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Upcoming Events April 2019

It’s officially Spring and the Infor Lawson Community has a ton of events in store!

SWUG Lawson User Group Mega Meeting

Hosted by: Southwest Lawson User Group
When: Tuesday April 9th, 2019 to Wednesday April 10th, 2019 starting at 8:00 AM (US/Central)
Location: Grapevine Convention Center 1209 South Main Street Grapevine, TX 76051

User Registration ONLY – The Southwest Lawson User Group Mega Meeting

Join Infor employees, certified business partners, vendors and hundreds of your colleagues from companies across the southwest for a two days of learning, sharing, networking and fun.

When: April 9th – 10th, 2019

Where: Grapevine Convention Center
1209 South Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

AGENDA AS OF 3/25/2019

More details to follow…

Thanks,
SWUG Board

Keystone Spring 2019 Meeting

Hosted by: Keystone Lawson User Group
When: Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 from 8:00 to 4:00 (US/Eastern)
Where: GBMC/Sheppard Pratt Conference Center  6501 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21204

We are excited to announce a new location this year for the Keystone Lawson Users Group!  The Spring Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson, Maryland.

Join us for a day packed with presentations from some of the very best Infor partners in the Mid-Atlantic area, informative sessions directly from Infor as well as customer success stories from subject matter experts. This is going to be a great opportunity mix with your colleagues and friends for education, networking, and fun.

Our Partners for this event are RPI Consultants, Inc., AVAAP, Intellias and Kinsey! 

Giveaways and prize drawings throughout the day!

AGENDA as of 3/15/2019

DIRECTIONS to Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson, Maryland.  

Make checks payable to Wellspan Health.

Send checks to:
Penn Medicine
John Shaposky
3600 Civic Center Blvd Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA  19104

The Keystone Lawson User Group Mission

The Keystone Lawson Users Group (KLUG) is an independent member-led group that provides a forum to collaborate with other Infor/Lawson users and subject matter experts. KLUG partners with Infor/Lawson as well as industry leaders in consulting and technology solutions to educate, inspire and implement solutions to common business problems. Meetings are held bi-annually and provide members with insight into hot and trending products, tools and technology related to the Infor/Lawson systems.

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Infor TechEd San Diego 2019

Hosted by: Infor
When: March 24-26, 2019 from 7:30 to 2:00 (US/Pacific)
Location: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa  9700 N. Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, California 92037

Infor TechEd is a 2.5-day hands-on training event where you can learn directly from Infor product experts and improve your technical knowledge. This immersive education conference offers a unique opportunity for moderate to advanced technical administrator and development users to optimize your company’s investment in Infor CloudSuite Financials & Supply Management, Lawson, HCM, and Cloverleaf.

Great Lakes Spring Meeting

Hosted by: Great Lakes User Group
When: Friday April 26th, 2019 from 8:00 to 5:00 (US/Central)
Location: TBA

Great Lakes User Group – Spring Meeting

Please mark your calendar for 4/26/2019

You will receive an email with more information before registration opens

Another West Coast Mega Conference in the Books for Nogalis, Inc.

The Southern California, Arizona, Nevada Lawson User Group (SCANLUG) gathered together on Thursday March 21st and Friday March 22nd for their annual West Coast Mega Conference at the Pacific Life Center in Newport Beach, Ca. With about 100 guests and over a dozen vendors, the two-day event was jam-packed with 70 sessions to attend – covering topics from Infor Cloudsuite Financials to ADFS conversions. Nogalis hosted two sessions (Vendor On-Boarding Made Easy & Elevate your Interfaces with These Few Simple Ideas) with over a dozen attendees learning about the newest solutions we have to offer.

