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Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.

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  • Blog Post: Authenticating to an Azure hosted web service from CRM Online Sandbox code

    UPDATE (14MAR2013): Uploaded a modified sample which addresses storing credentials in secure config and adds comments around how to encrypt those credentials.  While I show a synchronous plugin in the demo for simplicity of the walkthrough, you should always evaluate whether your plugin logic can...
  • Blog Post: Calling CRM from ASP.NET using impersonation to ActOnBehalfOf the logged in user

    Sometimes you need to run ASP.NET code outside of Dynamics CRM to achieve your goals.  This usually manifests itself either as a page embedded in CRMs main content area which is accessible via a link in the sitemap similar to the following:   Another place this is often used is embedding external...
  • Blog Post: Preventing charges for an Azure VM when not in use

    When you shutdown an Azure VM, you still get charged for usage.  That’s because the hardware for your VM is still allocated/dedicated to you.  It’s just not being used.  To prevent charges, you can delete the VM.  When you do that, your .vhd file(s) don’t’ get deleted.  Therefore...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online myth busters

    DISCMLAIMER: Parts of this blog post contain my opinion and don’t necessarily reflect the opinion of my employer, nor is it an official endorsement by Microsoft of any of the tools / technologies I mention. I’ve been in my new role, focusing on Dynamics CRM, for about 7 months now.  Having focused...
  • Blog Post: Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Compute and Connect

    UPDATE (30MAY2013): The core concepts in this post still apply. However, now you have two options Windows Azure Networking or Windows Azure Connect . This post is somewhat of a placeholder. I have some work to do to get everything in order to create a post/video. However, I wanted to provide you some...
  • Blog Post: Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Service Bus Relay

    The Windows Azure Service Bus Relay enables applications hosted anywhere with an internet connection to securely call back to applications hosted in your own datacenter behind a firewall.  The CRM 2011 SDK offers documentation on how to use the Windows Azure Service Bus Relay from CRM Online. ...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online + Windows Azure = Many Possibilities

    I have spent some time lately working with both potential CRM Online customers and partners who were unaware of the what’s really possible when you combine CRM Online with Windows Azure.  I primarily work with customers/partners building “enterprise” solutions.  I have heard statements like...
  • Blog Post: Cross domain calls to the parent CRM 2011 form

    UPDATE: Added reference to another blog post that does a great job of going into the cross-document / cross-domain issue. Fixed some grammar/typos. UPDATE2: You might also be interested in my newer post: Cross domain calls from JavaScript I’ve spoken to some folks recently who built solutions...
  • Blog Post: What does a custom CRM solution look like?

    UPDATED with the Grants Manager solution accelerator... There are many examples that I will be blogging about. Here is one that uses both Dynamics CRM 2011 Online and Windows Azure or Dynamics CRM 2011 and Windows Server on-prem. http://311center.codeplex.com/ Microsoft 311 Accelerator for Dynamics...
  • Blog Post: My first time being the interviewee

    I’ve interviewed customers over the years for Ch9, but this is the first time I was interviewed.  Zhiming Xue (aka “Dr. Z”) interviewed me about my WP7 app .  Check it out if you are interested: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV-Building-My-First-Windows-Phone-7-Application
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