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  • Blog Post: Check your JavaScript code to prepare for your upgrade

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM is changing. To keep up with these changes so that you can take advantage of new features you need to check that any JavaScript code you are using is ready for an upgrade. Why do I need to check my JavaScript? What has changed? How can I check my code? How can I...
  • Blog Post: How to build and run the Dynamics CRM SDK samples on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

    Have you built a new Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 computer or virtual machine only to find out that the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK managed code samples no longer compile? You may get build errors similar to the following: 'Microsoft.IdentityModel.Protocols.WSTrust.RequestSecurityTokenResponse...
  • Blog Post: Updated Xrm.Page Script Library Template

    The latest release of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK (v5.0.14) includes an update to the Xrm.Page Script Library Template. The Xrm.Page Script Library Template is a solution that helps you write and test form scripts using Visual Studio. The main improvements are: New Visual Studio Project Template...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SDK Update V5.0.14

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK Version 5.0.14 is now live on MSDN downloads and in the MSDN library . Here’s some of the additions and updates you’ll find in this release: New assemblies consistent with the latest release of CRM Online. These assemblies are also compatible for CRM 2011...
  • Blog Post: New Technical Article: Query Metadata Using JavaScript

    If you work with JavaScript in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and need to query the metadata, please take a few minutes to look at the new technical article I just published: Query Metadata Using JavaScript . For a while now, the SDK has had sample libraries for retrieving metadata. The SDK.Metadata.js library...
  • Blog Post: Script Errors After the December 2012 Service Update

    Before your Microsoft CRM Online organization is updated to the December 2012 Service release we hope you have taken steps to address potential issues which could cause form scripts to break. Information about how to prepare was published last summer in the following blog posts: Resolve Breaking...
  • Blog Post: Finding Which Message Requests Support the Execution of Plug-ins in CRM 2011 and CRM Online

    Developers can write custom plug-ins and register them to execute when a certain message request and entity combination is processed by the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Dynamics CRM Online event execution pipeline . Most but not all message requests support the execution of plug-ins. To find out what...
  • Blog Post: New Xrm.Utility Functions in Update Rollup 8 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

    Update Rollup 8 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 was released in May but we didn’t provide an SDK update for it. As a result you probably haven’t seen a couple new client-side JavaScript functions that were added to open entity forms and web resources. These functions were added because with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool Released

    Download: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool The purpose of this tool is to assist customers and partners of Microsoft Dynamics CRM identify potential issues with their custom JavaScript in JavaScript libraries and HTML web resources. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Q4 2012 Service...
  • Blog Post: Resolve Breaking Script Issues When Upgrading Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    We want you to have a great experience when you upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. A future update rollup for Microsoft Dynamics CRM on-premises and service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will include significant changes in the web application in order to be able to support a variety of browsers...
  • Blog Post: Disable All Fields in a Section Based on the Value of Another Field (CRM 2011)

    Today’s guest blogger is Matt Wittemann, author of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Administration Bible (Wiley, 2011), a six-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Dynamics CRM, and is the Director of Solution Architecture for US-based C5 Insight . There are SDK and...
  • Blog Post: Displaying a Contact’s Facebook Picture in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    Photos remind you of your customers better than their names. Wouldn’t it be great to see the photos of your customer when you open the contact form? This blog will show you how to display profile picture using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (online and on-premise) customizations and client side extensibility...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Building Consistency into Free Form Text Fields

    The following is a guest blog post by Dynamics CRM MVP Jerry Weinstock who is the Business Development Manager at CRM Innovation . Jerry has been working with CRM since the 1.2 release in 2003. CRM Innovation builds Email, Marketing and Event Management solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Twitter:...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Configuration Data in CRM Solutions

    At a recent event on Microsoft’s campus, I had the opportunity to speak with several MVPs about their experiences with the new solutions framework in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 . They were excited by the possibilities of solutions but had questions about some of the patterns and practices they should...
  • Blog Post: Issues When Updating Records Using the REST Endpoint for Web Resources and Silverlight

    When you update records using Silverlight and the REST Endpoint for Web resources, unless you have worked around this issue you are updating every field even if the data hasn’t changed. This can lead to the following problems: Potential for data loss Auditing data does not correctly reflect actual changes...
  • Blog Post: Developer Training Course for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    There’s a CRM training course out now and you can read about it here: Developer Training Course for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 ! The training course helps .NET developers learn various development features of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and build applications on top...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 Charts – Know the Real Potential ~ Part Deux

    Hello readers, this post is in continuation of my ”Getting to Know Charts” blog series , where we discuss useful features of charts. In the introductory post of this series we learned how to create a 3D chart and a multi series chart. Let’s answer some questions that I raised in the...
  • Blog Post: Creating Custom Sample Data for CRM 2011 - Advanced

    We learned how to create a simple sample data for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 in the blog post titled Creating Custom Sample Data for CRM 2011 . In this post, we will take a look at some of the more advanced sample data building techniques. Building a Sample Data Set with Multiple Entities and Related...
  • Blog Post: JScript IntelliSense for Form Script Libraries

    In the latest release of the Microsoft Dynamics SDK (Version 5.0.3) you will find a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Solution and Visual Studio extension that together will provide IntelliSense support for the Xrm.Page object in form scripts. I hope that this solution will help make your process of creating form...
  • Blog Post: Create Dynamic Ribbon Controls

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 uses Ribbons (also known as Fluent UI) to provide a user interface to display the right commands at the right time. Ribbons also provide a very powerful and flexible way of extending the ribbon functionality to meet your requirements. If you are new to ribbon customization...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011 Web Services SOAP Sample now ready for Europe & Asia

    The recent code sample I published on Connecting to CRM Online 2011 Web Services using SOAP Requests Only was well received by many people however a few developers from Europe & Asia mentioned that they were getting (500) Internal Server Error when they were trying out the code. I then realized that...
  • Blog Post: Custom Charting Capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 comes with in-built visual analytics. You can create charts to view aggregations of your CRM data over various dimensions, providing nice visual and interactive tools to analyze data. But, there is more to it. It also provides you with some space alongside the records-grid...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 Charts – Know the Real Potential ~ Part I

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 brings to you extensive charting and dashboard capabilities, helping the users to analyze their data quickly and effectively. In this blog series I will be discussing the enriched chart features which will help you create the complex business charts to gain real time insights...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM via App Fabric (using SAML token)

    In an earlier article called Integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM via App Fabric , we saw how we can integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 with an external application via the Windows Azure platform App Fabric . We converted a classical pull model of integration to a more efficient push model. The data...
  • Blog Post: Custom Report Capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    In Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 , we have introduced Fetch-based custom reports that can be created and run in both On-Premise and On-Line environment. This has fulfilled one of the top ask for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Fetch xml provides a secure, performant way to retrieve data from the CRM. These...
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