This year, Nogalis is rolling out a new solution for vendor management systems and the attendees of the WCMC were the first to view a demo of the vendor self-service portal. Of course, the Nogalis booth wouldn’t be complete without announcing some great giveaways. Those who attended either session were entered to win a pair of Los Angeles Lakers basketball tickets to the penultimate home game of their season at the Staples Center. Additionally, those who visited the Nogalis Booth and viewed demos were entered to win four (4) tickets the Los Angeles Angels Home Opener game of the 2019 baseball season. Nogalis brought back some oldies but goodies with promotional item giveaways such as lunch boxes, phone rings, and baseballs, as well as gave away soft leather notebooks and ballpoint pens.

As gold sponsors again, Nogalis hosted the evening  event on the 5th floor of the Pacific Life Center. The Santa Rosa Dining Hall and Reception Deck overlooked the beautiful sights of Newport Beach and gave attendees a feel of the sunny Southern California weather. 

What happened to User Fields in CSF?

What happened to User Fields in CSF?

Some of them are still there in the Business Class (a file with functions built into it) none of them are on the forms.

Some forms do have tabs for user fields, there are no fields there and the fields need to be added using Configuration Console.

Attributes which have always been user fields on steroids, also go away in CSF.  Using Configuration Console any kind of custom field can be added.

In conclusion, user fields are not gone, you can still have as many as you would like, they just need to be added to the forms and sometimes to the business class using Configuration Console.  Keep in mind that the system updates every 3rd Saturday so it is best to add only those that you really need.

How to install Oracle ODBC client for windows

It is ridiculously difficult and ambiguous how you’re supposed to get the Oracle ODBC driver installed on your Windows machine. It’s certainly not a simple task. Well, since I figured it out today I thought I would document it.

First you need to download all three of these files from oracle
1) instantclient-basic-win-x86-64-11.1.0.7.0
2) instantclient-odbc-win-x86-64-11.1.0.7.0
3) instantclient-sdk-win-x86-64-11.1.0.7.0
Extract the contents of all the above into a single directory called D:\Oracle\Ora11\
That directory doesn’t exist and you’ll have to create it first.
Now with all the files copied in there, create the following windows environment variables:
1) OCI_LIB64 = C:\Oracle\Ora11
2) ORACLE_HOME = C:\Oracle\Ora11
3) TNS_ADMIN = C:\Oracle\Ora11
Also, add “C:\Oracle\Ora11” to your PATH variable.
At this point you MUST reboot. No other way around it. Simply restarting the explorer task won’t do.
After the reboot, create the following directory:  C:\Oracle\Ora11\Network\Admin
Place your tnsnames.ora file inside this new directory.
Open a cmd prompt as administrator.
cd to the C:\Oracle\Ora11
On the command prompt type the following command:
odbc_install.exe
You should receive a message that says: “Oracle ODBC Driver is installed successfully.”
The new ODBC driver is only in the ODBC 64-bit data sources.
You can now add a new one like so:
Just remember that your tnsnames.ora file must contain the service you’re trying to connect to.

Upcoming Events March 2019

Spring is coming and so are more Infor Lawson Community Events!

TNLUG Spring 2019 Meeting

Hosted by: Tennessee Lawson User Group
When: Friday March 8th, 2019 from 7:30 to 4:00 (US/Central)
Location: Dollar General Corporate Headquarters 100 Mission Ridge Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Agenda Is Set

The agenda has been finalized.  Please be sure to check it out by clicking the “Agenda” tab in the top right of the page, just below the big banner, or Click Here.  We have some GREAT sessions lined up for this meeting, so if you have not yet done so, please register to attend!

Important Parking Information

Please review the map below.  Do Not Park in the area marked “Do Not Park Here.”  Plan to arrive early to avoid not having a parking space.  You may need to park on the side of the street on Mission Ridge and walk up the hill to Dollar General’s offices. You will be asked to move your vehicle if park undesignated areas.

