebSphere fix pack, the following error can be seen from the IBM Installation Manager.
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  • Configuring the Landmark Main Configuration Set
    This article will demonstrate how to set up the most commonly-used Infor Lawson configurations in Landmark.
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  • Copy User Jobs Between Environments
    These are instructions for copying user jobs (by user) between environments. This will NOT allow you to copy jobs between environments on different versions of LSF (i.e. you cannot use these commands to copy v901 jobs to v10x).
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  • Exporting LAUA Security Classes
    You may be upgrading a client from LAUA to 901+ and will need to view their existing security classes in LAUA. Whatever the reason, this is how you dump LAUA security.
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  • Lawson Windows Customers: How to Protect Against WannaCry Ransom-ware Attack
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  • Installing CTPs in Lawson
    Here is a quick reference to Install CTPs in Lawson.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Data Iterator Node
    The Data Iterator node can be used to loop through records. One way to use this node is to loop through the lines of a TXT or CSV file so that the data can be manipulated and stored somewhere else, or used in Lawson programs.  Here is an example of a process using data iterators.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Trigger Node
    The IP Designer Trigger Node, located under the Control Menu Group, is used to trigger another IPA process or Service. The configuration settings are just like setting up a trigger in Rich Client or the Infor Process Automation administrator web application.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Wait Node
    The IP Designer Wait Node, located under the Control Menu Group, inserts a specified wait time into your Process. The wait times can be units of days, hours, minutes, or seconds. This can be used for approval flows, if you want approval notifications to be sent after a certain number of days. This can also be used in flows that run commands which need a “sleep” time between runs.
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  • Configure WebSphere profile to use a different version of Java
    There may be a time where you need to update your WebSphere profile to use a later version of Java. One indication of this would be if you are installing an app in WebSphere, and you come across the error “The major.minor version ‘51.0’ is too recent for this tool to understand.” This means that your application expects a newer Java SDK.
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  • Increase Security Employee Search Limit in Lawson Portal
    Learn how to increase the security employee search limit in Lawson Portal in just a few simple steps.
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  • Ciber hands over the keys to Infor. What does it mean for customers?
    Ciber and Infor announced an agreement on March 20, 2017 to sell Ciber's Infor practice to Infor. This is the most significant event in recent years within Infor's Lawson client base as Ciber been serving the lion's share of the Lawson customer base for nearly 17 years. The decision comes on the heels of Ciber's financial troubles in recent years, most notably the repayment of a $28.2 million loan to Wells Fargo due by the end of March 2017.
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  • IP Designer Series – The System Command Node
    The Return Activity node in IP Designer is useful for running command line tools within a process. You can run anything from the System Command node that could be ran in a Unix or DOS command prompt.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Return Activity Node
    The Return Activity node in IP Designer is useful for stopping the flow when specified conditions are met, and returning information to the calling process, such as a trigger.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Custom Activity Node
    The Custom Activity node in IP Designer is useful for implementing functionality that is not available in the “canned” IPA nodes. Infor delivers four Custom Activities with IPA. These are “Encoding”, “Assert”, “ComponentTest”, and “FlowRunner”. You can also create your own custom activities by creating Java Bean classes and adding them to the Grid. Follow these steps below.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Branch Node
    The Branch node in IP Designer is useful for an “if-then-else” type of logical statement. After adding a branch node to your process, make sure the node is connected (using the connection tool) to previous nodes. That way, all your variables will be available. Then, click on the branch node and add conditions. You can add many conditions, and you can use variables and/or javascript code to create the comparisons.
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  • Update the Micro Focus License Manager
    In Lawson version 10.0.8, you may encounter performance issues followed by the dreaded “error occurred outside of IOS” notification. If you run into these issues, here are some steps to resolve.
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  • Don’t forget to check your Event Viewer
    Always remember to check your Windows Event Viewer for any troubleshooting errors.
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  • IP Designer Series – The Assignment Node
    The assignment node can be used to set simple variables. It can also be used for more complex assignments.
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  • Infor BI–Office Plus: Create a Database Alias
    This is a simple way to create a database alias.
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  • Infor BI–Office Plus – Ad-hoc Report: 2 Simple Ways to Create Ad-Hoc Reports
    Here are 2 simple ways to create ad-hoc reports.
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  • Infor BI–Office Plus - Ad-hoc Report: How to Change Dimensions
    How to Change Dimensions in an Ad-hoc Report on Infor BI-Office Plus
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  • Infor BI – Office Plus – Ad-hoc Report: Adding Notes to Cells
    How to add notes to cells
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  • Submitting ACA (Affordable Care Act) to IRS
    Another take in Submitting ACA to IRS. Once you have done all your Infor work to create your files for submitting to IRS, these steps will help you get your file submitted successfully.
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  • How to delete a Lawson Users jobs more efficiently
    Delete a Lawson Users jobs more efficiently in one simple step.
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  • OT Pay Rate displaying incorrectly
    After upgrading to Infor 10 with Employee Self Service, sometimes when users view their Printable Pay Stub the Overtime Rate displays Regular Rate. Here is a simple solution to display correct rate.
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  • Creating custom IPA triggers using 4GL
    With Infor Process Automation, there are several ways to trigger a Process. This article will discuss how to trigger a custom process using 4GL.
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  • How To Create new DataSource for LBI in Websphere
    Go test your newly created DataSource in from a SmartNotification or LBI Report that uses that DataSource.
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  • PR160 ACH Output Format
    If you upload the ACH file generated by PR160 to your bank, chances are you will need to fix the formatting after your upgrade to version 10. Here are the steps to update your ACH file format.
