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  • Blog Post: Using Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics (DynamicsPerf) in a Development, Test, or QA environment

    I am cross posting this blog post from our AX In the Field blog post where Rod Hanson recommends using Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics (DynamicsPerf) in development, test or QA environments while load testing prior to moving to production.  This makes a lot of sense and is something...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 CSS Style Reference using Browser Developer Tools

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM designers and developers may have noticed that a Style Guide for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 was not released in the CRM 2013 SDK (Software Development Kit) , though Style Guides were sometimes released in prior versions of the Dynamics CRM SDK. However, advancements in current...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2013 Form Upgrade experience

    This post has been cross posted from The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog and describes considerations that customizers will want to take into account when upgrading CRM forms to CRM 2013. When using CRM 2013 or the CRM Online Fall '13 upgrade, it doesn't take much time to realize that the form layout...
  • Blog Post: PFE CRM Trace Log File Reader

    There are going to be times that an issue with a Microsoft Dynamics CRM server will arise and the application log will not provide enough information to help resolve the issue. Or you might be asked by the Microsoft CRM support team for a trace log of the server to help troubleshoot an issue. Depending...
  • Blog Post: PFE Dynamics @ Convergence 2014

    For those attending Convergence 2014 in Atlanta, GA in a few weeks, I wanted to let you know that we will have members of the PFE Dynamics team there presenting some great content.  In addition, make sure to follow @PFEDynamics on Twitter to get updates on other PFE Dynamics activities at Convergence...
  • Blog Post: Blank page with no content is displayed when trying to view the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Implementation Guide (IG) .chm file

    I recently ran into a problem when trying to view the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Implementation Guide (IG) .chm file. I was able to view the contents in the left hand navigation and also search for content, but I was only able to see a blank white screen on the right hand side. This is because of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 White Papers & Technical Documentation

    Updated: 5/15/2014 The CRM 2011 blog post that I wrote with all the links to the white papers was very popular, so I am doing a similar post for CRM 2013.  I will try to update this blog post quarterly with new white papers as well. I am often finding myself searching for CRM 2013 White Papers &...
  • Blog Post: Automate creating a CRM 2013 Redist folder to install CRM 2013 without an internet connection

    We’re back for another round of using PowerShell to automatically create a Redist folder, but I’ve recently updated it for CRM 2013 (you can find the 2011 version here and for more information on the 2013 downloads go to our other blog post here which lists each file with the detailed download...
  • Blog Post: How to install Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 without an Internet Connection

    This blog article will walk you through installing CRM 2013 without an Internet connection. We put together a similar article for CRM 2011 that was very popular, so I figured I would do the same for CRM 2013 as it’s not currently in our Implementation Guide for CRM 2013. The most common scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Where did my scripts go? How to debug JavaScript in CRM 2011 post-UR15

    Chances are, you’ve recently read our Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 15 overview , read our post covering “ what you need to know about UR11CU ”, or read a partner blog article discussing UR15.  Each of these highlights how UR15 continues to enhance user experience, be it via the Outlook client...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 Platform Tracing – Registry vs. Windows PowerShell

    Should we enable CRM tracing via the Registry or Powershell? Answer: It depends. Let me explain. First, let’s talk about why you would turn on CRM Platform tracing. If you encounter and error in CRM and you are not able to determine the resolution to the issue by the error message and\or...
  • Blog Post: 6 Steps to Add a Deployment Administrator in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    I received a call from one of my customers where when a Deployment Administrator, that was recently added, was receiving SQL errors when opening the Deployment Manager console. The issue was the new Deployment Administrator did not have rights to the MSCRM_Config database. TechNet has a series of pages...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 - Release Preview Guide is now available!

    Bob Stutz posted a blog today highlighting the release of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Release Preview Guide! I recommend that you check out his blog post here and then download the Release Preview Guide for complete details! We are planning to continuously update this Get ready for the next release...
  • Blog Post: Performance: Turn off HTC’s and IE Compat Mode mode with Dynamics CRM 2011

    After applying update rollup 12 most of us will likely want to take advantage of a setting which disables HTC’s and allows CRM to take advantage of Internet Explorers latest standards based browser mode.  NOTE: This reference of HTC is not the mobile phone maker but instead DHTML behavior definitions...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell: build a redist folder to install Dynamics CRM 2011 without an internet connection

    Most likely you’ve read Shawn Dieken’s wildly popular article on how to create a redist folder when installing CRM without an internet connection .  Today I was presented with a customer scenario where a server that should have had internet access did not and thus, we had to install without internet...
  • Blog Post: Script errors when adding documents via the SharePoint integration CRM UR12+

    As you may know, Dynamics CRM 2011 has the ability to embed a SharePoint document library within certain record types.  After applying update rollup 12 most of us will likely want to take advantage of the ability to turn off HTC’s and tell Internet Explorer to use a standards based browser mode...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM 2011 UR11 Critical Update: What you need to know

    On July 27th, 2013 the Dynamics CRM team released a critical update for CRM 2011 targeted on the Update Rollup 11 codebase. The critical update can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39691 and the KB article for it is found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb...
  • Blog Post: Defer Database Updates Installing CRM 2011 Update Rollups

    Calling all CRM admins – here’s a tip you’ll want to bookmark for your next round of update rollups.  Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup executable packages automatically process and update the organization database updates during the installation.  If your deployment has several large tenants...
  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile + JavaScript + WebResources = Easy Editing of OrgDBOrgSettings in Dynamics CRM 2011!

    Project and Download URL: http://orgDbOrgSettings.codeplex.com What are orgDbOrgSettings you ask? They work similar to registry settings but they’re stored in the CRM database instead of in a given servers registry.  OrgDbOrgSettings control behaviors and various other CRM system settings and have...
  • Blog Post: CRM 2011 Performance: Take advantage of better query performance for your Quickfinds!

    Hey everyone, as many of you may know we made some pretty big changes to how CRM retrieves data from SQL server, starting in UR10. Part of this was adding various measures and statistics to change the queries based on the dataset and the users access to records, we also added the ability to “hint”...
  • Blog Post: How to find which Active Directory security groups belong to your CRM deployment

    Have you tried to locate the Active Directory security groups that belong to your Dynamics CRM deployment only to find results like this? First off, why would you ever get results like this? Dynamics CRM 2011 installs 4 Active Directory Security Groups (PrivReportingGroup, SQLAccessGroup, ReportingGroup...
  • Blog Post: Podcast and Overview: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 13

    We're proud to announce that all packages for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 13 were released on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 to the Microsoft Download Center! We plan on releasing the Update Rollup 13 packages to Microsoft Update in April, 2013. Update Rollup 13 Build number: 5.0.9690...
  • Blog Post: PFE Dynamics at "The Big Easy" - Convergence 2013

    For those attending Convergence next week, I wanted to let you know that we will have members of the PFE Dynamics team there presenting some great content. In addition, make sure to follow @PFEDynamics on Twitter to get updates on other PFE Dynamics activities at Convergence. Below is a list of the sessions...
  • Blog Post: Three Obscure Dynamics CRM 2011 Hot fixes, Part Two

    Have you ever read about a new feature, or noticed in the latest Update Rollup (UR) a feature, or even a fix, that didn’t really made a lot of sense to you!? Working with enterprise customers I actually get to see the logic behind some of these, however still not all of them. :) Every time I’ve 3 features...
  • Blog Post: UR12 FAQ and Known Issues

    Update Rollup 12 just fully released today, but the December 2012 Service Update has been running in some of our CRM Online deployments for several weeks now. The Microsoft CRM Support team recently posted a blog article with some of the frequently asked questions and known issues for the December 2012...
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