Georgia Alabama User Group Spring Meeting

Hosted by: Georgia Alabama Lawson User Group
When: Friday March 15th, 2019 from 8:30 to 3:00 (US/Eastern)
Where: Gwinnett Medical Resource Center 665 Duluth Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Registration is NOW Open

Georgia Alabama Spring Meeting, March 15th, 2019

665 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

$15.00 to attend that cover meals and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card the day of the meeting.

Vendors – Please contact Kim Walker, Kim.Walker2@choa.org if your company is interested in sponsoring for this meeting.

Near by Hotels, Click Here

GALUG 03 15 19 Meeting Agenda

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West Coast Mega Meeting

Hosted by: Southern California, Arizona and Nevada Lawson User Group (SCANLUG)
When: March 21-22, 2019 from 8:00 to 5:00 (US/Pacific)
Location: Pacific Life Newport Beach 700 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Join the Southern California, Arizona and Nevada Lawson User Group (SCANLUG) for a two-day mega meeting on March 21st and March 22nd, 2019 to discuss all things Lawson!

This mega meeting will be held at Pacific Life in Newport Beach!

Carolinas Lawson User Exchange (CLUE) Spring Meeting

Hosted by: Carolinas Lawson User Group
When: Friday March 29th, 2019 from 8:30 to 4:00 (US/Eastern)
Location: Cone Health System Women’s Hospital, Education Center 801 Green Valley Road Greensboro, North Carolina 27408

Carolinas Lawson User Exchange (CLUE) Spring Meeting

Friday, March 29, 2019

Greensboro, NC

Host: Cone Health System

Campus Location:  Women’s Hospital – Education Center

801 Green Valley Road Greensboro,  NC  27408

Get Driving Directions

Price:  Free

The meeting will be 8:30 AM to 4 PM, with breakfast at 8 AM.  Lunch is provided.

Follow the Carolinas Group for more updates. 

We look forward to seeing you there and please share this invite with your peers.

Thank you,

Carolina Lawson User Exchange Executive Board

Other Authentication Options for Infor Lawson Applications

On March 1, 2019, Infor will no longer support LS/STS authentication configuration for Lawson applications.  The Infor recommended configuration will be to use Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication. To learn more about ADFS, check out our other articles on the topic:

 

What are our other options?

If your organization chooses not to move to ADFS at this time, you have two other temporary options.

  1. Use Kerberos for authentication

Kerberos is another authentication type provided by Windows, and also works with your Active   Directory.  This authentication type is supported in Infor Lawson 10.

 

  1. Stay in an unsupported authentication configuration

As of March 1, 2019, Infor will no longer be releasing Lawson patches that take LS/STS authentication method into account.  This doesn’t mean your current versions of Lawson applications will stop working if you fail to move to ADFS at this time.  It just means that you won’t be able to upgrade past a specific ESP for each product (10.0.9 for Lawson).  When Infor sunsets the product versions that allow LS/STS, you will then be on an unsupported product version.  It is looking like this will happen sometime early 2021.

 

Have more questions? Contact us and setup a free, no obligation call with our installer to answer all your questions.

Five Things You Need to Know About Implementing ADFS For Your Infor Lawson Applications

On March 1, 2019, Infor will no longer support LS/STS authentication configuration for Lawson applications.  The Infor recommended configuration will be to use Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication. To learn more about ADFS, check out our other articles on the topic:

Five Things to Know About Implementing ADFS

Here are some pro tips to help you prepare for your ADFS implementation.

  1. Version compatibility is important

Before you begin your ADFS implementation, it is important that you verify component compatibility.  Check the Lawson compatibility matrix for which version of ADFS is compatible with your versions of Lawson and Ming.le.  You must also verify that the version of ADFS you are installing is compatible with your version of Active Directory.  Additionally, you will need a minimum Windows Server version of 2012R2 on the server that is hosting ADFS and your domain controllers.

 

  1. You might need a new server(s)

The ADFS installation for Infor Lawson applications also requires Infor Federation Services (IFS) to be installed on the same server.  If you are not prepared to host IFS on a shared ADFS server, you will need to stand up a new Windows server dedicated to ADFS/IFS for Infor applications.

