This article describes how to use a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) script to connect to a Microsoft SQL database that is used by Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 and by Microsoft Business Solutions – Great Plains 8.0.

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The following VBA script example can be used for the Description_AfterGotFocus event in the Microsoft Dynamics GP Account Maintenance window. This script will connect to the Microsoft Dynamics GP sample TWO database and log on as system administrator with a password. After the connection is made, the script creates a recordset of the data that is stored in the GL00105 account index master table. The script will then return the account index value to the User-Defined1 field in the Account Maintenance window. The script returns this value when you enter a new account or use the Account Lookup button.

To use the example script, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Account Maintenance window in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  2. On the Tools menu, click Customize, and then click Add Current Window to Visual Basic.

  3. On the Tools menu, click Customize, click Add Fields to Visual Basic, and then click the Account Number field, the Description field, and the User-Defined 1 field.

  4. On the Tools menu, click Customize, and then click Visual Basic Editor.

  5. In Visual Basic Editor, expand Great Plains Objects, and then double-click AccountMaintenance to open an Account Maintenance code window.

  6. Copy the following code, and then paste it into the Account Maintenance code window.

Private Sub Description_AfterGotFocus()
Dim objRec
Dim objConn
Dim cmdString

Set objRec = CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
Set objConn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")

objConn.ConnectionString = "Provider=MSDASQL;DSN=GreatPlains;Initial Catalog=TWO;User Id=sa;Password=password"

cmdString = "Select ACTINDX from GL00105 where (ACTNUMST='" + Account + "')"

Set objRec = objConn.Execute(cmdString)

If objRec.EOF = True Then
AccountMaintenance.UserDefined1 = ""
AccountMaintenance.UserDefined1 = objRec!ACTINDX
End If
End Sub

You can also use the RetrieveGlobals_80.dll file for Microsoft Business Solutions - Great Plains 8.0 to retrieve the same information that this script example retrieves. To obtain the appropriate .dll file, visit the following Microsoft Web site.
Modifier/VBA Samples for Microsoft Business Solutions - Great Plains 8.0 A Readme file is included with each version of the .dll file The Readme file describes how to declare the variables. For example, you can declare the variables in your code and then use the variables in the connection string.

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