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Using an ERD tool to create CRM entities
I get asked this now and then: “I want to use Erwin [or Visio or Visual Studio or…] to graphically design the CRM entity model, then have the actual CRM entities generated off of the tool I used to design the entities.” While I am not aware of a direct way to do this with any...
7 May 2015
CRM and SQL 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups
I’ve spent a fair amount of time lately talking to people about the benefits of using SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups in your CRM infrastructure. I just came across a great video that’s a great primer on AlwaysOn Availability Groups: Here is a link to the SQL documentation as well...
4 Apr 2013
The new bulk API in Polaris/UR12
If you haven’t heard, CRM Online has completed the Polaris rollout and UR12 is available . With it comes a new bulk API which makes programmatic data import into Dynamics CRM 2011 faster. Check out Sonoma Partners blog post on a simple benchmark of the improvements . As you can see...
30 Jan 2013
Converting a SQL report to FecthXML
Scenario: “I want to move to CRM Online, but I wrote all my SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) using the SQL Data Source. How do I convert them to use FetchXML?” Below I have three reports: All three reports will look identical to the end user in the end. facilityFetch.rdl – Written using the...
4 Jun 2012
Data Migration with CRM 2011
UPDATE (18APR2013): If you find this post interesting, then you will want to watch the Enterprise Data Integration for CRM, featuring Daniel Cai webcast. “I am building a solution using CRM 2011, but I need to migrate a significant amount of data from an existing system. The Import Data wizard...
4 May 2012
My Gov2.0 Expo presentation on Bing Maps / OData
You can find my deck here: http://cid-1f72da7294089597.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/Gov2.0Expo I plan to have my OData + Entity Framework + SQL 2008 spatial demos packaged/cleaned up some time this week. I will also record a deeper walkthrough of the demo/sample and publish it to Channel...
1 Jun 2010
US Census Data for SQL Server 2008
I’m presenting at Gov 2.0 Expo on May 25th: http://www.gov2expo.com/gov2expo2010/public/schedule/detail/14877 Since SQL Azure will support the Geospatial types soon, I’m planning on showing a demo that shows what will be possible once it does. For details on the announcement of the upcoming SQL...
7 May 2010
SCREENCAST: Running Reporting Services Reports in Windows Azure
In this screencast, I show you how to run a SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 report in Windows Azure using the ReportViewer control that ships with Visual Studio 2010. As an added bonus, I demonstrate using ReportViewer against an OData service through the use of WCF Data Services client libraries...
23 Feb 2010
Virtual Earth, SQL 2008, & GeoJSON
I've been chatting with Vish over email. He made me aware his approach to getting SQL 2008 & Virtual Earth to play well together using GeoJSON. I actually didn't know about GeoJSON. Thanks Vish! Check out his post explaining the approach: http://viswaug.wordpress.com/2008...
21 Aug 2008
Want to access SQL Server 2005 from PHP?
You are in luck! Version 1.0 RTM of the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is live! Check out the SQLPHP blog for more details: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlphp/archive/2008/07/28/microsoft-sql-server-2005-driver-for-php-v1-0-has-released.aspx Technorati Tags: sql server 2005 , php
5 Aug 2008
SCREENCAST: Rendering Polygons from SQL Server 2008 on Virtual Earth
In this screencast, I build off of the concepts shown in my previous screencast and show you how to render a polygon on a Virtual Earth map using REST, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server 2008. To learn more about the GeoRSS utility library...
18 Jul 2008
SCREENCAST: Saving Virtual Earth Polygons to SQL Server 2008
In this screencast, I show you how to draw a polygon on a Virtual Earth map and save it using ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server 2008. Screencast: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/keydet/Saving-Virtual-Earth-Polygons-to-SQL-Server...
18 Jul 2008
Installing SQL Server 2008 RC0 & Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta on the same machine
I've been having some issues getting my VPC updated to SQL Server 2008 RC0 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta so I can record a couple screencasts on using Virtual Earth with SQL Server 2008. I swear I read through the readme docs:). However, I could not get Visual Studio 2008 SP1 to install...
15 Jul 2008
SCREENCAST: Exposing/Consuming RSS/ATOM using WCF 3.5 & Silverlight 2
In this screencast, I show you how easy it is to expose RSS and Atom feeds using the new Web Programming Model (REST) features, classes in the new System.ServiceModel.Syndication namespace, and LINQ to SQL in the .NET Framework 3.5. Then, you will see how you can use classes from the System.ServiceModel...
11 Apr 2008
Launch Hands On Labs
I have received a few requests looking for the HOLs from the Windows Server 2008 / Visual Studio 2008 / SQL Server 2008 Launch events. I just found out they are now available at http://heroes.labmanuals.virtualwide.com/ .
9 Apr 2008
WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET
UPDATE: I have added a recording link for this webcast to My Recorded Webcasts list. Thanks to everyone who attended. Sorry about the Live Meeting slide animation issue. Hopefully the webcast was still valuable even with the difficulties. Here are the links to the deck & demo code: Deck ...
27 Mar 2008
DC Launch Follow Up
Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my "Defy Occasionally-Connected Challenges With Smart Client Applications" session at the DC Launch. The deck and demo files are available here: Deck Workflow Services Demo Sync Services for ADO.NET Demo Server Database The demos require Visual...
26 Mar 2008
Virtual Earth: Drawing on the map and storing the result in SQL Server 2008
22 Mar 2008
WEBCAST: Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET
Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET makes building applications for occasionally connected environments a logical extension of building applications where you can count on a consistent network. Rather than simply replicating a database and its schema, the Synchronization Services application...
21 Mar 2008
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