 

  1. There will be small changes in user maintenance

ADFS is an authentication method, and user maintenance will change slightly.  For instance, you will be able to disable users right in ADFS rather than having to do it in Lawson Security.  Also, there will be a new identity to maintain in Lawson Security.  When you implement ADFS, you will need to import all your users into IFS.  However, implementing ADFS will not change the user authorization tools.  You will still use Lawson Security Administrator (LSA) or Infor Security Services (ISS) to maintain users and roles, and those roles will work the same.

 

  1. SSL is required for Infor Lawson applications

All of your Lawson web applications must use HTTPS to be able to implement ADFS.  If your web applications are not currently using HTTPS, it is recommended that you make this change prior to implementing ADFS.  You will need to choose a certificate authority (CA) and install certificates at each endpoint.

 

  1. You need a SQL Server to host IFS databases

IFS will create new SQL Server databases, so you will need to have a SQL Server to host those.  You can use a shared database server for this, such as your server that hosts Ming.le data or the server that hosts your Lawson data.

 

Have more questions? Contact us and setup a free, no obligation call with our installer to answer all your questions.

 

Seven Myths About Implementing ADFS For Infor Lawson

On March 1, 2019, Infor will no longer support LS/STS authentication configuration for Lawson applications.  The Infor recommended configuration will be to use Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication. To learn more about ADFS, check out our other articles on the topic:

What is ADFS?

Active Directory Federation Services is a Single Sign-On service provided by Microsoft.  It runs on Windows Server, and provides users with the ability to sign on with one set of credentials across applications.

How does ADFS work with Lawson?

 

Why change our authentication method?

Although there will be some work up front to modify your configuration from LS/STS to ADFS, using ADFS for SSO authentication is actually beneficial to your organization.  It is more secure because Infor applications will never have access to a user’s password.  It is also a bit easier to maintain your Infor users in ADFS, in that you can enable/disable the users right within Windows instead of having to do it in Lawson Security.  Additionally, implementing ADFS will open up other Microsoft security components, such as two-factor authentication.

 

Busting Myths

There are some common misconceptions revolving around the implementation of ADFS for your Infor Lawson application.  Hopefully these explanations will help dispel the confusion.

MYTH: We can use our organization’s current ADFS installation

Infor Federation Services (IFS) must be installed on the same server as ADFS.  So, you may need to have a dedicated server for ADFS for Lawson.  Also, your Infor Lawson applications cannot be hosted on the same server as ADFS.  If you are installing a new instance of ADFS, make sure that it is compatible with your current version of Active Directory

 

MYTH: We don’t need SSL to implement ADFS

ADFS requires all of your Infor Lawson applications to use SSL (Secure Socket Layer).  You will need to select a Certificate Authority (CA), and install certificates at each web endpoint.  If your current Lawson web applications are not using SSL, you will need to convert them before you begin the ADFS installation/configuration.

MYTH: Our organization has to begin using ADFS for everything

The ADFS implementation is limited to Lawson and does not need to be part of any other application in your organization. A Windows server will host ADFS solely for Lawson and can be segregated to just this specific use without affecting anything else within the organization.

 

MYTH: The change is transparent to users

The look & feel of your Lawson web applications will remain the same, but the way users log in will change.  LS/STS username format is currently “username”.  When you switch to ADFS, users will log in with format “username@domain.com”.  Also, keep in mind that if you have to update to a compatible ESP in any of your applications, there may be some slight changes in what the users see on the forms they use.  Make sure this is done well in advance so the ESP can be tested thoroughly.

 

MYTH: Infor won’t support us after March 1, 2019

As of March 1, 2019, Infor will no longer be releasing Lawson patches that take LS/STS authentication method into account.  This doesn’t mean your current versions of Lawson applications will stop working if you fail to move to ADFS at this time.  It just means that you won’t be able to upgrade past a specific ESP for each product (10.0.9 for Lawson).  When Infor sunsets the product versions that allow LS/STS, you will then be on an unsupported product version.  It is look like this will happen sometime early 2021.