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  • Purging Benefits Data
    Every time an employee makes a benefits change, a new record is stored in the benefits table. Additionally, a new record is stored in the employee’s deduction master table for each deduction related to that benefit. If these records are allowed to accumulate unchecked, this can slow down payroll processing and even cause errors. To help alleviate these issues, we recommend running the BN430 benefits purge program.
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  • Submitting ACA (Affordable Care Act) to IRS
    Once you have done all your Infor work to create your files for submitting to IRS, the steps below will help you get your file submitted successfully.
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  • Scheduling a Process in IPA
    A Walk-through for scheduling a process in IPA
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  • Scan for Files in IPA
    A simple step-by-step guide to Scan for Files in IPA.
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  • Troubleshooting BSI Database Connection during Install
    Your install is successful, but when you log on to the BSI Interface you receive an error. This article shows you how to fix this!
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  • How to tune the performance of a Lawson 4GL program
    Lawson programs, especially batch jobs, can sometimes take hours to complete. In rare instances, a badly written 4GL batch job can even take days to complete depending on the number of records it has to process and how it goes about doing so. Depending on your skill set, you may be able to optimize the code directly and use a debugger to find out how to speed things up. But if you want some statistics about what the program is doing and a quick shortcut, then there’s a utility for that.
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  • How to transfer a user’s jobs from one productline to another using jobdump and jobload
    For this article, we will be doing jobdump and jobload in v10 between Prod and Test ProductLine.
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  • Create a File Channel in IPA
    File Channels are a feature in IPA that is similar to the ScanFile Client feature in ProcessFlow. A File Channel scans a directory periodically for files which will kick off processes in IPA. The files and processes are configured in File Receivers. Here is how to set them up.
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  • Run a Process in IPA
    A simple 9 step guide to Run a Process in IPA.
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  • How to Backup LDAP in Lawson v10
    You’re about to make some changes but want to create a backup for LDAP just in case there are any mistakes. Use this simple article to easily backup LDAP.
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  • Installing BSI TaxFactory 10 for Your New Lawson 10 Environment
    A hands on guide for Installing BSI TaxFactory 10 for Your New Lawson 10 Environment. This article will cover all steps including: System Preparation, Database Preparation, Create the TF10 user, BSI SQL Scripts, Adjust Database Permissions, System Configuration, Environment Variables, Copy application files, Installation, Test the install, Cyclical Data Refresh, Install Machine Key, PRTFX, and Apache Tomcat Installation.
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  • How to cut consulting costs by up to 30%
    Tan Rezaei, CEO of Nogalis, shares some points to help the people in charge avoid some of the pitfalls and take advantage of his 16+ years of consulting experience seeing first-hand how projects can be wasteful.
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  • Migrating Custom Cobol Programs from Environment to Environment
    From time to time you’ll either develop a custom cobol program in test and/or possibly upgrade a client from one version to another – meaning you’ll need to transfer all custom cobol programs. Here is a simple guide to migrate your programs from one environment to another.
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  • How to Call AGS and DME Directly in Version 10
    Not much has changed in this version of Lawson when it comes to AGS and DME. You can still use them directly whenever you doubt your security access or if you just want to get a sanity check.This article provides a quick reference on how they should be run.
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  • How to Apply a Hotfix for MSCM
    Here is a complete step-by-step guide that will help you apply a Hotfix for MSCM.
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  • Copy User Jobs/Reports to Another User
    This scenario may be familiar for you if you’ve been living in the Lawson world. Say an employee gets promoted to a new position and their jobs no longer pertain to the new position. The mind-numbing task of setting new jobs to run is upon you. Luckily, we can show you how to simply copy them over from another user.
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  • How to Implement SSL for Lawson Portal
    If you haven’t already done so, implementing SSL after the install is a bit of a black art. Without going into gory detail, here’s a very simple set of steps to follow...
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  • How to Resolve Infor Lawson 10 Session Timeout Errors
    When you upgrade to Lawson version 10, you might notice some issues with session timeouts. The most common issue is that the user will get 30+ blank popups.Most users do NOT have the patience to click 30+ times, and they end up having to kill their browser session in Task Manager. Luckily, with several encounters of this bothersome task, here is a solution on how to fix it.
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  • How to determine the version of your Lawson jar files
    If you have every had to figure out what version of a certain Java executable you have you will appreciate this simple trick.
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  • A More Efficient way to Update Report Data Sources
    During an upgrade, re-pointing all your LBI reports to your new database may seem like a daunting task. Never fear! You don’t have to do it manually (at least not all of them). Here are the steps to overwrite your data sources using a SQL update query.
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  • How to Fix a Scheduled LBI Report That Didn’t Run Properly
    So your client has scheduled LBI reports that they rely on and for whatever reason, it didn’t run on the day it was scheduled for. Now, it’s Monday and it’s too late to run the report manually! Have no fear, this article will show you how to fix a scheduled LBI report that didn’t run properly.
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  • How to Setup Your 2012 Server for Easy Administration
    Administering Lawson on Windows has traditionally required using the basic toolset within windows to get things done. With Windows 2012 it seems like some of the very basic tools users are used to are hidden away and require several extra clicks to get to. Here are some quick ways to make Windows 2012 easier to deal with.
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  • How to Setup Dependencies for Lawson Services
    After dust from the upgrade settles, it’s usually time to automate any and everything that can be automated. When it comes to Lawson (LSF) related services though things can get a big tricky. There’s a precise order bringing up the services on windows and one way to ensure this happens correctly is to setup service dependencies on your windows applications server.
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