On behalf of the CRM Engineering for Enterprise Team and the CRM Content Publishing Team, I am pleased to announce the release of the white paper, Deploying Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and CRM Online Solutions from Development through Test and Production Environments, which is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=232288.
In Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, “solutions” provide a simple and reliable way for deploying packages of related extensions to Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementations. In professionally managed development organizations, these solutions will be deployed and analyzed in various test and staging environments prior to deployment into a production environment. This white paper explores deploying real-world Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions across test and production environments in reliable and repeatable ways by using automation. The paper also provides some automation example and highlights the specific constraints associated with deploying and testing solutions in a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online environment.
We’d especially like to recognize the efforts of Darren Hubert, Darren Liu, and Joey Su (Microsoft Consulting, US); Roger Gilchrist and Phil Hand (Microsoft Consulting, UK); Ryan Casey (Zero2Ten CRM); and Riaan Van Der Merwe (Neudesic), and the broader CRM Product team for contributing to and reviewing this paper to help ensure its completeness and accuracy.
Note: The paper will subsequently be available via MSDN and the TechNet library in the CRM section under Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Enterprise.
Jim Toland and Chris Brooks