 

MYTH: User maintenance in Lawson Security is going to change

ADFS is an Authentication Method, while Lawson Security is an Authorization Method.  So, you will continue to use Lawson Security Administrator (LSA) or Infor Security Services (ISS) to maintain users and roles.  The ADFS authentication will not impact these roles at all.

 

MYTH: We use IPA, so we will have to update Landmark too

Infor Lawson products are actually the only products that allow LS/STS authentication method.  So, you will not need to make any updates to your Landmark products, including IPA.

Contact us when you are ready for your move to ADFS.  Our expert installers at Nogalis can make the process simple and pain-free.

Adding or Replacing Existing SSL CERTS Lawson (WINDOWS)

This is a PFX cert.

Start – This is being done on a Lawson LSF server.

  1. Drag the folder with the Cert onto the server you want to apply it to.
    1. Once you do that, make sure you check whether or not the server is running IIS. Typically by searching for IIS Manager or checking services.
  2. Double click the cert file that you dragged onto the server.
  3. Select Local machine:
  4. Specify the file you want to import (should default on the cert you just clicked to run) >> Next
  5. Enter the password for the cert and click next.
  6. Open command prompt as admin and type: start certlm.msc
  7. Under Personal >> Certificates, you should see the new cert you imported: The old one is below the one highlighted in red.
  8. Now go to IIS Manager, Sites >> select WebsiteName and then on right pane select bindings as shown below
  9. Select https binding and edit
  10. Select new cert and click ok
  11. Back in command prompt type: iisreset /restart
  12. Test and you’re done

When applying to Landmark server, we need to run the following commands below (Important to stop and start exactly as shown):

For Mingle in ISS Manager, we need to select the Sharepoint secure site and select bindings.

Upcoming Events February 2019

Winter meetings are beginning the Lawson User Group communities to kick off 2019!

MWLUG Winter 2019 Meeting

Hosted by: Midwest Lawson User Group
When: Thursday February 21st, 2019 from 8:00 to 3:30 (US/Central)
Location: HealthPartners 8170 33rd Avenue South Bloomington,MN 55044

Join the Midwest Lawson User Group for our 2019 Winter Meeting

There will be Special Interest Group (SIG) breakouts by functional area in the morning, then Technical, Human Capital Management, Enterprise Financial Management and Supply Chain Management breakout sessions in the afternoon.

Plenty of great prizes to award at the conclusion of the meeting!

AND

Cap off your day by joining us for a networking reception following the meeting at HealthPartners. Please join us for a couple of hours of food and drink at JTs Food and Cocktails, located just 3 minutes from HealthPartners – across from the Mall of America (former location of RedRossa)!  All beverages and appetizers are provided… this is a perfect opportunity to avoid rush hour and spend some time networking.  Join your peers, vendors and Infor Lawson employees as we continue discussion on Infor Lawson in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Learn more how to Connect, Discover and Engage in the Digital Concourse Community, powered by WorkOutLoud

Hosted by: WorkOutLoud
When: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 from 12:00 to 12:30 (US/Central)

The “GoToMeeting” link will be sent to all registered members the day before the webinar.

This is a free educational webinar to help you explore your community more and better understand the power you have to increase collaboration with your community peers.

Your Digital Concourse community keeps you informed on what is happening in your independent Infor community and provides the tools to connect and collaborate with others like you.

Learn How To…

  • Try the Forums to ask questions and receive answers from your peers
  • Follow user groups to stay up to date for best practices or announcements
  • Community search for people, groups and content
  • Connect with your peers or our successful Community Partners
  • Watch a educational videos to self educate and learn on your free time

If you know of a user community that would like to have the ability to do the same, please contact us today.

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