Situations can arise where batches show a status of “Receiving” or “Busy” in the various series post windows. This is generally nothing to worry about, it just means a user is active with that batch, however if the batch continues to say “receiving” or “busy” when no one is posting, further investigation may be needed. When this happens users and admins will often dive straight into SQL to investigate further, however this post shows how you can use the little known “Batch Enquiry” window to get a greater insight into what is happening with batches in Dynamics GP, without the need for SQL. You can then take some remedial action to hopefully prevent any long winded SQL fixes.
The Busy and Receiving Batch Statuses
When you are working in a batch in Dynamics GP the batch status changes to record you are active in that batch. For example I’m working in the “GAV JAN INVS” batch so the series post window shows this batch as “Busy”
In the scenario below I’m posting some Sales Invoices, so the General Ledger Batch RMSLS000009 is showing a status of “Receiving”. (as this is receiving transactions from the Sales Invoice batch I’m posting)
As I mentioned above this is all normal behaviour, however instances can arise where no one is in the batch yet the batch status remains as “Busy” or “Receiving”.
When this occurs users and admins can be tempted to delve straight into SQL however you can also use the “Batch Enquiry” window to see which users are active with those batches. The “Batch Enquiry” window is a little known window that gives you a peak into the “Batch Activity” table (the SY00800 table in the DYNAMICS database – a row is inserted into this table when a user is active in a batch).
You can access the window via the option “Enquiry > System > Batch”
Once in this window it gives you an overview of what users have which batches open and a status of what is happening in those batches.
Armed with this information we can check directly with those users to see if they are indeed working in those batches. If they aren’t then the first course of action is to ask them to log out of GP and log back in. Doing this can trigger GP to automatically recover the batch for you, negating the need for any intervention at SQL level.
For example the user “sa” wasn’t active with the batches “SL JAN INVS” or “RMSLS0000009” so after logging the “sa” user back into GP we were prompted with the message below:
This indicates that the system has automatically recovered the batch for you and now you can just go to “Batch Recovery” to continue the posting of the batch. There was no need to go into SQL and start manually removing activity records. In fact doing that in the first instance could have made the fix much more difficult. (i.e. if the batch activity record was removed manually in SQL its likely you wouldn’t have been prompted with the message to recover the batch. Therefore fixing things would have been a manual process)
Hopefully using the batch enquiry can help identify which users need to log out and back into GP which can sometimes force GP to fix any issues with the batch for you without the need for SQL intervention.
It can also help you monitor the system more effectively, giving an insight into which batches users are working on.
Thanks for reading!